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10 iPad Air 2 reviews in 10 quintessential quotes

Caitlin McGarry | Oct. 23, 2014
Apple's just-announced tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, haven't hit store shelves yet, but the early reviews are in.

Daring Fireball

"It's a thorough refresh, that not only makes it a nice year-over-year improvement over last year's iPad Air in just about every single regard, but arguably positions it above the iPhones 6 as the top-tier iOS device, period." --John Gruber

The Verge

"It feels like Apple is so content with its commanding lead in the tablet market that it's willing to let the iPad's superlative hardware sell itself instead of figuring out new places for it to go. For better or worse, Apple's allowed the iPad to become the giant iPhone its critics have always insisted that it is, and in a world with giant iPhones that's a tough spot to be in." --Nilay Patel

Fast Company

"With both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, the killer app remains...apps. 675,000 of them, to be specific, by far the most extensive, wide-ranging, imaginative, and useful selection available for any tablet platform. The App Store's riches keep both iPads comfortably ahead of even their nicest Android rivals; the race shows no signs of narrowing as the one between Android and iPhone has." --Harry McCracken


"In our video test, in which an HD movie plays through the life of the battery, the Air 2 squeezed out 11 hours and 15 minutes, significantly lower than last year's Air and about an hour short of the Samsung Tab S. That said, I'm using the Wi-Fi+Cellular version, so keep in mind that the Wi-Fi-only option should get longer results." --Brad Molen


"The iPad's head room for growth is significant. Based on the types of jobs that are extremely mobile and work done out in the field frequently, we estimate there are upwards of 300 million jobs, and growing, where computers are not used today because they were in the shape of a notebook or desktop. Yet this is where the opportunity lies to bring a computer in the shape of a tablet." --Ben Bajarin


"Ultimately, the iPad Air 2's biggest enemy isn't other tablets; it's a rising interest in big-screen phones or phablets that promise to do nearly as much." --Mark Spoonauer


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