Today Apple announced the newest version of the iPad, the iPad Air. With more than 170 million sold, the iPad has been the best performing tablet on the market, period. The new iPad Air is thinner, lighter and more powerful. It comes with a 9.7 inch Retina Display and is 20% thinner than the last generation, with a 43% thinner bezel. It weighs in at only one pound, two-thirds the weight of the current iPad. The Air borrows the A7 and M7 processors from the iPhone 5S. The new iPad will get up to 10 hours of battery life and gets an updated 1080P video camera as well. Starts at $499 and ships November 1st. Apple also announced a Retina display iPad mini, starting at $399, available in late November.
Amazon has just introduced its newest generation of tablets with the Kindle Fire HDX. The completely re-engineered tablet comes in both 7″ and 8.9″ variants, and now has a stunning 2560×1600 (8.9″) HD display with perfect color accuracy, reduced glare and vastly improved brightness. Utilizing a quad core Snapdragon 800 Processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, the HDX is 3x as fast as its predecessor. The 11 hour battery life (17 if just reading) is quite robust. Optional 4G keeps you connected wherever you go. With the HDX, Amazon is introducing the ‘Mayday’ button; a 24 hour 365 days a year support center built right into the tablet. The HDX runs on a new OS, Fire 3.0 ‘Mojito’ which has hundreds of great new features. Buy ($229-$579)
Ladies and Gentlemen, the people at Google and ASUS have done it again! The two technology companies have worked together to create a beautiful synergy sharing research and development opportunities and mountains of meta data trying to come up with not only a developer friendly tablet for the android ecosystem, but one that was also universally easy to navigate and true competitor in the tablet market. Last year’s Nexus 7 concept blew me away. of course I pre-ordered it, waited anxiously, and cherished the day it arrived. The sleek back, the perfect palm size, the sharp screen – oh boy, oh boy!