Top 5 Tablets to Consider Before Buying the iPad Air [August, 2014]

A new iPad Air 2 appears to be on the way but for now, the iPad Air is Apple’s top 9.7-inch iPad and one of the best tablets that money can buy. That said, we think there are five tablets that you should consider before buying Apple’s current version of the iPad Air in August.

Back in October, Apple took the stage and announced two brand new iPads in the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display. Of the two, the iPad Air represented the biggest change from its predecessor. The iPad Air delivered a number of new features on top of its redesign including a new A7 64-bit processor, and iOS 7. It emerged as one of the best tablets then and to this day, it’s one of the top tablets that money can buy.

That said, we think there are some slates that consumers would be wise to compare to the iPad Air before buying this month. The iPad Air 2 is still a few weeks away at least but there are still some fantastic iPad Air alternatives out there.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which tablets to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the tablets consumers should weigh against the iPad Air. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the tablets listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

That said, here are the top five tablets to consider before buying the iPad Air in August.

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iPad mini With Retina Display

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iPad mini With Retina Display

Please do yourself a favor and check out Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina Display before you buy the iPad Air in August. It comes with many of the same features, it's just a little more portable and it's cheaper.

Apple's iPad mini with Retina Display is essentially a smaller version of Apple's iPad Air. Instead of a 9.7-inch display, it offers up a smaller 7.9-inch Retina Display with a more compact design. The smaller footprint makes the iPad mini with Retina a much easier device to take on-the-go.

Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina Display comes with an A7 64-bit processor, upgraded camera, and Apple's iOS 7 software. Some models also are capable of connecting to a 4G LTE network for extremely fast connections when Wi-Fi isn't available.

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Rule it out before going with the larger model. You can thank us later.

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