Better specs and monster power fit into the iPad Air 2's carefully crafted body, now thinner than ever. Apple has created an incredible harmony between the hardware and software, making it a delight to use. We were hoping that all of the improvements would be accompanied by a longer battery life, but we shouldn't really complain; Apple's latest tablet is already exceptional.
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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
With its slim 6.4 mm build, top-quality 1920 x 1200-pixel display, lightweight 426 g design and powerful performances thanks to Qualcomm's latest SoC (Snapdragon 801 + 3 GB RAM), the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a real winner. It's even waterproof to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes! The Xperia Z2 Tablet is an easy-to use Android slate that's fast, powerful and responsive no matter what kind of tasks you throw its way. All in all, it's an attractive device that's no doubt one of this year's best products.
Microsoft Surface 2
The Microsoft Surface 2 is a top tablet for both home and business, offering good performance levels with all kinds of tasks. It would be an excellent fit at the office! We liked its long-lasting battery and sleek Full HD screen, as well as its exemplary finish. Still, it's heavier than many of this year's high-end competitors and you may not find all the latest must-have apps in Microsoft's Windows Store.
LG G Pad 8.3
The G Pad 8.3 marks a triumphant return to the tablet scene for LG. It's responsive, has more-than-satisfactory battery life and lots of handy features. The competition is tough, but—all things Apple aside—this slate is better than most of its Android acolytes. LG's success here wasn't a given, but it stepped up to the plate and pretty much hit a home run.