When you have "Air" in your name, people expect you to be thin — so it's no surprise that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner than its predecessor. Measuring just 6.1mm thick, it's also more powerful, thanks to a custom A8X 64-bit processor, 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, and faster LTE on the cellular models. More competent, as well, with a new eight megapixel iSight camera capable of 1080p and slo-mo video, panorama, and burst mode, a new FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones for better audio, an improved, anti-glare Retina display, and, in a move that surprises no one, a Touch ID-enabled Home button.
It looks more like a normal tablet than ever, but make no mistake — the Kindle Voyage is still very much a reading-focused device. It sports a new, 300 ppi e-paper display for even sharper text, an adaptive light sensor that adjusts the backlight automatically, and new PagePress sensors that let you turn the page without lifting a finger. Also new is the angular magnesium back, micro-etched glass screen, and 4 GB of storage to hold an insanely large number of books, all in a 7.6mm thick body that makes it the thinnest Kindle ever.
Yes, you can play games on your iPad, Galaxy, Fire, or whatever other tablet you're carrying around. But if you're worried about your tablet's gaming prowess above all else, perhaps you should be carrying the Nvidia Shield Tablet. With the ridiculously powerful Tegra K1 GPU at its heart, the Shield delivers outstanding graphics performance, whether it's on the 8-inch, 1080p screen, or on a 4K television connected via mini-HDMI. Other features include an optional dedicated controller, optional LTE, up to 32GB of on-board storage, and 5 megapixel cameras in the both the front and rear.
Tablets are great for multi-use situations, Kindles are great for reading — but what if you're constantly dealing with documents, and want the readability of a Kindle with the power of a pen-based tablet? Take a gander at the Sony Digital Paper. This unique gadget is designed to replace reams of paper, using a 13.3-inch, 1200 x 1600 high-contrast reflective black and white touchscreen to display PDF documents, a stylus for annotation and note-taking, built-in Wi-Fi, and 4GB of on-board plus expandable SD storage for document storage and transfer. It's like having a whole filing cabinet in a gadget the size of a notebook.
You'd expect a tablet from a company known for its great TVs to have a great screen. And the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet doesn't disappoint. Its 10.1-inch, 1920x1200 Triluminos IPS display offers more natural colors and sharper images than most mobile displays, and you'll have sound to match, thanks to four 3D surround sound speakers and built-in noise canceling technology. Rounding out the feature list are a 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor, an 8MP Exmor RS rear camera and a 2MP front camera, and a sleek 6.4 mm thin body. Oh, and did we mention it's waterproof? Yeah, so don't hesitate the next time you think about using it in the kitchen/bathroom/hot tub.
When you choose to compete with giants like Amazon, you've definitely got your work cut out for you — but Barnes & Noble's new Nook GlowLight ($120) may have just what it takes to make a go at it. While it may never be able to boast the kind of ecosystem available with Amazon, its feature set and competitive price point make it an option worth considering. They've stuck with e-ink, and made the reading experience better than ever, with 60 percent more pixels, no glare, and a higher 1024 by 768 resolution. They've also put it on a diet, reducing overall weight by nearly a fifth, while the four gigs of storage will hold up to 2,000 books, and the battery will last up to eight weeks on a single charge.