Without Even Showing Up, Apple’s iPad Air Declared Best Tablet At Mobile World Congress

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Despite the fact that this year, as every year, Apple failed to show up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the iPad Air still managed to win the award of 2014’s Best Mobile Tablet in the 19th Annual Global Mobile Awards.

According to the judges, “The iPad Air packs class-leading performance in an attractive and svelte frame, while its ecosystem has an undisputed advantage in the number of format-optimized apps.”

In addition, they said:

Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43 percent narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner. iPad Air’s Retina display makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, and the new power-efficient A7 chip allows the battery to be even smaller, helping reduce the overall volume by 24 percent from the previous generation while doubling its performance and maintaining its up to 10-hour battery life.

The third-generation iPad with Retina Display previously won the award for best tablet in 2012, but lost last year to the Google Nexus 7. In other words, two years running, Apple won the best tablet award without even showing up. What a world.

  • Steven Read

    What does showing up have anything to do with it?

    • Grunt_at_the_Point

      He’s getting paid to write something.

      • Mark Langston

        Well, since it’s his job to write about Apple it’s probably not too surprising that he’s getting paid to do so.

        What else you got Sherlock?

  • http://twitter.com/gettysburg11s gettysburg11s

    This is not surprising. The iPad may not be the cheapest tablet (by far), but its definitely the best. I could use any number of smart phones (though I do have an iPhone 5S), but I would never give up my iPad mini for Android based tablet.

  • Jack

    Does anybody know which cover is that one the photo, please?

  • frootis
  • MichaelMLeaks

    That’s an excellent news to hear that the iPad air still able to remain its good reputations to the nation widest markets and stores. Seeing things like this will possibly gain good profit in return to some of the companies.

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