The iPad Air has been crowned the Tablet of the Year at the 2013 TrustedReviews Awards, helping Apple regain the title from bitter rival Google.
With the original Google Nexus 7 having taken top honours on the tablet front in 2012, Apple’s dramatic redesign of its flagship tablet this year, making its 9.7-inch offering slimmer, narrower and lighter, has given the Cupertino-based company the coveted mantle of Tablet of the Year.
Although having faced internal competition from the hugely popular iPad mini, the iPad Air has seen Apple’s full sized tablet return to prominence, winning favour with both the 2013 TrustedReviews Awards judges and voting public alike.
A unanimous victor with the team, the iPad Air also claimed 33.39 per cent of the public vote, almost 10 per cent more than any other tablet.
While last year’s winner, the Google Nexus 7, was also been given a considerable specs improvement during the past 12 months, it was deemed to be a more incremental update than the iPad Air’s refreshed form factor and jump to an incredibly powerful 64bit processor.
What’s more, the introduction of iOS 7 has again helped transform Apple’s tablet offerings, bringing a new lease of life to the Android rival.
“The iPad Air was one of only two mobile products that scored the maximum 10/10 last year,” TrustedReviews Editor Evan Kypreos said of the Apple tablet victory.
He added: “It’s by no means revolutionary but it has no weaknesses whatsoever and is such a pleasure to use that I was not surprised there was total team agreement. A worthy winner indeed.”
Earlier this week we revealed that the PS4 has beaten the Xbox One to claim the TrustedReviews Console of the Year Award for 2013.
Stay tuned to TrustedReviews throughout the coming week for all the latest on the other 2013 TrustedReviews Awards winners including who has taken the coveted Gadget of the Year, Smartphone of the Year and Game of the Year accolades.
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