At the Mobile World Congress award ceremony, despite Apple's absence its Ipad Air seized the Tablet of the year award given by GSMA. The Ipad air weighs 1 pound and passes its previous model in a number of categories. Ipad air is 28% lighter, 20% thinner, and has 24% less volume.
The winner was compared to a promising Android tablet, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. However, reviews on the Ipad blow the Galaxy out of the water. First off, from a user stand point, Apple placed the home button along the short side of their tablet. This is user friendly allowing customers to use their thumbs to type intuitively. Along with a natural button placement, the Ipad looks like a mini version of Galaxy's monster tablet.
The making of these machines are insanely similar, running on the latest networks and fastest internet services. Even though their aesthetic appearance is overwhelmingly different, it doesn't mean one is better than the other. The Ipad Air is supported by an aluminum backplate whereas the Galaxy fancies a faux leather scratch proof encasement. Depending on the user and their gentleness with devices, it's understandable why a rougher back is more appealing.
The Mobile World Congress backed up it's winner by saying, "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."
As an avid Ipad Air user myself, I support this win and am glad I own the best tablet out there, according to GSMA. The apps run quickly, the display is crystal clear, and with my flowery case snapped on I'm never worried about damaging the tablet. But I'm not counting other tablets out. It was no surprise to me that the Iphone 5 did not clinch smartphone of the year award. With Steve Jobs gone, I worry about about the future of Apple and innovative drive of the company like many others in the blog community. Samsung and Android are creeping up on tablet hardware and the battle this year was no landslide.