iPad Air

The 9.7-inch iPad Air is easy to recommend because it's such a big step up from its predecessor. Starting at $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, the iPad Air is the most expensive iPad available, but it's a big enough improvement from the iPad 2 to justify the extra $100. With its large screen, the iPad Air is great for information-dense apps, and when paired with a keyboard and the right apps it could replace a laptop for many people.

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