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iPad Air destroys the competition in battery life tests

Which? Tech Daily recently carried out a series of tests to determine which tablet is the one to beat when it comes to battery life.

The results?

The iPad Air absolutely crushed the competition.

iPad battery life test chart

What's more, the test results show that the iPad Air performed even better than advertised, delivering nearly 13 hours of battery life during video playback. Even the iPad 2, released all the way back in 2011 performed better than most of the competition.

The report adds:

The iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display and iPad 2 all performed better than the Android alternatives for web browsing. On a full tank, Apple's iPad Air will last for 658 minutes of web-browsing – beating the 483 minutes offered by the longest-lasting Android tablet we tested, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)...

Of course, no one uses their tablet just to check the football scores. With TV streaming services like BBC iPlayer and Netflix proving phenomenally popular, how much video a device can play in one charge is hugely important.

The iPad Air proved victorious in this test as well, offering 777 minutes of battery life – that's enough to watch the entire extended Lord of the Rings trilogy in one sitting.

A mobile device with no juice is about as useful as a deflated basketball, which is why I've long been surprised that battery life doesn't often get the attention it deserves in product reviews.

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