GSMA awards the iPad Air as Best Mobile Tablet of 2014

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Since its founding in 1995, the GSM Association (GSMA) has been the leading trade group for the mobile technology industry. Made up of operators and mobile related companies, the group connects businesses, including software and equipment developers, from over 220 countries.

This past week the GSMA held its 19th Annual Global Mobile awards, celebrating outstanding examples of innovation and creativity across the mobile landscape. Among the myriad of awards presented -- congratulations to Spain for winning the award for Economic Policy for Sustainable Mobile Growth -- there was good news for Apple. The iPad Air came out on top as the best mobile tablet of 2014.

Here's the GSMA's loving review of the product.

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.

Ultimately, however, that's just a description of why it made it into consideration. What did the judges think about the iPad Air?

Judges' comments

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

We can't really argue with that estimation. Head over to the Global Mobile Awards website for a complete rundown of this year's winners. It's an interesting look at the global mobile landscape, even outside of the world of iOS.

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