Back in 2010 when Steve Jobs first introduced the iPad, its original premise was that the tablet should be "far better at key tasks than a laptop and a smartphone." Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBhYxj2SvRI While the iPad did provide a better experience than the smartphone, it never matched the PC. Apple kept improving the iPad, but in terms of key tasks like web browsing and productivity, it never seemed to match the fluidity and utility of laptop. However, after 4 years and 5 versions of the iPad, the 6th-generation iPad Air 2 finally reaches PC-territory in key areas. The Air 2 is fast; really fast. With every iOS device, Apple always keeps making it smoother and make iOS less laggy, but the Air 2 feels different. iOS 8 on the Air 2 feels more like a desktop OS, it terms of (a) opening heavy apps like garageband or opening a huge PDF document are all almost instant and beautifully fluid and (b) multitasking is more real than ever as switching between 6 or 7 apps is super easy and stay opened the entire time. The performance out of the Air 2 is very PC-like and I believe I can finally use the Air 2 as a PC-alternative. Web browsing on the Air 2 is the best browsing experience I've had ever on any device. I've tried the heaviest of websites and opened more than 10 tabs at a time, and the Air 2 is as smooth and stress-free as ever. I've had many iPads before this, and browsing always seemed stressful on the device and crashes were part of equation. I believe the iPad Air 2 is finally better than a laptop and a smartphone in browsing the web, because it's more enjoyable and more interactive than a laptop and just as powerful, and it's better than a smartphone because of the screen realestate. The iPad Air 2 makes me excited for the future of the iPad and the power it has now finally showcases how good of a device the iPad can be.