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5 things that could have made the iPad Air a better iPad

0. phoneArena 25 Oct 2013, 08:34 posted on

Apple has unveiled its newest tablet, the iPad Air, and while fans around the world are patiently waiting for November 1, which is the release date of the device, we've been thinking about the things the iPad Air misses the most - or the things that could have made the iPad Air an even better iPad...

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posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:41 2

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Two last ideas could make both iPads great, specially earpods.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:19 4

20. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I disagree with the headphones thing. They just add cost and waste. Almost everyone at this point has multiple sets of cheap headphones like the earpods. There is not a need to keep including them with every new device. Waterproof on any and all tablets (and phones) would be awesome.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:21 2

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Did you just call EarPods cheap? They're one of the best for $30..

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:56 3

37. TechDork (Posts: 292; Member since: 10 May 2010)


There are always better earphones other than the EarPods. Matter of fact, their just is.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:28 2

40. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


They are cheap compared to beats headphones.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 13:10 4

46. TTGCEO (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


Beats are overpriced "Cheap" headphones. They have bad build quality and my Audio-Technica ATH-M50's were only $149.99 from Amazon and they sound A LOT better and cost way less.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 16:41 9

56. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


You can turn into headphones into beats.

1. Put a red B on the side
2. Turn your amp and phone to max bass boost so it sounds like distorted farts.
3. Take a layer of plastic wrap and cover the headphone driver to kill off whats left of the quality
4. Enjoy your new piece of crap.

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 02:14 1

66. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Klipsch headphones are best sound per cost period, regardless of model.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:39

41. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


No they're not. My cheap $30 m5 brainwavs destroy them.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 18:34

60. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Cheap audio quality maybe? i actually agree with NexusPhan. The audio quality of the new EarPods was slightly better than the previous model but it's not good either. The problem it's not comfortable (it actually hurting my ears) and to much bass with low clarity.

the new EarPods, there is no need to include them since i already have Sennheiser Momentum & Sony MDR 1r (since i believe every audiophile or anyone who really care about audio quality probably had their own headphone)

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 02:17

67. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The inclusion of these $5 worth of parts would've hurt apples $350+ profit margin per device too much. Therefore the apple customer must do without.

I like how apple charges $900 for a $300 product while Google charges $199 for a product that costs them the same ($300).

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:42 2

2. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


there's nothing wrong with the iPad Air.

But stereo speakers and headphones does make sense tho.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:55 10

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


My requests would have been a kickstand, a keyboard dock option, bigger battery and front facing stereo speakers similar to the Nexus 10's. Slightly higher res screen would have been nice but iOS doesn't scale well (at all) so that was likely not an option. USB or microSD slot would have been welcome too. Or stylus support. Damn, the iPad really is missing a lot. Hey PA, list these other 5 missing features and change the article to 10.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:01 1

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They offer iCloud and the 128GB model to cut out the need for a Micro SD card slot. Not a single model of the iPhone or iPad ever offered SD support. Stereo speakers are always a welcome though, especially watching videos on a 9.7" screen.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:11 2

17. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I don't care that an SD card slot was never offered. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be. They also never offered stereo speaker either, now did they? iCloud is terrible. The 128GB version costs as much as a car. SD cards are dirt cheap and make transferring pictures from my camera a piece of cake. Also, way to address only 2 of my many wanted additions.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:24 2

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is Apple you're talking about. Everything is pushed through iTunes, an Apple service, not third party support like SD cards. Btw, iCloud isn't terrible. Is the best? No, but it gets the job done and syncs between the entire Apple ecosystem.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:01 2

28. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


iCloud is terrible. I'm having to deal with the BS on my GF's iPhone 5 all the time. Services are always down, slow, not working as they should. It's truly terrible. Can't remember the last time her iMessage worked. "iCloud sync error" Apple store genius was useless too. Did a wipe and it didn't work. They told her to get a new Apple ID and start from nothing.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:09 1

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Well that sucks. My family has never encountered problems with iCloud except for when it went down for a few hours.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:15 2

34. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


It goes down all the time. I've also seen a thousand complaints on Apple's support boards and in reviews. I'm glad that you are lucky enough that it's not been a problem for you. I have had too many bad experiences to ever rely on it. I truly hope you never have the same experience.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:57 6

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"there's nothing wrong with the iPad Air."

Spoken like a true fanboy. The iPad Air is nice, sure, but there's no such thing as a perfect device...as least not yet. The fact that it doesn't include features that a lot of people wanted or expected is proof of that.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:02 2

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How does his comment make him a fanboy? iPad suits him well, so he's automatically a fanboy? I think there isn't anything wrong with the iPad Air myself.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 12:53 5

44. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It makes him a fanboy because he's not willing to admit that there are some things that could have been improved upon with this release. I love my Note 2, but I'll be the first one to admit that there were things about it that could have made it a better device upon when it was first released.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 09:17

19. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Nothing wrong with a device is not the same as being a perfect device. These are independent events, not mutually exclusive events.

Also, what others want or expect do not either diminish or detract the original person's opinion. There is simply no proof, except an attempt at word games.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 12:55 2

45. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I disagree. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a perfect device. If there is something wrong, it can't be perfect. If it is perfect, there can be nothing wrong. In my eyes, they are the same thing.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 19:29

63. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


And thank you for proving my point.

We are dealing with opinions and not facts. What you feel is perfect is your opinion, which you try to pass as a fact.

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 21:04 1

68. willard12 (Posts: 1720; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


What point was proven? In what world do you live in were "nothing wrong" does not mean perfect. "Perfect" means without fault. The ipad air is a solid device. But I believe the whole premise of the article is that it is not without faults, just as every device isn't without faults.

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 21:56

69. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's good to hear someone making sense on these forums.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 12:50 1

43. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


what i meant is, why try to add more to a product that provides needs based on its operating system.

Finger print scanner isn't gonna make it better.

I think we get so fascinated by adding "new" features to products just because its new.

I'm no fanboy just saying that the iPad is fine the way it is... now if i said "IPad FTW" after that statement then yes i would be guilty. lol

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:44 4

3. alejandrodejan (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


Now that I've known that there will be no earpods included on the iPad Air box I'm not buying this!!! Mind as well buy a lumia 2520...

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 08:57 4

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


$500 for a RT tablet? Hey it's your money, but the iPad Air offers more.

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