Introduction


Oh the iPad. It did spark something when it was first introduced back in 2010, and since then, it has continued to be a favorite amongst the masses. It sparked something revolutionary no doubt, as its design and operation brought forth something so alien that redefined the entire category. Heck, before its arrival, it was pretty bleak, as tablets weren’t commercially available in a variety of options – as they are now, of course.

The competition has been relentless and fierce over the course of the last year alone! From the horde of Android tablets that blend beefy specs with low price points, to the introduction of various productivity centric Windows powered tablets, Apple's beloved iPad has more to contend with in winning over consumers who are starving for the latest and greatest. Although it's still sitting atop of the ladder, Apple’s latest model in the iPad Air seems to have enough quality elements to fend off the competition at bay. However, does it have enough to actually hold the position for the next year?

The package contains:

  • Lightning USB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Documentation

Design


Wow! Now that surely took one heck of a long time, but the iPad is finally getting a deserving facelift with its design. Come to think about it, the last three versions of the iPad employed the same design, but with this 5th generation model, it's getting a long overdue redesign that no doubt has some serious appeal – and that's without seeing any compromises with its legendary solid construction!

With the "Air" attached to this latest model, it undoubtedly means that we're getting treated to something exquisitely thin and lightweight – a polarizing characteristic that what makes it so darn attractive. Employing the same design introduced by the iPad mini last year, the iPad Air is a refreshing change of scenery for this full sized offering, although, it still bears many of the iconic elements of the iPads past.

Somehow, they've been able to shave another 0.07-inches from its profile, bringing it to a razor thin 0.3.inches, which betters the previous 0.37-inches. At the same time, the weight of the iPad Air has also been reduced to a single pound – down from 1.4lbs! Indeed, it might not seem very dramatic on paper, but holding onto it, we’re instantly reminded how unobtrusive it is in the hand. Furthermore, it continues to be one of the more solidly constructed tablets out there, which is attributed to its sturdy brushed aluminum casing.

Just as before, the iPad Air features all the same ports and buttons around its trim – so it consists the power button, volume control, mute switch, speaker grills, microphone, Lightning docking port, and 3.5mm headset jack. Even though it’s not something we’d jump to use at first glance, the iPad Air nonetheless features a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, and a 5-megapixel rear auto-focus camera.

All told, we really dig the incremental improvements Apple has made here – all of which help to liven things up with the series. Sure, it might not feature a biometric Touch ID finger print sensor, which was introduced recently by the iPhone 5s, but we’re not entirely bummed by the omission. At the end of the day, it’s thinner, lighter, and still employs one of the best constructions out there, so what’s not to like about it?


Display


Apple surely pushed ahead in making the iPad Air thinner and lighter than its predecessors, but somehow in the back of our minds, we wish it too pushed the envelope with its display. However, that’s not the case, seeing that it features the same display that was first introduced with the 3rd generation iPad. Regardless of that, there’s no arguing that its 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS LCD based Retina Display is one sharp looking panel. In fact, its pixel density count of 264 ppi is a pretty fine figure – enabling it to produce plenty of details.

Relying on good ol’ IPS LCD technology, it’s rich with many endearing qualities that make it sight to behold. Specifically, we get wide-viewing angles, punchy looking very realistic colors, and superior outdoor visibility.


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68 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

"Poor low-lighting performance with its camera," which 9/10 users would actually give a dam*.

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Especially because most Apple users love to talk about their camera and take pictures with their iPads.

41. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Every tablet review here has the token "the camera could be better" con.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great tablet, I'm waiting for the mini 2 though. The air is sooo tempting man, I just want a smaller form factor.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Do you have to buy every new Apple products? Don't you feel happy for what you have? Next year, when the iPhone 6 going to launch, you will say "Bring it on Apple, I'm gonna sell my iPhone 5s on eBay and line up with my wife to buy the iPhone 6 for me and my wife, with two new iPads for me and my wife." I know it's your money, but you should feel happy for what you have.

4. pokedude750

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

IMPLYING THE DARKJEDDI SPENDING TRAIN EVER ENDS.

5. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

are you really bashing on someone for upgrading on a site that banks on upgrades to run??? per your logic the companies should just stop making products unless you are ready to buy em

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Can you see what he post on Apple articles? All I can say is that he is showing off. Yes, we can express our opinions, but why would you even mention where and when you will buy it, how many you're gonna buy, who will you buy for? This is not Facebook. I'm not bashing him, I'm just telling him to feel happy for what he have.

18. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Ooo..I smell jealousy.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So do I quad +1. All of a sudden I'm a show off on a site where all we so is brag about what we have, and diss others for their choice, but I'm a show off oooooookayyyyyyy...

22. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Is this really about him being happy with what he has already or just annoyance over him posting the same thing on every Apple article? Or is there a hint of jealousy? Just asking. Not bashing.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You post on every Apple article as well as I do, but your posts are always negative and bashing other people for their choices. Why don't you get a life get some maturity and let people simply enjoy what they want to enjoy. Pointblank plain and simple you are now worse than Troll was

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

His post made absolutely no sense bro. It's like I'm being greedy and unappreciative for wanting to upgrade. How many people on here couldn't wait to upgrade to the note 3(which is a helluva device BTW) and now brag about it? C'mon dude get real. +1 man

38. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Jedii, there was only one thing you did on this site that made me raise an eyebrow and say to myself "what is he doing?" That was when someone, dont remember who, was trolling you super hard, relentlessly hard. You went on to say how much you make in a year, what your wife does for a living, things about your son....etc....just to prove a point. I thought at the time that there was no need to share that info with people that i'm sure you could care less about. Other than that, do you. Sometimes the best response to a troll is no response. Starve em.......then they will eventually die off.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's true, I've learned that bro +1

8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Darkkjedii can spend his money on whatever HE wants not what other people think...simple as that

12. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Yes he can spend it on whatever he likes cuz its a free country. But the point is that he should be happy with what he owns already, cuz you never know something's value until its gone. So xperiaDROID just gave him some advise to not spend his money for useless things..I mean what can the previous iPad not do, which is in the Air.

17. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

i don't think a grown up married man needs money advice from a teenager...

20. Sauce unregistered

BOOOOOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1,000,000,000,000 WH1 thank you

47. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Its meaningless to change devices when the old one does the same job as the new one. If his old iPad was broken, then totally different situation. Its a stupid misconception that your old iPad is now worth less because a new one came out. Its not.

24. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Well if XperiaDroid would go around calling everybody else out about what they are going to purchase then maybe I would say he was being consistent. Fact is, he is singling out one person who was upgrading a device for himself and his wife. Considering Darkkjedi is still rocking the iPad 3, what's wrong with upgrading a device after 20 months of use? Saying you are going to buy a device for you and your wife does not equate to bragging. IMO it shows that he is excited about this year's crop of fruit products. No different than my excitement for the HTC One, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5. All of which I own now with the Nexus 5 expected to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

25. Sauce unregistered

Well said. Well said.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said. I simply want a mini2. Is that a crime lol? It's just not what he likes so there lies the problem. +1 gh1

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How can I put this as respectful ad possible? First off I upgrade my phone every year, but not my tablet. I still have my iPad 3, so I'm looking forward to an upgrade. I go to work everyday, provide for my family, and take care of business so what's the issue with spending a little and enjoying things? I don't drink gamble, or use drugs, so my vice is technology. After my family is taken care of, it's tech time. Oh and FYI, I'm not buying it the mrs. is. Thanx for your concern.

36. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Im surprised that you even replied back. If you were buying Android stuff then this wouldn't have been an issue. What he really has an issue with is you spending your hard earned money on what he doesn't want you to. It's bragging when you want to upgrade but all is peachy when us Android folks speak of upgrading to numerous phones per year. I think he failed to realize that this is a tech site and these phones and tablets are all of our vices. I buy 3 to 4 phones a year so he probably thinks I am loco lol.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol +1 tech out dude. I do...

64. vanquished

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

It's in their nature. Spending 3 times more than needed. Buying phones without an upgrade. Getting an ipad every year. Apple banks on never getting any new customers. Just relying on the iSheep to come back for more each quarter.

6. alaw.14

Posts: 427; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

If this has a 9.2 the galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition should at lease had the same score

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The reviewer seem bored and his write out seem "yeah.. Its a iPad 10 hours battery life with acceptable camera quality for a tablet. It a last resort kind of thing... " Score, Tat.da!.. 9.2 lol...

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh

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