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Apple iPad Air Review

Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air Review


Apple iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Air Review
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


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?


Apple iPad Air Review
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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPad Air 426
Apple iPad 4 364
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) 430
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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:12 11

1. HASHTAG (unregistered)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:01 10

9. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:28

41. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:15 7

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:24 14

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:28 3

4. pokedude750 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:37 4

5. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:44 12

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 08:52 3

18. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Ooo..I smell jealousy.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:14 2

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 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...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:27

22. Sakeem (Posts: 611; Member since: 05 Sep 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:15 3

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:09 1

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:56 1

38. Sakeem (Posts: 611; Member since: 05 Sep 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:50 1

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:45 8

8. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:12 3

12. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 08:39 7

17. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:05 4

20. Sauce (unregistered)


posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:11 3

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:09

47. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:38 1

24. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:41

25. Sauce (unregistered)

Well said. Well said.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:18 2

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:06 2

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:22

36. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:47 2

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 12:23 1

64. vanquished (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:38 4

6. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:08 4

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 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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PhoneArena rating:
Display9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone processor
Size9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches
(240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
16.86 oz  (478 g)

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