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

68. rpratik123

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

hey the air 2 will blow ur mind away

67. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I would buy Apple products, even this one, but come on, the price! I know, this tablet is good, has it's flaws, but yeah, they have time to improve, but the PRICE. I don't want to spend over 499$ on a TABLET without MicroSD. Cloud storage? Gimme a break...

63. Unrulychick unregistered

I don't care what anybody says Apple Ipad Air is one of the best tablets..It's 3rd place in TOP TEN TABLETS FOR 2013..Apple is way better than samsung..Wayyyy Waayyyy Better.

61. jimmykrion

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I bought the new iPad Air to replace new iPad and I could not be happier. The decision was made easier since my parents pushed me to get one so they can have me!

58. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Looking back at what all the apple mobile device reviews have been its no suprise. I was expecting a 9.4 or higher. But it is there opinion and they are entitled to it. Besides, "IF" the tablet is provided to them for review purposes. Why upset your provider??? Furthermore, PA allows the user to give their own reviews. Consumers will look into these for more everday usage. Regardless of the "bias" score, lets all move on shall we:) CES 2014!!!

55. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Opening two apps at once? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Expandable storage. Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Using pendrives, printers, mouses, keyboards, external HDs and any sort of legacy hardware that works with Windows 8 and RT. Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Even though you have thousands of great apps, some are better on Android. A personal example? JED. It’s a far better and simpler dictionary than what you have on iOS. But… studying Japanese? A tablet is for playing Candy Crush, for goodness sake! Who needs Japanese? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Simple swyping from the left side to bring multitask? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Use your 5 fingers at once! A quickstand? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. A decent keyboard case? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Running browser tabs in the background (for listening to their sound, for example) Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Flash? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Bluetooth file sharing? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Widgets or live tiles? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Easy file sharing? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. A pressure aware, hovering capable stylus? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. USB Mass Storage Mode? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Being able to just drag on drop your files? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. We have iTunes! Being able to watch every movie in every codec? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. iTunes converts it in a coupe of hours. Watching Netflix without blackbars? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Being able to do smal checks on the browser or other app while you watch a video or some sort of thing? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made. Customization? Who needs that? The iPad is the best tablet ever made.

59. rherro12

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

This is hilarious! Every Apple product review on PhoneArena sounds exactly like that.

60. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You need to spam this in every iPad review on the planet. Please.

66. rizwanazad

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

Ha Ha Ha! Hilariously true! You just nailed it.

54. mobilespecs.pk

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

Ipad Air is light but Samsung galaxy Note 10 2013 has more functionality.

52. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Can anyone tell me what the advantage of 64bit architecture processor with only 1gigs of ram? It obviously iPad air is faster than the iPad 4 but how much faster? i read the verge review and they said it's not significantly different... Maybe it's wiser to purchase older model mabye iPad 3/4 if they are much cheaper or maybe iPad mini 2?

50. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Surface Pro 2 = 8.5/10 iPad Air = 9.2/10 What hell? I don't even... I demand a revision of the current PhoneArena's scoring system.

62. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

The Nexus 5 got 9.5 ohhh everyone one loved it !!! Go cry out loud outta here boy, this is the tablets king :)

46. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

If this already gets a 9.2 then they really need to change their scoring system. Otherwise the Nexus 5 and iPad Mini 2 will go off the scales!

44. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Great Device.... Awesome performance.... But I have only one thing against Apple products...Its the PRICE... They cost toooooo much.... Very expensive.... I cant afford.... In India when I see the price of iPhone, I start thinking that should I buy iPhone or should I get a bike.???.!!!!!

56. mobilespecs.pk

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

Ipad Air is a good device but, it can't compete with Galaxy Note 10 2013. http://goo.gl/ucE67Q

43. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

"Nexus 10 and Surface 2 are cheaper than the iPad Air, plus they have higher-resolution displays"... Um surface 2 has 1920x1080 res, ipad air has 2048x1536 resolution. Therefore surface2 may be cheaper but it certainly hasnt got a higher res display

45. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

You have to be slightly stupid The iPad clearly has a higher resolution display than the surface two even the surface Pro I think

53. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

It was a language mistake. We corrected the text.

19. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I'm still not getting how this scored higher than the galaxy note 2014 edition. The galaxy note 2014 edition was a huge improvement over its predecessor and it only scored an 8.5.

23. Sauce unregistered

You have to ask yourself why you think the n2014 edition scored an 8.5 and not a 9.2, instead of asking why the Air scored higher. Stuff on paper will always look better, but printed specs are not always better. Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with you - a great improvement from its predecessor. But what could the note 2014 do better to improve its overall rating? User experience, build quality and comfort of holding, software, etc etc, what ever it may be. Until someone utilizes each compared tablet to their full potential and daily use (like these guys do), then there isn't any room for that. Anyway, both are great tablets and deserve great scores (including a better score for the n2014 edition).

40. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I understand everything your saying but we both agree the n2014 edition could've had a better score.

28. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

An improvement yes but it is is not enough.

14. ilia1986 unregistered

"Incremental improvements". Direct fracking quote. And yet still 9.2/10 I can point to at least a dozen products of other companies on different categories which introduced truly revolutionary and unique features only to fall between 6.5 to 7.5 score. The funny thing is that none of the editors ever denied the clear apple favoritism going on this site since 2007..

15. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

9.2 because even though is an ipad and very simplistic, from my experience using a lot of android tablets and some windows RT and pro, the ipad is by far the best of any mobile platform, as far as performance, better apps and battery life in mobile of course, not counting windows 8 pro. even the new note 10.1 has huge problems with lag which people even reported. favoritism? any other website still gives the ipad high scores, because is a great device, now they made it thinner lighter and faster than before which a lot of people appreciate.

16. ilia1986 unregistered

And still it doesn't deserve a 9.2!! The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 got a 8.5 FFS!! And it's an insane improvement over it's predecessor, offers 60000x times more functionality than the ipad, has a higher res. screen, MicroSD slot, actual stero speakers, IR blaster, better camera front and rear, insanely better CPU, and it's still 8.5!! Yes it,s a bit more expensive but you get 600000000000000x more stuff! The iPad air by that logic deserves no more than a 7.5.

27. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Ipad Air : better GPU performance, way better single core performance and almost equal multicore score even though it is only dual core and clocked at lower GHz, better CPU and GPU architecture. Way better calibrated screen, significantly better battery life. Better apps. And much better build quality, apple has the best build quality. Much lower charge time. The Note is only better if you really can´t stand the IOS, or if you are an anvanced user, IOS is only for a normal user and that is about 99.999% of all the people buying these devices.

30. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Yes while it gets more functionality it also hinders user experience, when you see your tablet freeze between other bugs, while I dont blame android for those issues, but samsung alone. I dont use the rear facing camera at all, but the front camera on the ipad, if you see facetime you would notice a huge difference from other devices of course only works with apple devices. I will be testing a side by side today because I am looking for a tablet and well the only way to judge them is to use them, might even go with the windows 8 pro version. O and if you like prompt updates apple has definitely kept customers happy with that.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How about you just by a note 10.1, and not give a crap about someone's rating. It's your tablet rate it yourself, and post it. Dude you sound more and more, like a jealous immature little fanboy. These guys are here to do a job, not satisfy you. Get a life dude. SMDH.

57. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Than why don't you go and buy your iPad instead of bitching for someone disagreeing with your views on your beloved tablet? This guys are here to do a job, indeed: Apple PR.

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 8820 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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