x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Apple iPad Air Review

Apple iPad Air

Interface and Functionality

By now, the updated iOS 7 experience has made its way to several Apple devices, so there aren’t any surprises here folks – even more if you’re already using an older iPad with the new software. We’ve covered the experience extensively in our review of the iPhone 5s, but to sum it all up here with the iPad Air, we’re pleased to know that the updated visuals help to complement the fact that this is a totally redesigned iPad that we’re dealing with. In addition to the overhaul found with the visual presentation of the platform, it still keeps in mind all of the core foundational aspects of the platform that we all know and continue to appreciate – like its simplified and straightforward approach.

On the surface, the look and feel of iOS 7 on the iPad Air is very familiar, as the grid-style layout of its interface has been a constant staple. As for those iPad centric features, like the various gestures it uses for navigation, they haven’t really changed at all. Specifically, they include the 5-finger pinch gesture that “minimizes” an app, and the other 5-finger swipe left/right that allows us to switch between opened apps. Sure, the animations that accompany those gestures look pretty much identical from before, but nevertheless, they’re both features that help us to get around with ease.

At the end of the day, it’s just the visuals that change here with iOS 7. It’s something that we naturally appreciate, but we were kind of hoping to see some additional gestures, or other features that greatly differentiate it from the iPhone experience.


There’s nothing particularly new here with the messaging experience with the iPad Air, well, to its credit, iOS 7 features a different color theme for the keyboard. Besides that, everything else is identical to last year’s unit. Naturally, the landscape option is by far the best option to go with, seeing that its spacious layout allows us to use it much like a regular keyboard. With the portrait option, we recommend relying on the split-style option – mainly because our thumbs are better able to encompass the layout.

Using the default email app, it’s yet again a familiar one that only sees a subtle change with its visual presentation. Indeed, it’s more than equipped to help us organize our various accounts, but it still doesn’t have the depth of functionality we see with the Gmail experience over on Android – albeit, the official Gmail app for the iPad is pretty darn good on its own.


Checking out the usual array of core organizer apps on the iPad Air, it’s again the visuals that are new here with the experience. Beyond that, though, there’s nothing out of the ordinary with any of them, since they pack along the usual features and functions we’ve come to expect to find. Still, it’s nice that they’re all optimized to make great use of the extra real estate with the tablet’s display. Interestingly enough, iOS 7 does adds this new feature called iCloud Keychain, which allows us to share various passwords and credit card information between approved iOS 7 devices.

Processor and Memory

Although the iPad Air shares the same 64-bit based dual-core Apple A7 chip that’s also used by the iPhone 5s, its clock speed is higher at 1.4GHz – whereas it’s 1.3GHz with the iPhone 5s. As expected, the iPad Air just flies with all tasks and operations thrown at it, which is something that’s been constant with the tablet. Heck, even processor intensive tasks, like playing some serious 3D games, don’t slow this one at all! Still, the availability of apps and games that are optimized to make use of the 64-bit processor is a small listing at the moment, but the momentum should shift into higher gear over the next few months.

To tell you the truth, it really pains us to see that Apple is just so stubborn when it comes to storage capacity with the iPad Air. As usual, it’s available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, which are priced at $500, $600, and $700 respectively for the Wi-Fi versions. Seriously, we were hoping to see the trio consist of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions. It’s just called keeping up with the times!

Internet and Connectivity

Safari on the iPad Air acts much the same as what we’ve seen previously, but it sees a new feature that enables us to perform back/forward functions by simply swiping with one finger from its left/right edges. Honestly, we can’t complain about the experience, since it’s rich with so many lovable qualities that makes the tablet great for the occasion – like its speedy page loads, super smooth navigational controls, instant page rendering, and lots of crisp details thanks to its high resolution screen.

Lessening the need to make different iPads to accommodate the various networks around the world, the iPad Air stands out for its support of 14 LTE bands – so that it will be compatible to work with your wireless carrier of choice, even if you’re uncertain about your operator’s network settings. Aside from that, it features the same connectivity features as before, which includes aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Yeah, it doesn’t have NFC on board, but iOS 7 allows us to share content with its AirDrop functionality. In terms of video-out functionality, it requires the purchase of an adapter to gain that feature.

  • Options

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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 24899; 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: 6600; 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...

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

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)

Latest stories