Summary: Apple's iPads have generally been synonymous with high-end tablet performance, but the current generation of tablets considerably narrows the performance gap between the iPad Air 2 and the competition. Increasingly, buying a large tablet doesn't mean having to compromise on performance or portability.
Pros: The Apple iPad Air 2's upgraded A8X chip provides high-end tablet performance.
Cons: The Air 2 still relies on the same Retina display used in past iPads.
Summary: We've got to hand it to Apple. The Air is the best iPad yet: not only is it super speedy, it looks gorgeous and it's extremely light to hold. Apple's championing the Air with the tagline 'the power of lightness', and we have to agree. It's a powerful tablet, one that's light enough to pick up effortlessly with one hand, and its mammoth battery life just keeps on trucking.
iPad Air Review: Apple Makes Big Tablets Beautiful All Over Again
7 August 2014
Conclusion: The iPad Air is a huge improvement over the iPad 4th-gen, or the iPad 2, pictured in the gallery. Its form factor is the best currently available for a 10-inch tablet, and it provides a great blend of portability and usability that leans towards the media device end of the spectrum. When Apple introduced the iPad mini, I feel in love and felt that I’d never be swayed back to the other side.
Pros: Thin and light design is a huge improvement over 4th-gen iPad, No battery life sacrifices required
Cons: Hard sell over the iPad mini with Retina, which also now has A7 power
iPad Air review: a heavyweight contender for the best tablet ever made
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The consensus is that this is the first, real successor since the last major iPad, the iPad 2. And that consensus is correct. The iPad Air not only feels different (lighter, faster, less calories) but it is different, from the way it has been designed, to the hardware lurking inside it, to iOS 7 itself. Everything Apple has been working on up until this point has culminated in the creation of the iPad Air.
Conclusion: We called the iPad 4 Apple's best full-size tablet yet and the iPad Air is even better. The iPad 4 was a mild update from the iPad 3 with no design changes, the new iPad is all change. The main difference is its design. With a paper-thin chassis and weighing less than the original iPad Mini, it's a design marvel. The Retina screen remains one of the best screens on a tablet and this is now boosted by a blisteringly fast processor.
Pros: Size and weight reduction, Faster 64-bit processor, Better battery life
Cons: No slo-mo video recording, No 8MP rear camera upgrade, Price
Summary: This is truly the new iPad we've wanted for a long time, at least as far as the design and form factor is concerned. With the iPad Mini, it was clear that Apple’s focus would be on improving the portability and use comfort. The only drawback is that the thinner aluminum on the back does not feel as solid as the previous generations. But, without doubt, the best tablet in the market is now even better.
Pros: Weight shed makes a lot of difference, Very sophisticated design, Good battery life, Retina Display still rocks
Cons: Pricey proposition, for the higher storage versions, No TouchID
Apple iPad Air vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014: Center of gravity
25 November 2013
Conclusion: As we already knew, there's no tablet that's good at everything, but both the Apple iPad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 have their shining moments. It's these advantages that will ultimately help users choose one or the other. The iPad Air certainly has simplicity on its side - we've read glowing reports of people who bought an iPad for an elder relative who used it without constantly asking about this or that.