Apple iPad Air: Lighter and more powerful than ever before
3 February 2014
Summary: The Apple iPad Air starts at Rs 35,900 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi model and we feel this is a bit too much for what’s on offer. The drastic weight loss and new internals aside, we don’t see why someone would buy the Air instead of the 32GB iPad mini with Retina. Not only are you getting double the capacity but it’s spec-for-spec identical to its larger sibling. We’ve also seen that 16GB is simply not enough for iPad apps and your media files, so there’s another problem.
Review: Apple iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 with Retina display
14 January 2014
Excerpt: Whether you like or loathe the company it’s hard to dispute that Apple is still the king when it comes to tablets with its market share hovering around the 30% mark just before the release of these new models. With the most mature tablet ecosystem and a year’s head start on everyone else it’s easy to understand why.
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.
Conclusion: Aside from Android vs iOS, the big advantage the Air has is the pushing of HD content, such as magazines and comic books. We all hear about the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, but what does that really mean in this comparison? Comixology pushes out HD comics for the iPad 3, 4 and 5. This is due the resolution staying the same and its easier to optimize your tablet content when you know what size screen everyone has.
Excerpt: It's amazing how much a product can change in a generation or two. What's even more amazing is that despite differences in feeling between the iPad Air and previous generations, very little separates the the latest iOS tablet from its predecessors. For many people, that may be a good thing.
Conclusion: The display on the iPad Air is no longer the highest resolution panel found on a tablet but it continues to look as good as ever. I have zero complaints with the IPS display as colors and text were sharp and vivid while brightness remained a strong point. The 4:3 aspect ratio will still cause some to gripe compared to 16:9 offerings that are more suited to video and the outdoor performance isn’t anything to write home about.
Summary: The iPad mini with Retina Display (Est. $400 and up) is lighter still, and the screen size (7.9 inches) is even more tote-friendly; performance is nearly equally terrific. The Nexus 7 (Est. $230 and up) is a lightweight 7-inch Android slate. It is bargain priced compared to these Apple tablets, but there are fewer tablet specific apps available. Like many Android slates, it is highly customizable, but the user experience isn't quite as seamless.
Summary: The iPad Air is
's offering for those who want a tablet to get things done -- creating content rather than just consuming it. The changes incorporated in this fifth-generation model are designed to make it more appealing to this group: it's faster but also more portable, with the same high-quality display and long battery life as its predecessors.
The addition of the free iWork and iLife suites help make it more interesting to serious tablet users as well.
Pros: Smaller and lighter than predecessors, Significantly faster than earlier iPads, Beautiful display, Long battery life
Cons: Barely adequate RAM, Non-standard data/power port, No memory card slot, No active touchscreen