Excerpt: Apple first introduced the “Air” branding scheme in conjunction with its ultra-slim and portable MacBook line back in 2008. The term was meant to connote a laptop that wasn’t just lighter, but also uber thin, and able to achieve epic battery life. Now that moniker has migrated to the company’s full-size tablet line. And it’s a perfect fit.
Pros: Incredibly lightweight with a super-slim, redesigned form factor. A7 chip, in addition to helping provide an impressive 10-plus hours of battery life, offers superb overall performance whether you’re surfing the web or streaming media. 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 Retina screen displays rich, vivid colors with incredibly clarity. Slightly smaller size and lighter weight make it a lot easier to wield one-handed.
Cons: No TouchID, just a regular old home button. Despite upgrading to stereo speakers — audio separation remains poor. 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter could use an update.
Summary: - Apple's new iPad Air is impressive small considering the features and performance that it manages to pack into it. The design mimics that introduced by the Mini but it still feels incredibly well built and solid. Performance has received a significant boost and the battery life is still one of the best available on the market.
Summary: Love is in the air. The fifth generation of Apple's big seller is now available for purchase. Finally, the California-based company unveils a thinner device -- and at a height of a mere 7.5 mm (~0.3 inches), it has certainly earned the name "Air". The new A7 processor, familiar from the iPhone 5s, is at work in the newest iPad as well -- and it even clocks at a higher frequency than in its pocket-sized sibling. How did the iPad Air fare in our test laboratory?
Pros: Bright, high-contrast display, Excellent color reproduction, Good touchscreen, High-performance SoC, First-class manufacturing, Very long battery life, Fast browser performance, Fit for VoIP audio/video calls, Very good speakers..., The iPad Air is thin and lightweight. Even just its appearance makes it stand out from the crowd. Also, the Retina display is still an excellent piece of equipment. Its color accuracy is especially fantastic.
Cons: ...which are unfortunately poorly positioned, High surface temperatures under load, No current data transfer standards, No Flash support, The iPad's connectivity options are still somewhat meager. Apple should work on this in the future.
Apple iPad Air: Lighter and more powerful than ever before
5 November 2013
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.
Conclusion: The new iPad Air is fantastic. With the exception of its speakers, it is a clear step up from the iPad 4. Still, this iPad will live in the shadow of the iPad Mini Retina – and we’re confident saying that before we’ve even seen the new Mini. Apple’s smaller tablet is better in most ways. When we shared the new Air around, everyone loved how thin it is, but also said they don’t need such a big screen. Times have changed in the tablet world.
Pros: Thin and light, looks great, Powerful 64-bit processor, New Wi-Fi antennas are fast, iOS 7 runs best on Air, Battery life is a solid 10 hours
Cons: Speakers are a step down from iPad 4, Camera quality has not improved, Not as comfortable as iPad Mini
Summary: The Air nomenclature has been synonymous with Apple Macbook devices and for the first time ever the US major has taken its ‘Air' wing to the iPad family with the iPad Air that is lighter and faster than previous iPad models. Before you come to any conclusions, iPads have always been a consumer favorite no matter how much Apple decides to price them.
Summary: The iPad Air is a great tablet, yes. But is the iPad still the one you should buy? Our in-depth iPad Air review looks at all the iPad Air specs, benchmarks, and our own time with the tablet to give the definitive verdict on the iPad Air.