Review: New Apple iPad Air ‘shockingly light’Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sagar Sharma, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
It is hard to imagine that when Apple first introduced the iPad — a tablet that would turn the consumer electronics world upsidedown – in 2010, that same revolutionary design would be consider bulky and dated just more than three years later.
Apple was able to shed a little weight from the iPad with the iPad 2, but increased the weight with the introduction of the retina display in the iPad 3. We were left with a device that was still portable, but was definitely heavy on the hands if held for any long periods of time. Last year, Apple introduced the 7-inch iPad mini with a new totally new design that greatly trimmed the side bezels and was one of the lightest tablets on the market. All of the sudden the iconic iPad looked dated and in need of a makeover.
On Nov. 1, Apple released the iPad Air — thinner, lighter, faster and the best tablet on the market.
The iPad Air is appropriately named because of how shockingly light the device is for a 10-inch tablet. Apple was able to shave almost a third of the weight, as it now weighs in at a pound. You might wonder why that is a big deal, but when it is something you hold and carry for long periods of time, every gram seems to make a difference. Whereas before, the iPad could get tiring to hold with both hands after 30 minutes, I found myself not noticing the weight while using just one hand for longer periods. The greatly reduced bezels on the sides also make it easier to hold with one hand and when typing while in the portrait position. The iPad Air essentially takes the design changes from the iPad Mini and enlarges it, and this is a good thing as the iPad once again has a cutting edge modern look to it in the form of the iPad Air.
Wi-Fi speeds are as fast as ever with the new MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) connectivity. This allows the iPad to receive Wi-Fi signals more quickly and effectively, but this is really only noticeable at higher Wi-Fi speeds. I reviewed the LTE Verizon model and had no connectivity issues. One can expect to enjoy the brisk LTE speeds when no Wi-Fi connection is available. For those looking to take the iPad out of the country, you will be pleased to know that all the LTE models are the same and one only needs to change the SIM card when using a different carrier.
Every year tablet owners are faced with the same question: “Should I upgrade?” With the new redesign, the iPad Air offers a much lighter and thinner experience. The new A7 chip, as seen in the iPhone 5S, is more then capable to run this device. Owners of the iPad 3 and older should consider it alone for the how much faster iPad Air would run the new iOS 7 operating system. The lack of touch ID (something that will surely be implemented next year) is disappointing and those with last year’s model should hold off, as the iPad 4 is still a very solid tablet. When then iPad Mini debuted last year many thought if it meant the end of the full-sized iPad’s relevance, but Apple showed it just needed a bit of a makeover.
- Significantly lighter weight
- Reduced bezels remove unnecessary size
- Global support of LTE
- A7 chip is incredibly powerful and capable to handle any task
- Lack of Touch ID found in the iPhone 5S
Review model was an iPad Air – 32GB – LTE Verizon. Prices start at $499 (16GB Wi-Fi).