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Apple iPad Air

9.3/10 AVG.
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9.3/10
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The Apple iPad Air currently has an Informr score of 9.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 47 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Fast performance
  • High-quality design
  • MIMO support
  • Beautiful display
  • Plenty of model options

What's bad

  • Price
  • Lack of Touch ID
  • Mediocre camera

As the fifth release in the iPad lineup, many reviewers are noting that this is the best tablet to date. Nate Lanxon to Wired UK thinks that it “feels like a milestone” and Jay Yarow of Business Insider said the iPad Air is “the best iPad Apple has ever made.” By reducing size and weight while increasing power, it seems that Apple might have once again taken the lead in the tablet market.

Reviews state that the device is between 25 and 30% lighter than the previous model. This brings the Air in at right around 1 pound depending on your specific model. This allows all the portability of the Mini with all the productivity and enjoyment of the larger 9.7-inch Retina display. Neil Hughes and Mikey Campbell of Apple Insider state that its “a joy to hold. It's light, thin and the construction just feels fantastic.”

The new device features the same 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion processor as the iPhone 5S and the performance and battery life shows in most reviews. Wired UK notes that even though both are 1.4GHz chips, the A7 is “almost twice as fast at the previous model. On the iPad Air you can see the difference immediately.” Reviews from Jonathon Bray of PC Pro noted similar increases, with a single core of the new model outperforming both cores of the original mini or the iPad 4.

With a reduction in size and notable increase in performance, you might suspect the battery life of the new tablet. Wired UK used the tablet throughout a weekend conference and notes that “Apple rates the Air as having ten hours of life for continued usage under general conditions. We can certainly believe this, and perhaps claim Apple's number is on the modest side.” This brings it in line with previous models and should provide most users with plenty of power to make it through the day.

If there was an area to criticize the device, it would be the camera. While it uses the same chip and lens from the iPhone 5S, it lacks many of the new features and refinements. Many reviews note that while the pictures are not awful, there is noticeable room for improvement. Apple Insider stated “cameras have never been the iPad's strong suit, and that trend continues with the Air.” Then again, taking snapshots with a 10-inch tablet isn’t the most ideal situation anyhow.

In all, the Air has received rave reviews across the board. Both Apple Insider and Business Insider say its the best iPad to date with Apple Insider saying anyone in the market for a tablet “can buy an iPad Air with confidence. This is the new standard.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

Make no mistake - Apple has finally nailed the tablet with a great combination of specs, power and a decent OS.It's a joy to hold the iPad Air. From the clever construction to the fast processor to the improved user interface, Apple has found an answer to every criticism we had of the device and the...

- Gareth Beavis, TechRadar
Tech Advisor

In many respects a triumph, the iPad Air also introduces compromises to hit the low-weight/thin-case targets. Sound quality through the new stereo speaker has deteriorated, and although a matter of taste we found the iPad mini-style case loses the premium feel of preceding generations of iPad. The i...

- Andrew Harrison, Tech Advisor
UnleashThePhones

If you buy the iPad Air, you definitely wont be disappointed. It follows along the same footsteps as previous iPads, and while it might not do anything dramatically new over the last iPad, it’s still commendable that Apple has managed to make it thinner, and lighter, while still solid, making...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones
BGR

From the design, materials and display to performance and app ecosystem, the iPad Air is the best. Not everyone wants to buy into Apple’s ecosystem and for those users, there are plenty of great Android options out there. A few Android tablets might even manage to rival the iPad Air in some ar...

- Zach Epstein, BGR
MobileBurn

The lighter size and new materials alter the way that someone uses an iPad, which makes the iPad Air something worth holding onto. An iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) owner will be content to continue using the device until next year, but everyone else should consider upgrading. Thanks to its light...

- Andrew Kameka, MobileBurn


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Apple iPad Air's screen size is 9.7 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 7 (Update Available: 12) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
32WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 32 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad Air Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 7 (Update Available: 12)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64/128 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 32 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 23.9 x 16.8 x 0.7 cm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 478 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 264 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Exposure, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, Apple Lossless, eAAC, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

Wi-Fi only version does not have GPS feature

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Critic Reviews


TechRadar

Apple has really pushed the envelope when it comes to design

from TechRadar

Make no mistake - Apple has finally nailed the tablet with a great combination of specs, power and a decent OS.

It's a joy to hold the iPad Air. From the clever construction to the fast processor to the improved user interface, Apple has found an answer to every criticism we had of the device and then some...

More

Make no mistake - Apple has finally nailed the tablet with a great combination of specs, power and a decent OS.

It's a joy to hold the iPad Air. From the clever construction to the fast processor to the improved user interface, Apple has found an answer to every criticism we had of the device and then some.

The fact it's not even more expensive than its large-screen brethren is really impressive for an Apple product, and the suite of apps that are now free, coupled with the excellent App Store and premium build, make this a no brainer for anyone looking to enter the tablet market.

We'd advise that you get the largest capacity your budget can manage - although at the top end you're verging on Macbook territory, so make sure you're ready to use a tablet and think about getting an external keyboard to make full use of the extra apps you've now got.

You've seen the score, and for those keeping tabs you'll realise this is TechRadar's first five-star tablet. It's a device with almost no flaws - it's not just Apple's best tablet, it's the only tablet you should be considering this Christmas if you're keen on a larger screen.

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Tech Advisor

Apple's 5th generation iPad is another step forward

from Tech Advisor

In many respects a triumph, the iPad Air also introduces compromises to hit the low-weight/thin-case targets. Sound quality through the new stereo speaker has deteriorated, and although a matter of taste we found the iPad mini-style case loses the premium feel of preceding generations of iPad. Th...More

In many respects a triumph, the iPad Air also introduces compromises to hit the low-weight/thin-case targets. Sound quality through the new stereo speaker has deteriorated, and although a matter of taste we found the iPad mini-style case loses the premium feel of preceding generations of iPad. The iOS 7 interface, not popular with every user, cannot be avoided on this device and it suffers some stickiness in app zooming. Ultimately though the iPad Air will suceed by simple nature of its new weight – the lose of almost 200g is so significant to its handling, and means it could encroach on E Ink ebook readers; only with the power and versatility, not to mention gorgeous colour screen, of a real iPad.

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UnleashThePhones

Boasting powerful specs in a lightweight package

from UnleashThePhones

If you buy the iPad Air, you definitely wont be disappointed. It follows along the same footsteps as previous iPads, and while it might not do anything dramatically new over the last iPad, it’s still commendable that Apple has managed to make it thinner, and lighter, while still solid, maki...More

If you buy the iPad Air, you definitely wont be disappointed. It follows along the same footsteps as previous iPads, and while it might not do anything dramatically new over the last iPad, it’s still commendable that Apple has managed to make it thinner, and lighter, while still solid, making it faster and keeping the same solid battery life. What’s not to love?

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BGR

All things considered, it is the best

from BGR

From the design, materials and display to performance and app ecosystem, the iPad Air is the best. Not everyone wants to buy into Apple’s ecosystem and for those users, there are plenty of great Android options out there. A few Android tablets might even manage to rival the iPad Air in some...More

From the design, materials and display to performance and app ecosystem, the iPad Air is the best. Not everyone wants to buy into Apple’s ecosystem and for those users, there are plenty of great Android options out there. A few Android tablets might even manage to rival the iPad Air in some areas — but none can match it across the board.

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MobileBurn

The tablet has made significant improvements to its design

from MobileBurn

The lighter size and new materials alter the way that someone uses an iPad, which makes the iPad Air something worth holding onto. An iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) owner will be content to continue using the device until next year, but everyone else should consider upgrading. Thanks to its li...More

The lighter size and new materials alter the way that someone uses an iPad, which makes the iPad Air something worth holding onto. An iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) owner will be content to continue using the device until next year, but everyone else should consider upgrading. Thanks to its lighter build, the iPad Air is probably a better bet than the iPad Mini as well. An iPad Mini is a great device because of its portability. Apple has found a way to make the iPad Air light enough to offer the same benefits and still up the ante for internal power and its large display.

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TechSpot

Thinner and lighter, but still solidly built

from TechSpot

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 som...More

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. Either way, I suspect this screen will continue to be used in future iPads as there’s simply nothing wrong with it.

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Recombu

A balance between design, powerful hardware and a slick user experience

from Recombu

Those looking for a first-class tablet experience won’t be disappointed with the iPad Air. Sure we’d make a couple of tweaks and Apple needs to tighten up a few things, but these are minor issues at best. We’d go as far to say that the iPad Air offers the most refined tablet experience to date and the balance it holds between its elegant design and great performance is hard to beat...

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Those looking for a first-class tablet experience won’t be disappointed with the iPad Air. Sure we’d make a couple of tweaks and Apple needs to tighten up a few things, but these are minor issues at best. We’d go as far to say that the iPad Air offers the most refined tablet experience to date and the balance it holds between its elegant design and great performance is hard to beat.

As ever price is a big factor that may push people away, but those familiar with Apple’s previous tablets shouldn’t wince at how much an Air will set you back. Prices start at £399 for the 16GB, WiFi-only model, with the flagship version clocking in at £739 and boasting 128GB of internal storage and 4G connectivity too.

Should the entry-level price still make you feel uncomfortable, trading down to the new iPad Mini with give you the same A7 chip, iOS 7 and a Retina Display (albeit 1.8-inches smaller) from £319, otherwise a look at what Android might offer something different that's worth considering. 

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What Hi-Fi

With improvements everywhere, the iPad Air is a stunning piece of technology that’s a joy to use

from What Hi-Fi

We have said this before, but it really is the best Apple iPad yet. For those wanting a big tablet, this is it. The design tweaks, the increased power and improvements to video and sound quality all add up to a stunning tablet that’s truly exciting to use.

Read full review

We have said this before, but it really is the best Apple iPad yet. For those wanting a big tablet, this is it. The design tweaks, the increased power and improvements to video and sound quality all add up to a stunning tablet that’s truly exciting to use.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Apple's thinner, faster iPad is a triumph... with some compromises

from Tech Advisor

In many respects a triumph, the iPad Air also introduces compromises to hit the low-weight/thin-case targets. Sound quality through the new stereo speaker has deteriorated, and although a matter of taste we found the iPad mini-style case loses the premium feel of preceding generations of iPad. Th...More

In many respects a triumph, the iPad Air also introduces compromises to hit the low-weight/thin-case targets. Sound quality through the new stereo speaker has deteriorated, and although a matter of taste we found the iPad mini-style case loses the premium feel of preceding generations of iPad. The iOS 7 interface, not popular with every user, cannot be avoided on this device and it suffers some stickiness in app zooming. Ultimately though the iPad Air will suceed by simple nature of its new weight – the lose of almost 200g is so significant to its handling, and means it could encroach on E Ink ebook readers; only with the power and versatility, not to mention gorgeous colour screen, of a real iPad.

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TabletPCReview

Significantly faster than earlier iPads

from TabletPCReview

The iPad Air is Apple'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-q...More

The iPad Air is Apple'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.

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