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Costing £499 when reviewed, this tablet is very impressive, doesn't weight anything, just 469g, it's extremely fast and possibly the best screen I've seen on a tablet. It's thinner than all the previous models, just 7.5mm thick so it fits into a bag very easily. As with all the apple iPhones and tablets, it's made from one sheet of aluminum and a glass screen. It's available in White or Space Gray and personally I think it's the best looking tablet out there. It even feels strong and very nice to hold.
The screen is 9.7in which is the same as the other iPads made by Apple. It uses 2,048x1,536 Retina resolution which means no matter how close you put your nose to the device, you will never be able to see individual pixels on a screen that size. So the screen looks so bright, sharp and extremely detailed. You can also see the screen clearly from almost any angle. The brightness of the screen means that you can still see everything clearly no matter what light is reflecting off of it. You can purchase cases for the phone from Apple which attach magnetically to the sides, offering more protection. It also folds back meaning you can use it to stand the iPad at an angle on a desk and it's available in a variety of colors and styles.
It uses the same A7 system-on-a-chip (SoC) as seen in the iPad 5S, it's a 64-bit module processor meaning it can run more complicated apps and handle more data. It's duel-core and they run at a clock speed of 1.4GHz. This means that no matter what app or game you want to play, this beauty will handle it with ease. It also has an M7 motion coprocessor which uses senses to tell the iPad what angle it's at and if you are on the move. The iPad comes with the latest iOS 7, which in my opinion is better by far than all its predecessors. It's a lot easier and user friendly, and if you buy it today you get a free copy of iWorks and iLife. iWorks is a decent office suite that can do nearly everything Microsoft office can, and you can save your files to iCloud meaning you can access them wherever you are.
It still uses the same 5-megapixel camera as the iPad 4, which is a little disappointing because it's the only thing that lets it down and there are tablets with better cameras out there. It struggles with low-light environments. The camera in the front is 1.2 megapixel and it works really well for video calls. The battery life is also impressive, boasting 12 hours while watching movies. It also has been upgraded to 4G meaning you can connect to any network in the UK. It has duel antennas and they have added MIMO giving it a lot better reception and it has a speed of 300Mbit/s.
You can get the iPad Air with a number of different storage amounts, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
In conclusion, this is easily the best tablet on the market, it's so close to perfect, the only thing that lets it down is the camera. Apart from that its nice to look at, very fast, long battery life, amazing screen. Simply awesome.
In my line of work I have to use lyrics to read from, now I have been using simple paper and typing out lyrics, turning the pages to go through the set list.
However times are changing and I am useless at buying the most recent technology, however I was lucky enough to be given some money for christmas, and decided to buy the most recent Ipad Air, with 32Gb of internal memory.
I bought it from John Lewis for £479 which is super expensive, but it came with a 3 year warranty whereas from everywhere else you only get the 1 year. Free delivery and I got cashback from my santander credit card. I figured I would still be using this in 3 years so worth getting it from a reputable shop. The screen is 9.7" and this is plenty big enough to see it, I am long sighted and dont need to wear my glasses when reading through documents. I have downloaded a few books through an app to read and I can also see the print fine, though you can zoom in by pushing two fingers apart on the screen. The retina display makes everything super clear and bright. Its a great quality when watching films on the move.
The ipad has a chip called A7 which makes it almost as powerful as a laptop, I already have a laptop and the main reason I bought this was because of the apps available. It works so fast, you can scroll through the menus, watch films and iplayer, basically everything my old iphone 3 s does, but much better. Its really light, they say it only weighs a pound, I believe them!
It comes in two colours, space grey, and silver. The front of mine is black and the back silver grey colour.
The operating system IOS 7 doesnt mean a lot to me but my partner has the same on iphone 4. I only have the wifi version so cant comment on 3g. One of my favourite things about the ipad is that I can facetime my family abroad for free, and in great quality. Having their faces on a large screen is brilliant and much better than the smaller iphone screen.
It came pre loaded with loads of apps, the most useful for me being the imovie and garageband which I probably would have bought anyway. It records video in fab quality, and the camera is a huge improvement on the iphone but with no flash. I havent run the battery down yet even after about 3 days of being on it off and on.
You hardly have to stroke the screen for it to do something, its just brilliant and I am so glad I bought the most up to date model, having never done anything like this before!
Apple iPad Air 32GB
What appealed about this?...
I wanted a tablet that would be light and easy to navigate. After numerous trips to stores to compare ease of use of all manner of brands I kept coming back to the Apple as it is so clear and user friendly.
What's on offer with this tablet?...
As weight was a deciding factor I can tell you that this good sized tablet weighs less than a kilo, whilst feeling strong and durable and looking attractive.
I was attracted to this model as it has the retina display which is even clearer and has a good sized screen without too much bevel -- 9.7".
Another attractive and necessary feature was ultra fast wireless connection and that is what I got.
Access to over 450,000 applications and access to email, internet, cloud storage -- including Amazon's Kindle and music.
Camera is 5MP auto focus and there is video facility as you would expect.
The list of technicalities goes on and I would direct you to the Apple website to take full advantage of all of that over there. I've just included what tempted me in and what was important to me at this time.
What's it like to use?...
I'd had a good play on the demo's in the Apple Store so had a good idea what to expect from this tablet. First things first -- minimal packaging that is well designed and aesthetically pleasing. Price wise this is a rather more expensive piece of kit compared with alternatives but Asda had a good offer on that my husband took advantage of when he gifted me with this.
Setting up is pretty similar to setting up the Kindle Paperwhite. You choose language and input your wireless key code and you are plain sailing from there on in. Charging is very fast. First charge was fast and subsequent charging up is impressively quick -- half an hour and all is good to go.
I'm really happy with the weight and feel of the tablet in my hands, though I was happier when I got my Tuff luv case as it can be a wee bit slippery and is ultra thin. I like that my cover protects the screen when it is off too. The tablet has a sleep function which is really handy and doesn't deplete the battery, also there is an easy swipe across the screen function that switches off completely.
There are few buttons to the side. The side ones are for volume and rotation lock, whilst the top button will switch on/off and wakes the tablet up. On the front of the tablet to the bottom centre is the the home button. I like that the rest of the functioning is touch screen -- nice smooth feel to this and the images are sharp as you would expect from the retina display.
Built in speakers provide impressive sound and the slot for the usb charger is discreet and easy to access.
I use the tablet mostly for accessing email and browsing the internet -- this is very easy to navigate and fast. I have used the tablet when in all rooms of the house and also when two laptops have been in use and the connectivity is superb.
When accessing video playback or movies the images are crystal clear and the sound is very impressive for such a slender unit. I've not had any issues with connectivity or crashes up to now.
Battery life seems to be very good, it depends on what you are doing and how often you access the tablet throughout the day but from my initial usage for internet access and playing music with some use of the camera I'm having a good few hours per day for up to five days before needing to charge up. I like that you get a charger with this, I had to buy one for my Kindle.
I have been impressed with the applications that are on offer from the Apple store. It is very easy to navigate and obvious which are free and which payable. It is fast at downloading the applications and I have yet to be disappointed with lack of choice. I was particularly impressed with the fact that I can download and access my Kindle books (done automatically) to my iPad Air -- this allows me to continue reading from where I was up to on my Kindle. It's super that I can access my music from Amazon Cloud too.
I see that the operating system is the very impressive iOS 7. This allows for multitasking with ease and also offers access to Siri, Air Drop, Air Play and Air Print. I've not used all of the facilities yet but every day I find something else that impresses me.
I wondered what it would be like to use the tablet when I was used to using computer or laptop. I've been really impressed with what I can do and the speed that I can do it. The display is notably clearer and sharper -- images are a treat to look at, so rich and clear. Speed is very impressive and I can happily compose short messages or posts but I'd have to get a keyboard for lengthier tasks.
I like that I can put my earphones into the tablet and also connect to speakers to access my library of music. It feels like I have everything all in one place. I have writing applications on there too.
I'm really pleased with this tablet. It oozes quality, looks sleek and has a good screen size that means you are not having to enlarge stuff all of the time. It can be carried around with ease but I like the cover to protect it when I'm out. It's light and ergonomically well designed.
Absolutely. This is quality and even if you don't switch it on it looks good and feels good. The aluminium casing is gorgeous and makes the tablet feel sturdy and well made. It's oh so easy to use, this was a major necessity for me as I'm not the most technically minded and I want to access things with speed. Internet access and wireless connection is really impressive, battery life is good and charging speedy. I love that I have access to everything all in one place and the screen is a size that means I don't end up squinting at the screen. I love the Siri voice demand -- it works well and is something I've not encountered before. There is plenty of storage on this but it's not expandable -- that's why I got this one. Sound is great. There is nothing not to like for me about this tablet, it is all that I wanted and more besides. A really big thing is that the keypad is excellent and responsive and mistakes are rarely made when typing. A high five from me and highly recommended to you.
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(c) Dawnymarie 2013
I got a present of an Apple iTouch a couple of years ago and have used it constantly ever since. It's only drawback was its tiny screen which meant surfing the web was an uncomfortable and awkward experience. The only surfing at home I could do was on an old laptop so I decided the time had come to get a tablet. As its one of the most expensive on the market, I was hesitant so researched other tablets to see how they compared. However, the iPAD was still my favourite - there is just something that Apple do which puts their products ahead of the competition.
I got the new iPAD Air 32GB. I considered the iPAD 2 which is still available but as its on the market for some time I was afraid it would date quickly. I shopped around but Apple products tend not to vary too much in price, particularly newly released ones. In the end I got it on Black Friday when the Apple site had 35 euros off it.
It arrived in a white box - very sleek and classy. The only accessory included was a lead which plugs in to the iPAD for charging. The other end can be either connected to a USB port or plugged in to the mains for charging.
What can I say - it has lived up to my expectations and I love it. I switched it on and it had a full charge so I was able to start straight away. It automatically takes you through a number of steps to complete the set up so its fuss free and straightforward. Its very light and extremely thin and with a powerful processor inside its very fast. As I haven't owned a previous model I can't say how it compares to earlier generations though. After some consideration I went for the 32gb model rather than the 16gb. From what I understand, many of the new apps are in HD and can be quite memory intensive. Also, using it for video can fill up the storage pretty fast and as it lacks the flexibility of adding extra memory its important to get this decision right at the outset.
The retina display is brilliant - the screen is clear and crisp and very responsive to touch. There are only a few buttons on the side - one switches it on and off and the other two control the volume. The interface is well designed and easy to use - apps are clearly displayed on the home screen and by swiping your finger down from the top of the screen you get access to the calendar and updates section. By swiping from the bottom, you can access wi-fi options, volume and brightness among other things. You can set up folders to group similar apps together to make navigation easier.
The camera is very good and takes great quality pictures. This is definitely an improvement on my 4th generation iTouch, where the picture quality was a let down. Unique to the Air are a number of apps included free which otherwise would have to be paid for on the App Store. These are iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. The last three are sort of Apple's versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. I have downloaded some of them but have yet to try them so can't comment further on that.
Finally, battery life is excellent. As its my new 'toy' I have been spending a lot of time on it and the battery is lasting well.