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My girfriend and I both enjoyed our ipad (which we shared) so much it became a nightmare to share, so I decided to get another iPad but waited for the "Air" so can now compare side by side.
Weight savings are very noticeable with the Air at 469g compared to the 652g of the iPad 4. That's 28% lighter. The difference feels more pronounced though because in truth the iPad 4 was a tad too heavy. The Air is much more manageable in the hand and feels somehow more like half the weight. The difference is actually between "a little too heavy" and "quite light". The Air is nearly 2mm thinner and whilst this is pleasing I think the weight drop is the more noticeable change.
When working off the same wireless network, same distance away, the Air opens websites slightly quicker, perhaps up to 1 second quicker. That is not a lot but when surfing it speeds things up somewhat. If you stream an HD video then not only does it open faster but the buffer on the Air establishes a greater margin than on the 4. In other words the Air is less likely to stall and more able to stream higher definition content.
The speakers on the Air are noticeably better. They are less tinny in general and have more bass than the 4 although neither are exactly Hi Fi.
The Air looks smaller than previous iPads as when in landscape, the outer upper and lower border is narrower making it 16mm smaller than the iPad 4. Same actual screen size though.
The screen images are the same quality on the Air and the 4. Same screen so not very surprising. I cannot detect a snappier or smoother response, both screens seem to be the same. Cameras appear to be the same also.
The downsides are the lack of Adobe Flash and camera flash, the ridiculous cost of extra storage and no SD/micro SD slot and the fact that the charger for the Air is not compatible with the 4. Personally I can overlook those issues but for the sake of balance they are worth a mention.
I bought the iPad Air a little more than 3 months ago. Heres my opinion on it.
1. It is not durable against physical damage.
It is very fragile I saw an iPad Air's screen smashed due to a fall of just 4 feet, it was not mine though.
2. Early manufactured models have hardware issues.
Yes, they do. Games as small as temple run lag since day one even when I have updated to iOS 7.1. Vector is not playable at times and the transitions get grumpy sometimes. I have restored it several times, once from the iCloud but no help there. The screen appears to be bend inwards and a little dark at the left side. This is a problem with many units. The solution, well take it to an Apple store and get it replaced but the nearest Apple store from India is in China. So...
3. It can replace your laptop.
I use it for a range of stuff; from gaming to writing, mailing and the occasional movies. The keyboard is amazing and it gets better with 7.1. Systems apps work flawlessly and the portability makes it carrying around so easy.
4. Audio output is below expectation.
I got a pair of headphones and I was taken by dismay when I plugged it in. The same file gives a significantly high output on my HTC One X. Apple earpods work just fine though. Apart from the low volume, the clarity is unmatched, as usual.
5. Get a screen guard. A thin film of plastic can really save your front panel from looking hideous. Although it has scratch-resistant glass, the screen needs some serious protection. Just 2 days without a screen guard awarded me with a couple of little lines. Keys probably caused them.
6. The.Best.Tablet. Apart from my unfortunate time of buying the tab which resulted in me getting the one with some hardware issues, it is the best tab by a margin. Using Pages, Garageband and other apps which seamlessly synchronise data with iCloud is a treat. Hope this helped. And dont forget to browse App Store regularly for some amazing apps that use the large real estate and give real productivity.
Apple's fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, the iPad Air, it's even a more speedier table than it's predecessor, and that was a hard thing to do. That is what Apple is counting on again, the design is beautiful, the screen is crisp and bright and it runs smooth as silk. But what do they bring new at the table this time? From experience this thing has been the best so far as you all have seen ipad air 2 is coming ou and that thing is better but if I can not afford this then I woul buy ipad air 1 so please buy it it is a reall good t h i n g s o p l e a s e b u y it you will have a great expierance with it and if matbe you want an upgrade just buy the apple ipad air 2 and in future you do not know what they will bring o u t n e x t so b u y it
how can I begin! if you are looking for a fast tablet to type, play games, watch movies of browse the internet on then this is the tablet for you! with a pretty fast load up speed this tablet has no lag like previous versions. the ipad is also lighter and perfect to carry in your handbag. the camera quality is amazing and with the retina display any photos you take come out picture perfect. The wifi signal is strong and the ipad still loads at a fast pace on one bar if internet. although a little expensive, this ipad is well worth the money.
I have a silver of this one and I must say that it is lighter than the previous version. I can carry it with my bag anywhere I go. I can take pictures and get super sharp and clear photos from its camera with retina display. I love the widescreen of this ipad air, best for my surfing activities. But getting this ipad is so expensive, understandable because it's the latest version and is faster than the previous versions. What I really appreciate about ipad air is its fast wifi connectivity. When I set up my ipad I was surprised how easy and fast it was as well as the synchronizing of files. The video works so fast you can see high definition in 15 seconds. I use this ipad of mine in watching films as the video is so good and it has two speakers one at the top and one at the bottom. I think it's worth the price.
When it comes to choosing a tablet and are looking for quality in every area you really should look no further than the ipad air, you name it, it's got it, the crisp retina display is a prime example of the technology the ipad possesses, the processor is super quick, there is no lag when opening apps or playing games or even browsing the net, accompanied by a good broadband connection and there really is no rival for web browsing, the super sleek finishing of this new thinner model gives you a great feel whatever you use it for. The simple layout of the iOS operating system means it's easy to use, as with every tablet and smartphone battery life is ever important and apple seem to have plugged the problem of battery draining so quick, you will be able to browse, play and work for a considerable amount of time. The storage space starts at 16gb which is fine if you won't be saving much music or videos to your tablet but I would recommend at least the 32gb model if that's what you want to do.