Apple iPad Air review: Thin, light with low cost materials

Apple iPad Air is taking the Indian tablet market by storm. Notwithstanding the Indian price, which is more than Rs 5,000 as compared with the U.S. price, demand for the device is surging. The new tab is thin and light, but it comes with low cost materials.

The demand is from education institutes, enterprises and retail buyers.

Looks and feel factors are the main changes in iPad Air when comparing with the earlier version of iPads — iPad 2, 3, and 4.

Apple iPad Air is positioned as the thin tablet — 7.5mm thin compared to 8.5mm. By erasing 1 mm in the new version, Apple claims it is thinner.

This is not only thin but weighs 469 gram against 601 gram in the previous version. Thin also means cheaper components.

Despite using cost effective components, the devices vendor’s message is clear and loud. iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad.

There are several motivating factors to opt for iPad Air tablet. It delivers razor sharp text and light design. The new iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.

The new tablet with 43 percent narrower bezel the borders and Retina display enable users to enjoy from sharp web pages, text, images and video. We found that iPad Air has the same 9.7-inch screen as previous iPads, but the border around that screen has been cut in half on the left and right side.

iPad Air (you can also call it iPad 5) worked for around 8.5 hours when we tested it.

As compared with previous generations, iPad Air’s 64-bit desktop-class architecture offers better graphics and improved image signal processing.

In addition, users can benefit from up to twice the CPU and graphics performance on iPad Air. A7 chip’s 64-bit architecture and support for OpenGL ES version 3.0 unlocks game console-like visual effects.

The new iPad features M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.

The new iPad features two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, offering data rate up to 300 Mbps.

Apple claims that Wi-Fi performance on iPad Air is almost double.

iPad Air’s FaceTime HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors features larger pixels for better low-light performance.

Speed thrills for iPad fans. The iSight camera with 5MP sensor and optics, combined with iOS 7 and the image signal processing of A7, further improves still image and video capture on iPad bringing faster auto-focus, up to three times video zoom, five times still zoom, better dynamic range and automatic image and video stabilization.

iOS 7 features include Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri, iTunes Radio, free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.

Thank tablet eco-system and competitors such as Samsung. Apple did not bring a plastic body (like iPhone 5c) to reduce manufacturing cost of iPad Air. rounded edges of iPad Air make it comfortable to hold. You can also get a SmartCover (accessory) for this tablet in various shades.

Main specs of iPad Air

Specs-wise, it has a 64-bit 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 pixel screen, 16 – 128GB of built-in storage (depending on what you want to pay), a 5-megapixel rear camera with an F2.4 aperture, and a 1.2-megapixel front camera,

According to a GeekBench 3 benchmark test by a foreign media, the Air got about a 1475 single-core score and a 2641 multi-core score. iPad 4 got a 784 single and 1429 multi, while iPad 3 scored a 260 single and 350 multi.

Baburajan K


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