Apple iPad Air

Released November, 2013
  • 9.7"
  • 128 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
8.6 Out of 10

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Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad Air

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.

It lacked not just a front-facing camera for FaceTime, but any camera at all, couldn't handle multitasking and for all that its display offered a great portal to the Internet and a plethora of apps, the Apple iPad was actually a somewhat unwieldy device to sit in bed or on the sofa with.

In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.

It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.


8.6 Out of 10

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The resolution is low enough, though, that text on websites looks pretty pixelated at times, making it harder to read than we'd like - our eyes have been spoiled by too many super-sharp displays on all the great smartphones now available.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
After all, the iPad/2 has a big screen to play with and having just a huge expanse of icons greeting you on the home page does feel like a less than optimal use of this space.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
You could think of the iPad Air as a 20 percent scaled-up version of the Mini, as the two tablets feature near-identical styling details, the bigger one differing only by having more speaker holes on the bottom (80 vs. 56 on the Mini).
by c|net (Oct, 2013)


The slew of great magazine and newspaper apps that are now available do provide an arguably nicer way to read the same content you might get online.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Additionally, we noticed slightly higher frame rates in some games, though that was far less prevalent.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
This proves more of an advantage in the home than out and about; bearing in mind how many apps are effectively just pretty, stand-alone web pages, over 3G the connection tends to be the limiting factor in how fast apps run.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Operating System

We coached the iPad Air through some of our favorite benchmarks, along with a fourth-gen iPad running the most recent version of iOS (7.0.3).
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
The original iPad made its debut with iOS 3.2.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
You don't need an iPhone either - Android handsets also tether, and more likely without the additional cost.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2011)


As for its front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, it’s ideal enough for our FaceTime sessions, but when it comes to still image quality, we wouldn’t necessarily say we’d rely on it much.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Armed with the same 5-megapixel rear auto-focus camera, which features a backside illuminated sensor and an f2.4 aperture lens, it’s able to snap up pleasant looking photos that have an effective amount of likeable qualities to accept – especially for a tablet!
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Even if Apple had gone the route of using a Carl Zeiss lens and a 10-megapixel sensor, the iPad 2 just isn't a replacement for a camera or smartphone.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)


The overall thickness has also dropped to a mere 8.8mm thick - down from the 13mm of the iPad.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
In our experience, it’s able to pump out a solid one-day of heavy usage, which is pretty much the standard mark we’ve comfortably become accustomed to expect with today’s tablets.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Seriously, it’s skinny (6.1mm) and lightweight (444 gr), easily eclipsing its predecessor in the process.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536
PPI 263 ppi


  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
  6. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz


Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes


Internal storage 128 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP


USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 478 g
Size 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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