Apple iPad Air

Released November, 2013
  • 9.7"
  • 64 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

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPad Air

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad Air
8.6
iPad 3
7.8
Passmark and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad Air
9.7
iPad 3
9.7
GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad Air
7.0
iPad 3
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad Air
9.3
iPad 3
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and trustedreviews.com

8.6

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad Air
8.6
iPad 3
8.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad Air
4,192
MediaPad M3
8,224

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPad Air
3,506
iPad 3
2,727

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad Air
6.7 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad Air


8.3
The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.

8.0
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.

9.1
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.

8.5
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.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

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)

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)

Resolution

Although the new iPad's iPhone 4S-esque 2048 x 1536p resolution, 264 pixels per inch Retina Display is in a league of its own when it comes to tablet screens, the 1024 x 768p 132 PPI multi-touch offering that lines up on the iPad 2 is of a more than acceptable standard that has been overshadowed by the unparalleled image quality available through its replacement.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2011)
Videos come to life on the tablet as well, since the iPad Air is able to catch our eyes thanks to its smooth playback, rich colors, and superior details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Even with its pixel density count of 264 ppi, the iPad Air 2 still manages to deliver some crisp and clean details – so it’s fantastic for reading, surfing the web, and even watching video.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

Operating system

Despite its expected, and even eagerly awaited, annual dethroning, the second-generation Apple tablet remains arguably the second best tablet device on the market with a new, lower price tag and a software update helping transform it into the first true new iPad challenger.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2011)
You couldn't bounce between applications with multitasking.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
Even with all of the added new features, it still doesn’t quite provide that productivity element that we get from a true desktop operating systems.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

Apps

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)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

Wi-Fi
  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

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

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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