Apple iPad Air  vs

New: Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi+Cellural vs 64GB Wi-Fi (Nov, 2013)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8.1 Out of 10
The location one is pretty neat because we can visualize on a map where the photos were taken!
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
VS
Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.4 Out of 10
Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Air vs 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad Air
7.9
iPad 4
8.4
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad Air
n.d.
iPad 4
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad Air
7.0
iPad 4
7.2
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad Air
9.3
iPad 4
9.5
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and trustedreviews.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad Air
8.1
iPad 4
8.4

Winner
Apple iPad 4 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad Air
5.8
iPad 4
3.6

Apple iPad Air 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Air  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad Air vs 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad Air
261
iPad 4
1,768

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad Air
2,117
iPad 4
440

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad Air
1,808 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 10% thinner
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Much better overall performance 1,768 vs 261 More than 6.8x better geekbench score
Much faster javascript execution 850 ms vs 1,808 ms 2.1x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 263 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Slightly faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  vs

9.1
8.5
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.
iPad Air

8.5
9.0
You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad Air  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 131 ppi 263 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1.4 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes No
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

iPad Air  vs
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0 None
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 610 g 652 g
Size 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 10 hour 11 hour
Apple iPad Air
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