Apple’s iPad Air: Lighter, Faster, Thinner
Apple has been fighting hard to keep the designs and specifications a secret while amidst the furor it has come up with the iPad Air, delivering a strong statement to the competitors vying for some attention. This device was launched long back but the revival of the same is due to the upgradable software and a more advanced processor, putting forth an enviable display for those who made the purchase, roughly six months back. The newest model has been reviewed here and it is now up to the customers as what option they would be selecting as this year’s Christmas present.
Apple does take inspiration from its older products while creating newer designs with a highly reduced form factor. iPad Air is no exception as it readily borrows strategies from the iPad Mini and can be termed as a scaled up variant of the same. Identical styling inputs and comparable thinness make iPad Air an exceptional device to carry around. The entire framework is exceptionally durable and sturdy at the same time, so as to avoid minor accidental glitches. Scratch resistant glass is being made available for the customers as Apple does take the reputation quite seriously. In terms of style and structure, this device surpasses the contemporaries with aplomb by just being highly innovative and equipped at the same time. Surprisingly, it is also one of the lighter devices available and gives a great feel when picked up. The build is extremely user-friendly and the rounded profile and tucked in tabs do give a classy feel besides the chamfered corners and edges. With the stereo speakers being placed underneath, iPad Air has an enviable sound output but surprisingly chose to give the fingerprint scanner a miss.
Are you in an awe of Apple’s fast computing and waiting impatiently for the newest iPad Air to hit your hands? The wait is finally over as Apple decided to include the 64-bit Dual-core A7 CPU as seen in the iPhone 5s, with the Air tab as well. This may be a bit disheartening for the users who duly expected at least a quad-core sot satiate their needs. But hold on to your seat belts as the performance is no way close to that of a usual dual-core and in unison with the 1GB RAM the iPad Air surely packs a punch. With 1.3GHZ being the processor speed out here, this device is a virtual beast which did hit the international market with all its might. If benchmark scores were to be given importance, iPad Air did fare exceedingly well in both Sun Spyder 2.0.2 and even across the Geekbench, thus reinstating the faith we all had on Apple’s sheer brilliance and class.
Feel and Software:
This segment is exclusive to this device as while playing even the highest-end games this device feels relatively cool and seldom lags. Apps load way faster than other devices and one can surely experience better frame rates while playing several interactive games with higher requirements. It wins over its contemporaries in the Graphic processing department with a staggering high score of over a 100 surpassing even the Surface 2. The iOS 7 being provided initially with iPad Air has lived its expectancy period and updates for iOS 8 are readily supported, making the device perform in a much better way.
Tablet photography isn’t something we all look forward to but Apple does give us a reason to be satisfied with the same 5MP variant as seen earlier. This rear camera takes good shots during daylight and the front facing one also surprises occasionally. It has been upgraded with this device as the addition of the backside illumination did come in handy for most users followed by the introduction of bigger pixels. Better low light performance is thus ensured, letting you click pictures even with darker undertones.
The dual-antenna framework for Wi-Fi is extremely handy and comes with the MIMO hierarchy. Data transferred is exceedingly high owing to the compatible built-in router and one can easily achieve rates up to 300Mbps. 802.11ac is absent though and this impairs the near perfect device to a certain extent, but nevertheless perfection is more of a myth, isn’t it!.
As promised the tablet delivers with over 10 hours of multimedia as per the usual rundown tests. Heavy usage would drain the battery but not to an alarming level and if minimal usage like web surfing is your thing, then get the iPad Air charged once and come around after days. The 8600mAh non-removable battery is the best possible fodder for this beast.
In a nutshell we can infer that Apple comes up with a near perfect device with this upgrade and if the customer is willing to shell of a few extra bucks, then nothing gets better than this exclusive iPad Air which also features calling support using Facetime with internet support and the LTE carrier boost (but 4G is not available in India).
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