iPad Air Retina Display – Specs, Features and Price Review – Fast and Sleek

Apple’s iPad Air was unveiled in October 2013.

It is a fast and sleek tablet and also amazingly lightweight. It is a fifth generation iPad and has already become a huge success. It has a screen size of 9.7 inches.

Interface

The iPad Air features the iOS and the updated model runs on the iOS 7, which is pre installed in it. It also has many Apple apps pre installed in it, such as FaceTime for free video calling; Videos; Camera; Calendar; Clock; Safari browser; Game Center; and so on. You can select the space grey or the silver colors. The iPad is also available in the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB and in 128GB physical memory variants.

Basic Specifications

The iPad Air runs on an A7 processor chip, with a 64-bit architecture and a motion co-processor M7. The screen is LED backlit and uses the Retina display with IPS technology. The resolution is 2048 x 1536p and the pixel density is 264 ppi, with a coating that resists fingerprints. The iSight camera is of 5 MP and located at the rear; it also allows video recording at 1080p HD and has other features, such as autofocus, face detection and video stabilization. Still images can be taken with a tap to focus feature. The front facing camera is a high definition one of 1.2 MP. It can also be used for video calling at 720p HD and FaceTime calls can be made through a mobile network or through Wi Fi. The 32.4-watt per hour battery is rechargeable. The iPad Air runs on the state of the art A7 microprocessor which clocks at 1.4 GHz.

Lightweight Aspect 

The iPad Air first stands out against the competition due to its light weight. It weighs only 469g in case of the Wi Fi model and 478g for the 3G/4G option. The thickness is also only 7.5 mm. It can be used one handedly and is very portable. It is ideal for e-reading, gaming, making presentations and taking notes. The iPad Air also has a built-in thumb rejection technology.

Retina Display

It is a very comfortable 10-inch tablet with a great screen offering an excellent user experience. The 4:3 aspect ratio makes it very easy for browsing the web and is the best screen on a tablet of this size. As for audio quality, it comes with stereo speakers, with both the drivers being located at the bottom of the device. The audio is crisp and loud as well.

Future Proof

Navigation around the menus and through the various applications is really fast and easy. The processor is ready for the future games that are graphically demanding and the applications that will be released in the years to come. The iPad Air also manages to remain cool even when playing intensive 3D games. It is very fast and apps open within an instant. Some of the important iOS apps like iWorks and iLife are able to take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture.

Battery

The size of the battery has been reduced to 32.4 W per hour. This has been done with a view to reduce the size of the tablet. Yet, it still remains efficient due to the boosted version of the 64-bit Apple A7 processor.

Verdict

The iPad Air is thin and light and very fast, with an improved screen. It still sticks on to the same price of $499, but is an improved tablet in every way compared to the predecessor. It comes with the trademark Retina screen, but it is its very little weight that is the star feature of the tablet.

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