The iPad Air: What I Like and What I Don’t

January 10, 2014 11:14 AM

I have had the iPad Air for two weeks now, and I have really enjoyed using it. The feel, the size and weight of it makes the experience that much better. Although because it is smaller sometimes it can be constrictive at times especially if your finger is too close to the screen. This being said I have no complaints thus far. I find it much faster and smoother than the previous-generation models and the sound is brilliant, it gives a much greater experience when watching BBC programs in particular, Sherlock.

Here are the key features of the iPad Air: the 9.7-inch Retina screen with 2048 x 1536 revolution and 3.1 million pixels, it weighs one pound which is 28% lighter and 20% thinner than its previous-generation model, it has twice as fast Wifi up to 300Mbps, A7 64-bit processor, 5MP camera, and free iWork and iLife apps.

These great features certainly come at a price, quite a vast price in fact but we should be used to this by now, it’s Apple! Just about all Apple products are expensive especially when compared to other devices. Currently the cheapest Air is £399 which comes with 16GB of memory and no affiliated network, £499 with a network. Also there is a lack of memory options as there are four different memory sizes: 16GB, 32GB, 65GB, 128GB. However, once you have chosen your particular memory size you are stuck with it as unlike other brands (Samsung), there are no memory add-ons for apple products. Also, it was quite surprising that the fingerprint identity sensor was left out as it was one of their unique selling features.

That being said my enjoyment of the iPad Air has definitely overcome the expense at which it came, which I suspose is one of Apple’s aims, to bring the highest quality products to the market. This lightweight bit of kit which is 24% less in volume and still twice as fast, is a real improvement over the previous-generation models. I think it is fair to say that apple have fulfilled their iPad Air catchphrase, “Does even more. Weighs even less.”