If you’re looking in the UK for a lightweight but powerful tablet then you really ought to consider the merits of the iPad Air, an almost perfect tablet from Apple.
There are many factors that impact on a user’s experience of a tablet, in terms of both hardware and software - and in practically all areas, the Apple iPad Air achieves near flawlessness. The iPad Air is a reasonably dainty 469 g, not quite as light as air obviously, and not as light as the iPad Mini, but Apple have constructed a device here that’s light enough to hold in one hand for long periods without your arm tiring. It’s also extremely thin and its compact design enhances the iPad’s usability in general, making it ultra-portable and a pleasure to hold in the hand.
The Apple iPad Air is designed for many purposes, whether that’s reading eBooks, playing games, browsing the web, sending emails, creating spreadsheets or watching movies. It has dimensions of (H) 240 mm x (W) 169.5 mm x (D) 7.5 mm and comes with a razor sharp 9.7 inch Retina screen and an LED-backlit multi-touch display. The 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) delivers very impressive imagery and the touchscreen is wonderfully responsive. As always Apple go the extra mile and the oleophobic coating on the display ensures you won’t have to worry about fingerprints and other greasy smudges. The operating system, the updated iOS 7, runs quickly and provides great stability. The A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor guarantees fantastic support for watching high resolution movies, playing processor-hungry games, or opening up multiple tabs without any compromise on speed. The iPad Air therefore delivers nothing short of entertainment excellence.
If you were to criticise, 16 GB with no means to upgrade the storage capacity seems a bit mean these days. But you still get a wide range of services with the Apple iPad Air, with access to up to half a million apps, including iCloud for a large amount of online storage. The iPad Air is a stable, powerful, and incredibly user-friendly tablet delivering high performance and an all-round top notch service. The price may seem high, but you have to pay a bit extra if you want premium quality.
- Beautifully thin and light design
- Fantastic retina display
- Above average battery life
- No Touch ID fingerprint scanner
- No camera upgrade from iPad 4
Why you should buy it:
At just 1lb in weight you can barely feel this remarkable tablet in your hand. In almost every other way it’s a bona fide heavyweight, though. If you like your tablets fast, good at taking photos and brimming with Apple’s signature finesse, then this could be the one for you.