Apple iPad Air
A powerful, beautifully-designed entertainment device that's tough to rival.
UK buyers on the hunt for a powerful tablet that’s also beautifully-designed and lightweight, must consider the iPad Air – one of the more stunning models on the market.
The Apple iPad Air is built to be a great all-round entertainment device, providing the ability to play games, browse the Internet, create documents and spreadsheets, send emails, or watch movies. It measures (H) 240 mm x (W) 169.5 mm x (D) 7.5 mm in size and has a stunning 9.7 inch Retina screen over an LED-backlit multi-touch display. It has a fantastic 2048 x 1536 resolution which delivers extremely impressive picture quality. The touchscreen is very responsive, while an oleophobic coating ensures no unsightly fingerprints.
On almost all levels the iPad Air scores highly. It weighs a bit more than the iPad Mini and some of the smaller screen competitors, but for a 9.7” screen you won’t get lighter at 469 g. It’s sufficiently light not to need two hands for operation, making this great for bringing on the train where you might want to hold a grabrail while reading the news or an eBook.
iOS 7 is a great operating system that runs smoothly while providing a stable platform for all your apps. There’s an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and a M7 motion coprocessor, which together help make your experience as fast and fun as possible. You’ll never notice any hangs or judders with the iPad Air – movie watching, web browsing and multitasking has never been so smooth. Finally, you’ll find 32 GB of memory which should suit most people’s needs – but be warned there’s no way to upgrade the storage capacity. Apple do not like their users poking around under the bonnet across any of their devices.
- Stunning retina display
- iLife and iWork apps are brilliant
- Pretty decent battery life
- No Touch ID fingerprint scanner
- No camera improvement from iPad 4
Why you should buy it: Overall you will find the iPad Air is a powerful, wonderfully intuitive tablet that delivers a first class performance. Apple products always seem to be amongst the most expensive, but if you’ve got the extra cash you won’t regret buying an iPad Air.