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iPad Air, Great Things Have Small Beginnings

June 22, 2014

iPad AirWhen I think about tablets, the famous iPad series automatically come into my mind and I’m not even too much of an Apple fan (I promise). These babies have made a name for themselves and it’s already known that they are the snappiest ones around, not to mention good looking. The latest and greatest release is the iPad Air (the 5th from the series) and was lanched last year, in November (2013). It comes with some wonderful features and offerings, not to mention its refurbished look, which will definitely steal some hearts or at least gain a well deserved amount of attention. The iPad 5 is definitely one of the most good looking tablets you can find, having a very slim profile with a width of only 7.5 mm. If quality and performance is what you’re looking for, besides appearance, keep reading the following review and find out exactly if this cutie over here is able to satisfy your wishes.
In its retail box, the iPad Air comes with an A/C adapter and a lightning cable, and the user manuals. Nothing else.
As I kept babbling about how nice it is (visually speaking), I think it’s time for taking a closer look at it. The iPad Air measures 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm and has a reasonable weight of 469 grams for the Wi-Fi version and 478 g for the other one, which supports 3G and LTE. The build quality is very similar with its predecessor’s (the iPad 4), which is top-notch, yet the new version sees some improvements through the loss of some significant weight and the lowering of the screen bezels size. The device is nicely put together and looks awesome, breathing elegance and style.
The iPad Air holds a 9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a pixel density of 264 ppi and is protected by a scratch resistant glass and e good ol’ oleophobic coating. The image quality is excellent, as you would expect it to be if you know a thing or two about the famous Retina display.
In terms of software, the iPad Air comes loaded with iOS 7 and is upgradeable to v7.1.1. You should know that there’s an update on its way, I’m talking about iOS 8, which is expected to make its grand entrance this fall. Anyways, let’s get back to iOS 7. The user interface is very smooth and friendly, being significantly improved from the previous one, as it now offers some new applications, transparent menus, some fresh icons, a refurbished control center, a different lockscreen , Vimeo and Twitter integration, a smarter Siri that supports new languages and is linked to Wikipedia, and much more. The overall experience is extremely pleasant, as everything works like a charm and the beautiful and intuitive interface is simply candy for the eyes and will surely steal your heart.
At the hardware department, the iPad Air holds an Apple A7 chipset, having a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and comes in several versions, with 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. These specs are a recipe for success – the iPad Air is an exceptional performer, you won’t come across any lag issues or anything like that. Never.
Let’s make a jump towards the connectivity support. The iPad Air 5 comes in two flavors: a Wi-Fi only and a Wi-Fi + Cellular with support for 3G and LTE. Both of them offer support for dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR, but don’t expect to make file transfers via Bluetooth – it’s just not happening on Apple devices.
The Cellular version holds some more goodies, such as quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G and LTE (but data-only).
For media playback, you’re being offered the same package that was on board on iOS 6, which is saddening, if you ask me. For video playback, you can’t really upload everything you want, but only those file formats that are supported on iTunes.
With or without a pair of headphones attached, the audio output is excellent: crystal clear, just like it should be.
For taking pictures, the iPad Air holds a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus which has support for HDR, geo tagging, touch focus, face stabilization and more and is capable of shooting 1080p videos @ 30 fps. The photos and videos produced offer a nice image quality, among the best I’ve seen from a 5 MP snapper.
There’s also a front-facing 1.2 MP camera which shoots 720p @30fps.
Some other useful features that might interest you are the Safari browser, which is great and offers a wonderful user experience, iWorks for managing document files, iBooks for downloading and reading books, a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS and GLONASS and more.
The iPad Air is powered by an 8,820 mAh battery that will keep the precious alive for a little over 10 hours of browsing or even more if you’re watching movies.
iPad Air back

You can make free international calls using tap4call app on your iPad device. This smartphone app uses your Internet connection to make outgoing phone call.

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