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Apple iPad Air A7 16GB 9.7" Tablet

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A7 16GB 9.7" 1 Feb 2014
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2 Reasons For

Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Tablet Computers

Apple is one of the best tablet brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Apple also has excellent ratings for its A7 processor tablets.

Top Seller

The iPad Air is one the top selling tablet currently on sale.

5 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

Most tablet computers of a similar spec and age to the iPad Air are not 3G compatible. The iPad Air is no exception to this as it too is not 3G compatible.

If you want a tablet that is 3G compatible then you might also want to consider the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)[plb_2144809_price].

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Not 4G Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the iPad Air, the iPad Air is not 4G compatible.

If you would prefer a tablet computer that is 4G compatible then you might want to consider the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)[plb_2144809_price].

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Only One Processor Core

The iPad Air is a one processor core tablet.

We compared this tablet to all the other 1 processor core tablet computers and we think a cheaper tablet such as the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)[plb_2981402_price] or you might consider a higher rated tablet such as the Apple iPad Air[plb_2981411_price] are also worth considering.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of A7 processor tablets that have been available for a similar time to the iPad Air is 49GB. The iPad Air has a fairly small internal storage capacity (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that have been around for around the same time as the iPad Air.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 16GB internal storage capacity tablets and we think the Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)[plb_1847201_price] which has better reviews; or the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)[plb_2981402_price] which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Very Heavy

The average weight of tablet computers of this type and age is 390g, and the weights range from 330g to 480g. At 478 grams, the Apple iPad Air is fairly heavy compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that have been available for a comparable time to the iPad Air.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Apple iPad Air

Released Over Two Years Ago

This tablet computer was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

The iPad Air has a fairly average screen size (9.7 inches) compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that are a comparable age to the iPad Air.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 9.7" tablets currently available including the Apple iPad Air[plb_2981411_price] which has better reviews.

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4 Awards

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Expert Reviews

23 July 2015

The iPad Air 2 is no doubt a five-star product. However, while Apple may have improved the processor, added Touch ID and tweaked the display in the Air 2, we don't feel it's enough to justify... Read more…

Slim and light (although a little thicker and heavier than iPad Air 2)
Still comfortably fast enough for almost all apps and games
Beautifully designed and built
Will start to feel slower as time passes and more demanding apps are released
Screen feels slightly plasticky because of 'flex'
10 February 2015

Welcome to our updated iPad Air 1 review, in which we look again at the first iPad Air after more than a year of regular use and see how it compares to other tablets available in 2015. We gave it... Read more…

25 November 2014

Incredible value at a new lower price, the iPad Air is small, light, incredibly powerful and has an amazing screen...

Expert Reviews

18 November 2014

The newest addition to the iPad line-up is the iPad Air 2 but what's the difference compared to the iPad Air ? Find out in our iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air comparison review. See also : Best tablets you... Read more…

13 August 2014

Microsoft made a big song and dance about how great the Surface Pro 3 works as a laptop replacement when it unveiled the hybrid device. In fact, taking a page out of Samsung's book, Microsoft went... Read more…

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User Reviews

Reviewed 15 December 2014 by Bugwitch
Bugwitch would recommend the Apple iPad Air

I love my ipad and wish I had purchased it before I bought a Tablet , mini ipad , and a Kindle. Those three put together doesn't compare to this one. What a bargain when I purchased this. Best... Read more…

Reviewed 9 January 2015 by Stellapuppy
Stellapuppy would recommend the Apple iPad Air

I purchased this model, IPad Air 16GB, for my mother for Christmas. It's her first IPad, and she's been having a blast ever since she unwrapped it. Took her a few days to get the hang of the... Read more…

Reviewed 27 June 2014 by Midinotes

Having owned almost every iPad model since the original iPad 1, I have accepted that any change between models is usually marginal. Whilst there have been improvements in speed, perhaps the... Read more…

Reviewed 15 July 2014 by Shan420

I bought this as a present for my parents living abroad, video chatting wasn't great experience because the call quality was really bad before using facetime,so i bought an iPad for them, now with... Read more…

This is a very fast drive. I'm sure there might be others out there that are faster. but if I can install this in an ancient dell inspiron 1525 and get under 12 boot time that pretty impressive. mind
The size of the screen and ease of use
Windows experience index 7.9 which is highest
Fits in all laptops
None so far. Ill update as time goes on
Haven't even had it for a week and its giving me problems already. Computer hangs up. .. and have to force. Blue screen of death. I had to reinstall Windows 7 times because the drive would keep failin
Reduced real estate
Haven't been able to connect to my printer
A little pricey
Reviewed 9 December 2013 by BradGlenister

I bought my first iPad two years ago (iPad 2) and thought I'd treat myself to an upgrade. Having an older model meant that I noticed the differences easily with the new iPad Air. The sharper... Read more…

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iPad Mini (3rd gen) vs iPad Air

Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen) vs Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)
A7 1.3GHz 64GB 7.9" 4G
Apple iPad Air
a7 16GB 9.7"
$ $285.19
Hugely Larger Internal Storage Capacity
One More Processor Core
Newer by Eight Months
Vastly Worse Les Review
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Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air
A7 1.3GHz 32GB 9.7" 4G 3G
Apple iPad Air
a7 16GB 9.7"
$ 492.63 $285.19
Techradar Review is Significantly Better
One More Processor Core
16GB Larger Internal Storage Capacity
Newer by Eight Months
Digital Versus Review is Significantly Worse
PC Mag Review is Significantly Worse