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Apple iPad Air A7 16GB 9.7" 4G 3G Tablet

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The power of lightness. A ton of advanced technology. In just one pound. You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It's just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one pound. The stunning Retina... More
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Excellent Owner Reviews

People who bought this tablet computer rated this tablet as brilliant on average. Most iPad Air owners think it is one of the very best tablets of this age and spec.

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We calculated the average ratings for all Apple tablets and also specifically for Apple A7 processor tablets and found that in both cases Apple had excellent ratings compared to other brands.

Good Sound Quality

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product had good sound quality. Arif Shaikh said in their review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “Looks really good and the sound from the speakers, while not a surround sound system, are more than adequate for the job” and rated this tablet 5 stars. Catherine M Stuttard said “Videos in excellent colour with a good sound also from such a small set of features” in her Apple iPad Air review. Catherine M Stuttard also wrote “Easy to use with excellent screen and sound”.

Good Picture Quality

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers who bought it reckoned that it had good colour saturation. In November Bookworm said “Well defined with lovely vivid colours” in their review of this tablet. Three years ago Dimitris said “The colours look alive and the photos look crispier as ever” in their review. James M rated the product 5 stars and he said in his review of this tablet in the same month “The screen is superb and colours are really vibrant”.

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had good picture quality. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “Only thing I've found is the picture quality on the camera when used indoors is grainy” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Michael Young wrote on Amazon “The picture quality is fantastic and very fast when using the web” in his review. Two years ago Nalan Enver said on Amazon “The picture quality is fantastic and the sound is quality is good to” in their review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Size

A few Apple iPad Air owners who purchased this tablet agreed that it was thin. Andyj wrote “Screen and graphics are a model of clarity and despite this latest ipad being thinner and lighter than others I have seen it still feels substantial” in their review. Antoine mentioned in his Apple iPad Air review “Was greeted by a lovely, super slim and lightweight gem of a tablet”. Antoine also mentioned “The side bezels are so much thinner too, no wonder it could be mistaken for a Mini”.

A few Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good weight. In November last year Cupcakes mentioned in their review of the Apple iPad Air “I'm so glad I made this purchase because it is light weight and easy to use” and rated it 5 stars. D E Porter said “Very practical size and weight” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Mrs. Mary L. Glover said in his review of this tablet on Amazon “Very light weight and brilliant product”.

Several customers who reviewed the Apple iPad Air reckoned that it was lightweight. Two years ago John mentioned on Amazon “Remarkably thin - it feels like a light-weight book.3”. Leon mentioned in his review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “However I will mention that this tablet is particularly lightweight and excellent for travelling around” and gave the Apple iPad Air a rating of 5 stars. Natasha Aggar wrote on Amazon last year “Silver back and it's so lightweight! Incredible, delivery was a bit iffy”.

A number of Apple iPad Air owners who reviewed it thought it was a good body shape. Two years ago Antoine mentioned “Albeit screen offers better viewing angles) It really is a pity that I had to buy a protective case, which covers the beautifully crafted aluminium body”.

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers who purchased this tablet considered that it was easy to carry around. Brenda Peter rated the Apple iPad Air 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon “Easy to carry around reading books, magazines, games, emails, news updates” in her review. Two years ago Catherine M Stuttard said in her review of this tablet “Overall I still think it is great, easy to carry and easy to use with excellent screen”. Web User rated this tablet as very good and mentioned “Really light and easy to handle” in their review of the Apple iPad Air.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people who reviewed the product agreed that it was good quality. In November this year Amazon Customer said “To get a decent iPad case with a keyboard attached is another great investment - most good quality ones are around £60 upwards” in their review of this tablet and scored the product 80 out of 100. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Fast speed, very clear and high quality screen, also very slim”. Antoine said two years ago “I call these necessary evils, yet one should not skimp on a quality case offering the best protection possible”.

Easy to Use

A few Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer said in their review on Amazon “It's operation is almost intuitive and it's speed leaves a PC lap-top dead in the water” and scored the product 5 stars. Andrei wrote “Sleeker than than previous gens & easy to use” in their review. Two years ago Anne Elizabeth Dunn said on Amazon “Responsive to the touch and very easy to use, would recommend it to my friends” in her review.

A few Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed the product wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. This month Deepee said “Low on memory for the money, has no expandable memory or external connectivity (USB etc), non user replaceable battery, is hard to hold and vulnerable without a case” in their review of the Apple iPad Air. Three years ago James M wrote “Firstly it feels so nice to hold and use” in his review of the Apple iPad Air. Just My Opinion! said last year “It's much more comfortable to hold” in their review.

Thirteen customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to setup. Beckie said on Amazon “So easy to set up” and gave it a score of 5 stars. This year Bookworm rated the Apple iPad Air as very good and mentioned in their review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “It was incredibly easy to set up and I was fully up”. Graham Worboys said “Very happy the iPad is just great so simple to setup and use” in his review of this tablet and scored the product 5 stars.

Several Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed this tablet said that it had a good experience. John mentioned in his Apple iPad Air review “You navigate around with your finger by pointing and gently swiping the screen makes the whole experience a lot easier - a lot more fun”. Musicfan scored this tablet very highly and said “Highly recommended on experience to date”. Tablet_surfer said in their review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “What matters is the experience using it and here Apple is way ahead”.

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers who bought it concluded that it had a good interface. Den mentioned “The young can use it rather easily, thanks to Apples really user friendly, User Interface” in their review of this tablet. Johnh wrote on Amazon “They have created a clunky user interface, which ensures you cannot access the directory” however they scored it 20 out of 100.

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Good Battery Life

Seventeen people mentioned that it had a good battery life. In November Ali T wrote “Battery life is excellent, even though it's 2 years old it still lasts around 8 hours from a full charge (depending on what I'm using it for!” in his Apple iPad Air review. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Excellent battery life”. Andrei wrote “Battery life is remarkable in placed”.

One customer who purchased it wrote that it was quick to charge. This year Ali T mentioned on Amazon “It takes around 1.5 hours to charge from empty to full”.

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Good Connectivity

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers mentioned that the product was wifi compatible. In November this year Bookworm wrote “This model has wifi only to connect to the web- the next one up”. Catherine M Stuttard said in her review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “Via the Wi-Fi is very good”. Fdwalker said “I have opted to use just Wifi, whihc works just fine for me”.

A few customers who purchased it reckoned that it was able to connect to the internet. Two years ago Flossy said in their Apple iPad Air review “Are hesitating -just do it! We use it for surfing the net, internet shopping, I take it to the gym”. Lillian gave it a score of 5 stars and she wrote in the same month “Just love it goes with me everywhere great photos Great accessibility to the internet & emails etc so glad the kids brought me up to date with technology”. Stephen scored it very highly and he wrote on Amazon “Good for quickly browsing Internet” in his review of this tablet.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that it had email functionality. John rated the product 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “I'd use it for pleasure (eMail, watching films or playing the odd game” in his review. Suzy said “I have hardly used my laptop since purchasing the iPad, as the keyboard makes it so user friendly while emailing and surfing the net” and scored the Apple iPad Air 5 stars.

One Apple iPad Air owner reckoned that the Apple iPad Air was good in terms of USB connections. Two years ago John said “The add on cables you will need are a USB female to there version connector to connect to various other products” in his review of the Apple iPad Air and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had network functionality. Michael Young said on Amazon “Simple to follow 1st time set up instructions and connecting to my home wireless network was very simple” in his review of this tablet and rated it as very good.

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Nice Design

Some Apple iPad Air owners who reviewed this tablet considered that it was good looking. Two years ago ... mentioned on Amazon “It's a good looking device, is light” but they only gave this tablet a rating of 60 out of 100. Three years ago Amazon Customer said “High quality screen, also very slim and nice looking too as a fashion accessory” in their Apple iPad Air review. Antoine mentioned on Amazon “Stylish, Sleek and Blazingly Fast” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Some people who bought this tablet considered that it was a good design. Andrei wrote in their Apple iPad Air review two years ago “The reboots are part of iOS's design flaw and app refreshes are part of its features I was told” . Bookworm mentioned on Amazon in November “Great design, easy to use, lovely screen” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Three years ago Dimitris wrote on Amazon “A sleek design of aluminum, packs a 9.7 inches display with the same retina resolution as the previous ones”.

A number of Apple iPad Air owners mentioned in their reviews that this tablet was neat. This month Christina Herring said on Amazon “I'm thrilled with this iPad it's so neat and fast after having the very first iPad for 6 years, you certainly see the difference”. December Hare wrote “Very pretty and neat” . Frederik wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “I suspect the iPad Air does a lot of neat stuff tha I just have not dug out yet”.

Several customers who purchased it reckoned that it was smooth. Reviewify.co.uk scored it very highly and said in their review on Amazon “Are silky smooth, there is no juddering or slow loading times”. Sam L mentioned on Amazon “San Andreas are beautifully smooth and look fantastic on the big 9.7 inch Retina Display, at 264 ppi (pixels per inch) it may not have as many pixels as other tablets.”. Woofb said “Beautiful, light, smooth -- I love it!”.

One Apple iPad Air owner considered that it had a thick frame. Reviewify.co.uk gave this tablet an excellent rating and wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “It's fairly light with a thin bezel around the screen”. One customer who purchased this tablet concluded that it was aesthetic. The Guardian mentioned on Amazon “The Air design is aesthetically a work of beauty in its simplicity, cleanness of lines”.

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Robust

A number of Apple iPad Air owners who bought this tablet thought it was well made. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Ease of use, build quality, range of apps, performance all combine to make me accept there is a reason why iPads dominate this market sector” and gave this tablet an excellent review. Amazon Customer also wrote “Good price, nice colour and well made”. Andyj wrote “Lighter than others I have seen it still feels substantial and well made” and scored it very highly.

A few customers agreed that this tablet was reliable. Derek Robinson gave this tablet an excellent review score and he wrote in his Apple iPad Air review “It is so reliable and looks good to boot”. El Tel wrote in their Apple iPad Air review on Amazon “So refreshing to have such an instant and reliable response” and rated it 5 stars. Fdwalker wrote in their review two years ago “(so far) very reliable”.

Several customers reckoned that it was strong and durable. Antoine said on Amazon “It looks sturdy and the stitching is top notch, yet I do not particularly like the shiny finish”. Two years ago Harold Potter wrote in his review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “I can't fault the build of the iPad”. Leon wrote on Amazon “The structure is fantastically sturdy”.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Pauline Parnell mentioned in her review of the Apple iPad Air two years ago “There was no indication on the site that it was not a normal British purchase and I work with kids - damage guaranteed! IPad itself is great” however despite that she gave the product a score of 1 stars.

Two Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed the Apple iPad Air concluded that it was sealed. Paul Jarvis said two years ago “It was exactly as advertised new sealed box originally for the USA market buy supplied with UK adaptor ! Early days” in his review of this tablet.

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Good Technical Features

Several customers who bought it mentioned that it had good features. Catherine M Stuttard mentioned “This is an excellent iPad with great picture and features” in her review. Sarah W. mentioned on Amazon “Ready to take pictures, movies, surf the web, check emails, play games, watch movies & sports and all sorts of excellent features at your fingertips” and scored it very highly. Two years ago Zsb mentioned “I am not a techy person so can't review all the features” in their review of the Apple iPad Air.

Good Support

A few people who purchased it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “It is easy to use and there is stacks of info available on YouTube and the Internet to help you get the best from it”. Jmb mentioned in their Apple iPad Air review on Amazon “I couldn't help having a good play with it”. Mike C gave it an excellent rating and he said in his Apple iPad Air review this year “There is a manual to download”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Apple iPad Air reviewer who reviewed it said that it was quiet. Jungman mentioned on Amazon “Only draw back is wife wants on instead of Kindle, anything for a quiet life” in their review of this tablet.

Good Webcam

One customer considered that it was good for making skype calls. Two years ago John Ryan wrote in his review on Amazon “Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free) * Skype” and rated it as very good.

3G Compatible

Unlike most of the other tablets of this type and age which are not 3G compatible, the iPad Air is 3G compatible.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 3G compatible tablet computers and we think cheaper tablets such as the iPad Air[pl_2031190_price], the iPad Mini (3rd gen)[pl_2519374_price], and the iPad Air[pl_1737207_price] all from Apple is also worth considering.

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4G Compatible

The iPad Air is 4G compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other tablet computers of this age and spec are not 4G compatible.

Alternative 4G compatible tablet computers currently available that you might also want to consider include cheaper tablets such as the iPad Air[pl_2031190_price], the iPad Mini (3rd gen)[pl_2519374_price], or the iPad Air[pl_1737207_price] all from Apple.

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Very Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 9.7 inches, the Apple iPad Air has a very large screen size compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that are a similar age to the iPad Air. Comparable spec tablet computers that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 7.8" and 9.7".

We compared all the other 9.7" tablet computers to this tablet and we think cheaper tablet computers such as the iPad Air[pl_1737207_price], the iPad Air[pl_2031190_price], and the iPad Air[pl_2090829_price] all from Apple is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet has a 720p|1080p video recording mode, which is typical of many tablets of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Heavy

Across all the comparable spec tablet computers that have been available for around the same time as the iPad Air the weights range from 330g to 480g, and the average weight is 390g. When compared to other A7 processor tablets that were launched around the same time as the iPad Air that we have assessed the weight of, the Apple iPad Air's weight of 478 grams is one of the heaviest.

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Very Tall

Tablets of this type and age have heights of between 8.5mm and 240mm, and the average height is 200mm. When compared to other A7 processor tablets that were released more than two years ago, the height of the Apple iPad Air of 240 millimeters is one of the tallest.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Apple released the iPad Air.

Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the Apple iPad Air has a relatively average rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablet computers that are a similar age to the iPad Air.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 5MP rear camera resolution tablet computers and we think the iPad Air[pl_1737207_price], the iPad Air[pl_2031190_price], and the iPad Air[pl_2090829_price] all from Apple which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

The iPad Air has a fairly standard internal storage capacity (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that are a comparable age to the iPad Air.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 16GB internal storage capacity tablet computers and we think cheaper tablets such as the iPad Air[pl_2031190_price], and the iPad Mini (3rd gen)[pl_2519374_price] both from Apple is also worth considering.

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Expert Reviews

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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

Macworld.co.uk

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

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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
Fast
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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