iPad Air – “Does More, Weighs Less”
“Does even more. Weighs even less.” That is how Apple introduced the Ipad Air tablet. It is 28% lighter and 20% thinner than the iPad 4. The iPad Air weighs only 469g (1 pound) and measures 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches).
There are two models: one with Wi-Fi only and one with Wi-Fi + Cellular. Both feature 802.11a/b/g/n dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz), MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
The cellular technology on the Wi-Fi + Cellular model – which weighs a mere 9 grams (0.05lb) more – is as you would expect from Apple:
UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
iPad Air specs
Included in the stunning design is a 1.2MP FaceTime front and 5MP iSight rear camera, dual microphones, built-in speaker and lightning connector. As with previous iPad, there is no SD Card or USB port – there is Bluetooth for file transfers – but the Wi-Fi + Cellular model obviously has a Nano-SIM card tray.
The 9.7-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch IPS display can handle 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 ppi (pixels per inch).
The basis for the “Does even more” claim is the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor. It’s a little 1.3GHz dual core beauty designed by Apple but manufactured by Samsung on the high-? metal gate (HKMG) 28 nm process. It has over 1 billion transistors on a die measuring only 102 mm2 (0.158 sq in).
Since Apple has the bragging rights and knows how to properly use it you’ll find much more specs on the official Ipad Air page.
And it costs…
The size of the storage capacity depends on the mood of Father Xmas (or the tooth fairy): 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB. There is a $300 difference between the biggest and smallest drive options, the 16GB model tagged at $499 in the big country, £399 in the small country €599 in the old countries and $A598 way down south.
The Wi-Fi + Cellular models costs between 200 green ones more.
What do the experts and others think of the iPad Air?
The iPad Air is without a doubt one of the best-looking tablets available today. Yet, reviews were mixed. The public and most newspapers love it but tech experts were quick to scratch the surface. The CNET Editor’s Take put it bluntly that the iPad Air is “what amounts to a polished iteration of what we already had.”
Come to think of it, at 598g (1.32 lb), 603g (1.33 lb) and 495g (1.09 lb) respectively competitors like the 10.1″ Asus TF700, Nexus 10 and Sony Experia Tablet Z do not give much away in terms of weight and are on par or better in terms of apps and features features.
Whichever, considering the slump in the sales of desktop computers, perhaps Chris Taylor of Mashable summed it up best when he held the iPad Air in his hands: “The computer disappears.”