Apple iPad Air Specifications and Video Review

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The Apple iPad Air with this, the fifth generation of the iPad line, Apple has delivered a proper exterior redesign, crafting a substantially thinner and lighter tablet that finally eliminates the chunky bezels handed down since the first generation — at least on the left and right. But, despite this significant exterior reduction, the iPad Air maintains the battery life of its predecessor and offers significantly better performance.

The Air is a tangible upgrade over the previous, fourth-generation iPad, no longer in production and so banished to the annals of history. The new iPad slots right in where its predecessor left off, priced at $499 for a lowly 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB, and $799 for the maximum 128GB configuration. Cellular models — with LTE and support for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the United States — cost an additional $130 beyond the above prices.

So, yes, it’s still very much the premium-priced choice, just as it’s always been. However, the market continues to shift, offering more and increasingly sophisticated alternatives at far cheaper prices, tablets like the Kindle Fire HDX and Google Nexus 10. That, plus strong competition from within Apple’s own ranks with the upcoming iPad Mini with Retina Display, means the iPad Air has to be better than ever.


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From left “The Original iPad Mini” – “iPad Air” – “4th Gen iPad”

Specifications:

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network LTE
SIM Nano-SIM
Announced 2013, October
Status Available. Released November 2013
BODY Dimensions 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 in)
Weight 469 g (Wi-Fi) / 478 g (3G/LTE) (1.03 lb)
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1536 x 2048 pixels, 9.7 inches (~264 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
SOUND Alert types N/A
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16/32/64/128 GB storage, 1 GB RAM DDR3
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps;
EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, check
quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR
Video Yes, [email protected], video stabilization, check
quality
Secondary Yes, 1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or
Cellular
FEATURES OS iOS 7.0.4
Chipset Apple A7
CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, compass
Messaging iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Space Gray, Silver
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic- Siri natural language commands and dictation- AirDrop file sharing- iCloud cloud service- iCloud Keychain

– Twitter and Facebook integration

– TV-out

– Maps

– Audio/video player/editor

– Organizer

– Image viewer/editor

– Document viewer/editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

– Voice memo

– Predictive text input

BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 8,820 battery (32.4 Wh)
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 10 h (multimedia)

 




Video Review:

The good: The iPad Air delivers more performance and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. An improved front-facing camera makes FaceTiming look better, and the Retina Display still looks great.

The bad: The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, introduced on the iPhone 5S, is sadly absent here, meaning you’ll still have to type in a passcode with every unlock and a password with every purchase. Starting at $499 for 16GB, it’s still expensive compared with the competition.

The bottom line: Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

Source – Cnet

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