“Thinnovation”, the term that Apple used to promote the MacBook Air is probably also the most accurate phrase to describe the iPad Air.
Six years after the tech world was stunned about a laptop so thin it could fit into a large envelope, Apple continued to innovate its high-end tablet line with the launch of the iPad. Air. True to its name, iPad Air has a “light as air” body with a weight of only two-thirds of the fourth-generation iPad.
The new tablet still has a beautiful Retina display from the previous two generations of iPads. The 2013 9.7-inch iPad also packs a powerful A7 processor with a powerful 64-bit architecture.
Unfortunately, the price of iPad Air will not be “lighter” at all: In the US, 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost 500 USD (10.5 million). The most expensive version, 128GB 4G LTE costs up to 929 USD (19.6 million). Just like every year, the iPad Air came out just before the busy Christmas shopping season. So, is the strong performance and beautiful design worth the money? Let’s find an answer with Engadget.
While the 3rd generation iPad (“new iPad with Retina display”) as well as the successor of iPad 4 have beautiful Retina display, the weight and thickness of these 2 iPad lines is a big obstacle for fans. . Anyway, by October 2013, Apple was able to bring a “wind” just old and old for its high-end tablet line.
Why is it both new and old? Those who have used iPad mini will soon comment that iPad Air is really just an exaggerated version of iPad mini, if only design elements alone. It can be said that the iPad mini is a smart game of Apple to test the new design language of Jony Ive, and the success of this small tablet is big enough for the 9.7 inch iPad to follow its junior.
Naming the iPad 2013 “iPad Air” makes sense: if you’ve used an iPad 3 or iPad 4, you’ll find iPad Air much smaller and lighter. The device weighs only 450 grams, the thickness is only 7.5 mm – 1.9 mm thinner and about 200 grams lighter than the iPad 4. The screen edges of the iPad Air are also much smaller than iPad 4.
The aluminum unibody body of iPad Air is very solid. The body edges are less beveled than before, and thanks to that you can hold the iPad Air more firmly than the iPad 4. Apple has also added a small border between the front and the rest of the body, creating a very good-looking appearance. Class for iPad Air. However, the borders on the sides are quite easy to scratch, so you will have to preserve iPad Air carefully if you do not want your tablet to degrade pathetically after a period of use.
iPad Air also has many other small improvements in terms of design. For example, the speaker unit has been redesigned into 2 strips located next to the Lightning port, instead of located in the lower left corner like the previous generation. On the white iPad Air model, the buttons are silver instead of black, and the volume rocker has been separated into two volume buttons. Apple has also designed a microphone on the back of the device to reduce noise when chatting. iPad Air only supports nano SIM, instead of microSIM. The SIM card has also been redesigned and placed in the lower right corner of the device.
Perhaps the most unfortunate point on the design of the iPad Air is the Home button. Apple has decided not to equip the iPhone 5s with Touch ID fingerprint sensor for the iPad Air. The new iPad Mini is also not equipped with Touch ID. Chances are, Apple is saving Touch ID for the next generation of iPad. Without Touch ID, users will still have to protect the tablet using a password.
Configuration & Connection
According to Apple’s statement, the iPad Air’s A7 processor is twice the power of the A6X on the iPad 4. Like the iPhone 5s, the A7 on iPad Air is equipped with the M7 sub-processor to serve cold tasks. variable motion.
The screen resolution on iPad Air reaches 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is equivalent to a pixel density of 264 ppi. The sharpness of iPad Air is worse than its junior, because the iPad mini Retina has the same resolution as the iPad Air, the large iPad of 2013.
Competitors such as the Nexus 10 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 versions even have a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, helping to create a much larger pixel density than the iPad Air. This does not mean that the iPad Air’s screen is of poor quality: all compliments for Retina on iPad 3 and iPad 4 remain the same on iPad Air. The image quality at narrow viewing angles is also good, and the screen brightness when used outdoors is not inferior to the competition.
For mobile connectivity, iPad Air supports up to 14 4G LTE bands. However, users in Vietnam will still have to live with 3G, but the iPad Air supports up to 14 bands is also a good sign: you will not have to worry about the compatibility of iPad Air with the signal. 4G in Vietnam in the near future.
iPad Air is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 connection, routing technology aGPS / GLONASS. iPad Air supports 802.11a / b / g / n Wi-fi connection with MIMO feature (multiple outputs, multiple inputs). This means that iPad Air can connect to multiple antennas at the same time to receive and send data more easily. According to Apple’s statement, the maximum data transfer rate of iPad Air is 300 Mbps.
iPad Air is equipped with iOS 7.0.3. Apart from a patch for some serious bugs, iOS 7.0.3 also has iCloud Keychain, a feature that lets you sync passwords and credit card information across all your iOS devices, as well as an ability to ability to create new automatic passwords for Safari. Overall, it can be said that the iPad Air still has no software advantage compared to other Apple devices running iOS 7.
Overall, the quality of the camera on iPad Air remains the same as previous generations. Apple made almost no changes to the iSight camera: it’s still a 5MP f / 2.4 aperture camera with BSI autofocus sensor like the previous two iPad models.
Image quality of the iPad Air is generally quite good, and you can also shoot “high speed” with 12 types of photos in 5 seconds. The iPad Air’s camera doesn’t have a flash, so night shots are blurry and pretty noisy. Apple should have provided more shooting modes for the iPad Air such as panorama, continuous shooting and slow motion. Just like older iOS devices, the iPad Air’s photography app has almost no options, except HDR, square photography and post-capture editing.
Photos taken in the dark are almost unusable
Pictures taken in low light conditions are also not high quality
However, outdoor photos are quite “shimmering”
Photos like these are more than enough for social networks
The video recording feature also has the same specifications as the previous generation: the front-facing FaceTime camera is capable of 720p video recording, while the back camera can record 1080p videos.
Thanks to two microphones (instead of the usual one), the experience of listening to calls on FaceTime brings a very clear voice. The video quality is also acceptable, the video call is quite smooth, but sometimes the image is a bit too shaky.
You can record video with the back camera of the iPad Air: the main camera provides good video quality, the movement of objects is very smooth, but unfortunately 2 microphones do not help eliminate ambient noise. or even the breeze.
Processor performance & Battery life
Until now, iPad 4 is still one of the tablets with the best software performance on the market. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand when the iPad Air continues to hold the throne of Apple’s application performance: some technology news sites even humorously consider that the iPad Air is “ridiculously fast”. The reason for strong iPad Air performance is the A7 processor similar to the iPhone 5s, but has been boosted from 1.3 GHz to 1.4 GHz. iPad Air has 1GB of RAM.
The benefits of A7 processor not only stop at better speed and performance, but also include 64-bit architecture. 64-bit architecture is the future of mobile computing with many benefits such as increasing performance and supporting RAM capacity (theoretically) to … 16.8 million terabytes. Some games and mobile apps have made a 64-bit jump, and the A7’s presence on iPad Air is a good sign for software developers in particular and for mobile users in general.
The biggest obstacle for the iPad Air is that the device occasionally experiences freezing issues due to iOS 7 errors. The application has a significantly improved download speed, and you will notice that the application “heavy” processor. like the Infinity Blade III game, iMovie and GarageBand are much faster. Fortunately, the iPad Air does not radiate as much heat as older models, even when used for a long time.
Here are the benchmark results for iPad Air, iPhone 5s and iPad 4:
Sun Spider benchmark results on iPad Air currently holds the No. 1 position in the mobile market (smartphones and tablets). All other benchmarks also show that the iPad Air is a giant leap forward from previous generations. Overall, this benchmark results accurately reflect the actual user experience.
In terms of battery life, iPad Air continues Apple’s traditional “10-hour battery”. This is also the battery life of previous generations of iPad. While the battery life of the iPad Air has not improved much, this is still a remarkable achievement for Apple because the battery has been reduced in size and the processor has been greatly increased. Even though the iPad Air’s battery is reduced from 42 Watt-hours (iPad 4) to 32 Watt-hours, the battery life of iPad Air … is better than the iPad 4 and reached 13 hours and 45 minutes in test play. continuous video. Meanwhile, despite being a lot thicker and heavier, the Wi-fi version of the iPad 4 only barely reached 10 hours in our video test. Endgadget.
In the actual use process, even when used heavily, the editor of Endgadget iPad can still be used for 1 and a half days.
In the heaviest battery test: turning on the Maps app, connecting to Bluetooth devices, iPad Air dropped to 40% battery in just 2 hours. The reason is that the iPad Air’s screen keeps turning on during that time, so if you turn off the screen, you can get better battery life. For example, if you use iPad Air to broadcast Wi-fi to other devices, the device has up to 70% battery after 6 hours of use. Overall, the iPad Air’s battery life is very good compared to competing products.
The quality of the iPad Air’s speakers remains the same, but on the iPad Air the speaker is located at the bottom of the device, so you may accidentally lose the speaker when used. However, this will not be a huge problem because you can hardly
accidentally covering the speaker to the level that affects the volume.
If you just need a simple end-user experience and powerful processing performance, iPad Air is still the best choice for you. The design and performance of the large iPad has been dramatically improved: the weight and thinness of the device will be really handy, while the A7 processor is able to catch the future and beat all applications. heaviest.
Very likely iPad Air will lose market share in the hands of iPad mini Retina. Apple’s small tablet this year has the “intestine” identical to the iPad Air and thus will have performance that is not inferior. If you want a compact but high-performance tablet, choose the new iPad mini. But if you need the most premium large tablet on the market, the iPad Air is the answer for you.