Pros The e-reader on both iBook and Kindle is outstanding. Webpages pop with ultra fast loads and incredible detail and colors. It's very comfortable to hold. The sound quality is noticeably improved. Several hours in, I keep finding little improvements.
Cons iPad Air could emphasize Air a bit better. I was expecting it to feel lighter. It does feel sturdy.
Pros It is a perfect fit in the hands. It is very fast. It keeps the connection to wifi at work and home. PowerTeacher works great on it. The video recording quality and picture quality are better than I expected. The screen is outstanding.
Cons I have been trying to find some cons since Friday. I just can't find any yet. The one thing I miss about my Note 10.1 is the dual screen. I used the dual screen function all the time. I wish that Apple would update and let us have true multi-tasking.
Summary The apps that are available with the Ipad Air are the clear reason to own an Ipad over all the other tablet devices. It is disappointing to me that Samsung tablets have such limitations with apps like Amazon Instant Videos and Power Schools.
This Ipad Air is faster than my Ipad 4 and the weight makes a big difference to me at work while walking around my classroom. The wifi worked much better too. The Ipad 4 I used at work lost connection to the school wifi network quite often. This device was perfect on Friday. I hope that this will be the case in the future.
I thought about the Ipad Mini Retina, but when holding the Air in portrait mode it is a perfect fit for me. I have larger than average hands, but I think most people will be surprised by how nice it feels in portrait mode. It also doesn't press into your hands like the Ipad 2 and Ipad 4 because of the edges.
Personal use at home has been outstanding. Next Issue magazines downloaded much faster than my other Ipads and my Note 10.1. Zite, Flipboard, Currents, AP, Google+ and all the other apps I use on a regular basis worked much faster and made smoother transitions. Netflix, Uverse, HBOGO, ShoAnytime, all the different media sites I use worked flawlessly. Audible and Kindle worked great too. Amazon Prime Instant Video was perfect. I also love how Rhapsody has updated for this device.
I loved using Garage Band, Imovie, iphoto and Iworks. I have never used them before so I can't compare them to any previous device. I did not know you had to buy extra features on Garage Band. That was not a big deal to me. The fact that they were free was very cool and I will be using pages and keynote for sure.
I bought a Zagg keyboard case on Saturday and have used it quite a bit. I have been using it to write this review and I honestly don't know why I am writing so much, but I think it has something to do with how much I like typing on this keyboard. As soon as I turned on bluetooth it picked up this keyboard case and every key on it works with my Ipad Air. I absolutely love the combo for getting things done. It has these two little slots where the speakers are in order to redirect the sound towards me. The sound is amazing on this Ipad Air. There is a very big difference between the speakers on this and the Ipad 4.
I am very pleased with my new Ipad Air. I hope to use this tablet for a few years. I can't think of anything that I would like for it to do better. It does what I need it to do. I have an HP Revolve that my school district gave us and I hate it. It collects dust. I had the Note 10.1 for a year and loved it but the apps limited my use of it at work so I ended up using a family members Ipad 2 for a while. I decided to buy an Ipad 4 and then took it back because it didn't seem that much better than the Ipad 2. The Ipad Air does everything I need and does it effortlessly. It makes my life easier. I highly recommend this device as the all around best device to purchase if you work in a district that uses PowerTeacher.
Pros Much lighter than my ipad2. Much lighter and thinner than my ipad 2&3. Love it.
Cons Nothing. Nadda
Summary If you read anything negative about it, the submitters have not ever owned one. I am an IT Mgr of over 30 years with one of the largest computer user companies in the world. Pcs are dead, thankfully.
Pros -Very quick, feels very polished. Everything always runs smoothly, as compared to my old iPad 2, which was getting quite chunky with the iOS 7 upgrade.
-I'm an avid Evernote user. The upgraded processor allows fluid searches even through 2000+ notes
Cons -Get quite a bit hotter than my iPad 2 (but not too hot.)
-Sometimes if it's running full blast, even when plugged in, the power drops or remains even. This is with multiple bluetooth connections, playing a movie, full brightness.
Summary Excellent device that has become an extremely useful part of my work and play life. Whatever you want to do with a tablet, you can likely do with the iPad if you explore enough apps and figure out what you want. I'm a novelist and I work in law, and I use the iPad as a "red lining" tool with either iAnnotatePDF or Adobe Reader. This makes my editing process light-years more efficient than it was when I printed out pages and used an ink-pen.
Occasionally apps crash, or the iPad freezes. However, because the boot up is so fast, and the auto-save functions within the apps are so efficient, even a complete system lockup and crash amounts to about 5-10 seconds of downtime, after which I can return immediately to what I was doing.
I do game on my iPad Air quite regularly, and it runs anything on the App Store flawlessly.
I pair this device with a Logitech slim keyboard cover for note-taking in meetings and college courses. Because of its long battery life and immediate boot-up, it works excellent for notes. And because of the excellent Evernote app, everything I write is entered into my workflow and can be processed efficiently.
All in all, I love this device. If it was stolen, I'd buy a new one tomorrow.
Pros Amazing! A leagueA quality tablet with unmatched beauty and performance!
Cons none with the caveat - a touch ID sensor would have helped. but pretty sure it would be incorporated next year!