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 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 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!
"Best iPad yet"on by jrasero23
Pros Thinner & lighter
Updated iPhone & iPad Mini design
64 bit chip
Retina still great
Summary Got the iPad Air 32 GB LTE for a present and after playing with it a few days I see why people are upset with Apple not being more price conscious, or adding more features, or just being a tad bit more revolutionary rather than evolutionary.
Yes, the iPad Air is thinner, lighter, has a faster 64 bit processor and to me the iPad Air/5 mirrors the iPhone 5 update, where Apple went thinner, lighter, and faster but people cried, what change? For an iPad 3 or 4 user I doubt you will be compelled to buy an Air unless your device is on its last legs. Weight wise there is a half a pound difference between generations which is noticeable but nothing game changing. What is more beneficial is how Apple eliminate a good portion of the iPad's bezel and make the iPad thinner. In consequence this makes typing and just wielding the 10" iPad to feel comfortable compared to past generations.
While the Air is running at the same speed (1.4 GHZ) as the iPad 4 with the A6X, it doubles its performance on almost all benchmarks. It also worthy to note Apple kept the same 1 GB amount of RAM from the iPad 4. What this says is Apple was really watching the iPad Air's costs. I can't argue that Apple managed some really great performance benchmarks but they did it with basically the same hardware besides the 64 bit processor. It would have been nice to see at least more GHZ and at least 2 GB of RAM, but if Apple did this they wouldn't have anything to release for the iPad 6.
Design wise the Air now matches the iPad Mini or iPhone 5 series, notably with its bezel and speaker cutouts. This makes the whole Apple lineup looking uniformed, modern, and classy.
Again another sign of Apple keeping the cost down for the iPad Air was keeping the same cameras as last year, which in all honesty are good but you would think at least getting the iPhone 5 camera with 8 MP would be standard at this point.
The 10" screen is still one of the best in the game. It doesn't have the best PPI anymore but the "Retina" display doesn't disappoint since it is the same screen found on the fantastic iPad 4. By now you probably see the pattern of Apple keeping the iPad 4 hardware mostly for cost/margin reasons, which defiantly is why some people think the iPad Air is marginal upgrade at best.
So if Apple kept basically the iPad 4 specs you think they give you more of something right? At $499 for 16 GB, storage is one area Apple could have gave more for the same price or less. I think it is time to phase out the 16 GB model since modern apps, people music, videos, and photos take many gigabytes. Instead, Apple kept the measly 16 GB for $499 and priced the 128 GB with LTE at over $900. Apple wants the iPad to be a good alternative to traditional laptops but at $900+ for the top of the line iPad Air why wouldn't you just get a Macbook Air?
Speaking about pricing, the new iPad Mini Retina is basically the same iPad Air but in a 8" screen, which is arguably a more desirable size for some people and it costs $399 for 16 GB. So my question is 2" worth $100? There is no right answer since it comes down to preference. It is a question Apple wants customers to ask themselves and a problem Apple has self induce to keep the iPad Mini from further cannibalizing the iPad sales.
My reaction to iOS is meh, yes it looks very nice and classy but power feature wise offers very little. Also, it has always bugged me that iOS never gave any inherent or special iPad feature. Also some apps like Newsstand were refreshed or Apps like Game Center still are poor. Apple does give you iWorks for free and while it is a nice gesture and is a semi answer to the Surface's Office proposal, iWorks just is too simplified and lacks the features Office does. Hopefully an update will fix this since the iPad has a great potential as a productivity tool.
The two things people were hoping to get but didn't: Touch ID, Gold Version, and a Surface Touch/Type Cover rebuttal. The Touch ID is nice on the iPhone 5S but nothing to write home about, so Apple omitting this isn't a big deal but again a sign of keeping productions costs down and maybe storing this feature for the next iteration. No Gold, no biggie, must I write more? The lack of a Touch/Type Cover is a bummer since they would have paired well with iWorks but I don't think Apple considers the Surface as a threat and I don't think they see the iPad as a productivity machine rather still a satellite device. Apple did come out with overpriced leather Smart Cases that come in many colors but are priced at $80.
So overall the iPad Air was about form not function and evolution not revolution. The iPad defiantly took production costs into account by keeping basically the iPad 4 specs besides the fast 64 Bit processor. I never have owned an iPad until this point and the two reasons were because of size and productivity issues. I believe Apple defiantly addressed the size concerns and semi answered my productivity needs. I still wish (Apple you still have a chance) Apple will come out with their own keyboard cover since other vendors solutions are heavy, unpractical, and useless. No doubt this is the best iPad to date and the best tablet in my opinion, but Samsung is stringing some competent tablets together and Microsoft keeps reminding people what the iPad isn't. I am excited to see what Apple does next because the new design and 64 Bit processor gives the iPads a ton of potential.