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iPad Air – Air Born or Flightless

The iPad Air is a large tablet that’s made to look and perform like the iPad mini. The two look basically identical except for size. However, the appeal in the iPad air isn’t in how it looks but how it feels. You can tell it will feel different from a regular iPad before you even pick it up. It’s thinner than a regular iPad and has slimmer bezels. It’s essentially a big iPad mini in appearance. People who won’t carry their iPads around with them because of the weight will have no trouble toting the iPad air around town or across campus.

The light weight of the iPad Air makes it easier to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. People who play games that require one hand to hold the iPad and one hand to control the game know how quickly the hand holding the iPad can get fatigued. This just doesn’t happen with the much lighter iPad Air. Doing everything with it is much easier, not just gaming. It’s a more comfortable iPad experience in every way.

Its finish is similar to the iPad mini, too. It is very sturdy and quite rigid. There’s no creaking or flexing with this model. It doesn’t feel solid at all. Some people may associate that feeling with inferior electronics, but in this case it’s a sign of an advancement in technology. It may be super thin and extra light, but it is hardy enough to toss in a bag with nothing but its cover on it. It won’t break or scratch in the slightest. In fact, its ruggedness makes it perfect for kids and teenagers to use, since they tend to treat electronics more harshly than adults.

One difference the iPad Air does have with the most updated iPads is the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. This was introduced on the iPhone 5S, and is strangely not available on the just as new iPad Air. Perhaps Apple doesn’t believe fingerprint scanning is necessary for a tablet. Tablets are, after all, unlocked far less often than smartphones. The fingerprint technology may be included in future versions of the iPad Air or it may become available through later software updates. No one knows yet. Many people who get the iPad Air may be disappointed at the exclusion of the fingerprint scanning feature. However, the omission of it in the first model of the iPad Air, while disappointing, is not reason enough to avoid buying it. The iPad Air works just fine without this fancy new feature.

As for the display, sound, networking, and other features, the iPad Air is almost identical to the first two Retina iPads. Everything is the same. Even the brightness controls are identical. The only difference is the iPad Air’s slightly smaller size lends itself better to landscape use and shaking around to get things to move on the screen. It’s an ideal gamer’s iPad, but it’s also perfect for students and business people who want to be able to throw an iPad in their briefcase and not feel the extra weight they’re carrying.

Networking speeds are a bit slower on the iPad Air, since it hasn’t adopted the two antennae model that many other tablets, including the 4th generation iPads, have adopted. However, the reduction in speed is negligible and will only be noticed by those who download a lot of games and movies. Apps remain robust and strong and work just as well on the iPad Air as on any other model of iPad, including the iPad mini.

In conclusion, the iPad Air is a large iPad mini or a slightly smaller fourth generation iPad. It’s the best of both worlds. You don’t lose any of the features you would lose by opting for an iPad mini over a regular iPad. Yet you get the convenience and improved portability of the iPad mini while maintaining all the good features of a traditional iPad. The layout is the same as any iPad, and because Apple is moving toward making a uniform appearance for all of its products, you definitely get the feeling that you’re working with a family product and not just some one-off creation that is incompatible with anything else. This iPad allows you to have a larger display and a very comfortable on-screen keyboard without increasing the weight of your tablet. The increased CPU of this model compared to the iPad mini will attract plenty of new users and will keep the iPad competitive with other brands of tablet.

Anyone who wants the expected appearance and performance of an iPad without the weight will love the iPad Air. Fans of other types of tablets may stick with their favorites. However, Apple fans have a good reason to flock to the iPad Air in droves.

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