Rapid assessment iPad Air |

As true to its name, iPad Air bodied “light as air” to weigh only 2/3 compared with the 4th generation iPad, edges peeling machine is thinner by 40%.

The new tablet is owned stunning Retina display iPad 2 generations ago. 9.7-inch iPad in 2013 also brought in his powerful A7 processor with 64-bit stronger.

Unfortunately, the price of the iPad Air will not “light” any better: In the US, the 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost 500 USD (10.5 million). The most expensive version, 128GB 4G LTE price up to 929 USD (19.6 million). Like every year, the iPad Air launched just before the busy holiday shopping season, Noel. So is strong performance and beautiful design with excellent value for the money you will spend? Let’s go find the answer to Engadget.

Hardware Design

While the iPad 3rd generation (“new iPad with Retina display”) as successor iPad 4 with Retina display beautiful, weight and thickness of the line iPad 2 is a major obstacle for fans . Anyway matter, at December 10/2013, Apple was able to bring a “wind” just old medium for tablet line his senior.

Why has just old? Those who have used the iPad mini will soon be observed that the iPad Air is essentially just an exaggerated version of the iPad mini, if only an isolated design elements. We can say that the iPad mini is a wise gamble by Apple to test the new design language of Jony Ive, and the success of this small tablet for iPad 9.7 inch large enough to learn at their own juniors.

Named for 2013 iPad “iPad Air” is very reasonable: if you’ve ever used the iPad 3 and iPad 4, you will see smaller and lighter than the iPad Air lot. Weight of the machine is only 450 grams, the thickness of only 7.5 mm – 1.9 mm thinner and lighter than 200 grams compared to the iPad 2 screen 4. Outline of the iPad Air is much smaller than iPad 4.

Solid aluminum body of the iPad Air is uncertain. Beveled edges body less than before, and so you can hold the iPad Air certainty than the iPad 4. Apple has also added a small border between the front and the rest of the body, creating looks very class for the iPad Air. However, the contours of the next scratched quite easily, so you’ll have to keep the iPad Air careful if your tablet does not want miserably degraded after a period of use.

iPad Air also has many other small improvements in design. For example, the speaker unit has been redesigned into 2 strips located next to Lightning port, instead located in the lower left corner as the previous generation. On the iPad Air model white with silver buttons instead of black, and volume buttons have been separated into two key up, down. Apple has also added a microphone design on the back side to reduce noise machine conversation. Air iPad SIM only supports nano, instead microSIM. SIM cards are designed and placed in the lower right corner of the machine.

Perhaps the most unfortunate point in the design of the iPad Air is the Home button. Apple has decided not equipped with a fingerprint sensor of iPhone 5s Touch ID for the iPad Air. The new iPad Mini is not equipped with Touch ID. Very likely, Apple Touch ID is reserved for the next generation iPad. No Touch ID, the user will still have to protect the tablet using a password.

Configuration & Connectivity

According to the statement by Apple’s iPad A7 processor Air power has doubled A6X on iPad 4. Like the iPhone 5s, A7 on the iPad Air is equipped with the processor sub-M7 to serve the tasks left turning motion.

Resolution screen on the iPad Air reaching 2048 x 1536 pixels, equivalent to the density of pixels / inch is 264 ppi. IPad Air sharpness of the product is poor his juniors, so Retina iPad mini has the same resolution with the iPad Air, iPad’s large 2013.

The competitors like Nexus and Galaxy Note 10.1 10 2014 version even has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels up to help create pixel density is much larger than the iPad Air. Saying so does not mean that the screen of the iPad Air poor quality: all praise for Retina iPad 3 and iPad 4 remain on the iPad Air. The image quality in the narrow viewing angle is also very good, and the screen brightness when used outdoors is not inferior compared to the competitors.

Mobile connectivity, iPad Air support 4G LTE band 14. However, users in Vietnam will continue to live with 3G, but the iPad Air support band 14 is a welcome signal, you will not have to worry about compatibility with the iPad Air Wave 4G in Vietnam in the near future.

iPad Air is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, routing technology aGPS / GLONASS. Air support iPad Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n with features MIMO (multiple outputs, inputs). This means that the iPad Air can connect with multiple antennas at the same time to receive and send data more easily. According to Apple’s claims, the data transfer rate up to 300 Mbps of iPad Air.


iPad Air is equipped with iOS 7.0.3. Except for some bug fixes serious, iCloud iOS 7.0.3 also Keychain, a feature that allows you to sync your passwords and credit card information on all your iOS devices, as well as a possibility to create a new password for Safari automatically. In general, we can say that the iPad Air has no advantage compared to other software if Apple devices running iOS 7 other.


Overall, the quality of the camera on the iPad Air is the same as the previous generation. Apple almost did not bring any changes to the iSight camera: 5MP still camera aperture is f / 2.4 BSI sensor with autofocus as iPad 2 generations ago.

Image quality is generally quite stable iPad Air, and you also can take a “high speed” with 12 shots in 5 seconds. Air iPad Camera no flash, so the night will take quite blurred and noisy. Perhaps out, Apple should provide for iPad modes like panorama Air, continuous shooting and slow motion. Like the older iOS devices, iPad apps on Air photography almost no custom, except HDR, photography and editing square after capture.

Photo taken in the dark almost impossible to use

Photo taken in low light conditions is also high quality

However, outdoor shots quite “shimmering”

The photos like this is enough for social networks

Also features video recording parameters identical to the older generation: FaceTime front camera capable of recording 720p video, while the back camera can shoot 1080p video.

Thanks to the 2 microphone (instead of the usual 1 unit), and listening experience brings FaceTime calls over voice very clearly. The video quality is at an acceptable level, fairly smooth video calls but sometimes the image somewhat excessive vibration.

You can record video with the camera on the back of the iPad Air: The main camera provides video quality is quite good, the motion of the body is very smooth, but not sorry 2 microphone eliminates the noise of the surrounding environment or even the breeze.

Processor performance and battery life

Until now, the iPad 4 is still one of the tablet with the best performance software on the market. Therefore, there is nothing confusing when iPad Air continues to hold the performance crown from Apple applications: a technology news site even says that humor iPad Air “fast that ridiculous”. Reason helps iPad Air with powerful performance thanks A7 processor similar to the iPhone 5s, but was upgraded to 1.3 GHz clock speed from 1.4 GHz up. iPad Air with 1GB of RAM.

Benefits of A7 processor not only in speed and performance, better power consumption, but also includes a 64-bit architecture. Architecture 64-bit is the future of mobile computing with many benefits such as increased performance and support RAM (theoretically) amounted to 16.8 million terabytes …. Some mobile games and applications made jump to 64-bit, and the presence of the A7 on the iPad Air is a welcome signal for the particular software development as well as mobile users in general.

The biggest obstacle for iPad Air conditioning is sometimes encountered phenomenon caused by the frame 7. iOS app download speeds are significantly improved, and you will find the app “heavy” processors Infinity Blade III as games, iMovie and GarageBand become more nimble. Fortunately, iPad Air is not much heat as the old model, even when used in a long time.

Here are the results of the benchmark Air iPad, iPhone and iPad 4 5s:

Sun Spider benchmark results on the iPad Air currently holds the No. 1 position in the mobile market (smartphones and tablets). All other benchmark for the iPad Air is a gigantic step forward compared to previous generations. Overall, the results of this benchmark reflects quite accurately the actual user experience.

Regarding battery life, the iPad Air continues the tradition of “pin 10 hours” of Apple. This is the battery life of the iPad generation ago. While the battery life of the iPad Air has not improved much, this is still a remarkable achievement by Apple because the battery was reduced size and processor has been greatly increased. Even though the iPad Air battery is reduced from 42 Watt-hours (iPad 4) to 32 Watt-hour battery life of the iPad Air … better than the iPad 4 and reached 13 hours 45 minutes of play testing continuous video. Meanwhile, though thick and weighs more, Wi-Fi version of the iPad 4 only has 10 hours round the clock in the test video of  Endgadget .

During actual use, even when using multiple, the editor of Endgadget can still use the iPad in the first half days.

In the test “pin” most serious: on the Maps app, connect to Bluetooth devices, iPad Air battery drops to 40% in just 2 hours. The reason is that the screen of the iPad Air is continuously turned in on time, so if you go off the screen can get better battery life. For example, if you use the iPad Air to Wi-Fi to other devices, machines are up to 70% after 6 hours of battery use. Overall, the battery life of the iPad Air is very good compared to competing products.

Air Quality iPad speakers still like the older generation, but on the iPad Air speakers are placed at the end of the device, so you can be accidentally covered loss when using the machine’s speakers. However, this will not be a big deal because you can hardly

accidentally plug the speaker to affect the volume.

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If only one end-user experience simple and powerful processing performance, iPad Air is still the best option for you. Design and performance of a full-sized iPad has been dramatic improvements: weight and thinness of the machine will really handy, while the A7 processor capable of anticipatory future and defeat all applications most heavyweight.

Chances iPad Air will lose market share to the Retina iPad mini. The small tablet of Apple this year with the “gut” iPad Air identical and therefore will not inferior performance. If you want a tablet compact but high performance, choose the new iPad mini. However, if you need a tablet-sized high-end market, the iPad Air is the answer for you.

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