The Apple iPad is one of the most popular tablet devices available on the tech market. Each year, give or take a few months, the Apple releases a new version of the iPad that offers new features that makes the device even more desirable by the general public. This year, Apple surprised many people by releasing the Apple iPad Air, a lighter and smaller iPad that borrows the “Air” moniker that is similar to the MacBook Air. The question is, is this new iPad worth investing in? Especially if you already have a tablet. Keep reading to get a further in-depth breakdown of the new iPad.
Lighter than ever, the new iPad boasts that it weighs only one pound and is only 7.5 millimeters thin. Despite its smaller size, the display of the Air is 9.7 inches with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Some people may think that you won’t notice a difference between past models and the iPad Air. These people are wrong and you’d be quite surprised to feel how light the new iPad is. If you are someone who likes to hold your previous iPad version for a long time, say watching movies or reading a book, you likely have gotten tired of holding it and it may have even started to feel heavy. You won’t notice these issues with the new iPad Air and the smaller size is noticed and much appreciated.
As already mentioned, the display of the iPad Air is 2048 x 1538. The retina support also allows users to get one of the most crisp and visually pleasing displays available on a tablet device. And the fact that the Air offers an A7 chip that is nearly 2x faster than previous versions, you’ll notice speed and beauty all around.
One feature we weren’t crazy about was the unimpressive camera. It has hardly upgraded from previous iPad versions, offering a 5MP camera on the rear and a 1.2MP camera on the front. Considering how light the new iPad is, it’s easier to use this device to take pictures. But we’d also prefer that the camera would’ve improved to make photos even better.
Sure, the iPad Air comes with a price tag that you’d come to expect from Apple. 16GB models go for $499, 32GB for $599, 64GB for $699, and 128GB for $799. This is pricey, even compared to some of the top Android tablets on the market. However, Apple holds its resale value pretty well so you can expect to get some of this money back if you upgrade the next time Apple comes out with a new product. If you’re an Apple user, you may find yourself in too deep already, making it impossible to switch to a different brand. So even though the price is steep, you can’t do much about this.
If you have the most recent version of the iPad, the first that offered retina display, it may not yet be time to upgrade. The lighter weight is neat, but it may not be worth the investment of a new iPad. This also goes the same for those that have the iPad Mini, as it still is the lightest and smallest version available. However, if you’ve gone a few years without upgrading, you may be surprised with how beautiful the Retina display is on this iPad and how much lighter it is than your older iPad or iPad 2. The best way to go about it is to get an Air in your hands an play around with it to see if it’s worth the upgrade, which in many cases it is.