The new age of technology has given rise to an ample of gadgets that change the way we live our lives. Ipad is sure no different gadget. It has revolutionized the way we carry our personal or business data and the way we portray that to the others. Ipad Air is a new addition to the ipad family and the name air comes from its size as its indeed as light as air itself.

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PROS – The iPad Air delivers more performance and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. An improved front-facing camera makes FaceTiming look better, and the Retina Display still looks great.

CON- The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, introduced on the iPhone 5S, is sadly absent here, meaning you’ll still have to type in a passcode with every unlock and a password with every purchase. Starting at $499 for 16GB, it’s still expensive compared with the competition.

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The Bottom Line – Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

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Key Features

9.7-inch Touchscreen

iOS 7

5 MP Primary Camera

Wi-Fi Enabled

1.2 MP Secondary Camera

Full HD Recording

A7 Chip with M7 Co-processor

FaceTime

Styled to be the lightest tablet yet, the iPad Air is a powerhouse of performance packed into one sleek package, effectively highlighting the design prowess Apple is known for.

Design

The iPad Air features a body that can be deemed slim, sporting a height of 9.4 inches and a width of 6.6 inches. Accompanying you in your daily life and becoming an extension of your arm, the tablet will hardly weigh you down. The aluminium unibody design deserves much more than just a passing glance – while being unobtrusive, it is also durable enough to stand the rigors of everyday existence.

Display

With thinner bezels and overall width, the focus will be on the content itself rather than the device. The 9.7 inch Retina display of the iPad Air, with a pixel density of 264 ppi and a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536, treats your eyes to a stunning array of colors in every visual, with just the right amount of brightness and astounding clarity. With LED backlighting and IPS technology, the multitouch screen makes multitasking easy. It also sports oleophobic coating ensures that what your view is not covered with fingerprints and smudges, despite constant use.

Processor

Powered by Apple’s home-grown A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, this iPad Air processes functions efficiently to give you good speed. Apps you open are launched at lightning speed and the graphics-rich game runs without any hitches or lag with the A7 processor. It also supports OpenGLES v3.0 that adds more detail to the graphics and visual effectsComplementing the A7 is the M7 motion coprocessor that lends efficiency to the built-in sensors to allow the . apps to adapt to the functions and give you a customized, intuitive performance and responsiveness.

Camera

Armed with the 5 megapixel iSight camera, this iPad Air lets you frame and click crisp, bright pictures with great exposure and clarity whenever you want, wherever you are. The camera works with the image signal processor in the A7 chip to adjust the details automatically, letting you click the perfect photograph without any manual effort or adjustments. What’s more, capture the entire moment to relive at another time in full 1080p HD video with just a swipe on the screen. A 1.2 megapixel front camera, aided by dual microphones, allows you to video chat with a loved one with good clarity and detail; conversations look and feel better on this FaceTime HD camera. The camera features a backside illumination sensor to allow for more light to be captured in every frame.

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iOS 7

The iPad Air runs on iOS 7 that is designed to perfectly match the capabilities of the hardware that it packs and make full use of it. An operating system that is familiar yet simpler and smarter, the iOS 7 lets you multitask in an intelligent manner and features Siri, the voice assistant that will help you perform tasks without ever touching the tablet. With a Control Centre to aid simple functioning, Notification Centre to collate alerts and the iCloud to back-up data, the iOS 7 gives you a rounded experience.

Connectivity

Designed to always keep you connected, this iPad Air comes with dual-band Wi-Fi support that makes use of two antennas and MIMO technology to ensure that you have fast browsing and download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Sharing photos via AirDrop, catching up on your favorite shows and everything else on the web is so much faster. It is also Bluetooth-enabled that lets you share data with other Apple devices.

Battery Life

With efficient power and task management by the processor, the iPad Air can last up to 10 hours, allowing you ample time to ensure that you have enough juice to browse, watch videos, click pretty pictures and read your favorite books without the need to find a charging point every so often.

App Store

The Air comes with pre-installed apps like the iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote to start you off on the quest for utilitarian entertainment.

Sensors

A range of sensors help the iPad Air be as intuitive as it is – a three-axis gyro acts in cohesion with an accelerometer for better motion sensing that comes in handy when you play games among other things. The ambient light sensor detects the brightness around to adjust the display brightness for an optimized viewing experience and better battery management.

 

–         By Rikkin Patel

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