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Thin and light without being flimsy

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The iPad Air is incredibly thin and light, and it's the most comfortable 10-inch tablet we've used. It also comes with a nice boost in performance while maintaining good battery life.

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    8.2
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    8.6
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    8.0
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    9.0
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9.2
59 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 29, 2013

Surprise: the iPad Air is the best iPad we've reviewed. In addition, though, it's also the most comfortable 10-inch tablet we've ever tested. Not every manufacturer can produce a thin and light device without also making it feel cheap or flimsy, but Apple nailed it.

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9.0
CNET Oct 29, 2013

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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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 29, 2013

The iPad Air makes the argument anew that there’s still room for big tablets in people’s lives, and it might just help usher in an era of computing where households own more than one kind of iPad, and PCs are harder and harder to find.

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9.0
Gizmodo Nov 5, 2013

The iPad Air is a marvel of technology. It's thinner, lighter, and better than any tablet of its size. More importantly, it shows that the iPad is capable of improving more than just its guts. It just happens to come at a time when you've never had more choices...

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9.0
Macworld Nov 6, 2013

The iPad Air is still an iPad, but it’s lighter and thinner and twice as fast to boot. If you want a tablet you can comfortably hold with one hand, look elsewhere. Otherwise, look no further than the iPad Air.

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8.0
AnandTech Oct 29, 2013

It’s lighter, more portable, more usable and faster than any previous iPad. It doesn’t fundamentally change what you can do with a tablet, but if you’re in the market for one the iPad Air really is the best iPad to date.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 4, 2013

Apple might not be able to sway those who have been wooed away by smaller tablets, but in the iPad Air the company has made a 10-inch tablet that's a whole lot nicer to use.

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8.0
Wired Nov 6, 2013

The iPad Air features an impressively slender form factor and ... it still manages to perform twice as fast and deliver just as much battery life as its predecessor. In fact, Apple’s latest tablet, as it exists, is definitely one of the best (if not the best) tablet out there right now.

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9.0
Mashable Oct 29, 2013

Yes, it’s true, the iPad Air is essentially a larger iPad Mini Retina. For some, that’s a disappointment. For me, the new iPad Air is close to everything a consumer tablet should be: Light, fast, fun, beautiful and a little bit like the future.

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9.0
SlashGear Oct 29, 2013

Yet, for its combination of connectivity, longevity, power, app selection, and relentlessly pared-back design, the iPad Air ticks the boxes that make it the tablet for the everyman.

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9.0
Time Oct 29, 2013

Designwise, this iPad is so much svelter that it almost feels like a new class of Apple tablet, but it remains an iPad — and for now, at least, that continues to be the most important bragging right that any tablet can claim.

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AppleInsider Nov 3, 2013

This is the best full-size tablet on the market today, and it easily trumps all of Apple's previous efforts to date. Anyone in the market for a tablet can buy an iPad Air with confidence. This is the new standard.

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TrustedReviews Nov 4, 2013

The iPad Air is the best overall 10-inch tablet you can buy by quite a margin. The huge weight reduction makes the larger of the two iPads a far more attractive option again, while retaining all the iPads traditional strengths such as its unrivalled collection of tablet optimised apps.

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9.0
The Verge Nov 4, 2013

If you have anything older than the fourth-generation iPad, the upgrade to the Air will be worth it. I’m certainly going to buy one.

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9.0
phoneArena Nov 3, 2013

We’ve come to appreciate all the things that come along with the iPad Air, but as a whole, it doesn't necessarily offer tremendous amounts of innovation outside of its industry-leading design and A7 chipset.

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8.0
GSM Arena Nov 9, 2013

Let's be honest - the majority of iPad owners are itching to upgrade to the latest iPad, not an Android tablet or a keyboardless Windows laptop.

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8.0
Digital Trends Nov 3, 2013

The iPad Air is probably the best 10-inch tablet we’ve ever used, but if you want one tablet, we recommend holding out for the iPad Mini with Retina.

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9.0
MobileBurn Nov 20, 2013

Critics of Apple often say that the company merely makes incremental upgrades and then repackages them as something new to sell to their naive followers. Even Apple's staunchest critics couldn't reasonably say that about the iPad Air.

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8.0
USA Today Oct 29, 2013

In other words, your existing iPad can pretty much do everything that the iPad Air can do. That said, if you're new to iPad or are in the market to buy a tablet anyway, I expect you'll be more than thrilled with an Air.

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Engadget Oct 22, 2013

And while Apple's done an impressive job slimming the tablet down and taking off nearly half a pound, it doesn't feel cheap -- it's an Apple product, after all ... What's really notable here, however, is just how zippy things are, thanks to the inclusion of the A7 chip.

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CNET Oct 22, 2013

The weight makes it much easier to hold with one hand, and the pared-down bezel makes the screen absolutely pop. Our first impression: the Ipad Air is like the iPhone 5S of iPads: refined, reduced, and overall improved.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 22, 2013

Thanks to its much narrower bezels, we had no problem navigating the device as we held the tablet in one hand ... On the inside, the iPad Air features an A7 processor that proved snappy when we were opening and closing apps, as well as playing a quick round of Infinity Blade 3.

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TechCrunch Oct 22, 2013

In our hands-on tests this difference in weight was marked, and made for a hugely different experience. Users who may have wanted a lighter tablet, but didn’t want to sacrifice screen real-estate to move to an iPad mini will probably be pleased.

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AnandTech Oct 22, 2013

In the hands, it's shocking how much of a difference the change in profile makes, analogous somewhat to the way moving from the iPhone 4 or 4S to 5 felt.

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PC Mag Oct 22, 2013

The Air's weight is its killer app. You can't see this. You have to feel it. At just 1 pound, it comes very close to the tablet ideal of a magical sheet of paper: thin, durable, easy to hold in one hand or two for as long as you want.

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GigaOM Oct 22, 2013

Overall the device is slimmer and slightly smaller as well. I noticed the thinness — about a 20 percent reduction — more than the minimal size difference of the device. The smaller bezel takes its cue from the iPad mini and there’s still plenty of room for my thumbs.

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Ars Technica Oct 22, 2013

The iPad Air doesn't completely swing things back in the other direction for me, but the reduced size and weight combined with the 4:3 screen ratio (which I still think is more sensible in a 10-inch tablet than a widescreen ratio) makes the iPad Air the most comfortable large-screened tablet.

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SlashGear Oct 22, 2013

The slimmed down bezels on the sides make a considerable difference to how it feels in your hand, leaving the tablet as a whole feeling somewhere in-between the 4:3 aspect of its display and the 16:9 of most rival Android slates.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 22, 2013

The main difference is that the bezel on the sides (when held in portrait) have been reduced to nearly nothing ... makes a big difference, in terms of the physical device in your hands, more so than we expected, and combined with a processor boost completes a very nice package.

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Wired UK Oct 22, 2013

In short then, does the new iPad Air look good? It does. The design alone is a welcome upgrade, and it can't be overstated how much difference it makes to feel a 10-inch iPad not weigh as much as a bear.

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Washington Post Oct 22, 2013

Apple’s newest iteration of its full-sized, 9.7-inch tablet, the iPad Air, is noticeably lighter and thinner than its predecessor — making it more comfortable to hold the tablet with one hand while using it.

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Mashable Oct 22, 2013

The device is well named. It's hard to explain, but you feel it when you pick one up. For the first time, you can comfortably hold a full-sized iPad in one hand with no strain whatsoever. It's also 20% slimmer, but I found you just don't sense that unless you look at the side.

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PC Advisor Oct 23, 2013

It’s not called Air now for nothing. The Apple iPad Air seems almost ethereally light on first acquintance – Apple was quoting 1 pound in weight at its launch, and that’s 454g in modern measurements.

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T3 Oct 22, 2013

The main difference is its design. With a paper-thin chassis and weighing less than the original iPad Mini, it's a design marvel. The Retina screen remains one of the best screens on a tablet and this is now boosted by a blisteringly fast processor.

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CNN Oct 22, 2013

Certainly, during my hands-on with the tablet, apps -- with the sole exception of Facebook -- launched faster.

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TechRadar Oct 22, 2013

The iPad Air weighs in at just 1lb (or 453g) and 7.5mm thick - a significant step up from its predecessor, and in the hand that difference is genuinely startling.

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TrustedReviews Oct 22, 2013

Its thin and light body could have made the iPad Air feel a little fragile, but it doesn’t. The unibody aluminium shell feels like it could withstand the day-to-day toils of a mobile device.

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IGN Oct 22, 2013

At just 1 pound, the iPad Air is noticeably lighter than its predecessors, and the thinner bezel help accentuate the fact that the new tablet is an all-around smaller machine. It still bears the same quality build that Apple is known for, just in a more compact package.

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Huffington Post UK Oct 22, 2013

Pick it up, though, and you'll be shocked - this is a completely different device. You feel every gram of weight lost from the old model, and at 20% thinner it's much more comfortable in the hand ... a device you'll want to take with you everywhere and not just leave lying on the coffee table.

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