Apple iPad Air (2019)
The $499 iPad Air is a notable upgrade in almost every respect over the $329 iPad. It has a bigger, better screen, more storage and support for Apple’s Smart Keyboard case. Unless you’re on a tight budget, it’s worth the extra cash and is probably the best all-around iPad you can buy right now.
- Excellent display
- Strong battery life
- Snappy performance
- Support for Apple’s Smart Keyboard
- Uses the goofy old Apple Pencil
- A design that’s getting rather tired
- Only two speakers
iPad Air (2019)
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (3)
- 88AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsZDNet90Apple's newest tablet combines productivity with affordabilityThe Air nearly matches the Pro in performance, and at that, I doubt most users would notice the minor differences. And it does it for a few hundred dollars less.PC World90Apple iPad Air (2019) ReviewThe new iPad Air is a tablet that works best with a keyboard case as a pseduo-laptop for anyone who wants a basic PC with Apple's software elegance.Macworld90Apple finds the sweet spotSandwiched neatly between the budget iPad and the pricey iPad Pro is the iPad Air, a strange set of tradeoffs and compromises that delivers most of what everyone wants from an iPad for hundreds less than an iPad Pro.Laptop Magazine90Apple iPad Air (2019) ReviewThe iPad Air is a long-lasting 10.5-inch tablet with a gorgeous screen and speedy performance.phoneArena90Apple iPad Air (2019) ReviewUltimately, the new iPad Air is exactly where it needs to be – it's the tablet for the mainstream! With a price tag of $500, it’s the best tablet in its class offering the mobility that we crave, combined with features that make it functional in being something used by a broad spectrum of users.iMore90The New Everyday iPad for EveryoneThe iPad Air 3 (2019) may cost the same as the original iPad, but it brings an almost full-on, pro-level feature set with it for that price. That makes it the new everyday iPad for just about everyone.The Verge90Apple iPad Air 2019 Review: Happy MediumI initially had a lot of questions about what “Air” meant after Apple brought back the moniker for this iPad and the MacBook Air. But after using this iPad, I think I finally get it. This is what Air is supposed to mean now: the best all-around choice for most people.TechRadar80iPad Air (2019) reviewThe new iPad Air (2019) has serious horsepower hidden behind its laminated screen and uses Apple’s excellent Smart Keyboard for proper 2-in-1 for productivity. Its traditional design and first-gen Apple Pencil compatibility make it look dated, but it doubles the performance of the entry-level iPad 9.7.Digital Trends80Apple iPad Air reviewThe iPad Air excels in entertaining but is also a reliable companion for professionals.Good Housekeeping90Apple iPad Air (2019)Ideal if you're looking for a thin and light tablet that's great for taking around with you and has the option of adding a keyboard or stylus to make typing and drawing a breeze. Simple to use, it works well for everything from web browsing to reading and gaming.
- 97AVERAGE USER SCORE3 ReviewsSomak100October 31, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought this iPad Air 3rd gen for school purposes and boy o' boy it's one crazy iPad. With iPadOS 13 running, it literally gave me the right to buy an iPad and use as a laptop replacement. Obviously I don't need the costlier iPad Pro since I'm a rookie,but I needed something better than the iPad (2019) and something bigger than the mini. I don't use for drawing and stuffs, but for PowerPoint, mails, playing games, watching HD movies ( thanks to Files app for supporting external hard disk and pendrives). It's really worth the $499 and 64gb is more than enough for me . Although the design is outdated and doesn't have the new 120Hz pro-motion, it will get the job in the most satisfying way , rocking the A12 Bionic.Raymond90October 31, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is perfect iPad for people who want performance and portability without overpaying for Pro features— that probably will not use. I work with design but need the computer to actually get my work done so an iPad Pro won’t be a doable solution to work. I could only use the iPad for sharing project files, taking notes and the Monday.com app. My iPad Air is for personal use and some lite work, still I appreciate a good quality display and performance, and the smart keyboard is a great add-on. The iPad pro is too much of an expense for personal use. I recommend the iPad Air. Theres a Hispanic expression called “the three Bs”: Bueno, Bonito y Barato. In English it means “Good, Pretty and Inexpensive”. That’s the iPad Air 3.waclark57100October 31, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had the new Air for a few months now. It's awesome. I coupled it with a Logitech keyboard/case and while it adds a little bulk I feel the protection is worth it. I also bought the pencil and a mouse. I don't know why people say the first gen pencil is a negative. It's perfectly fine.Adding a mouse turned out to be far better than I hoped. It works really well and I find myself using it quite a bit. I also use the iPad as a second screen for my Windows laptop. This has been the best thing ever. I can easily jump from Windows back to iOS run an app, jump to Windows and do other work. The fact that iOS supports all the Microsoft Office apps, including Teams, makes the iPad Air useful as a backup to the laptop. When I am out of the home office I usually take the iPad instead of the laptop and I can do everything I need to do while mobile. I did get the 256G version mostly so I can have the more apps and music loaded. I store most of my work files in OneDrive or DropBox which makes them easy to access from iOS or Windows.I can certainly see the advantages the iPad Pros have in larger screens and additional speakers but you do pay a premium for that and it wasn't worth it for me.