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Apple iPad Air

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92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • A7 chip offers fast performance
  • Thinner and lighter than before
  • Global LTE support
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Touch ID not included
  • Retina display is good, but no longer the best
92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

92
 

User Reviews

90
longnh
Apple's iPad Air is among one of the best tablets out there, it's not overestimate...read more
100
Error909
Awsome tablet without any lag! Only weak point is battery. iOS is fast and clear....read more
80
mjc1989
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
90
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
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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SlashGear
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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CNET
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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Pocket-Lint
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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Laptop Magazine
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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Huffington Post UK
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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TechCrunch
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
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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Wired UK
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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PC Mag
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.