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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

 
92
Average user Score
 
90
Rooboy
05.28.14
It is a huge upgrade from my iPad 2 16Gb wifi version. The option to just connect quickly and not have to worry about tethering to my iPhone. The screen quality and speed of the Air is great.
 
90
arcraig
05.18.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
ksaggese
05.08.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Deyvid
04.23.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
AddVariety
04.11.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Harsh12
04.04.14
iPad Air - 3 months later.I bought the iPad Air a little more than 3 months ago. Since I am in India I had to buy the product at an exorbitant price but being an Apple fan it was worth it. This is a review about a 3 month old iPad Air.1. It is not durable against physical damage. It is very fragile I saw an iPad Air's screen smashed due to a fall of just 4 feet, it was not mine though.2. Early manufactured models have hardware issues. Yes, they do. Games as small as temple run lag since day one even when I have updated to iOS 7.1. Vector is not playable at times and the transitions get grumpy sometimes. I have restored it several times, once from the iCloud but no help there. The screen appears to be bend inwards and a little dark at the left side. This is a problem with many units. The solution, well take it to an Apple store and get it replaced but the nearest Apple store from India is in China. So...3. It can replace your laptop.I use it for a range of stuff; from gaming to writing, mailing and the occasional movies. The keyboard is amazing and it gets better with 7.1. Systems apps work flawlessly and the portability makes it carrying around so easy.4. Audio output is below expectation.I got a pair of headphones and I was taken by dismay when I plugged it in. The same file gives a significantly high output on my HTC One X. Apple earpods work just fine though. Apart from the low volume, the clarity is unmatched, as usual.5. Get a screen guard.A thin film of plastic can really save your front panel from looking hideous. Although it has scratch-resistant glass, the screen needs some serious protection. Just 2 days without a screen guard awarded me with a couple of little lines. Keys probably caused them.6. The.Best.Tablet.Apart from my unfortunate time of buying the tab which resulted in me getting the one with some hardware issues, it is the best tab by a margin. Using Pages, Garageband and other apps which seamlessly synchronise data with iCloud is a treat. Hope this helped. And dont forget to browse App Store regularly for some amazing apps that use the large real estate and give real productivity.http://applebrotherhood.wordpress.com for more. My blog about all you need to know about Apple affairs!
 
90
frunchyb
03.22.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
60
owlman
03.19.14
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
70
filipemoura
03.06.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
100
stevester718
03.01.14
I love my iPad. It is great for everything.