AP­PLE IPAD AIR

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Dubbed the light­est, thinnest full-size iPad ever, the side pro­file of the Air mea­sures just 7.5mm, which is 1.9mm thin­ner than both the iPad 3 and 4, 1.3mm thin­ner than the iPad 2, and 5.9mm thin­ner than the first gen­er­a­tion iPad. Add to that, the new Air is about 200g lighter than its pre­de­ces­sors.

For con­sumers who have been us­ing pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion iPads, th­ese im­prove­ments can def­i­nitely be felt – but the de­gree in ad­vance­ment re­ally de­pends from which iPad you are com­par­ing with. None­the­less, the Air of­fers im­proved han­dling due to the new edge de­sign, flat back and nar­rower screen bezel. The Xperia Tablet Z comes very close to match­ing the Air in terms of han­dling, but we are won over by the lat­ter’s more pre­mium build and fin­ish.

Ap­ple re­tains the same dis­play size (9.7-inch) and res­o­lu­tion (2,048 x 1,536 pix­els) on the Air. This works out to a pixel den­sity of 264ppi, which is a tad lower than the ASUS, Sam­sung and Toshiba tablets. What’s sig­nif­i­cant about the dis­play is not in­side it, but around it. The bezel has shrunk in a sim­i­lar fash­ion as the iPad Mini, re­sult­ing in a nar­rower width.

The Air runs on iOS 7, which in a nut­shell, has a more col­or­ful look and feel, with a thin­ner, more mod­ern font and flat­ter over­all de­sign. iWork apps (Pages, Num­bers and Keynote) and iLife cre­ativ­ity apps (Pho­tos, iMovie and Garage­band) are free for down­load on any iOS 7 de­vice. Pre­vi­ously, they cost a to­tal of US$45.

Like the iPhone 5S, the Air sports the 64-bit A7 pro­ces­sor and 1GB RAM though its pro­ces­sor clock speed is slightly higher at 1.4GHz. The imaging as­pect re­mains un­changed; a 5-megapixel rear cam­era with f/2.4 aper­ture, 5-el­e­ment lens, BSI sen­sor and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD front-fac­ing cam­era.

DIS­PLAY

Thin­ner bezels means nar­rower

width over­all.

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