Apple launched Midrange iPad Named iPad Air. This was the successor to iPad Air which was launched in 2013. ipad Air was released in Globally in the US on 18 March 2019.
it features the Apple 12 Bionic chip from Apple which is available on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, iPhone XR. this chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 6 x ARMv8.3-A low power cores named as Tempest which are clocked at 1.8GHz, second part features 2 x ARMv8.3-A high powered cores named as Vortex which are clocked at 2.49GHz. it has Apple 4 Core GPU which increases its work by 25% compared to Apple A11 Bionic the last processor from Apple in 2018. it has an Intel LTE XMM7560 Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 600 & 250MBPS. it has also dedicated NPU for AI Capabilities.
This iPad Air has a Single-Camera setup which comprises a 8MP Sensor and 7MP sensor for Selfies. I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of iPad Mini and Jump into the Review
iPad Air Specs:
- 10.5″ Retina display
- Apple A12 Bionic Chip with M12 Motion Co-Processor
- Apple 4 Core GPU
- 3 GB RAM
- Nano Sim / Nano Hybrid
- 64 / 256 GB Internal Storage
- 8MP f/2.4 Rear Camera
- 7MP F/2.2 Selfie camera
- iOS 12
- Touch ID
- Dual 4G Volte
- 34900 mAH battery with 10W fast charging support
- 4 pins on Back for keyboard support
- Wifi / Bluetooth 5.0 LE / GPS
- 3.5mm Jack / lighting port
10.5” HD+ IPS LCD screen :
Here in the Display Department iPad Mini Features an Excellent HD+ IPS LCD panel 16:9 screen with 265 pixels per inch, the color reproduction from LCD Panel is good and Colours are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also good. There are No issues & problems with screen quality iPad Air. It is Very bright of 500 Nits to see in direct sunlight Like iPhone XR.
Stereo Speakers and Headphone Jack:
In iPad Air Apple Used their traditional Stereo Speaker System which were is very loud and Equal to their iPhones. In terms Of Loudness, it is very loud Which is Comparable with a Mini Bluetooth Speaker. these Speaker does not have support to Dolby Atmos Or Smart Amp but the sound output is good and Produce accurate Sounds. Earpiece performance in LTE version is also Awesome
Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, In terms Of Headphone Audio, iPad Air and iPad Pro are Equal. the headphone jack provided with an Optimized and clear sound without any Software Support like Dolby Audio and OZO Audio and it is direct Copy of iPad Pro With Headphone jack and headphones are present in the Box Which a Good Experience While Taking Calls And Listening Music. Apple Has Done a Good job By Providing 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Earphones.
Build Quality :
iPad Air is Build with an Polycarbonate Body on side and front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. it provides a good look and feels a bit Cheap Because it is made with Polycarbonate Body. Through this iPad Air was Build with Polycarbonate Body and Plastic Back there are no issues of creakiness with build quality. It is 6.1mm thin so use it carefully and more over don’t sit on it by mistakenly also.
Rear fingerprint scanner:
iPad Air Features a Front mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the bottom front of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user.
iPad Air feels a bit heavy with 10.5” Screen, 8130 mAh battery and Polycarbonate Frame. This iPad Air can be used by one hand and weight balance is done very well.
My iPad Air lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 28% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 8130 mAH Battery. We got 7.5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 9hr Battery life if you use on WiFi Model Of iPad Air. The ideal drain of iPad Air is very low as iPad Pro. the 5W Charging charges the iPad Mini in 2hr 30min.
iOS Operating System :
Here the iPad Air comes with the iOS Operating System. So We cannot see Dual apps and other features in this iOS. We cannot see the unnecessary apps that are wasting Ram on the phone. we can get two years of iOS Version Upgrades and of security updates on iPad Mini very Quickly at a time.
The iPad OS arriving in September to iPad Mini will change every thing and add some new features like system wide dark Mode, Floating Keybord, Simple text editors, Files, Split Screen for easy Multi tasking, All new Hone screen, Improvements in Apple pencil.
My iPad Air managed to do day to day tasks very well like the Elder Brother iPad Pro. there are No issues and problems with the UI and there are no heating issues with iPad Mini
Ram Management :
Ram Management is done very well on this iPad Air. It features 3GB ram and I did not notice any lags and there are no reloading of apps on this iPad Air. Multitasking experience is nice.
Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9, Godfire, Leo’s Fortune and PUBG at High graphics setting without any lags & frame drops in the game.
Coming to the Camera Department, iPad Air features a Single-Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in iPad Air. lets divide the cameras and look at the performance of them
1. Main Camera:
the 8MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4 with EIS. the daylight pictures are Excellent and contain very good details. Exposure is in control with decent Dynamic range to take good photos in good lighting Conditions. in low light Conditions, because of Larger aperture it has more noise in image. The image Quality is average too.
Video recording can be done up to 4k@30fps .the video footage has awesome Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 4k@30fps And 1080p FHD recording. the video quality in the low night conditions is Average.
Selfie camera :
iPad Air features an 7MP selfie camera with 73 field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.2. the Picture quality is fantastic and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions. In lowlight images the noise levels are high because of smaller Aperture.
Video recording can be done up to 1080p @30fps with Front Camera .the video footage has awesome Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range.
Widevine L1 support:
iPad Air has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see.
All Sensors :
iPad Air has all sensors Like accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Auto Brightness Sensor which is good to see.
Folio Keyboard support :
Apple iPad Air has a Folio Keyboard support which works very well. After attaching Folio keyboard iPad Air will turn into Laptop without mouse pointer. You have to by the Folio keyboard Seprately.
- Best premium design with less bezels
- 8MP Front Camera And Rear Camera are Excellent in Day light conditions
- Awesome Performance A12 Bionic Chip
- Excellent Battery Life
- Apple pencil & Folio keyboard Support
- Value for Money Device
- Camera Performance is Average in Low light Conditions
- takes Laing time to Full the Battery
- Only in 2 Storage Models
if You want an Midrange iPad with all new A12 Bionic chip, with Apple pencil support then iPad Air is the Only Option. There is also iPad 6th gen with Apple Pencil Support but not with A12 Bionic Chip.
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