Apple launched Midrange iPad Named iPad Air. This was the successor to iPad Air which was launched in 2019. iPad Air was released in Globally in the US on 15 September 2019.
it features the Apple 14 Bionic chip from Apple which is available on iPhone 12 Mini, 12, 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max. this chip is made of 5nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process.
This A14 has 11.8 Billion Transistors which 40% Increase when Compared to A13 Bionic Chip. Apple Says that A14 Bionic Chip is 50% Faster in Both CPU & GPU Departments which is a Huge Improvement. This chip can Give 80% Faster Machine Learning Capabilities when Compared to A13 Bionic Chip with the Support of 11 Trillion Operations per second. 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 12MP 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:
- 10.9″ Retina display
- Apple A14 Bionic Chip
- Apple 4 Core GPU
- 4 GB RAM
- Nano Sim / Nano Hybrid
- 64 / 256 GB Internal Storage
- 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide) dual pixel PDAF Rear Camera
- 7MP F/2.2 Selfie camera
- iOS 14
- Touch ID
- Dual 4G Volte
- 7812 mAH battery with 20W fast charging support
- 4 pins on Back for keyboard support / Magic Keyboard Support
- Wifi / Bluetooth 5.0 LE / GPS
- 3.5mm Jack / lighting port
10.9” HD+ IPS LCD screen :
Here in the Display Department iPad Air Features an Excellent HD+ IPS LCD panel 18:9 screen with 264 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 11.
There is Support for Apple Pencil 2 to Draw and Right On the Screen. This Apple Pencil 2 Will help in Multi Tasking.
Stereo Speakers and Headphone Jack:
In iPad Air Apple Used their traditional Stereo Speaker System which were is very loud and Equal to their iPhone’s. 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.
Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, In terms Of Headphone Audio, iPad Air & iPad Pro 2020 are Equal. The USB-C Port is 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
Build Quality :
iPad Air is Build with an Aluminium Body on side and front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. it provides a good look and feels good Because it is made with Aluminium Body. Through this iPad Air was Build with Aluminium Body and Metal 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.
iPad Air Features a Top mounted fingerprint sensor which is present in Power Button. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user.
iPad Air feels a bit heavy with 10.9” Screen, 7812 mAh battery and Aluminium 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 26% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 7812 mAH Battery. We got 7Hours of Sot ( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 8hr Battery life if you use on WiFi Model Of iPad Air. The ideal drain of iPad Air is very low as iPad Pro. the 20W Charging charges the iPad Mini in 1hr 30min.
iPad OS Operating System :
Here the iPad Air arrives with iPad Os 14. iPad Os has some new features like system wide dark Mode, Floating Keyboard, Simple text editors, Files, Split Screen for easy Multi tasking, All new Home screen, Improvements in Apple pencil. 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 iPad OS Version Upgrades and of security updates on iPad Pro very Quickly at a time.
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 Air
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, Call of Duty, 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 12MP main Camera With EIS is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.8. iPad Air has Dual PDAF Autofocus systems. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain exquisite details Which are like the natural photo. Exposure is in control with a Decent Dynamic range to take good pictures in good lighting Conditions. In low light conditions, the images are clear and Sharp without noise which is good to see. Autofocus is very fast due to Dual PDAF systems.
Video recording can be done up to 4k@60fps .the video footage has awesome Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 4k@60fps And 1080p FHD recording. The video quality in the low night conditions is also Good.
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 low light 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 & Magic 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.
Apple is selling New Magic Keyboard separately. With this Magic Keyboard you can use the iPad Air in 130 Angle. This Keyboard can Also Act Kickstand for this iPad Air. In this keyboard You will get a In built mouse Pointer, So you Can use this iPad As Computer perfectly.
- Best premium design with less bezels
- Looks Same Like iPad Pro (2020)
- 12MP Front Camera And Rear Camera are Excellent in Day light & Night conditions
- Awesome Performance A14 Bionic Chip
- Excellent Battery Life
- Apple pencil 2 & Magic keyboard Support
- Value for Money Device
- Only in 2 Storage Models
- 3.5mm Jack Missing
- Easily Bending Not So Strong
if You want an Midrange iPad with all new A14 Bionic chip, with Apple pencil 2 support then iPad Air is the Only Option. There is also iPad 8th gen with Apple Pencil Support but not with A14 Bionic Chip.
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