Apple iPad Air: from heavyweight to lightweight

Nov

11

2013

Apple iPad Air: from heavyweight to lightweight

Introduction

More than three years after the first version came out, the iPad is still the best selling tablet on the market. However, there are only two iPad models and to some market share to compete with an almost countless number of tablets running Android or Windows. The market share of the iPad then drops steadily. Apple will not make it over too much worry because the company still earn good money by selling its tablets.

However, the manufacturer from Cupertino also noticed that the iPad anno 2013 no longer at the forefront in all areas. With the third generation of the tablet was slightly heavier, in particular because of the larger battery, which in turn was required to provide. The Retina display of stream Meanwhile, tablets from other manufacturers just lighter and lighter. The weight and thickness of the iPad we mentioned in our review of time than as negatives.

The fourth generation Apple released the housing intact and were only things under the hood adjusted. Now, in the fifth version of the iPad, however, the manufacturer introduces a new building, which is lighter and thinner than before. Apple for the change even so significant that it warranted a new name eight: iPad Air. Besides a new housing the Air also features the new A7-soc, which we all got to know the iPhone 5s.

We looked at how big the impact of the new housing in practice and in addition we will review in this course on the new hardware.
Apple iPad Air: from heavyweight to lightweight

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Housing and appearance: iPad dieting

The iPad Air looks like a large version of the iPad mini and that is no surprise. Anyone who has followed a bit of tech news, has in recent months frequently leaked photos of the new housing can see. Many falls on the outside of the Air does not actually say. While other manufacturers are experimenting with different materials, shapes and textures, Apple keeps it simple, with an aluminum unibody chassis.

“What you notice is, in practice, the lower weight”

Compared with the old housing have changed a few small things in mind. Apart from the difference in size, the buttons are no longer black, but in the same color as the housing, as with the IPAD mini. There is no longer a volume button that can be clicked on two sides but there are two separate buttons to adjust the volume. What is most striking is the curvature at the edges. The old iPad started already quite a bit from the side, but the Air is the back almost completely flat, with a small rounded edge. The color of the case is changed, in imitation of the iPhone 5s is also available in the iPad Air colorways silver and gray space.
Apple iPad Air vs. iPad 4

In the lower edge is in the middle of the Lightning-connector, as with the IPAD 4, which is flanked on both sides by a loudspeaker. On the old iPad was still behind this.
iPad Air iPad (4th) Xperia Tablet S Surface 2 Note 10.1
Screen 9.7 ” 9.7 ” 10.1 ” 10.6 ” 10.1 ”
Length 240mm 241mm 266mm 274mm 243mm
Width 169.5 mm 185mm 172mm 173mm 171mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 9mm 6.9mm 8.9 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 469 grams 652 grams 483 grams 630 grams 535gram

The big difference is of course not in appearance, but in the size and weight. The length is virtually unchanged, but Apple has planed mainly to the width. As with the mini ipad, the bezels to the side now considerably less than that of the top and bottom. The difference in the total width half an inch and that makes the iPad Air from the front clearly different than the previous model. In practice, it makes little difference. Because the edge is thinner, faster you rest your thumb on the screen, but iOS know there well be reckoned with and not register it as conscious touch.

iPad Air versus iPad 4

A tablet is a bit smaller, but retains the same screen size is fine, but what in practice is particularly noted the lower weight. As I said this was a point at which Apple had to make improvements, because other manufacturers were on the iPad this field to surpass. These improvements are made especially with the housing of the Air. The weight difference between the 4th generation iPad and the iPad Air comes out at 183 grams. In other words, the weight of the iPad Air is 72 percent of that of the previous iPad.

That difference is immediately apparent when you first pick up the Air. Where to hold it with one hand at the old iPad was no fun and we soon had a tendency to lay the tablet or something to lean against something, that plays in the Air a lot less. He can of course still can not compete with a tablet that is physically smaller, like an iPad mini, but within the segment of 10 “tablets, the new iPad is one of the finest models to hold. The only caveat is that the new design a sharper edge to the side introduces and depending on how you hold the tablet can irritate. Opinions on the editors about were divided.
Hardware: soc-A7 and M7-coprocessor

The iPad Air contains much the same as the Apple A7-soc iPhone 5s. At present, it is the only ARM-soc which is based on the ARMv8 instruction. Competitors like Samsung, Nvidia and Qualcomm still base their chips on the ARMv7 architecture, though they are also behind the scenes working hard for a ARMv8 chip to get out the door. It is a good demonstration of the great strides that Apple has made in development area. A few years back bought the socs are still in other parties and now it, aided by a few smart acquisitions, suddenly at the forefront of soc design.

“Benchmarks show that the A7 below the line on more computing power has”

The advantage of the move to ARMv8 is twofold. First, there are new instructions available, allowing. Certain calculations faster In addition, general purpose registers are now 64bit and that is an advantage when working with numbers and strings that will not fit into a 32bit register. Another advantage is the ability to address larger amounts of memory, but since the Air only has 1GB RAM, that is an advantage that Apple has not yet exploited.

To make the most of the new architecture will app developers to adapt their source code but have all apps run faster than an ARMv7 chip. Without such adjustments That makes the A7 especially a future-proof soc and it will be some time before developers all available computing power fully able to exploit.
Apple A7 that shot (copyright: Chipworks)

Apple A7 that shot (copyright:. Chipworks Click to enlarge)

Apple gives hardly releasing details about the exact construction and operation of the soc, except that it is based on the ARMv8 instruction set and can handle 64bit instructions. Our thanks go therefore to the people of AnandTech who have further investigated the soc and have come to know more. Some of the information on this page is based on their findings.

We already knew that the A7 has two processor cores designed by Apple itself who listen to the codename Cyclone. These appear in the iPad Air just be clocked than the iPhone 5s, 1.4 GHz instead of 1.3 GHz. Somewhat higher Further, the air is able to keep its maximum clock rate for long periods of time because he can better its heat lost in the large iPad housing than in a small iPhone.

The new instruction set, the A7 more work done per clock tick and therefore need to be. Chip not very high clocked 1.4GHz seems on paper not much compared to the 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-soc can tap, but benchmarks show that the A7 below the line on more power features. Apple has the advantage that both the hardware and the software itself develops and both can therefore align. Seamlessly
The new Rogue GPU

Apple chose to make, as happened with the A5 and A6-socs. No X-variant of the A7 for iPad Air has Apple did then because the Retina display of the iPhone iPads demanded more chips than they could deliver, especially in the field of memory bandwidth. The X-variants had therefore powerful GPUs and a wider memory bus.

Apparently Apple believes that the A7 will have the high resolution of the Retina display and has confidence in the new GPU at Imagination Technologies is purchased any problems. It is the G6430, a variant of the sixth generation, which is also known as Rogue. That GPU should find no less than four times as many pixels per frame render to the iPhone 5s, which we dare to say that he is generous for iPhone 5s and only in the iPad Air truly at work.
The M7-coprocessor

Apple M7 Like the iPhone 5s have the iPad Air on a coprocessor, called M7. This is a small, energy-efficient chip, which constantly reads various sensors, including the motion sensor. This may recognize the iPad when it is picked up and moves, and there may have to act. Technically, this is also possible with the A7, but that would have been before, with the result that the battery is low. Constant active

There are momemt not many apps that use the M7, but the possibilities are endless. Especially with smartphones can do interesting things when you know that the device is moved and can recognize how quickly this happens. In theory, a device can start the navigation app as soon as it detects that it is moving at high speed. To prevent this from happening in the train, you could see if the car standing near. Via bluetooth This chip pedometers to implement. Example much more economical However, these are applications that are better suited to a smartphone. We are curious to which tablet applications developers come up.
Wireless

Apple does with the iPad Air as with the iPhone 5s not yet switched to the 802.11ac specification for wifi. With the new wireless standard throughput of more than 1Gbit / s. Android smartphones support wifi ac will not be long in coming. Since earlier this year and the first tablet with wifi ac and Android Since iPads usually last for a year before a successor is presented, we support wifi ac found it fine, because it will certainly commonplace in 2014 with good routers.

“16GB memory we find in the year 2013, a little scanty”

It is even crazier when you consider that Apple’s latest Airport Express router does support 802.11ac offers, like the new Macbooks. Also, virtually every other router manufacturer has already ac-routers in the range and some manufacturers are already on their second generation. In addition, apps are getting bigger, thanks to 64bit support, making additional bandwidth is welcome. On a tablet in this price range we find it really obvious that he supports the latest technology, but in this area is not so.

The wifi chip has not gone entirely the same, because Apple has the throughput when using wifi n improved by adding. Additional antenna Using mimo the maximum throughput is now at 300Mbit / s, while that was previously still 150Mbit / s. Additionally, the second antenna only in the use of AirDrop. An antenna is then used to keep the wifi network, while the other is used for the AirDrop connection.
Storage

The base model of the iPad is, as with the first model equipped with 16GB memory and that we find in the year 2013, a little scanty. Apps are getting bigger, the resolution of video files has been increased and games take more and more space. Therefore we found it neat if Apple had sent the 16GB model retired and would deliver. Standard with the iPad 32GB

Now if you want some extra capacity you need quite reach deep into their pockets. Apple charges 90 euros to double the storage capacity and without the presence of a micro-SD slot you have little choice. The supplement is fine if you go from 64GB to 128GB, but the smaller step of 16GB to 32GB so will cost you the same. To give an idea how crazy you can make it: our test model with 128GB storage and LTE support costs 869 euros.
The A7 tested: Benchmarks

IOS is and remains a difficult operating system to benchmark. First, there are few tools available and secondly it is compared to Windows and Android difficult to understand what is happening under the hood. Insight We have a combination of synthetic tests and real-life tests run for this review.

We start with Geekbench, a classic for iOS. Geekbench does a lot of different sub-tests, both single-and multithreaded, and combines them into a total score. It is so much part tests that we only present the total score, because it would be otherwise. Cluttered The subtests include details encrypt and decrypt with aes and sha, compress through bzip, with the png image compression codec and some other image processing, such as sharpening and blurren. In addition, the speed and memory-bandwidth tested.
Geekbench – single core
Phone / Tablet SoC in points, higher is better
Apple iPad Air Apple A7
********
1475
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X
****
780
iPad mini Apple A5
*
262

If we only look at the single-threaded performance, knows the A7 set, which is almost twice as high as that of the A6X from the previous iPad. Already an impressive score down Compared to the A5 soc from the iPad mini and iPad 2, the difference is much greater. The latest version of Geekbench supports ARMv8 instruction set, which is good to see.
Geekbench – multicore
Phone / Tablet SoC in points, higher is better
Apple iPad Air Apple A7
********
2684
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X
****
1425
iPad mini Apple A5
*
497

If both cores may at work, increasing the absolute scores, but relations remain roughly equal.

The Rogue GPU must be in the Air iPad a lot harder to bake in the iPhone 5s. The Retina display on the tablet contains: four times as many pixels as the screen of Apple’s latest phone. We kick the GPU tests with the cross-platform benchmark GFXBench, we also run regularly on Android devices. Because we want to get the relative performance of socs, an impression we have both phones and tablets included in the results.
GFXBench T-Rex HD – offscreen
Phone / Tablet SoC framerate in fps, higher is better
Apple iPad Air Apple A7
********
27.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800
********
26.0
Apple iPhone 5s Apple A7
*******
24.0
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X
*****
17.0
Nexus 7 (2013) Snapdragon 600
*****
16.0
G Pad 8.3 Snapdragon 600
****
15.0
Sony Xperia Tablet S Snapdragon S4 Pro
****
13.0
Galaxy Note 8.0 Exynos 4412
*
4.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 ” Exynos 4212
*
4.0

We first turned the off-screen variant. This renders the scene to a benchmark offscreen buffer with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. In this way the different screen resolutions disregarded and we get a good idea of ​​the absolute power of the GPU’s.

The A7-soc from the iPad Air ends in this test plan, with narrow margin on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. The difference is only 1 frame per second and the two graphics chips in this test so roughly as fast. In the iPhone 5s seems the GPU of the A7-soc clocked somewhat lower, because with a score of 24 frames per second, he is little more than ten percent slower than the iPad Air. The difference with the previous generation of GPU from the A6X is large, the A7 is nearly sixty percent faster.
GFXBench T-Rex HD – onscreen
Phone / Tablet SoC Resolution framerate in fps, higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s Apple A7 1136×640
********
36.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800 1920×1080
******
26.0
Apple iPad Air Apple A7 2048×1536
*****
21.0
Nexus 7 (2013) Snapdragon 600 1920×1200
****
16.0
G Pad 8.3 Snapdragon 600 1920×1200
***
14.7
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X 2048×1536
***
12.0
Sony Xperia Tablet S Snapdragon S4 Pro 1920×1200
***
12.0
Galaxy Note 8.0 Exynos 4412 1280×800
*
6.5
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 ” Exynos 4212 1280×800
*
6.0

Absolute power is certainly interesting, but in practice, the resolution of the screen of course a major impact. Therefore, we also run the on-screen version of the benchmark. Here we clearly see the effect of the high-resolution Retina display on the iPad. Where the first frame rate was higher than for the iPhone 5s, he is now significantly lower. This has everything to do with the relatively low screen resolution of the iPhone 5s.

The iPad Air’m still Android devices with full-HD with a Snapdragon 600 to continue. If we look at devices with Snapdragon 800 that a full-HD resolution, control, we see that outperform the iPad Air. Compared with the iPad last year, the iPad Air again good, with a score that roughly three-quarters higher.
Ice Storm Unlimited
Phone / Tablet SoC in points, higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800
********
18278
Apple iPad Air Apple A7
*******
14907
Nexus 7 (2013) Snapdragon 600
*****
10786
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X
****
9840
G Pad 8.3 Snapdragon 600
***
7923

GFXBench focuses primarily on the GPU, leaving the CPU acting reasonably intact, but if you’re running real games are both parts of the soc charge. The Ice Storm Unlimited subtest of the 3DMark benchmark simulates that by next graphic to do so. Physics calculations On the order of precedence, however, does not change.
Screen Quality: familiar Retina display

The iPad Air is the third iPad equipped with Apple’s Retina display. Other components we might say they need replacing after three generations, but the screen of the iPad, we find that need less. It can still compete with the great competition and also viewed in isolation, there is little to complain about. The resolution of 2048×1536 pixels is high enough to display text and other things sharp again and the viewing angles and color reproduction are still good.

iPad Air

We screen subject to our standard methodology to see if Apple still has things changed since the previous generation.
Brightness and contrast
Contrast
Phone / Tablet in ratio, higher is better
Nexus 7 (2013)
********
1283:1
Apple iPad Air
*******
1104: 1
Microsoft Surface 2
******
1010: 1
Galaxy Note 8.0
******
992: 1
Sony Xperia Tablet S
******
970: 1
iPad (4th generation)
*****
880: 1

Apple seems to have since the previous iPad or screens should differ, some things changed since our measurement comes with a contrast ratio of 1104:1 at a higher level than the previous model. The difference ensures that the iPad Air moves into second place in the rankings. However, Google’s Nexus 7 know to put the best. Contrast down
Brightness
Phone / Tablet in nits, higher is better
Nexus 7 (2013)
********
539
Apple iPad Air
******
411
Galaxy Note 8.0
******
409
Sony Xperia Tablet S
******
389
iPad (4th generation)
******
387
Microsoft Surface 2
******
384

The brightness is better than the previous iPad, but the difference is not great. With 411cd / m² screen is bright enough to give a good picture indoors and even in situations with more light you’ll still very far. The Nexus 7 spans the crown again.
Colour Reproduction

If Apple depends Retina label to a screen, you not only know that the resolution is high, but also that the screen is calibrated and colors so know accurately display. To see if there are just things have changed on this subject, we screen our usual color measurements.

iPad Air – grayscale

iPad Air – gamut
Average color error (dE2000)
Phone / Tablet in dE2000, lower is better
Apple iPad Air
***
2.2
iPad (4th generation)
***
2.2
Nexus 7 (2013)
***
2.4
Sony Xperia Tablet S
******
5.0
Microsoft Surface 2
********
6.4

The color reproduction of the iPad Air is virtually identical to that of the previous iPad. The color temperature is fairly constant and if we compare the color reproduction to the sRGB color spectrum is the error in dE2000 only 2.2 and that is with the human eye hardly perceive. Even for photographers and other image purists screen certainly good enough.
Software and speed: iOS 7

The Air iPad running iOS 7.0.3, which has already been properly established. That’s because Apple already asked a beta test start let go in the summer and although may be beta versions only officially installed by developers seize many users the chance to advance to the latest version. A test drive For a full explanation of what’s new in iOS 7, go to our review from September Which, although based on the iPhone, but most of the innovations goes for the iPad. On this page we look further into the software issues that are of interest specifically for the iPad.
Speed

The iPad 3 was combined with iOS 7 no more speed monster, but the iPad 4 could still come good. The benchmarks show that the iPad Air is a lot faster, but in practice you there compared to the iPad 4 is not much. Some apps start a bit faster, but the actions you performed during normal use in the interface, feel equally smooth.

The things that do not feel smooth, get the iPad 4 and Air line. So there is sometimes stutter when you perceive the ‘knijp’ gesture an app exits and returns to the home screen. However, this happens only sporadically and in normal use, the iPad Air simply a very fast tablet.

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Browser Benchmarks

One of the most common applications on a tablet is likely to be the browser. Safari is due to the A7-soc rapidly, but we are a few crashes come at the most random times. During the test period The app restart is a piece of cake, but pretty different.
Peacekeeper
Phone / Tablet SoC in points, higher is better
Apple iPad Air Apple A7
********
1887.00
Apple iPhone 5s Apple A7
*******
1751.00
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X
****
987.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800
****
901.00
Galaxy Note 8.0 Exynos 4412
***
734.00
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 ” Exynos 4212
***
705.00
Nexus 7 (2013) Snapdragon 600
***
612.00
G Pad 8.3 Snapdragon 600
***
606.00
Sony Xperia Tablet S Snapdragon S4 Pro
**
541.00
Kraken 1.1
Phone / Tablet SoC Time measured in milliseconds ms, lower is better
Apple iPad Air Apple A7
***
5646
Apple iPhone 5s Apple A7
***
6231
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800
****
7879
Nexus 7 (2013) Snapdragon 600
*****
10928
G Pad 8.3 Snapdragon 600
*****
11668
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) Apple A6X
******
13264
Galaxy Note 8.0 Exynos 4412
*******
15170
Sony Xperia Tablet S Snapdragon S4 Pro
********
16686
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 ” Exynos 4212
********
17409

The web-based benchmarks Peacekeeper and Kraken confirm what we already subjectively experienced when browsing. The combination of Safari and Apple A7 scores in Peacekeeper more than two times higher than the fastest Android device. In the Air Kraken is a class apart, although the difference with the Android camp smaller here.
More productivity with free apps

Recently, Apple has made several paid apps for free, called iWork and iLife bundles. It is specifically the apps Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie. Previously, users had to buy separate apps in the App Store, but in September they are free with every new iOS device. For OS X versions of those apps is the same way. That does not mean that you also get them for free on your existing iOS device.

“What media production is concerned, the iPad has an advantage over the rest”

The apps have been redesigned for iOS and Apple claims 7 from the ground up for the new A7-soc, so they should work. Considerably faster In addition, the file with the desktop versions aligned, so for example you can create a Pages document on your Mac, then you can continue editing. On your iPad

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It’s a nice gesture from Apple, which buyers of a new iOS device will certainly be happy. The step was necessary, for example, Microsoft provides with Windows RT with a full Office suite, and Google’s Android app Quickoffice bought and delivers it now for free. In addition, Google course trusted online Office tools. So All three companies recognize that people do not want to use their tablets only for consumption but to be there. Also occasionally produced some

What media production is concerned, the iPad surely a step ahead of the rest, because Windows and Android apps that have not actually included on an equal footing with GarageBand, iPhoto and iMovie. According to Apple, the air so fast that extensive photo and video editing really realistic scenarios for a tablet. We have therefore looked at how much quicker to carry out. A7 in this area is well actually, by a test with iMovie

First we made some movies with the iSight camera and then imported into iMovie. To this we added some photos. The whole time we stuck together with some animations, where we changed the frame rates of different video clips. Finally we added a soundtrack. The entire project, from just over a minute long, we then exported with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.
Export iMovie
Model SoC Time (in seconds)
iPad Air Apple A7
*****
31.6
iPad (4th Gen.) Apple A6X
********
56.9
iPad mini Apple A5X
**********
69.3

The Air cleared job in a thick 31 seconds, while the iPad from the previous generation, there was need for nearly a minute. The iPad mini with the A5X soc is in turn a little slower.

We still have a few other usage scenarios simulated by two big games to install and then see how long it took to start the games.
Startup Real Football 2013
Model Time (in seconds)
iPad Air
******
12.48
iPad (4th Gen.)
*********
17.6
iPad mini
**********
19.6
Startup Real Racing
Model Time (in seconds)
iPad Air
*********
31
iPad (4th Gen.)
*********
32
iPad mini
**********
36.2

With Real Racing is hardly any difference between the two major iPads, presumably because the game only loads the game world and textures. This is especially the velocity of the NAND memory of interest, not so much the soc.

Real Football seems to do than just stupid loading data, but more because the iPad Air know to start than the other variants. The game faster Perhaps the game data is compressed and must be unpacked business during starting. Battery life: more than promised

When Apple with the transition from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3 screen resolution increased, the battery was considerably larger. It also had to, the big screen slurped more energy and also had the extra powerful soc be powered. Result obviously had that the iPad 3 was heavier and thicker than its predecessor. The fourth iPad was no different.

For Apple iPad Air was forced to make the battery smaller again, otherwise it was impossible to get the housing. So thin This is according to the manufacturer not affect the battery life. The power-saving in the components, in particular the A7-SOC, it should be in order to compensate for the loss. To battery capacity sufficient

When turning browse our standard test we ran into a problem. Safari on iOS 7.0.3 refused to load properly. Various websites We soon found out that this has to do with the structure of the test and how the sites are loaded via an iframe from different domains. Previously, we encountered no problem with that, but the reins in the field of safety are cited by both the browsers and the websites themselves, and Safari crashed more than once during the test.

Since we are likely to encounter this behavior soon in other mobile browsers, we went to work on coming up with a new test method. We seize this opportunity immediately to tweak, which we attempt to mimic some more ‘human’ browsing behavior and increase. Workload test in different places This is an ongoing project and so we have unfortunately no browse results for the iPad Air.

Fortunately, our battery test suite into two parts. Besides a browse test we always do a video test. This is a full-HD video played on repeat until the tablet is completely empty. This file has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and uses the x264 codec for video and MP3 for audio.
Battery life – Film (250 nits)
Phone / Tablet OS In minutes, higher is better
Microsoft Surface 2 RT Windows 8.1
********
11u39m
Apple iPad Air iOS 7.0.3
*******
10u15m
iPad (4th generation) (iOS 7) iOS 7.0.3
*******
9u35m
Nexus 7 (2013) Android 4.3
******
9u18m
iPad mini iOS 7.0.3
******
8u44m
Sony Xperia Tablet S Android 4.1.2
******
8u42m
Microsoft Surface RT Windows RT
******
8u05m
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 ” Android 4.2.2
******
8u02m
Nexus 7 Android 4.3
*****
7u26m
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 Android 4.2.1
*****
7u11m
Google Nexus 10 Android 4.2
*****
6u46m
Galaxy Note 8.0 Android 4.1.2
****
6u11m

In the film test the Air does slightly better than promised by Apple ten hours. He only in Microsoft’s new Surface 2 are multiple recognize. Specifications and product photos
Brand and model
Category Tablets
Brand Apple
Series iPad
Product Apple iPad Air
Implementation Air WiFi 16GB
Operating system iOS 7
Image
Diagonal 9.7 ”
Screen 2048×1536 (QXGA)
Screen Type LCD
LCD Panel IPS
Touchscreen Technology Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Backlight Led: Edge-lit
Camera Resolution 5mp
Camera Resolution (for) 1.2 Mp
Physical Specifications
Color Silver
Weight 469g
Length 240mm
Width 169.5 mm
Depth 7.5 mm
Technical specifications
CPU Core Dualcore
Storage 16GB
Hard Drive Type Solid State Disk
CPU type Apple A7
Speed 1.4GHz
Battery capacity (Wh) 32Wh
Interfaces
Connection (wlan) 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
5GHz support Yes
Connection (Bluetooth) Bluetooth 4.0
Other specifications
Tablet extras Motion Sensor
Language Multilingual
Manufacturer 1 year carry in
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Alternatives
Score: 0 € 388.41 Tablets Apple iPad Mini Retina WiFi 16GB Silver
Apple iPad Mini Retina WiFi 16GB Silver

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Rating: 4.5 € 349, – Tablets Google Nexus 10 32GB Black
Google Nexus 10 32GB Black

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Rating: 4.5 € 255, – Tablets Google Nexus 7 32GB WiFi (2013) Black
Google Nexus 7 32GB WiFi (2013) Black

If you have the iPad Air something big and you will be glad of Android, Google, the Nexus 7 and Asus automatically in sight. He has one of the best tablet screens at the moment and also has fast hardware.
Rating: 4.5 € 433.99 Tablets Microsoft Surface 2 32GB Black
Microsoft Surface 2 32GB Black

Microsoft Surface 2 was recently released and shows a great improvement over its predecessor. The resolution is increased, it is faster, the battery lasts longer and it comes with Office and Outlook. That makes the Surface especially interesting for those who are looking for a productive tablet.
Rating: 4.5 € 446, – Tablets Sony Xperia Tablet S 16GB WiFi Black
Sony Xperia Tablet S 16GB WiFi Black

There is really only one big tablet that comes with the iPad Air around when it comes to weight and thickness, and that is the Xperia Tablet S from Sony. He is only 6.9 mm thick and weighs 483 grams. The specs of the Xperia Tablet S are not wrong, thanks to a quad-core Qualcomm soc and IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels
Conclusion

Our biggest point of criticism in the last two iPads, the weight and the iPad Air we can not complain at that level. In a generation, the iPad is one of the heaviest tablets to become the lightest in the 10 “segment, and that’s important in our eyes. Tablet should actually disappear in your hands, it’s all about the screen and the interface. You can despite the low weight, not forever with a hand holding him in the air, but the difference with the previous iPad is great.

The Retina display is unchanged, but we do not mind. Only the Nexus 7 knows only league and we do not provide. Recognize the need for more pixels at the moment The only way Apple could make a leap in picture quality with the transition to an AMOLED screen, but this is technically too early.

“Do you currently have an iPad 1 or 2, then the transition to the big Air”

The Apple A7 proves to stand his ground in the Air and iPad with the high resolution. Bother In practice, the Air does not feel much faster than the iPad 4, but also because Apple its act together in this regard had been well organized. On paper, the A7, especially in combination with the M7, much more to offer and it will be some time before all app developers use thereof.

Aside from the weight, there is in practice little difference with the iPad 4 and upgrade is not the most logical. Do you currently however an iPad 1 or 2, then switched to the Air a big and go there at all levels greatly improves. Also for people who want to buy their first tablet, the iPad Air one of the models that you should have. Above to your list

The iPad has never been cheap and there is no change in the Air. Especially the models with more storage lot on the price, and therefore it had been neat if Apple had given the basic model of the additional cost for extra memory which had reduced some more. Storage

The Air will probably persuade few people from the Android or Windows camp, because functional Apple remains true to its principles. So if you want to tweak your tablet, manage files without iTunes, use micro sd cards and customize many things, then you still do not have the iPad. However, we believe that a large group is that there is no need for them and for the iPad is probably the best big tablet that you can buy at the moment.

Scorecard
Pros

Very thin and light
Beautiful screen
Fast with a lot of potential

Negatives

No 802.11ac
Standard 16GB is on the tight side and extra storage is expensive

Tweakers says: very good!

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