LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: A
On Friday, the iPad Air went on sale worldwide. Though some reports stress that the item isn't exactly sold out, much of that is due to the fact Apple really stocked all stores with plenty of iPad Air units. Even though the iPad Air may be pricey, it is certainly a technological marvel.
The first thing you will notice when picking up the iPad Air is that the unit is slightly smaller (with the same 9.7-inch screen) and that it is noticeably lighter than previous iPads. You can hold this thing in one hand for a couple minutes without feeling like your wrist is going to collapse. The fact that Apple fit an A7 processor with a better battery life than the previous version is quite impressive.
The 1536 x 2048 (264 ppi) pixel resolution display hasn't changed since the 2011 version and that's not necessarily a bad thing for the 9.7-inch display. Watching movies or viewing pictures is pure pleasure. I still find myself wishing that the iPad had a widescreen display to avoid the black crop marks above and below widescreen movies. However, I still love the fact that when in portrait mode, the iPad screen perfectly mimics a normal piece of paper unlike Android tablets that mimic a very narrow sheet of paper.
The iPad Air is also noticeably faster than previous versions of the iPad. The A7 Apple chipset makes sure several applications can run smoothly at the same time without any delays. The PowerVR G6430 quad-core graphics processor helps even the most graphics-intensive games run smoothly as well. If you are a gamer, the iPad Air is truly the best portable gaming machine you can buy.