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Apple iPad Air A7 1.3GHz 128GB 9.7" Tablet

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A7 1.3GHz iOS 128GB Feb 2014
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IPad Air.The power of lightness. All-new Design. A ton of advanced technology. In just one pound. You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It's just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one... More
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Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Tablets

We checked 6,464 owner and expert reviews for Apple tablet computers and found that on average Apple has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Apple has excellent ratings specifically within its A7 processor tablets range.

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of tablet computers of a comparable age and type to the iPad Air is 49GB. With an internal storage capacity of 128 gigabytes, the iPad Air's internal storage capacity is one of the largest amongst tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the iPad Air.

We compared this tablet to all the other 128GB internal storage capacity tablet computers and we think the Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)[plb_2519391_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the iPad Air range from 7.8" to 9.7", and the average screen size is 8.6". With a screen size of 9.7 inches, the Apple iPad Air has one of the larger screen sizes amongst similar spec tablet computers of this age.

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1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet computer has a 1080p|720p video recording mode, which is typical of many tablets that are a comparable age to it.

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Not 3G Compatible

The iPad Air is not 3G compatible. Most of the other comparable spec tablets that are a similar age to the iPad Air are also not 3G compatible.

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Not 4G Compatible

The Apple iPad Air is not 4G compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other A7 processor tablets that were launched around the same time as the iPad Air are also not 4G compatible.

Tablets which are 4G compatible that might be worth looking at include the Apple iPad Air[plb_1737207_price] or the iPad Mini (3rd gen)[pl_2519374_price], or the iPad Air[pl_3809771_price] both from Apple.

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Expensive

After checking the price of 14 tablets of a similar age and type they range in price from £245 to £619. We think that this A7 processor tablet looks expensive compared to other tablets of a similar age and type.

4 Other reasons to consider the Apple iPad Air

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Apple tablet computer has been on the market for over three years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.3 gigahertz, the iPad Air has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablets of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.3GHz processor clock speed tablet computers currently available including the Apple iPad Air[plb_1737207_price] which is cheaper.

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Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the iPad Air has a pretty average rear camera resolution compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that have been around for around the same time as the iPad Air.

We compared this tablet to all the other 5MP rear camera resolution tablets and we think cheaper tablets such as the Apple iPad Air[plb_1737207_price] is also worth considering.

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Two Processor Cores

Compared to the other 25 A7 processor tablets that have been around for more than two years that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the number of processor cores on the iPad Air is two which is average.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2 processor core tablet computers currently available including cheaper tablet computers such as the Apple iPad Air[plb_1737207_price].

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Expert Reviews

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23 July 2015

The iPad Air 2 is no doubt a five-star product. However, while Apple may have improved the processor, added Touch ID and tweaked the display in the Air 2, we don't feel it's enough to justify... Read more…

Slim and light (although a little thicker and heavier than iPad Air 2)
Still comfortably fast enough for almost all apps and games
Beautifully designed and built
Will start to feel slower as time passes and more demanding apps are released
Screen feels slightly plasticky because of 'flex'
10 February 2015

Macworld.co.uk

Welcome to our updated iPad Air 1 review, in which we look again at the first iPad Air after more than a year of regular use and see how it compares to other tablets available in 2015. We gave it... Read more…

25 November 2014

Incredible value at a new lower price, the iPad Air is small, light, incredibly powerful and has an amazing screen...

Expert Reviews

18 November 2014

The newest addition to the iPad line-up is the iPad Air 2 but what's the difference compared to the iPad Air ? Find out in our iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air comparison review. See also : Best tablets you... Read more…

13 August 2014

Microsoft made a big song and dance about how great the Surface Pro 3 works as a laptop replacement when it unveiled the hybrid device. In fact, taking a page out of Samsung's book, Microsoft went... Read more…

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Reviewed 15 December 2014 by Bugwitch
Bugwitch would recommend the Apple iPad Air

I love my ipad and wish I had purchased it before I bought a Tablet , mini ipad , and a Kindle. Those three put together doesn't compare to this one. What a bargain when I purchased this. Best... Read more…

Reviewed 9 January 2015 by Stellapuppy
Stellapuppy would recommend the Apple iPad Air

I purchased this model, IPad Air 16GB, for my mother for Christmas. It's her first IPad, and she's been having a blast ever since she unwrapped it. Took her a few days to get the hang of the... Read more…

Reviewed 27 June 2014 by Midinotes

Having owned almost every iPad model since the original iPad 1, I have accepted that any change between models is usually marginal. Whilst there have been improvements in speed, perhaps the... Read more…

Reviewed 15 July 2014 by Shan420

I bought this as a present for my parents living abroad, video chatting wasn't great experience because the call quality was really bad before using facetime,so i bought an iPad for them, now with... Read more…

This is a very fast drive. I'm sure there might be others out there that are faster. but if I can install this in an ancient dell inspiron 1525 and get under 12 boot time that pretty impressive. mind
The size of the screen and ease of use
Fast
Windows experience index 7.9 which is highest
Fits in all laptops
None so far. Ill update as time goes on
Haven't even had it for a week and its giving me problems already. Computer hangs up. .. and have to force. Blue screen of death. I had to reinstall Windows 7 times because the drive would keep failin
Reduced real estate
Haven't been able to connect to my printer
A little pricey
Reviewed 9 December 2013 by BradGlenister

I bought my first iPad two years ago (iPad 2) and thought I'd treat myself to an upgrade. Having an older model meant that I noticed the differences easily with the new iPad Air. The sharper... Read more…

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A7 1.3GHz 128GB 9.7"
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iPad Mini (3rd gen) vs iPad Air

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Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)
A7 16GB 7.9" 4G 3G
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A7 1.3GHz 128GB 9.7"
£ 496.75 £579.39
Slightly Better User Reviews
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Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen) vs Apple iPad Air
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A7 128GB 7.9" 4G 3G
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A7 1.3GHz 128GB 9.7"
£ 542.71 £579.39
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