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Apple iPad Air A7 16GB 9.7" 4G 3G Tablet

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17 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

Users have rated this A7 processor tablet as fantastic on average.

Good Sound Quality

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed it thought it had good sound quality. Catherine M Stuttard wrote “Videos in excellent colour with a good sound also from such a small set of features” in her review of the Apple iPad Air. Catherine M Stuttard also wrote “Easy to use with excellent screen and sound”. David Bull said in his review last year “It works so well has a great screen responds to the touch great sounds easy to use comes with some very useful apps”.

Good Picture Quality

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers who purchased it mentioned that it had good colour saturation. Bookworm mentioned in their review of the Apple iPad Air “Well defined with lovely vivid colours” . Four years ago Dimitris rated it 5 stars and wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “The colours look alive and the photos look crispier as ever”. James M said on Amazon also four years ago “The screen is superb and colours are really vibrant” in his review of the Apple iPad Air and rated this tablet as excellent.

One Apple iPad Air owner who bought it wrote that it had good picture quality. Michael Young he said on Amazon “The picture quality is fantastic and very fast when using the web”.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Three years ago Anne Elizabeth Dunn said “Responsive to the touch and very easy to use, would recommend it to my friends” in her review. Baskey mentioned “The iPad itself is very smart and easy to use” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Bookworm said on Amazon “It is easy to use and intuitive, especially if you already have an iPhone”.

A number of people reckoned that the product was easy to setup. Bookworm wrote in their review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “It was incredibly easy to set up and I was fully up”. Three years ago David F. wrote on Amazon “Easy enough to set up.” in his Apple iPad Air review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Janet mentioned “It was very easy to set up” in her review.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the Apple iPad Air was comfortable and easy to hold. Last year Deepee said on Amazon “Low on memory for the money, has no expandable memory or external connectivity (USB etc), non user replaceable battery, is hard to hold and vulnerable without a case”. Four years ago James M rated this tablet 5 stars and he mentioned “Firstly it feels so nice to hold and use” in his review of the Apple iPad Air. P E Smith said on Amazon “It's clean lines, light to hold and fantastically responsive to the touch”.

A few Apple iPad Air owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. Three years ago John wrote on Amazon “You navigate around with your finger by pointing and gently swiping the screen makes the whole experience a lot easier - a lot more fun”. Maureen Pratchett scored the Apple iPad Air very highly and she mentioned “Thoroughly enjoying the experience, wish I had bought one years ago, especially as I like social history, so spend many happy hours browsing”. Musicfan rated the Apple iPad Air as very good and wrote on Amazon “Highly recommended on experience to date”.

Several Apple iPad Air owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good interface. Den mentioned in their review of this tablet on Amazon “The young can use it rather easily, thanks to Apples really user friendly, User Interface”. Johnh mentioned three years ago “They have created a clunky user interface, which ensures you cannot access the directory”.

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Good Battery Life

Some Apple iPad Air owners reckoned that the product had a good battery life. Ali T mentioned on Amazon “Battery life is excellent, even though it's 2 years old it still lasts around 8 hours from a full charge (depending on what I'm using it for!”. Dimitris mentioned “The difference in terms of speed is huge, while the battery holds the same 10 hour efficiency” in their review of this tablet. El Tel wrote on Amazon “Very portable computing and excellent battery life” in their review of this tablet and scored this tablet 5 stars.

One Apple iPad Air owner said in their reviews that this tablet was quick to charge. Ali T said on Amazon “It takes around 1.5 hours to charge from empty to full”.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Two years ago Amazon Customer wrote “Meets all our requirements at a great price” in their review of the Apple iPad Air. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Good price, nice colour and well made”. Chris O mentioned in his Apple iPad Air review two years ago “Great piece of technology at the best price I've seen anywhere for a brand new iPad Air” .

Several people considered that it was a bargain for the price. Antoine wrote on Amazon “The Invision is a very cheap case and a best seller”. Bdt1978 wrote in their Apple iPad Air review on Amazon “Got a good deal through Amazon after returning a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition - which I found disappointing”. D. R. F. Sapte said in their Apple iPad Air review “That is a £65 discount! Great deal - this is about the price it should have been in the first place”.

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Good Product Quality

Nineteen Apple iPad Air owners concluded that the Apple iPad Air was good quality. Amazon Customer mentioned “Fast speed, very clear and high quality screen, also very slim” . Andyj mentioned “Lighter than others I have seen it still feels substantial and well made”. Antoine said “I call these necessary evils, yet one should not skimp on a quality case offering the best protection possible” .

Good Size

A number of customers thought the product was thin. Amazon Customer said in their Apple iPad Air review on Amazon “High quality screen, also very slim and nice looking too as a fashion accessory” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Three years ago Andyj wrote “Screen and graphics are a model of clarity and despite this latest ipad being thinner and lighter than others I have seen it still feels substantial” in their review of this tablet and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Antoine said in the same month “Was greeted by a lovely, super slim and lightweight gem of a tablet” in his review of the Apple iPad Air.

Several Apple iPad Air owners who bought the Apple iPad Air agreed that it was lightweight. John said in his review three years ago “Remarkably thin - it feels like a light-weight book.3”. In the same month Karen mentioned in her review of this tablet on Amazon “Super quick screen, lightweight and very smart piece of tech”. Also three years ago Leon wrote “However I will mention that this tablet is particularly lightweight and excellent for travelling around”.

Several people who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it was a good body shape. Antoine mentioned in his review of this tablet on Amazon three years ago “Albeit screen offers better viewing angles) It really is a pity that I had to buy a protective case, which covers the beautifully crafted aluminium body”.

Some Apple iPad Air reviewers who bought it thought it was compact. Amazon Customer scored the product very highly and wrote in their review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “It is sleek, compact and very fast”. Three years ago Joyce Hammond wrote on Amazon “This is a compact and excellent computer” in her review.

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Catherine M Stuttard mentioned three years ago “Overall I still think it is great, easy to carry and easy to use with excellent screen” in her review. Sheila Christenson said on Amazon “IPad Air is easy to use and easy to carry about”.

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Excellent Brand

Apple is one of the best tablet computer brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Apple also has excellent reviews for its A7 processor tablets.

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Nice Design

Twenty-nine people wrote that this tablet was good looking. Antoine said “Stylish, Sleek and Blazingly Fast”. Bookworm scored the Apple iPad Air very highly and said last year “Images look beautiful on the screen, sharp”. Bookworm also wrote “It's a really nice looking and easy to use device”.

A number of Apple iPad Air owners who purchased the product reckoned that it was a good design. Bookworm wrote in their Apple iPad Air review on Amazon “Great design, easy to use, lovely screen” and gave this tablet a rating of 5 stars. Dimitris said in their Apple iPad Air review four years ago “A sleek design of aluminum, packs a 9.7 inches display with the same retina resolution as the previous ones” and gave this tablet an excellent rating. John mentioned on Amazon “This is a stunning piece of modern design” in his review of the Apple iPad Air and rated the product as excellent.

Some people who reviewed it said that it was neat. Christina Herring mentioned in her Apple iPad Air review “I'm thrilled with this iPad it's so neat and fast after having the very first iPad for 6 years, you certainly see the difference”. Frederik gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said “I suspect the iPad Air does a lot of neat stuff tha I just have not dug out yet”.

One customer said that the Apple iPad Air was smooth. Sam L wrote on Amazon “San Andreas are beautifully smooth and look fantastic on the big 9.7 inch Retina Display, at 264 ppi (pixels per inch) it may not have as many pixels as other tablets.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One Apple iPad Air reviewer who bought it thought it was aesthetic. The Guardian wrote on Amazon “The Air design is aesthetically a work of beauty in its simplicity, cleanness of lines” in their review of the Apple iPad Air and gave the Apple iPad Air a score of 4 stars.

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Robust

A number of Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it was well made. Four years ago Danny mentioned “This Ipad is an amazing piece of engineering it has a crisp display which is brilliant for reading books on or general text on websites” in his Apple iPad Air review. John Ryan said “Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple”. John Ryan also said “Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free) * Skype”.

A number of customers considered that it was strong and durable. Three years ago Antoine gave it an excellent review and he mentioned “It looks sturdy and the stitching is top notch, yet I do not particularly like the shiny finish” in his review of the Apple iPad Air. Leon said on Amazon “The structure is fantastically sturdy” in his review of the Apple iPad Air. V. Ago wrote “It feels sturdy” in their Apple iPad Air review nonetheless they only rated the product 3 stars.

A few Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Poozle scored the product very highly and wrote in their review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “I am 72 and am incapacitated with a broken ankle, so was delighted to receive my ipad in 2 days”.

One customer reckoned that it was reliable. El Tel mentioned “So refreshing to have such an instant and reliable response” in their review and rated this tablet 5 stars.

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Good Connectivity

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it was wifi compatible. Bookworm wrote “This model has wifi only to connect to the web- the next one up” in their Apple iPad Air review. Catherine M Stuttard said on Amazon “Via the Wi-Fi is very good” in her Apple iPad Air review and scored the product 4 stars. Karen Farahmand mentioned “I love using iPlayer now as I can access it from anywhere that has wifi rather than sitting at my home computer” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Some customers wrote in their reviews that this tablet was able to connect to the internet. Lillian mentioned on Amazon “Just love it goes with me everywhere great photos Great accessibility to the internet & emails etc so glad the kids brought me up to date with technology”. Zsb said in their review of this tablet on Amazon three years ago “This is my first iPad and I must admit I love it! The speed at which you can access the internet is fabulous”.

One customer reckoned that the Apple iPad Air had email functionality. John mentioned in his review of the Apple iPad Air “I'd use it for pleasure (eMail, watching films or playing the odd game”.

One person who purchased this tablet considered that it had network functionality. Michael Young mentioned in his review of the Apple iPad Air on Amazon “Simple to follow 1st time set up instructions and connecting to my home wireless network was very simple” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

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Good Support

Several people who purchased the product thought it had good technical guidance. Mike C wrote in his review of this tablet “There is a manual to download”. Onehappylady mentioned last year “I've found an online User Guide for free, having stopped myself from *buying* one from a load on offer” in their review of the Apple iPad Air. Wwwoods said on Amazon “Many things you can do very hard to get bored buy a good instruction book and you can loose” in their review.

Good Technical Features

Some Apple iPad Air owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features. Catherine M Stuttard gave it a rating of 4 stars and she wrote “This is an excellent iPad with great picture and features” in her review of the Apple iPad Air. Zsb wrote “I am not a techy person so can't review all the features” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Webcam

One person said in their reviews that it was good for making skype calls.

Very Large Display Diagonal

The iPad Air has a very large display diagonal (9.7 inches) compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the iPad Air. Across all the A7 processor tablets that were released more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 7.8" to 9.7", and the average display diagonal is 8.5".

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1080p Video Recording Modes

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

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2 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two Apple iPad Air reviewers who reviewed it thought it was not noisy. Saverio said in their review on Amazon in January last year “Was noisy when charging the”.

Very Heavy

Tablets of a comparable age and type to the iPad Air have weights of between 330g and 480g. When compared to other tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the iPad Air that we have assessed, the weight of the iPad Air of 478 grams is one of the heaviest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Apple iPad Air

Released Over Two Years Ago

This tablet has been on the market for over two years.

Average Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)

The Apple iPad Air has a relatively standard rear camera resolution (numeric) (5 megapixels) compared to most of the other tablet computers of this spec and age.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 16 gigabytes, the iPad Air has a fairly average internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablets of this type and age.

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Specification

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Card Reader Integrated
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Display Diagonal
Touch Technology
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Touchscreen
LED Backlight
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Camera
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Geotagging
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Front Camera
Video Stabilizer
Video Recording Modes
Video Recording
Auto Focus
Digital Zoom
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Audio
Frequency Range
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
4G
3G
2G
2G Standards
3G Standards
4G Standard
AirPlay
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Data Rate (max)
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Bluetooth
SIM Card Type
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Lightning Connector
Headphone Connectivity
Headphone Out
Phone Features
Video Call
Voice Call
Messaging
Instant Messaging (IM)
E-Mail
Performance
Document Formats Supported
Video Formats Supported
Video Compression Formats
Image Formats Supported
Audio Formats Supported
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
Design
Device Type
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
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Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
SIM Card Support

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Expert Reviews

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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

14 November 2014

While the iPad Air 2 is no doubt a five-star product, you can save yourself money by opting to purchase last year's model. Yes, we know Apple has improved the processor, added Touch ID and... Read more…

IPad Air offers a larger screen and a more immersive experience, iPad mini 2 is more portable and cheaper
Slimmer and lighter than previous iPads
7 chip makes it fastest iPad yet
Sleek design
Powerful innards
IPad Air is most expensive of the iPads and won't fit in a pocket
Watching films on iPad mini is less of a cinematic experience
IPad Air's extra speed not obvious in general use
Screen feels slightly plasticky because of 'flex'
No TouchID
23 May 2014

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23 April 2014

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 3 June 2014 by Sassisoo

I wasn't at all sure that tablet computing would be useful to me, and the cost of Apple's options compared to so many others on the market put me off for a long time. I bought a really cheap... Read more…

Reviewed 13 February 2014 by AnthonyWright

The Apple iPad Air is the latest in the iPad series. It offers massive technological upgrades compares to the older versions of the iPad or the current selling counterpart iPad 2. The screen on... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2014 by Valve5425

Great tablet! As the heading says, lightweight and fast. This is my first Apple product so it took a bit of getting used to. The Apple help booklet on the IPad isn't helpful, so I needed to trawl... Read more…

Reviewed 22 July 2014 by Duck7

I did a lot of homework before i purchased the ipad air and i have had it for a few weeks now and yes it is the best, it also goes to show you get what you pay for. as for john Lewis the service... Read more…

Reviewed 3 December 2013 by Stew100

The iPad Air is thinner and lighter, but if you put a case on it, you won't really notice any difference. It is without doubt quicker, but if you're not too bothered about that, previous models... Read more…

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