Apple iPad Air (2019) Review


Apple’s strategy with the iPad is a whole
lot different than the iPhone and the new iPad Air is a good example of that
it’s actually now classified as a mid-range offering because it sits in between the entry-level version of the iPad, the 2018 version, and the 11-inch
model of the iPad Pro so makes you wonder were sitting in the greater
scheme of things. Borrowing this same aesthetics and design language of its
predecessor in the 2014 release iPad Air 2 the new iPad Air doesn’t break from
tradition. It can easily be mistaken for the iPad Air 2 unless you inspect them
closely. It’s a signature design that stays true to Apple’s philosophy of being
clean and simple since it’s incredibly well-built features a sleek aluminum
body and rounded edges with a subtle beveled edge. Apple has chosen to keep
the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and we’re happy with that because it’s good
and simple to use. The headphone jack is still intact here which is a sight for
sore eyes but interestingly enough the only new addition here are the three-pin
connectors on the left edge which allows for the support of the Smart Keyboard.
It also supports the Apple Pencil but it’s only the first generation Apple
Pencil and not the newer one. Like, come on, no one else sells more tablets than
Apple so this old design still has aged nicely. It’s incredibly thin, it’s light-weight, it’s premium, what more can you ask in the design? The new iPad Air also
features a larger 10.5-inch 1668 by 2024 Retina display that’s also
fully-laminated just like its predecessor for better outdoor
visibility. It also leverages Apple’s True Tone display technology to adapt
colors to the ambient conditions around while also throwing support for wider
DCI-P3 color gamut. Now all this sounds fancy and enticing
for this newer iPad Air but we wouldn’t go beyond saying it’s leaps and bounds
superior than the iPad Air 2’s display. Yes, it’s brighter by nearly 100 nits with a peak brightness output of 525
nits, but still delivers the same crisp and accurate colors. So, just like
design there’s not a whole lot new or drastically different with the Retina
display here. At the end of day, it’s effective in allowing us to handle the
tablet for reading watching videos and getting work done/ We’ll cut to the chase
here with the software – if you’ve held onto the iPad air 2 and have continually
updated software to the most up-to-date version of iOS, version 12.2 to be exact,
then you won’t notice anything different for the new iPad Air. In fact,
it’s the same experience that you’ll find with other iPads.
You’ll find the gesture-based interface here which won’t be total surprise for
any iPad user. All the gestures aren’t you seeing that we’ve seen them
previously. If you’re new to the iPad though you may feel a slight learning
curve getting to know the ins and out of the navigational experience, but after
some time these gestures become second nature. Even though it doesn’t yet quite
match the productivity of a laptop or desktop, we’re fans of being able to have two apps running simultaneously side by side
to one another. Technically though it’s on a limited basis because all
combinations aren’t supported. Despite that it’s nice to know that there’s a
level of productivity that’s available now with the experience.
Apple’s iPads have always been notoriously-responsive so don’t expect
that change anytime soon either. The new iPad Air is powered by Apple’s latest
A12 Bionic chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and
it’s exceptionally responsive as you’d expect. Then again, the aging iPad Air 2 still delivers equally as responsive results
with basic tasks even though it may be tough to discern the improvements. With
the new iPad Air it never once showed any indication of stuttering or slowing
down with its performance. When it comes to storage options, there are only two
options to choose from 64 or 256 gigabytes. The price for a 64 gigabyte
version amounts to $500 while the 256 gigabyte one comes in at 650. Now, to
look at the specs of the rear camera, it pretty much matches what was offered by
the iPad Air 2. What we have here is an 8MP backside-illuminated sensor with
an aperture of f/2.4. For now that’s nothing to gloat about in the world of
cameras but then again we’re dealing with a tablet here. The front-facing
camera, on the other hand, receives a makeover with an upgraded 7MP
camera up from the iPad Air 2’s pitiful 1.2 megapixel camera. Looking beyond the hardware not much has changed either with the cameras
interface – it’s pretty much straightforward for the most part,but
it’s still frustrating to go back to the iPad general settings to change some of
the things, like the video recording resolution. But hey, at least it takes
some pleasant looking shots when the lighting conditions are ideal. When it’s
sunny you get some average looking details that are accompanied by accurate
looking colors. It’s good, but not excellent. When there’s a strong contrast
and lighting, it’s useful to have Auto HDR enabled because it tones down the scene
so that the highlights aren’t overblown, resulting in a better exposed
composition. However, we noticed that HDR shots tend to come out a bit softer in
tone. However, its low-light performance is just terrible! Honestly, they’ll
probably just want to refrain from even trying to shoot any photos when it’s
dark out. On the flip side, the front facing camera boost its performance over
its predecessor. There’s a fair amount of details that we can make out from taking
selfies with plenty of lighting around but the post-processing tends to be more
liberal with the saturation. We’re not going to find anything better with the
iPad Air’s video recording performance, especially when it tops out at 1080p
resolution. For a tablet with formidable specs we certainly expected more in this
area with 4K video-recording. Instead, it’s a forgettable performance that’ll
make me want to skip using it in the first place. The battery life with the
iPad Air is great on a day-to-day basis we’re able to easily get through the day,
with about 50 percent capacity left over with normal usage. Now power users won’t
have any issues either trying to get a solid one day of usage. In our battery
benchmark test it eclipses a 10:30h mark easily besting its
contemporaries. What’s annoying though is that it still requires a painstaking
amount of time to get fully-juiced – the 235 minutes it requires for the new iPad
Air is just god-awful long compared to its contemporaries in the tablet space.
Take the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 which only needs 192 minutes. If Apple were
still selling the aging iPad Air 2 brand-new for a significantly discounted
price we’d probably recommend that over this newer one. However, that’s not the
case – in reality, the new iPad Air takes up the vacant spot long
held by the iPad Air 2 at the moderate $500 price range. After years of Apple trying to sell consumers on upgrading to its more
expensive iPad Pro tablets, the new iPad Air’s arrival is a sign of relief, and now
that’s in the mid range classification it’s the all-round tablet that will
appeal to the mainstream audience. Sure, you could pay less and go with the entry
model iPad for $330 but the advantage of paying more to go with the new iPad Air
is that you get a better-designed tablet, superior display and the faster A12
Bionic chipset to handle all of your day-to-day tasks. And that is it for this
review guys! If you want to learn more about the iPad Air you could check out
our website PhoneArena.com. This is John V, signing off!

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16 thoughts on “Apple iPad Air (2019) Review

  1. for people saying ipad pro 10.5 is better option comes definitely to personal choice. In my case, 2017 pro is definitely no go. 120ghz gimmicky screen ads zero value, we all know, beyond 60hz you can't see any difference, still pro offer hdr10, which is very useful feature. Second, Pro 2017 chip slower than A12 2019 Air, making it definitely future proof more than pro 2017, especially if you like to game. Third, very important to me is 3.5mm jack, no jack no buy. Connect any wired decent earphones to your new air 2019 and it destroys in sound quality of any overpriced wireless earphones. Going further, Pro has 4gb Ram but slower, Air 3gb Ram but faster, in this case i would say capacity should trump speed, but as we know RAM on iOS devices don't make much of the difference if you have 3 or 4 GB, so you should see minimal gain with 4 GB pro. To conclude, if you want better performance and better audio quality, take Ipad Air, If you want HDR screen more RAM and will not use your ipad with earphones, take 2017 Pro 🙂

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