Apple iPad Air

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Nov 16, 2013 in Apple, iPad, Tech |

iPad Air

My old trusty iPad 2 was starting to get a little long in the tooth. It was fine for browsing and most apps, but compared to C’s iPad 4, it was noticeably slower, and the lack or retina screen made me want to upgrade. Due to the ‘No New Shiny for a Year Challenge‘ I wasn’t able to pick up an iPad 4 when C did, so I’ve been looking in envy for the last 12 months.

So the October Apple media event happened, and as expected a higher specced version of the iPad was announce, and I was instantly sold. Then they announced the release date…November 1st..Doh! I was going to be out of the country! I then did a number of knee-jerk things, put a calendar reminder to order from a UK store, then asked a work mate to collect the iPad from my work desk when it arrived and take it home. Then after I’d stopped panicking, I thought about option b, pick one up from at states when I was over there, as they were a hell of a lot cheaper…but once I’d worked out how much it was going to cost to import with import tax and VAT, I decided it wasn’t worth it. In the end, I went with option c, simply call in at a store on my way home from the airport and hope they had stock. As I wasn’t going for a common model, I was able to call in at the Solihull Apple branch on my way home (with sleep deprivation and 5 hours worth of jet lag), I just kind of pointed at the 64Gb Wifi and Cellular version in black, the brown smart case, paid the man and went home.

So how is it?…it’s shiny! Now I am comparing everything to the iPad 2, so obviously everything will be faster, and look prettier, and that it does. I know a lot of people complained about the weight of the iPad 3 and 4, however this feels a similar weight to the iPad 2. The profile of the iPad is obviously a lot smaller, but with the addition of the cellular antennas, I guess that evens out the weight.

The screen is really kind of sexual, and probably the most noticeable difference. I had the iPhone 4, then moved to the iPhone 5, so I’ve become used to the retina screen, so it’s finally good to have the same viewing experience on the iPad as well.

Performance wise, I’ve not really tried any games yet, but generally it feels a lot snappier. I did try the 3DMark app, and according to the final score, it shows at nearly five times faster than the iPad 2 in graphics performance.

Finally, the cellular part, I can hear you asking, “Darren…you’re either at home or at work, why do you need cellular?”…and you know what, you’re right, I don’t really need it, however…on the rare occasions I’m not at home, or at work, I was having to fire up my mifi, connect my iPad, ensure the mifi was charges, which was hassle. I simply paid the additional, got a pair of scissors to my Samba sim card, and boom! free internets on the go!

As I’ve only had the iPad for less than a week, and only just recovered from the jet lag, I’ve not really had time to play with it much. I will however be giving it some serious love over the coming weeks. In the meantime,  if you have any suggestions on games/apps that will take full advantage of the shiny screen and the A7 processor, drop them in the comments, as I’d love to see what this is capable of.

Below, are the unboxing pics

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