Reviewers praise the iPad Air; say it is the best available tablet and a personal PC ‘for the masses’

by Doug Drinkwater

October 30 2013

The new iPad Air has received glowing reports from a number of tech bloggers
The new iPad Air has received glowing reports from a number of tech bloggers

Apple’s fifth-generation iPad has got the thumbs up from tech reviewers, who describe the iPad Air as the best consumer tablet all the while noting only a slight improvement over its predecessor.

“Even though I love shiny new objects, I really can’t tell you to replace your old iPad” writes Damon Darlin, filling in as guest reviewer for David Pogue, in The New York Times. “The improvements on the new one are incremental, not revolutionary”.


“I’ve been testing the iPad Air for about a week and found it a pleasure to use,” says tech guru Walt Mossberg for All Things D, who noted an astounding 12 hour battery life during a “tough tablet test”.

“This new iPad isn’t a radical rethinking of what a tablet can be, but it’s a major improvement on a successful product. It is the best tablet I’ve ever reviewed. That isn’t just because of its slimmer, lighter design, but because Apple boasts 475,000 apps optimized for tablet use — far more than any other tablet platform.”


“Apple has strengthened the value proposition of the iPad and the new iPad Air as a mobile personal computer by offering iWork and iLife apps for free,” writes analyst Ben Bajarin on Techpinions.

“Now the iPad can be used out of the box to create movies, make music, create documents and presentations, and a lot more, at no extra cost. Unless you are a Microsoft Office power user, iWork will more than meet your needs.

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 “64-bit processing doesn’t mean that every app necessarily gets a 2x boost in performance over those made for the traditional 32-bit architecture used in previous iPads, but it does mean that software made for those processors will feel even more instantly responsive than it has in the past”,  says TechCrunch writer Darrell Etherington, speaking about the new 64-bit A7 processor.


“If you found yourself tuning out the last few generations of iPad thanks to their extreme familiarity, it’s time to get yourself dialled back in,” says Tim Stevens on CNET.

“The iPad Air is worth getting excited about. Though it brings no new functionality to the table, and we can’t help being disappointed about the lack of Touch ID, the performance increase and solid battery life show that progress is still being made on the inside. It’s the new exterior design, however, that really impresses. The iPad Air is thinner than any tablet this size deserves to be, and lighter, too.”

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Doug Drinkwater is the International Editor of TabTimes and is based in London, England.
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