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We tested the iPad Air: the tablet that will cannibalize the iPad Pro

 

 

The device has a quality screen, stands out for a sober and square design, although it punctures the battery.

The tablets arrived at a bad time. They never really found their place between mobile phones and computers. But perhaps they were not going to be substitutes but, rather, side products. And so it has been. They are fantastic equipment to consume multimedia content, although over time they were filled with increasingly advanced features. An example of balance is the iPad Air, a new model of the American multinational, which, due to its qualities, can cannibalize its brother the iPad Pro.

This is the fourth version of this family that now makes much more sense. It sits somewhere between the most basic iPad and the top model, with which it is even closer. It stands out for its new, sober design with square edges that gives it an elegant and robust aesthetic. Very high end. All its "guts" have been completely renewed, with a self-made A14 Bionic chip. It is very powerful. It is the same as the one mounted on the iPhone 12 but it is the demonstration that is perfectly aligned to achieve a solvent and fluid performance, which is also pushed by 4 GB of RAM.

The equipment is light and lightweight, only 6.1 millimeters thick. Just for comparison, the "normal" iPad is 7.5mm and the iPad Pro 5.9mm. It has a 10.9-inch screen with few borders, so a very large touch panel is available to view and create content. Well built, reminiscent of the iPad Pro but smaller. A perfect size for everyone.

Data sheet

 

 

screen

 

10.9 inch

 

Resolution

 

 

2,360 x 1,640 pixels

 

Dimensions

 

247 x 178 x 61 mm

 

Weight

 

458 grams

 

Chip

 

A14 Bionic

 

RAM

 

4GB

 

Memory

 

64/256 GB

 

Camera

 

12 MP (F1.8) and front 7 MP (F2.2)

SW

 

iPadOS 14

 

Price

 

From 649 euros

 

 

Altogether it has a modern look. The screen is laminated, which gives a feeling of good quality and resistance. You can tell when you press a little on the screen with your finger or the Pencil. But that has a less kind side: it is more difficult to lift with one hand from a flat surface and it only offers a 60 Hz refresh rate, although the differences with higher frequencies are only negligible. Like the brightness level, somewhat below expectations.

It has a USB-C charging connector instead of the classic Lightning, so you have to use compatible accessories such as the second generation Apple Pencil stylus (it is charged by a magnetic system on one side). This connector is healthy for adding other accessories and external equipment. Also on one side, specifically on the off button, where a sensor that recognizes the fingerprint is discreetly hidden. It is fast and comfortable. And against all odds, it has the Face ID facial recognition system that continues to live up to the demands. It is a method of unlocking and authorizing mobile payments.

The camera has also been renewed although maintaining a single 12 megapixel lens on the back instead of two as in the iPad Pro. But it is perhaps a more secondary question because it is not a product that users are going to use to portray landscapes. But at least HDR technology has been incorporated to enhance some aspects of the captured images.

 

This model is also compatible with accessories such as the Magic Keyboard, a keyboard designed for iPad that has its own "trackpad" or touch panel that makes a pointer appear simulating a user interface of a computer operating system. It is an indispensable purchase, although the downside is that it is marketed independently (of the brand). Together with the stylus, you can power the tablet to become a creative tool. Most questionable aspect is its autonomy. It is a section that needs improvement because it does not exceed nine hours.

 

 


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