iPad Air to the test: 48 hours with the new iPad The iPad

Air is much lighter than its predecessor The new design allows better grip, even with one hand The performance is clearly superior to the iPad 4 It misses the fingerprint reader Touch ID iPhone 5S The battery life does not suffer despite the smaller size November 7, 2013, 10:38 am by Ivan Munoz – Chief Editor of Personal Computer & Internet Some think I’m a stretch, but since an iPad walked through the doors of my house I do not use the computer, either Windows or Mac OSX but for when I have to work for long periods of time. For all other tasks and I am enough leftover with my iPad in April. Granted it’s not easy task to adapt the processes and how to work the tablet-touch environment I know more than one who finds it impossible, or find the apps that replace or acceptably emulate the programs we use daily in the computer, but I’ve gotten. By that I mean I’m not the typical user who simply browse and play between announcement and announcement of your favorite series, for me the iPad 4 is a tool. Therefore, there is little products that have called my attention in recent months that the new iPad Air with whom I have had the opportunity to spend the last 48 hours. Design renewed And is that for the first time since its launch in 2010, Apple has decided to make a profound renewal in the design of its tablet franchise. The change is radical, and it becomes much more profound and obvious if like me you are used to battle daily with the iPad 4. The first thing that impresses is the weight difference, the iPad Air is a lightweight to be a nearly 10-inch tablet. And they are no less than 170 grams of difference (reference taking the steps I have done) if we compare the iPad Air WiFi +4 G I’ve used these days, with my iPad 4 WiFi. If we looked for references to the Android world, the difference is 70 grams with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and about 130 grams of margin if we equate with the Google Nexus 10. Currently the only Android can overshadow him in this aspect is the Kindle Fire 8.9 inch HDX with its 374 grams, although the comparison is not entirely fair to be another format (4:3) and almost one Under inch screen. This weight difference allows us to not only hold it with one hand if you work comfortably in this manner for a reasonable interval of time. Something very complicated with my iPad in April, and 651 grams of weight, which quickly ended up on its legs or on the table. But this greater ease of use is motivated not only by the difference in weight, the new design line more angular iPad Mini-better grip and reduces the feeling “slippery” I’ve always had with all previous versions of the iPad . Is also very obviously thinner -7.5 mm-and reduced-lateral margins Air iPad is 1.6 inches narrower, which makes it even more evident that reduction of 24% of the volume of Apple talking . By breaking the symmetry of the frame around the screen, the iPad Air is smaller, streamlined and manageable than the iPad 4. In short, in one fell swoop Apple has managed to solve almost all reviews dropped on its design since its release, weight, thickness and size. Although we had to wait 4 generations, I think the wait was worth it. Performance Although, a priori, the new A7 1.4 GHz processor with 64-bit architecture and M7-motion coprocessor that used in the iPhone 5S-performance promise both as graphic processing, twice the A6X my iPad 4 honestly did not expect very obvious improvements in terms of flow management. My iPad 4 has just over a year old and I have never noticed or slowdowns obstacles that prevent me from enjoying the latest games or applications demanding generation. But surprisingly, the reality has been very different, and that even in everyday tasks: browsing, email, social networking etc, are perceived clear differences between the iPad Air and iPad 4. As you use the iPad Air is more palpable difference. Everything moves with greater ease, applications open faster and, what is really important, interaction with them is much more fluid and precise. Something that becomes more evident with applications optimized for 64-bit architecture of the A7. It is also extremely significant increase in graphics power, something that is evident in complex games like Real Racing 3 where greater speed in rendering textures and increased frames per second (almost double in 3Dmark tests) clearly show the evolution A7 processor involved in the Air against A6X iPad iPad 4. Another point that makes the difference with the previous generation are load times on websites and files. A difference that is large in proportion to the distance, or the number of barriers-between device and router. With WiFi 802.11n MIMO technology (Multiple-In, Multiple-Out) and dual-antenna system, the Air iPad connects to WiFi wireless networks more efficiently by reducing signal loss. Ideally, near the router-the differences are less obvious, but as we move away, the iPad Air clearly wide load times compared to his predecessor as desmuestran SunSpider tests. Display and Camera The iPad Air maintains the same retina screen display (2,048 x 1,536 pixels) 9.7-inch iPad 4, but with fewer LEDs to improve energy efficiency. Despite this, the brightness level is even higher than iPad 4 and is a slight improvement in the contrast and color saturation. The cameras keep the same resolution -5 and 1.2 Megapixels respectively, although slightly improved performance. ISight front has a set of lenses renovated while Facetime camera incorporates a larger sensor. In both cases they increase the brightness and definition, being more significant in the chamber in the main Facetime. Battery The best size of the iPad Air – keeping the same screen size, could presage a decrease in battery life, which is 20% smaller. In my experience I have tried to trace the processes on both devices with the same periods of work and rest, peak active connections and screen brightness. The fluctuations of the battery may have been very similar two-minute certify up or down-count as very similar battery life. It seems that the coprocessor M7-manager disable certain features when not needed depending on the movement-does a great job. ¿10 hours? I with the iPad 4 ever come to that record, although clearly dependent on what type of user you are. Is it worth the change? After spending 48 intense hours with the iPad Air is really difficult to answer this question, let alone, unlike the iPhone 5C, in a blunt. The differences in performance between the Air and iPad iPad 4 are obvious, but I have also clear that maximize light, as in my case, the two devices next to each other. In a purely professional and productive environment, high demand and the prospect of conventional computer practically cancel, change can be justified-the iPad Air is able to move without flinching AutoCad design-not only for their better performance, also Enhanced portability based on the new compact and lightweight design. Although for mixed use or entertaining, I sincerely believe that in isolation, without the option to compare, you can happy with the iPad 4 and continue working productively for a long time yet. Yes, always taking clear that as applications are upgraded to 64-bit and begin to develop games and software based on powerful hardware iPad Air (A7 + M7), differences continue to widen more and more. Perhaps an interesting move would be to complement the iPad in April with the new iPad Mini 7-inch Retina, with the same features, more portable and still $ 100 cheaper.

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