iPad Air Review: Thinner, Lighter Without Sacrificing Display Size
The first thing that struck me when I unboxed the Apple iPad Air was the size. It’s simply amazing how much AAPL has shrunk the iPad Air. The photo at right shows the iPad Air on top of my original iPad.
This is the reaction AAPL was hoping for. The full-sized Apple iPad has changed little in appearance and form factor since the first one was released, so naturally any iPad Air review is all over the new svelte form factor.
By narrowing the side bezel (mimicking the form factor introduced with last year’s iPad Mini), Apple shaved three-quarters of an inch from the width of previous models. It’s slightly shorter and thinner too. And the weight has been dramatically reduced. The iPad Air Wi-Fi version comes in at exactly one pound.
The Apple tablet still retains the 4:3 aspect ratio on its 9.7-inch display, making the iPad Air an ideal casual use tablet, easy to hold in one hand. Watching an HD movie will result in some black bars, but the iPad Air’s light-weight and full-sized display makes it tough to beat for web browsing, reading, gaming and general use.