The iPad Air is no longer directly available from Apple, however, they remain widely available second and continue to be good value for money. For our review of the most up to day iPad, click here. If you are interested in our opinion on the iPad Air – which we still have in use – read on!

The Ergohacks Verdict

Apple’s iPad needs little introduction having single-handedly started and re-invented the tablet market four years ago. These days there are several other contenders in the space such as Android and Windows RT but Apple is still the largest single manufacturer and controls over a third of the market. The iPad Air was first available in November 2013.

The iPad Air is an excellent 10″ tablet and although no longer the latest iPad, has held up excellent against many tablets on the market. If you can’t afford the latest version, an Air is a good alternative choice and widely available within the second-hand electronics market. We purchased an iPad Air at launch (November 2013) and four years later it works just as well as on Day 1. Still recommended.

Specification

The iPad is a rectangular touch screen tablet computer that runs Apple’s iOS mobile phone and tablet operating system.

Visually the iPad Air is very simple. A very thin rectangular slab with one side made of glass and one made of metal. It has one obvious button in the centre front and the glass side is the touch screen. It also has three buttons and a slider that are the power button, volume up and down and a mute slider.  Finally it has a 3.5m headphone jack and a lightning cable port. These buttons and ports are all on the edges of the device and can be difficult to locate until you get very used to using the home button as a reference point.

The Air has stereo built-in speakers located to each side of the lightning connector at the bottom of the device (in portrait).  They are of reasonable quality but are not as good as they could be at higher volumes. If you plan to use the iPad to listen to music I would recommend an external speaker system, probably using the built in bluetooth.

Size:  240 x  169.5 x 7.5 mm
Weight: 469 g (Wifi) 478 g (Wifi and cellular)
Colour: Space grey or Silver
Processor: Apple A7 64 bit cpu with a 1.4GHz dual core and a m7 motion co-processor
Operating System: iOS7
Network: Cellular version covers a wide range of GSM, CDMA and LTE frequencies, including those used in the UK
Memory: 1GB
Display: 9.7″ diagonal 2048 x 1536.  This is therefore 264ppi and a 4:3 aspect ratio
Camera: Front 1.2MP and rear 5.0Mp
Connectivity: Lightning connector that plugs in to USB.
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) capable
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Battery: Non-removeable 8800 mAh

Requirements

As an internet connected device it needs an internet connection to get the most out of it, but apps can be downloaded and run offline without net access. The Air charges via a Lightning cable plugged into a USB port and it should be noted that it will not work well with many computer USB ports as they are too low voltage to do any more than a very slow trickle charge. It is however supplied with a wall wart charger that will work quickly.

The iPad Air was released in 1st November 2013. The review is based on the 64 gb version. This article was first published on 6 March 2014 and last updated on 24 Novemver 2017.