Apple iPad Air (2019) Review

Year after year Apple releases new products to the market and we slobber all over them. That’s because Apple is the best thing around and they have been for a few years now. People seem to love what they have to offer and this year iPad Air hasn’t failed to please. We take a look at what the 2019 iPad Air has to offer.

Design

The 2019 edition of iPad Air could be mistaken easily for the old iPad 2. However, the new tablet is slightly and longer. Like previous iPad Air models, it still has a sleek aluminium body and incredibly well built. Although the tablet doesn’t bear anything groundbreaking in terms of design, it’s still elegant, clean and simple.

Display

The iPad Air 2019 has a bigger 10.5-inch display, with 1668 x 2224 resolution. It features the True Tone technology that adapts colour on the display with the ambient condition. At 525 nits, the new iPad Air is 100 nits brighter over the iPad Air 2. The display provides accurate and crisp colours. For some users, colours could appear rich and slightly saturated, but they can adjust the saturation, depending on their preferences.

Interface and functionality

The iPad Air 2019 uses iOS 12.2 software and the overall experience is similar to the iPad Air 2. The tablet still uses the same multi-finger and swiping gestures. Veteran iPad users should feel at home, when they use the new iPad Air, while new users may have a slight learning curve to get used to the navigation.

Internal hardware and performance

Powered by A12 Bionic SoC and 3GB of RAM, the new tablet should have excellent performance. Even when running demanding apps and games, they still feel responsive and buttery smooth. Users should never see any indication of slowing down or stuttering. The 2019 iPad Air is available in two storage options, 64GB and 256GB, with the latter $150 more expensive, than the 64GB version at $499.

Camera

On the back, there’s an 8Mp camera with f/2.4 aperture. On paper, there’s nothing to gloat about, but results should be acceptable with accurate looking colours when lighting conditions are perfect. Users may enable the auto HDR feature to get better-exposed composition, although photos will have a softer tone. Expectedly, the low-light performance of the camera is quite poor.

Conclusion

Based on its hardware specs and pricing, the 2019 iPad Air is a tablet for mainstream users. With the $499 price tag for the basic model, the device is functional, while offering excellent mobility.

Pros

  • Premium design and good value
  • Above average battery life
  • Good processing performance

Cons

  • Long recharge time
  • Limited storage options
  • Camera with poor low light performance