Love is in the (iPad) Air
Feb 14, 2014 // Uncategorized //

It’s Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s everyone! A day to appreciate those loved ones in your life (or so we are told by the commercial giants, but that’s for a different, grumpier blog post!)

I sat down and thought about the things I love in my life, my wonderful wife, my adorable children, my family, my job, but most importantly, my iPad Air!


You see, there is something special in the Air, here I explain why my move to the iPad Air, when it was released back in November, was the start of a beautiful relationship.

Let’s Get Physical – getting down and physical with the iPad Air. It’s thinner, it’s lighter, it’s smaller. I’ve been asked on more than one occasion if it was an iPad mini. 20% thinner than the iPad 4 at just 7.5mm makes a surprising difference to the way the iPad Air looks. At 469g compared with the 635g of the iPad 4 it is far more comfortable to hold for longer. The removal of some of the useless area around the screen, the bezel, then makes it a much smaller device once again making the device more portable and comfortable.

Higher and Higher – romance hits new heights when you really discover what the newest mobile A7 processor from Apple can really do. It runs eight times faster than the original iPad. It’s 64-bit which promises to do everything twice as well but amazingly still with the same battery life of it’s 32-but predecessor. What does all of this mean day to day to me? Well everything opens and closes really really fast, even navigation is noticeably quicker. Graphics performance is also massively improved although this does not help me at being really really bad at Candy Crush. 

The love boat – all aboard for epic speeds on data. It doesn’t have the ultra-fast 802.11ac that you’ll find in new Apple Macbooks but it does have multiple input, multiple output, multiple antennas for your 802.11n Wi-Fi making it capable of 300Mbps download speeds. Back to day to day, this means that Wi-Fi is really really fast. If I have ever experienced a slow down in the speed in which I am receiving data on the Air it is almost certainly caused by something other than the iPad Air, possibly the access point, router or line. Alongside the super Wi-Fi is the much more compatible 4G bands available on the Air. While the iPad 4 worked on bands 2, 4, 5 and 7, the Air works on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. This supports the 4G networks offered by EE, Orange, O2, Vodafone and Three. Much more compatible on 4G than the iPad 4 was!

You complete me – with Free Apps. I never thought I would be bothered about the Apps that now come for free on the iPad Air, mainly Apple’s iWork and iLife suites including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband. But since they were there I used them and yes, I love them. 

Beauty and the Beast – I challenge anyone to come along with any other table, place it next to my iPad Air and not be the slightest bit envious of the beauty that is the Air.

So, my beloved iPad Air, you are the one that I want this Valentine’s Day. Now what else could I upgrade to a thinner, lighter, faster more beautiful model that does everything twice as well and the useless bits have been removed…



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