Apple iPad Air 2019 review: happy medium

Surely there are now many different iPads. Last week's announcement of a new iPad Air and iPad mini means that the Apple tablet line includes five different screen sizes, each of which has its own storage or LTE options in addition to that. Apple has an iPad at prices ranging from $ 329 for a basic iPad to (an absurdity) $ 1,899 for an iPad Pro of 12.9 inches with maximum.

If you're trying to choose between them, you might think there are too many iPads, but I think there's a surprising amount of consistency in the alignment. And most importantly, there is a clear and prominent best option for people looking to get more than the basics without having to spend iPad Pro prices. That option, if you have not guessed, is the new iPad Air.

Starting at $ 499, the iPad Air carries all the features that really matter to most people at a much more reasonable price. It's also just an excellent tablet on its own merits, but you've probably guessed it alone.

It is, after all, an iPad.


Verge Score

apple ipad air 2019 review happy medium

Good Stuff [19659008] Fast processor
  • Excellent screen
  • Keyboard connector
  • Erroneous things

    • Only compatible with Apple Pencil first generation
    • Speakers on one side
    • Touch identification is not as convenient as facial identification 19659015] The new iPad Air feels instantly familiar. It has the same basic iPad format with which we have been living for years and years. The screen is surrounded by bevels that look great in 2019, but in reality they are not that bad, with a physical button of tactile identification on one side and a camera on the other. The back is sharp towards the edges, which makes everything feel thinner, and I really like that there is no problem with the camera to talk about.

      What is "new" about the Air is the size of the screen: 10.5 inches. That's a bit bigger than the basic iPad, but it's exactly the same size as the old (and now discontinued) 10.5-inch iPad Pro of 2017. That means the body is slightly larger than the traditional 9.7-inch iPad. but only enough to make your old cases incompatible.

      However, the screen is great. It's a clear step from the basic iPad and not just because of the slightly larger size. It is laminated to glass, which means that there is almost no space between the place where you touch and the pixels. It also supports Apple's True Tone technology, which adjusts the color temperature of the screen to the lighting of the room in which you are. It's subtle, but it really works, and I really miss it when I look at another screen.

      The theme of the iPad Air is that it takes the features you would have really wanted from an iPad Pro and brings them at a more reasonable price. That absolutely applies to the screen. Professional-grade iPads have two things that this iPad Air lacks: larger and more sophisticated curved corner screens and Apple's ProMotion technology to vary the refresh rate of the screen and make scrolling ultra-smooth. Both things are very nice, but neither is it the kind of thing that would tell you to spend hundreds of dollars more to get.

      I came to this iPad Air after a couple of years of using that old 10.5 inches. iPad Pro, and it is so similar that I hardly noticed the change. However, there is one thing that is disappointing in comparison: the speakers. Apple reserves four speakers (two on each side) for the Pro models, and it was strange that only the sound came from the right side while watching movies.

      In fact, if you find a 10.5-inch iPad Pro (now discontinued) with a discount (or at the same price), I probably recommend you connect it instead of this iPad Air. It's basically the same but with a couple of additional speakers. (I think the difference of the processor is a wash).

      The iPad Air has the same A12 processor as the latest iPhones, and in use, it means that everything felt fast and fluid, even when multitasking Battery life has also been very good There are cameras that are definitely fine, but they are not good enough or bad enough to worry about. (The cameras on your phone are almost certainly better). The iPad cameras are perfectly suited to "scan" document images, which is where they make the most sense anyway. You really do not need to tell you much more about what the experience and performance is like because it's great. It's an iPad.

      That said, I still think that iOS 12 does not think it can replace your Mac or Windows laptop, but that conflict is not as distressing in the air as in a Pro. At this price, you really do not have to worry about all that . We will discuss this once more when iOS 13 comes out, but until then, let the people of the iPad Pro worry about it.

      The other previously "Pro-only" feature that is included in the iPad Air is a keyboard connector. . I still think it's silly that the basic iPad still requires a Bluetooth keyboard, so I'm glad it's available here. It uses the old "origami" style smart keyboard, which still costs $ 159. It's not backlit, but it's great for writing (better than a MacBook!), And I love that it lets you place the iPad in easel mode and drawing. The new iPad Pros can not do that, which is crazy.

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      You also get support for the Apple Pencil, but it's the first generation Pencil with its silly top, its foolish loading method and its proclivity nonsense to get out of any surface you put it in. The pencil still sells for $ 99, too . It works well with this iPad, but if you really want a pen and do not think you'll lose the sensitivity to pressure, I think Logitech Crayon might make more sense.

      A few words about the Lightning connector: I think that the vast majority of people who will buy this iPad Air will be very happy to use Lightning and not USB-C. It is likely that they have iPhones or that they are updating from an older iPad, so they will have to worry about a new cable less. Lightning is an excellent complement: it is small, durable and simple.

      However, I'm not in that majority. It is foolish to claim that USB-C is a "Pro" feature reserved for "Pro" iPads. It's a common plug now on a wide variety of devices, from headsets to laptops to every modern Android phone. I understand why Apple did not want to inflict that transition on potential iPad Air customers, but I would also like the entire industry to end this transition over and over again. The lightning is great, but it would be even better if I could use the same fast charging cable and the brick that I use to charge my MacBook to charge this iPad.

      Speaking of ports, the iPad Air has an honest kindness headset jack. As it should.

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      Before this Air, buying an iPad led to a difficult choice. The basic iPad was (and is) very good, but if I wanted to step up and get something with a keyboard connector, the Pro used to start at $ 649. Now, air is a very obvious and very reasonable sale. With $ 499, you get almost all the "Pro" features that really matter in everyday use.

      Compared to the new Pro, these bevels in the Air are great, and not having Face ID in an iOS device is starting to feel a little outdated. But those futuristic hardware features do not really do it for people, and you'll only miss them if you already have an iPad Pro. The only thing you're missing is having a tablet that looks like it's coming from the future. It does not mean that the tablet you have today is not excellent.

      With the iPad Air, most of the features that most people really want from a Pro machine are available without paying the Pro prices. The iPad Air floats in the middle of the iPad line, and if you can afford it , you should get it on the basic iPad.

      Initially I had many questions about what "Air" meant after Apple returned the nickname for this iPad and MacBook Air. But after using this iPad, I think I finally get it. This is what Air is supposed to mean now: the best option for most people.

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