Eerste reviews uit de Verenigde Staten zijn positief over de iPad Air

Aanstaande vrijdag kan je in Nederland een iPad Air bemachtigen. Inmiddels hebben een aantal Amerikaanse tech websites de Air kunnen testen en hun eerste bevindingen zijn positief. De Air is een ultra lichtgewicht iPad met een perfect Retina display. De snelheid is aanzienlijk beter dan de vierde generatie iPad, FaceTime gesprekken zien er beter uit en de accu gaat lang mee. Wat een aantal reviewers missen is de  Touch ID vingerafdrukscanner die nu ook op de iPhone 5s zit. De iPad Air is ook prijzig als je hem vergelijkt met de concurrentie. Qua functionaliteit is de Air vergelijkbaar met de iPad 4 maar wel krachtiger, lees sneller. En daarmee de beste full-size consumenten tablet op de markt volgens C-Net. Meer uitgebreide reviews over de iPad Air kan je lezen op Engadget:

the iPad Air is the best iPad we’ve reviewed. In addition, though, it’s also the most comfortable 10-inch tablet we’ve ever tested. In addition, though, it’s also the most comfortable 10-inch tablet we’ve ever tested. Not every manufacturer can produce a thin and light device without also making it feel cheap or flimsy, but Apple nailed it. Factor in a sizable boost in performance and battery life, and the Air is even more compelling. The last two iPads served up relatively few improvements, but the Air provides people with more of a reason to upgrade or even buy a tablet for the first time.

David Pogue van The New York Times:

The thing is, making the iPad smaller, lighter, and faster without sacrificing battery life or beauty is a tremendous achievement.Still, at $500, an iPad probably doesn’t need replacing every year or even every other year; if you have a 2012 or 2013 model, stick with what you’ve got. On the other hand, you’ll find the Air a fantastic leap into the future if you’re upgrading from an original iPad, or if you’ve never owned a tablet before.

Walt Mossberg van The Wall Street Journal:

The battery performance of the iPad Air simply blew me away. In my tough tablet battery test, where I disable automatic screen dimming and other power-saving features, and combine video playback from the device’s memory with leaving Wi-Fi on and email working at normal settings, the iPad has almost always met its claims and beat competitors by a wide margin. But this new iPad Air just kept going, clocking a battery life of 12 hours and 13 minutes, which exceeded Apple’s claim by more than 20%. The company says its A7 chip, combined with the fact it controls its own operating system, gives the new iPad the ability to tailor under-the-hood processes so unneeded drains on the battery can be minimized. Bottom line: If you can afford it, the new iPad Air is the tablet I recommend, hands down.

Ed Baig van USA Today:

In sticking close to the status quo, the iPad Air won’t have the seismic impact of the original iPad. But the thin design only enhances what is already the best and most successful tablet on the market.

Matt Warman van The Telegraph:

Its light weight and thin form mean it gets out of the way – you don’t notice it, but you notice what you’re doing on it. That, potentially, unleashes a new generation of tablet-based productivity. The fact that Apple is now giving away even more software means that perhaps the rebranding is, therefore, more than simply a marketing exercise. Air may yet be the oxygen for a new wave of uses for the iPad.

Vincent Nguyen van Slashgear:

For some, the more compact iPad mini with Retina display will be the more portable iOS tablet of preference. For others, the wider range of Android tablets, often more affordable will hold greater appeal. Yet, for its combination of connectivity, longevity, power, app selection, and relentlessly pared-back design, the iPad Air ticks the boxes that make it the tablet for the everyman.

Anand Lal Shimpi van AnandTech:

The iPad Air changed my perspective on all of that. It really does modernize the big iPad. While I suspect there are still going to be a lot of users who prefer the smaller form factor of the iPad mini with Retina Display, I do feel like there are those users who will continue to appreciate all of the benefits that go along with having a larger display. Text is easier to read, particularly on desktop versions of websites. Photos and videos are larger and thus more engaging as well. In the past there was this complex matrix of tradeoffs that you had to make between iPad and iPad mini. This generation, Apple does away with all of that.

Jim Dalrymple van The Loop:

From the minute I picked up the iPad Air at Apple’s event in San Francisco last week, I knew it was going to be different. Apple set expectations very high by simply using the “Air” moniker for the new iPad, giving users thoughts of a lightweight, powerful, professional device, similar to how they think of the MacBook Air. The good news is the iPad Air lives up to all of those expectations and more.

Peter van MobileMac: