iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 First Look

The release of the new iPad Air, along with a price increase for a new Mini model.     When Apple came out with a  iPad mini last year, the original ipad  suddenly seemed to be  heavy and bulky. The iPad Mini fit more easily in pockets, bags and hands. It was also cheaper than the full-size version.

The new iPad air at just 1 pound, the Air is 28% lighter than last ipad model and just a quarter pound heavier than the new Mini. The starting price remains at $499. The size of the screen is the same as  9.7 inches diagonally. On the whole the volume is reduced by 24%.

To make the iPad Air 20% thinner, Apple worked on every layers size: the front glass, the touch sensor, the display, the battery and the aluminum back. Apple says it kept the device durable without unnecessary materials. It's not until you hold the old and the new side by side that you feel and appreciate the difference.

 Configuration of the all new iPad Air:
  • It includes  A7 processing chip which is found in the new iPhone 5S. Apple says it's twice as fast as last fall's model.
  • The iPad Air also comes with a companion M7 processor, which improves battery life for motion-related sensor data. The A7 processor uses a 64-bit system similar to desktops.
  •  This makes the Air great for games and apps.
  • Two Wi-Fi antennas work to deliver up to twice the speed.
  •  iPad Air adds a microphone on the back, while keeping the one on top.
  • Cellular versions, offered for $130 more, work with a greater number of 4G LTE frequency bands.

There is a 24% reduction in battery capacity to get the iPad slimmer, but Apple says it's able to keep battery life the same at about 10 hours for Wi-Fi web surfing. That's because the A7 is more efficient at using power.

Disappointed of ipad air is that there is no finger print scanner which is used in iPhone 5S. The Air also doesn't have the iPhone 5S's improved rear camera or the various camera features that can shoot slow-motion video and take up to 10 photos per second.

iPad Mini: The new display is just amazing. Text appears the way it would on paper, not dull and fuzzy as can be the case on lower-resolution screens. A7 and M7 processors, the dual Wi-Fi antennas and the two microphoneswhich are available in iPad Air remains same in the Mini at 7.9-inch screen.

The new iPad Mini costs $399, or the same as the 2011 iPad 2. That means you have to choose either a better display or a larger size at that price. Or you can pay $499, or $100 more, for both the decent display and the larger size found in the Air. (For so-so display and a smaller size, you can get the original Mini for $299, down from the $329 when it first came out.)

Amazon's new full-size Kindle Fire HDX is even lighter than the iPad Air, though it's also slightly smaller, at 8.9 inches rather than 9.7 inches. Samsung has a 10-inch Galaxy Note tablet that comes with a stylus.

What the iPad offers is an unmatched selection of apps, particularly those optimized to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen. Most Android phone apps do work on tablets, but content is often merely blown up. In addition, many leading apps are offered on Apple devices first, and some never make it to Android at all.

You do pay more for an iPad than most of its rivals, but you get better app selection, ease of use and, with the new Air, an elegant design.