Finally in possession of my new iPad Air! Damn lovely piece of kit.
Okay, time out. Time to level set. Let me preface this piece with some cold harsh reality.
Make no mistake, if you’re coming from a year with the mini, as I am, the Air still feels like a behemoth.
Yes, I know. That was a bit of a bombshell. But it’s true. The Air still feels a bit big and heavy to my hands. That being said, after using the new “full size” tablet for a couple of days, the trade offs seem well worth it. The screen feels positively huge & engaging. Typing is easier both in “hold iPad in portrait mode and type with your thumbs," as well as "rest iPad in your lap in landscape mode and type with your fingers." Typing speed is just way faster and more accurate.
Now back to weight and thickness. The mini is like holding a butterfly, compared to all other iPads it is practically weightless. That experience is not even remotely approximated by the Air (regardless of what other reviews out there may have stated). However, the Air is more than light enough to be a go anywhere, use everywhere device. It is not as deftly portable as the mini, but it is portable. The Air is comfortable to hold for long periods of time. And as stated previously, the screen size & quality is the killer feature.
For where I want to take my tablet use going forward the big expansive display of the iPad Air is where I want to be. I still love the mini. The experience of “anywhere computing” I’ve had over the past year has been great. But now, as a result of the iPad Air, I’m firmly back in the 9.7” camp.
Using the Air:
- Entails less pinching & zooming when using the web.
- Allows for easier typing.
- Provides a wonderful video watching experience.
- Provides a bigger canvas for stylus related activities.
Yet it possesses comfortable enough dimensions to be used in most situations.
For me and my use cases, the iPad Air just provides more of what I want out of a tablet. Of course, your mileage may vary.
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