Gizmodo’s first impressions of Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Big never felt so small and light

“It’s fitting for the iPad Air to have a new name, because it feels like an almost entirely new device. And for every second the Air sits in your hands, the iPads that came before it feel older and older and older,” Eric Limer writes for Gizmodo. “The iPad Air is light. Like, really light. One pound to its predecessor’s one and a half. That’s immediately evident as soon as you pick it up, but it’s only once you feel the two side-by-side—or even back to back—that the sheer magnitude of the change really hits you. If this iPad is an Air, the previous generations are slabs of rock.”

“All in all the iPad Air’s lightness makes all one-handed contortions instantly more viable than they ever were before, and that’s fantastic,” Limer writes. “But it’s not just light. It’s also smaller in every dimension, and the effect is twofold: the beautiful 264 PPI screen feels more giant than ever and still looks wonderful even in comparison the army of phone screens that are repping increasingly dense resolutions.”

“Of course all that would be pretty worthless if it wasn’t for good guts. It’s got them. This thing can cook. Apple’s A7 chip is no slouch, and it zips right along almost as beautifully here as it does inside the iPhone 5S. Even with more than twice as much screen and tons more pixels to push, the A7 still rocks,” Limer writes. “Of course, the 4th generation iPad with its A6x processor wasn’t exactly a slowpoke—and it still isn’t—but just a few minutes with the iPad Air really highlights its predecessor’s age.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Apple’s new 64-bit iPad Air: First impressions – November 1, 2013
Bloomberg News reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Hands-down the best tablet on the market – October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Hands-down the best tablet on the market – October 30, 2013
CNET reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: The best full-size tablet, Editors’ Choice – October 30, 2013
AnandTech reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: In a completely different league – October 30, 2013
USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Best of breed, superior to each and every rival – October 30, 2013
Mossberg reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: ‘The best tablet I’ve ever reviewed’ – October 29, 2013
Fox News reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Best in class – October 29, 2013
The Independent reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Super-light and most powerful – October 29, 2013


  1. Reading Gizmodo is akin to using a laptop strongly smelling of cat pee. It’s enough to make anyone want to re-brush their teeth and/or go sit down for a while in a hot shower.

  2. Never the less I picked my iPad Air yesterday here in oz. I’ll use it for nav and chart plotting in offshore sailing. My iPad 2 was just getting a bit slow with Os 7 and big raster charts with Wx overlays. The Air flys. Effortless. And giz what’s its name is right. It is a huge different in tactile feel in your hands. Much lighter, thinner, more nimble to handle. Quite remarkable. Big change. The Dr.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.