£239.00 – £299.00
iPad Air 1st Generation is a Wi-Fi only version (no Cellular with a sim card). It is available in Space Grey and Silver, in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB.
This device is in ‘like new’ condition, also know as refurbished Grade A. Each item is individually tested to ensure its functionality.
Limited Stock Available.
Included is our unbelievable 90-days return policy with no questions asked, although we are sure you won’t be needing it. In addition, included is a lightning USB cable.
When Apple sent the tablet market soaring with the original iPad, it was hard to see what else they could do with it. Short of updating the components, it already did the lot. But, then, nobody reckoned on Apple’s engineers. They first came up with the iPad Mini, and then went even further. Taking all the greatness of that slimmed down package and producing a sleeker, sexier, bigger version seemed unlikely. But they did it anyway, and the iPad Air is it.
Apple weren’t just content with producing a sexier looking device though. They also wanted to bring one to the table that made a difference. That doesn’t just mean bigger and better components but a smarter way of putting it all together.
Unlike the Mini (the car), which are now so big you could probably live in one, Mini (the iPad) lived up to its name. What it essentially was, was a smaller version of the original iPad. Apple soon realised that, as great as the Mini was, there is still a demand for tablets with screens bigger than 7”. And so the idea of the iPad Air was born. Super slim and amazingly light became the order of the day. If you’ve been used to the similarly sized original iPad range, the iPad Air is revolutionary.
It’s fair to expect a tablet to weigh more than a smartphone, of course, so we should look at how the iPad Air fares against other tablets. Compared to the iPad 3, the Air comes in almost 200g or so lighter at just 469g. Even compared to the iPad Mini 2, the iPad Air is just 128g heavier.
The 9.7”, 2048 x 1536 pixels display is magnificently bright and clear. The quality makes extended movie marathons almost as easy as watching on a big screen TV. Eye strain is also all but eliminated thanks to the way the iPad Air creates the image on screen. Both contrast and colour rendition are outstanding, and it’s difficult to oversell how good the display is.
The 5MP rear camera has face detection, geo tagging, and touch focus. It can also take both HDR and panoramic pictures. Video is captured at 1080p Full HD resolution, at 30 frames per second.
The front Facetime camera is 1.2MP and is tailored for the best video chat experience available. Designed specifically for use with Apple’s own video chat software, it fits the bill perfectly. It is also able to record 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.
Bluetooth 4.0 allows the connection of any compatible device from headphones to in-car systems. Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n means less interference from other devices and there is hotspot capability built in.
It’s normal, of course, for larger devices to have larger batteries, simply because they have the room to house them. Even so, an 8600mAh battery is big by anybody’s standards. To go with the huge battery, Apple have improved the efficiency of the iPAd Air over previous Apple tablets. They have managed to squeeze 10hrs of gaming or movie watching out of a single charge. Alternatively, there is enough standby to allow the iPAd Air to be left in a bag for several days before battery drain can be detected.
Tablets, of course, have a different intended use than smartphones, despite doing many of the same things. The difference comes in the user experience of each task, and this is where the iPad air excels. Watching films, gaming or doing any task using the full screen exposes weaknesses in any display. Anything you already suspect might look better on a larger screen is a fantastic experience on the iPad Air. Even taking pictures feels completely different than on a smartphone. The image on screen is much clearer and much easier to see if it is in focus or not.
Picking up the iPad Air regularly and pottering about in the browser or on social media is just great fun and will appeal to even the biggest technophobe.
The iPad Air is a tablet like all the rest, just different. And it’s different enough to challenge any tablet anywhere.