Apple iPad Air: Erste Reviews sind online
Das Apple iPad Air geht am 1. November in den Verkauf und wird in den meisten deutschen Bundesländern (bei manchen ist der Freitag ein Feiertag) zur Verfügung stehen. Ausgewählte Presseleute konnten das neue Tablet wie gewöhnlich schon vorab unter die Lupe nehmen und haben nach dem fallenden Embargo die ersten Testberichte veröffentlicht.
Die Reviews kommen alle auf das gleiche Ergebnis und loben das iPad Air in vollen Zügen. Vor allem die neue leichte Bauweise, das geringe Gewicht und die verbesserte Performance des Apple-Tablets kommt bei den Testern sehr gut an. Angekreidet wird meistens die fehlende Touch ID und der Fakt, dass keinerlei neue Funktionalität ins Spiel gebracht wurde. Ansonsten können sich die Testberichte sehen lassen.
Zum Schluss noch einige Auszüge und Videos der Kollegen:
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.
Surprise: 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. 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.
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.
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.
If you can afford it, the new iPad Air is the tablet I recommend, hands down.
The bottom line, though, is that for anyone who sees an iPad as a supplemental device, the iPad Air is a very compelling alternative to the iPad Mini. It’s so much lighter than the iPad 3/4, both as something to carry when traveling and to hold while using, that it significantly diminishes the iPad Mini’s primary distinguishing feature. For anyone who has spent the last year thinking, Well, I would like something lighter, sure, but I’m not crazy about the idea of such a small display, because I want to use my iPad for things where a bigger display is better, like watching movies, reading magazines and comic books, and touch-typing in landscape orientation — the iPad Air is the device for you.
The iPad Air is a huge improvement over the iPad 4th-gen, or the iPad 2, pictured in the gallery. Its form factor is the best currently available for a 10-inch tablet, and it provides a great blend of portability and usability that leans towards the media device end of the spectrum.
But make no mistake: if you buy the iPad Air you’ll be very happy. Apple has created an experience that far outweighs specs on a spec sheet and that will be hard for the competition to match. That in itself makes it the best tablet on the market in terms of performance, apps, and desirability, until the iPad mini with Retina display comes along, and then the fight over which iPad to get really starts.
I am not sure making the iPad Air lighter will be enough to persuade people who have never felt the need to buy one to race to the Apple store. But I bet that even without a beach-reading, dream-catching upgrade, many do.
If you found yourself tuning out the last few generations of iPad thanks to their extreme familiarity, it’s time to get yourself dialed back in. The iPad Air is worth getting excited about. Though it brings no new functionality to the table, and we can’t help being disappointed about the lack of Touch ID, the performance increase and solid battery life show that progress is still being made on the inside. It’s the new exterior design, however, that really impresses. The iPad Air is thinner than any tablet this size deserves to be, and lighter, too. The old iPad always felt surprisingly hefty. This one, compellingly lithe.
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