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Apple iPad Air (2020) review: specs and price

Apple iPad Air (2020)

Why is Apple iPad Air (2020) better than the average?

  • Resolution
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    1640 x 2360pxvs2.22MP
  • CPU speed
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    2 x 3.1GHz & 4 x 1.8GHzvs4.26GHz
  • Pixel density
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    264ppivs218.26ppi
  • Screen size
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    10.9"vs9.54"
  • Internal storage
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    256GBvs72.8GB
  • Weight
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    460gvs516.54g
  • Thickness
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    6.1mmvs8.87mm
  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    12MPvs7.11MP

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Design

1.Stylus included
Apple iPad Air (2020)
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
4.is dustproof and water-resistant
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
5.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
6.Has a detachable keyboard
Apple iPad Air (2020)
You can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
7.height

178.5mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
8.Has tilt sensitivity
Apple iPad Air (2020)
With tilt sensitivity you can change the angle of the pen to control things such as opacity.
9.width

247.6mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

Display

1.resolution

1640 x 2360px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
Apple iPad Air (2020)
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.has a touch screen
Apple iPad Air (2020)
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
6.has an IPS screen
Apple iPad Air (2020)
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
7.Has an OLED or AMOLED display
Apple iPad Air (2020)
OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays are formed of organic materials that emit light. They have higher contrast ratios and wider viewing angles compared to LCDs. AMOLED and POLED are types of OLED displays.
8.has anti-reflection coating
Apple iPad Air (2020)
This helps to reduce the reflection from your device.
A nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.

Performance

1.CPU speed

2 x 3.1GHz & 4 x 1.8GHz (Apple A14 Bionic)

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.has an external memory slot
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
4.Supports 64-bit
Apple iPad Air (2020) (Apple A14 Bionic)
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
5.Has integrated LTE
Apple iPad Air (2020) (Apple A14 Bionic)
The system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.
Using big.LITTLE technology, a chip can switch between two sets of processor cores to maximize performance and battery life. For example, when playing a game the more powerful cores will be used to increase performance, whereas checking email will use the less powerful cores to maximize battery life.
With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.
9.Has AES
Apple iPad Air (2020) (Apple A14 Bionic)
AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.

Cameras

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a flash
Apple iPad Air (2020)
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
5.has a built-in HDR mode
Apple iPad Air (2020)
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
6.has a front camera
Apple iPad Air (2020)
A front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
7.has a CMOS sensor
Apple iPad Air (2020)
CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
8.has touch autofocus
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The autofocus is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the touch screen.
9.has manual white balance
Apple iPad Air (2020)
With manual white balance you can choose the most accurate setting and avoid the green, blue or red hue which can occur in auto mode. You can also change the setting for artistic effect.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Apple iPad Air (2020)
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.Has a radio
Apple iPad Air (2020)
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
5.Has dedicated media keys
Apple iPad Air (2020)
Phones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.

Battery

1.Supports fast charging
Apple iPad Air (2020)
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
3.has wireless charging
Apple iPad Air (2020)
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
4.has a rechargeable battery
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
5.has a battery level indicator
Apple iPad Air (2020)
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
6.has a removable battery
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Features

1.has an HDMI output
Apple iPad Air (2020)
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
2.has NFC
Apple iPad Air (2020)
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions, such as mobile payments. Note: this feature may not be available in all markets.
3.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Apple iPad Air (2020)
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
4.Supports widgets
Apple iPad Air (2020) (iOS 14)
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
5.Has a fingerprint scanner
Apple iPad Air (2020)
The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
7.The browser has word wrap
Apple iPad Air (2020) (iOS 14)
The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
The download speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can access online content.
9.has a gyroscope
Apple iPad Air (2020)
A gyroscope is a sensor that tracks the orientation of a device, more specifically by measuring the angular rotational velocity. Initially, they were built using a spinning rotor to detect changes in orientation, like twisting or rotation.

Miscellaneous

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's multi-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2021)
Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's single-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2021)
DDR (Double Data Rate) memory is the most common type of RAM. Newer versions of DDR memory support higher maximum speeds and are more energy-efficient.
4.uses multithreading
Apple iPad Air (2020) (Apple A14 Bionic)
Multithreading technology (such as Intel's Hyperthreading or AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading) provides increased performance by splitting each of the processor's physical cores into virtual cores, also known as threads. This way, each core can run two instruction streams at once.
5.Has an ultra power-saving mode
Apple iPad Air (2020) (iOS 14)
The ultra power-saving mode, also called low power mode, is an effective way to extend the battery life of the device. Usually, it involves limiting screen brightness and contrast, disabling location services, restricting connectivity, and turning off nonessential apps.

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