REVIEW: Smaller bezel makes iPad†Air lighter, but is it really thinner?

Dec 16 2013, 15:22 IST
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Apple iPad Air is smaller for sure because the bezel is now much thinner. Apple iPad Air is smaller for sure because the bezel is now much thinner.
SummaryAlong with curved sides, there is a diamond cut edge that gives the iPad Air a chrome finish.

I have been a dedicated†iPad†user since the middle of 2011 when the second version of the world's first tablet was launched. Over the past two years it has become my primary computing device, especially when it comes to consumption. Though a couple of years old, the†iPad†2 is still a great device, as I am reminded every time I test a new tablet.††

Picture gallery: Comparing the Apple iPad Air to the iPad 2, MacBook Air and Google NExus 7

Three new versions of the†iPad†have come along since I started using one. Despite the superb†Retina display†screen†that debuted with the third version, I have never been really tempted to upgrade my old†iPad. That was until the Apple decided to come out with the†iPad†Air, much thinner and lighter.††

But the†iPad†has always been an amazingly thin computing device. How much more thin could the guys in†Cupertino make it? This was question at the back of my mind when I finally got my hands of an†iPad†Air.†

Apple iPad Air

Holding the†iPad†Air for†the first time I was quite sure that this was lighter than my old tablet. There was no doubt about that. In fact, at 469 grams,†it has become almost 150 grams lighter in comparison to my†iPad†2 and shed almost 200 grams when compared to the fourth generation. That is quite substantial.†

But has it become thinner? I couldn't quite make out at in a single glance. On paper the†iPad†2 is 9mm thick and the†iPad†Air is thinner at 7.5mm. But it is hard to make out the difference, though 1.5mm has been shaved off in comparison to the last three versions of the tablet. Keep the two devices side by side and it is almost†impossibe†to find a difference in height, at least to the naked eye.††

iPAd Air

However, the†iPad†Air is smaller for sure. Because the bezel is now much thinner. Keep the two iPads one on top of the other and you can easily see that the†iPad†2 is much larger. That could be where the cut in weight is coming from.††

The design is also a bit different. For along with the curved sides, there is a diamond cut edge that gives the†iPad†Air a chrome finish. The other difference is the volume button, of which there are now two instead of the earlier singe rocker.††

The Retina display is amazing as always. Just keep the†iPad†2 and†iPad†Air adjacent to see

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