Apple iPad Air 3 Review (2019)

by birtanpublished on March 25, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the 2019 iPad air 3 from Apple so the good news here is that the middle the meat of the lineup is back for they're sort of 10 inches basically size $500 iPad so before we were stuck with either the $329 basic budget iPad that didn't have a laminated display wasn't the prettiest to look at and an older cpu are going all the way up to the $799 starting price 11 inch iPad pro so our air 3 is back still 6.1 millimeters thin weighing about a pound with or without LTE 4G that's up to you up to gigabit speeds for that now we're looking at now so as

Ever the iPad air still starts at $499 that gets you 64 gigs of storage there just like with the iPad Mini 3 there's no 128 gig option you have to go straight up to 256 as the other option some 256 gigs of storage is gonna cost you another $150 up happily for a lot of people you're streaming your video and your music you're not storing a whole lot of stuff on your iPad so hopefully 64 gigs will do you it goes up to six hundred and twenty nine dollars if you wanted with Wi-Fi plus 4G LTE cellular and that's gigabit which is awesome sauce right there if you want the GPS as

Always with Apple's iPads you have to get the cellular model to get a GPS otherwise you have Wi-Fi location services and that's it like the pro models this one has the smart connector on the side so if you want to use the keyboard folio folio you can that ones is $159 and it supports the Apple pencil yay like it seems every iPad does now it's the Apple pencil first-generation which if you watch my mini review I'm gonna say this cuz there's a lot of overlap with these products I'm really actually ok with that the Apple pencil to give you a flat inside on and more of

A matte finish a little bit easier to hold I put a wrap on my Apple pencil one it's fine the inking experience is exactly as good on whether you have an Apple pencil one or Apple pencil two it's wonderful it's one of the best pen input systems in terms of palm rejection in terms of line fluidity in terms of tilt support it's great and I'm an artist so I spent hours every week drawing on my eye I have an iPad pro 12.9 inched him and I appreciate that so much smaller more manageable size for this one one thing you don't get is the pro motion 120

Hertz display that you would on the iPad pro model so that's about the only time I miss it is when I'm drawing lines I noticed the pencil lines might not fall just quite as quickly as with 120 Hertz display but it's pretty imperceptible it doesn't really affect my ability to do art so I'm happy to save money with that what you do get is the more important thing which is a Retina IPS high resolution display and it's a laminated display so much lower reflectance than the $329 iPad and colors are rich or – because this is a wide p3 color gamut display it supports true tones so when

You're sitting in your man or woman came at night when light is low it's kind of yellow the display lab it's not as cold and white and hard in your eyes although it's a little more color accurate that way – if you hold up a white piece of paper next to the iPad and you turn true tone on and off you'll notice that with true tone on it's actually closer to that white piece of paper also we get the current Apple a12 CPU is this the same CPU you get an iPhone 10s or 10s Macs are the iPad Mini 5 for that matter something the $329 iPad is rocking with the old Apple a10 CPU so obviously this

One is going to be faster as two generations newer not as fast as the iPad pro 2018 models which are still the latest generation models those have the a 12x which is a super fast CPU but it's probably more than most people need generally speaking iPads are very fast and responsive things and do you need an iPad with an 8 12 X and the few of you who are actually doing things like editing 4k videos primarily on your iPad you would probably benefit from having an a 12 X CPU and the pro but for the rest of the world I think in a 12 is fine and as ever with Apple you're gonna

Get OS upgrades for years to come so the iPad will stay current and you know strong enough CPU to feel like you also be playing games and having fun and getting a responsive experience two years from now with this iPad when it comes to the competition in Android land as we all know Android tablets really aren't doing that well which is a shame but also Google hasn't real worked hard with this tablet experience it differentiated from the phone experience and the ecosystem isn't as broad with the iPad you get a huge library of tablet applications that are

Available but the Samsung Galaxy Tab s 4 would be the obvious competitor which sells for around six hundred and forty nine dollars for the 64 Giga model that you might find on sale for less it's got a high-resolution display it's got an older snapdragon 835 CPU we're up to the 855 now and song was Galaxy S 10 phones that hurts a little you do at least get the pencil in the box though or the s-pen is Samsung calls it went there so that's about the only competition and ironically it's even more expensive the design might not be cutting edge it might be new and not have the flat size

Of the proline and then even smaller bezels but the bezels are a little smaller than the previous generation air because they've increased the screen size from nine point seven inches to ten point five inches and another benefit of the the sort of legacy design then like I said updated a little bit here is you get a headphone jack yes and you have a lightning connector instead of USB C I suspect that most people who are in the Apple ecosystem actually prefer that because it means it's compatible with your iPhone and your old or iPad cables your camera connection kit adapter if

You have it all of that sort of thing it does have a 12 watt charger in the box and the usual USB to lightning cable performance on this as you might guess given the fact that is the current generation CPU is great it does Apple a are all that sort of thing what you don't get though is face ID which you do get on the iPad pro and on the latest generation iPhones and the iPhone 10 as well so you saw a touch IDs generation 2 and it works just fun it's fast it's fluid I kind of like having a home button back even though it supports all of the new gestures that Apple has

Introduced from multitasking split screening drag down to get to your quick settings all that sort of thing the home button is kind of convenient and not having these two buttons just to reboot the tablet the camera is kind of retro too the good news about retro is there's no bump on the back so it looks a little prettier it won't scratch your table but it's an 8 megapixel F 2.4 rear camera same thing on the iPad Mini five and a seven MX megapixel front face time camera with an F 2.2 lens these are not cutting edge cameras there enough to get by on and you know you

Shoot 1080p video with the rear camera but not 4k video it does have slow motion as a feature there it's not the best camera on the book probably your phone is gonna have a better camera there's I suppose there has to be reason to upsell you to the pro models if you actually are using photography in a serious way or videography with your iPad the thing that we don't have from the pro line are the quad speakers which fire from different corners we have a great sense of stereo separation here we have the older style stereo speakers that are both firing from the bottom if

You're holding it upright in portrait mode some good speakers really as a tablet goes very nice but I do miss that stereo separation sama battery life has a 30 point 2 watt hour lithium-ion battery and you know the nice thing about Apple is they don't exagerate battery life claims for the Wi-Fi mild they say 10 hours of usage and which is the same for the iPad Mini 5 and just like the iPad Mini 5 it actually does last that long so your brightness set at 50% and you're doing a variety of things with it it's a good battery life and you might

Actually get more than that they do claim less time if you're using LTE 4G they claim an hour less time with that some good energizer bunny so that's the iPad air 3 from Apple for 2019 and their most mainstream if you want to use they're kind of hyperbole tablet that they offer in mainstream in terms of size $500 ain't cheap but it's not obscene like the pro models and you get everything that most people would care about a fast current generation CPU operating system updates for several years to come keeping a current and sprightly and relevant you've got a

Wonderful laminated wide color gamut display on here you've got Apple pencil support you've got a headphone jack you've got a lightning connector which like I said I think for Apple people probably is more convenient than USB see at this point the cameras the design slightly updated you know you get the idea but everything I think that you really care about in terms of using a tablet is here including the keyboard smart connector if you want or bluetooth otherwise it's fast enough and it's a big enough screen that you could use this as a laptop stand and if you wanted

To but at this price you're not gonna beat yourself up if you happen to actually use your laptop is to this occasionally – I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this vid

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