iPad Air 1 In 2021! (Still Worth It?) (Review)

by birtanpublished on March 21, 2021

Welcome back everyone let's go ahead and talk about the ipad air 1 and see how it holds up in 2021 now believe it or not this ipad has been out since 2013 now to give you some perspective the ipad air 1 came out the same year as the iphone 5s now think about it like that that is so crazy to me that this ipad is still kind of supported in a way i mean it got ipad os 12.4.6 i think it got 12.4.7 as well or something like that whatever it came out with and that's still so insane to me that apple is still pushing out support

For an ipad that came out many many years ago so that's the very first thing now i would not recommend picking up an ipad air one anymore especially when we have such great ipads for such cheap prices nowadays so i'll go ahead and leave some of my other favorite ipads that i would recommend this year you know the budget cheap ones in the description below you can get them from there and help support the channel at the same time now starting off with the front of the ipad air one as always this thing

Still has that 9.7 inch ips panel and here's the best thing about this panel it wasn't even a bad panel when it first came out it just so happened that it did have kind of you know a little like coating over the display there was a gap in terms of the front panel and the actual display itself so that kind of caused a lot of people including me to not like the panel but the resolution was still pretty high you had 1536 by 2048 that's actually a pretty high resolution panel you know over full hd but the ppi was still pretty low because it was such a massive

Panel but at the end of the day it's still a pretty good looking panel for the most part and you have that you know bezel on the front you know the top and bottom bezel you know the home button on the front as well no touch id no nothing like that but i think for the most part the side pad still holds up at least on the front and the back and when you pick up the side pad the best thing about apple and you know one thing they've always done perfected over and over and over again

To all their iphones all their ipads whatever is that you can still pick up the ipad 1 and still feel like you're holding a very premium and modern machine even though this thing came out many years ago it doesn't feel that old yeah it like looks kind of old and stuff like that but it doesn't actually feel that bad and that's one of the best advantages with these ipads when you have an ipad like this you're not necessarily going to feel like you have a bad panel or an ugly phone or an ugly tablet or anything

Like that there's a lot of other things to complain about this ipad 4 but the way it looks and the way it feels is probably not one of those things i'd complain about to be completely honest now you have the lightning port on the bottom the headphone jack as well which is great and on the back of the aluminum back which like i stated before makes this ipad feel so much better i mean when you hold it it just feels so good and i've already talked about this for 40 minutes but that is definitely one of my favorite

Aspects about this device for sure now you do have the single camera setup on the back as well which i'll go ahead and hit on right now it's a single five megapixel sensor so it's a pretty low you know camera i mean it's really not a crazy mind you can do you know you can do full hd videos on the back surprisingly you have a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and these cameras are pretty much made for facetime and those type of things this camera is not made for people to go ahead and you

Know film youtube videos on or to you know make motion picture films or anything like that this is a very straight you know forward camera that's literally only there just for facetimes and stuff like that if you happen to have to you know make video calls for work or something then this thing will be able to handle it as well but i think for the most part this is a pretty basic camera setup even for this year considering the fact that the iphone 5s that came out the same year also had an

8 megapixel camera on the back so this thing had a lower end camera than that one which doesn't really make too much sense to me but at the end of the day it's a very basic camera there's really not a crazy amount going for it so in terms of the camera setup that really pretty much covers it up like it's good for facetime calls and stuff like that but for anything over that it's probably not worth the time to be honest so in terms of that that pretty much covers that up now i'll go ahead and hit on the

Software experience battery life and just everything surrounding those two things and this thing you know did start off with surprisingly ios 7. it did end up getting all the way up to ipad os 12 which i think was a pretty good spot for this thing to end off with i'm actually pretty surprised that it even got up that far but i'm glad it didn't get ipad os 13 or ipad os 14. those things were kind of you know strictly focusing more on the feature set

More than the stability set in my opinion so when you have an ipad like this you're going to be getting a pretty good version of software but again keep this in mind it's a pretty outdated device so you know even in terms of the gestures that this thing has the features and all that stuff it isn't necessarily the best combination of the two or of anything because you know it's kind of an older ipad so that's a huge thing to keep in mind

It has a super old chipset inside of it but i think for the feature set inside of it for everything i think that's the most surprising thing about the ipad air one especially now in 2021 would be the fact that it's still kind of supported with software i don't remember the last time we got a software update but i it can't be more than just like two months ago and that's crazy to me this thing went all the way from 2013 to even up until maybe even 2021 like it's insane to me

How long of a lifestyle or how long of a life cycle this thing has had so for sure at the end of the day the software surprisingly you know it's great it just you know isn't a performance heavy machine even the battery life is actually surprisingly great i mean this thing has an eight thousand six hundred million power battery inside of it and that's a huge battery to have inside of an ipad like this now granted you know the software isn't super optimized for the hardware you

Know in terms of you know what the battery life is and all that stuff and because it's sold it's definitely degraded in the battery sense but as i always state and i said this before and i'll say it again this is definitely one of the best advantages for this specific ipad is the software mixture with the battery i just wish my battery was a little bit better i wish you know it was a little bit more optimized but i stated before at the end of the day this thing has a pretty good battery setup inside of it and a software mixture as well so

In terms of that that pretty much covers it up now when you get off with the performance this thing did have that apple a7 chip inside of it a dual core cpu and one gigabyte of ram on all the models of this specific device and as i said before this ipad definitely didn't have the best mixture when it came down to the whole entire performance segment it was pretty much the same performance that we had from the iphone 5s but it wasn't as great in my opinion because there were so many more pixels to push

On this display and even with the software that was on the specific device even though it got software updates for quite a bit of time it still doesn't mean it was you know a perfect performing ipad i had a lot of issues in terms of the stutteriness i think as soon as you have an app or whatever you know hooked up onto the display so if you have you know like temple run or whatever playing on the device then you're going to be good even if you're you know loading up google docs

Or whatever the case is i think you're going to have an okay experience but loading things up in the overall ui animations and stuff is a very weird process and i really don't like it like it's pretty glitchy and even doing the gestures it's pretty crazy in my opinion so i will definitely tell you if you're somebody who wants to go ahead and use this ipad as an everyday device you're definitely going to run into some issues when it comes down to the performance

Segment now is it the end of the world absolutely not you know i think this thing still has you know capability i think the you know feeling in the hand as i said before still feels pretty good but i think when it comes down to the performance segment it's pretty lackluster if i'm being honest i do have to give it the benefit of the doubt though because it is such an old device but i think the iphone 5s gives me a better feeling performance you know for sure than this specific ipad so that really

Pretty much covers up everything i wanted to hit on so is the ipad air 1 still worth it in 2021 well this is what i'll tell you and i've said this before it's nothing new when you go back this far to these ipads it really just depends what your workflow is like you know if you're somebody who wants to go ahead and use an ipad as a media consumption device you want to play a bunch of games on it and all that stuff you want to use it you know from point a to point b and

Replace everything you know your macbook and stuff you're definitely not going to get that from an ipad or when you're going to you could potentially get it it's still kind of supported with software but it's just not going to give you a smooth experience it's not going to get you a fast experience it's going to get you a very light cluster experience when it comes down to the performance hardware really the best thing about it is the battery life but even that may be a little bit of a hit

Or miss for a lot of people nowadays because of the software and because the you know the battery health isn't that great so those are big things to keep in mind but if you're somebody who wants to use an ipad just to watch movies on or you want to just use it as like a side device in case something breaks or you just want to bring it with you just to do something that's only specific for an ipad then i don't think it would hurt to buy this one but still i would recommend something like an ipad air 3. you know

That's like a really good ipad still the lowest i recommend is like an ipad earth 2 in terms of the apple ecosystem for ipad airs the ipad air 2 was the lowest i would go i would not recommend picking up an ipad or 1 in 2021 anymore like i said the lowest i would go is something like an ipad air 2 at the very least maybe like an i get like an ipad you know sixth generation those ipads will definitely last you for quite a bit of time and those are still really good machines to

Pick up as well so as i did before i'll leave my top picks this year for any ipads that i would recommend for the budget price in the description below you can get the from there and help support the channel at the same time but that's really pretty much it if you guys have any other questions or anything like that let me know in the comment section as well hit the like button on me so much but definitely hit that subscribe button every single subscriber that we get really discount so me so much for you

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