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This review is from: Apple IPAD AIR WI-FI + 4G LTE 32GB 32 GB 1024 MB 9.7 -inch LCD (Personal Computers)
Up untill a few days ago I owned an iPad 2 64GB Cellular (3G). It had been a great device but the 3G element of it actually stopped working a year ago so I had had pretty much enough and decided to upgrade with the same specs to the most recent model.
To say that the iPad Air is an upgrade is an understatement. From the iPad 2 it is far better. The Retina display is incredible, the speed it opens, closes and loads apps is astonishing and the battery life is incredulous. Seriously, after 3 hours of video, constant 4G usage and a fair amount of browsing it has 67% left. That is almost enough to drain the iPad 2.
The thing is though, you won't necessarily be upgrading like me from the iPad 2. Perhaps you have a 3rd or 4th generation iPad? In that case think long and hard whether you need it. You already have the Retina display (in my opinion the main reason to upgrade from an original iPad or iPad 2). You also have much more processing power (I don't think the M7 chip for procession motion is really as much of a necessity in the iPad as it is in the iPhone). There isn't really much point.
Yes the iPad Air is lighter and it does make for a much more comfortable and enjoyable user experience, but do think about whether you need it that much to shell out what is a lot of money for an evolutionary product.
If however you do need/want one of these just know that they are every bit as impressive as you hope they will be. The only caveat I will give is that the new smart covers are rubbish so I wouldn't bother. Everything else is superb!
This product earns its 5 stars!
One last point, storage is a huge choice on the iPad's as they are not user upgradable. Choose wisely. Don't bother with 16GB, it won't be enough for anyone! 32GB should suffice for most but if you think you will be saving 'hard' copies of movies make sure to get 64GB or 128GB! They are easier to fill with video than you might think!