A well-balanced tab for work and fun

Apple iPad Air 2022 review: A well-balanced tab for work and fun

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Apple iPad Air 2022 review: A well-balanced tab for work and fun

Specs: 10.9-inch LED display at 2,360×1,640p, Apple M1 chip, iPadOS 15, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, up to 10 hours battery backup, 64GB/256GB storage options, 461 gm 

Price: Rs 54,900 for 64GB 

Colour: Space Gray, Pink, Purple, Blue, Starlight

In the Box: iPad Air, Type-C charge cable, 20-W USB-C power adapter

The undisputed king of tablets, Apple’s new iPad Air 2022 packs in the best – a familiar design and power from the in-house silicon chip (M1) that supported the Macbook Air, Mac machines and even the last year’s iPad Pro.

The familiar square-edged design on the new Air houses a 10.9-inch screen in a 100 per cent recycled aluminium casing. The 461-gram weight is divided throughout, making it convenient to hold. The tablet is designed to be used in both portrait and landscape mode. While I used the former mostly for reading, the latter was preferred for content consumption, gaming or working while mounting it on the keyboard dock. But in both modes, the power button that bundles TouchID for security (unlocking and authenticating app purchases) and the volume buttons, are easily accessible. The front camera is at the top centre (portrait orientation) and works best for eye contact during video calls but the ‘Centre Stage’ automatic reframing compensates for the experience when used in landscape orientation.

The 10.9-inch LED screen with 500 nits of brightness is vibrant to use with great sunlight legibility. Apple’s True Tone adjusts colour and intensity to match the ambient light, which I preferred keeping off as I like the bright white screen over pale yellowish. And the anti-reflective coating cuts glare, making it easier to view the screen. Although addicted to 13-14-inch laptop screen size, I loved using this almost 11-inch screen for reading, gaming, streaming videos and even working.

Be it photo and video editing, gaming, sketching and drawing, or documentation, this iPad Air handles all sorts of workloads without any lag. While the M1 chip comes into play to handle heavy workloads like editing videos, some bit of credit goes to the iPadOS too, which over…