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What people hate about the iPad Air: review of reviews

David Price | Oct. 28, 2013
We gathered the negative comments that the iPad Air has picked up since it was launched on Tuesday night.

"Sadly, there's no golden iPad Air," mourned Daily Star Man Dave. "It's disappointing we didn't get a golden iPad."

iPad Air in silver and white...

...and in black and space grey. No green, yellow or gold on offer

iPad Air complaints: Lack of noticeable speed upgrade
The iPad Air is faster than its predecessor the iPad 4 on paper, but will users notice this in day-to-day use? Trusted Reviews didn't reckon so.

"The iPad Air is cleverer, faster and slimmer than the iPad 4, but will it feel completely different to use? Not a chance."

iPad Air complaints: Camera
Expert Reviews weren't overly impressed by the barely upgraded camera.

"Despite the A7 chip also having an image processor built in, you don't get the same camera modes [as on the iPhone 5s]. So there's no Slo-Mo mode on the iPad," the site noted. "This is likely to be down to the lower-quality 5-megapixel iSight camera on the iPad Air."

iPad Air complaints: Wireless limitations
We thought Apple might upgrade the iPad's wireless to the fast new 802.11ac standard, but no go, causing slight disappointment among our reviewers, although most were still broadly pleased by the changes Apple did make to the Air's wireless capabilities.

"Wireless has been upgraded, too, with the iPad Air now having a MIMO 802.11n (dual-band) chip," wrote David Ludlow on Expert Reviews. "This should help improve wireless speed and range, although 802.11ac would have been nice to see."

iPad Air complaints: Lack of a "smarter keyboard accessory"
Cnet writer Scott Stein had been hoping for what he called "Apple's answer to a tablet-laptop hybrid", and felt that a properly optimised, smart keyboard accessory was key to this.

"Apple used to have its own keyboard accessory when the iPad first debuted So, obviously, Apple's not opposed to keyboards and iPads. I don't even necessarily need a trackpad on my keyboard. But I do want a smarter keyboard accessory that elevates the iPad to a new level. That's what I hoped Apple would do for the iPad Air. It didn't happen."

Macworld nitpicker Mark Hattersley - playing Devil's advocate to some extent - did explore a similar idea in his article '5 features missing from the iPad Air':

"You'd think by now Apple would have made an update to the Apple iPad Keyboard," Mark wrote. "Maybe some kind of Smart Cover Keyboard (similar to the Microsoft Surface), or maybe a smaller, thinner separate keyboard. There are some great third-party options out there, but it'd be fantastic to see what Apple could come up with."

 

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