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 Most people only recognize an Apple iPad, the iPad is powerful, popular, simple to use and therefore used by most schools and businesses. This year, the $599 iPad Air offers much more features than a regular $329 iPad, and despite its price, its features make it worth buying if you have enough money to buy it. For this price, you get a bigger screen, stronger sound, faster networks, a much stronger processor, better support for Apple Pencil, and superior design. All this makes the fourth generation of iPad Air a long-term investment, the best tablet of 2020, and has been awarded our editors' choice of advanced tablets.

I won't go too far explaining what the iPad is in general, and I won't go into the exact details of iPadOS in this article, so i think take a look at the full review of iPadOS if you want more details, and instead, I'll tell you why this device is best for you.

Sophisticated design

Thanks to its solid metal frame, the iPad Air looks like an iPad Pro rather than a traditional iPad. It's the size of the iPad, the same size as the 10.2-inch, but it's a little lighter. I remember that the appearance of the original iPad Air was an extraordinary event, weighing 0.45 kg, and still retains its weight.

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the iPad Air features a flat back and square edges more than the normal model

The 10.9-inch iPad Air display with a resolution of 2.360 × 1,640 pixels, fits the 10.2-inch iPad chassis, but after reducing the edges. All iPads have 264 PPI screens, the larger the screen size, the greater the resolution, so the screen provides you with a surface space equal to that of the IPad Pro 11 inches. The screen is covered with a reflective layer that reduces its reflectivity, which is better used than a normal iPad and enjoys apple's color gradient, which I've never noticed, than myself.

The top and bottom of the tablet have powerful stereo speakers, which provide real dual-channel stereo sound in horizontal mode, while in the cheapest iPad, the speakers are only at the bottom. At the top is a great innovation provided by Apple, a turn-on button that also acts as a fingerprint sensor. This means that the iPad Air doesn't have to be made up of a large frame that has a Home button, but you can use the fingerprint sensor so you don't have to try to open the device through the face while you're wearing the mask.


 Unleash energy

The new iPad Air uses the Apple A14 processor, with 4GB RAM, and a 64GB or 256GB volume. It's the fastest iPad available now, and faster than any Android device.
Here are the results of the performance metrics that demonstrate what we say: our iPad Air has scored 639,962 points on the Antutu scale, 585 points on the Basemark Web scale, 1,572 on the geekbench 5 single-core scale, 3,931 points in dual-core, 108.941 points on the 3D IceMark Storm Unlimited scale, and 12.331 points in geekbench performance unit.

 This is 20 percent higher on the geekbench multi-core scale and 22 percent better in web browsing than Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, the most powerful Android device currently available. It is also 58 percent faster on the Geekbench scale and 44 percent faster in Antutu than the regular iPad released in 2020. What a super-fast chip from which this device is!

The 2020 iPad Pro versions use an eight-core A12Z CPU and an eight-core GPU, compared to the iPad Air A14 processor with a six-core CPU and a quad-core GPU. The A14 cores are great, but the A12Z processor has more, so when you compare the Air and Pro devices, the Pro is more versatile than its counterpart.

Air scored almost the same points as Pro on the 3DMark scale, and scored 25 percent better on the Geekbench Compute scale, but the latter beat it with the tremendous performance it showed in other tests, with Pro on Air leading by 15 percent on the Antutu scale, and 16 percent in the multi-core Geekbench.

I don't have a Surface Go 2 to pair with the iPad Air, but according to Geekbench, this latest device with Intel Core m3 records up to 1,605 points on the multi-core scale, less than half of what an A14 processor records.

All of these results make aware that the performance of the iPad Air is flawless, all its features and applications are smooth and responsive, whether it be video calls, action games, or technical programs that support the Apple Pencil.

The only weakness of this entire review is battery life. The iPad sought to make sure it was more sustainable in terms of how resilient it was in our tests, as it was able to stream videos on YouTube for just 4 hours and 45 minutes before it needed to be recharged, a shorter time than the previous types. I will conduct another battery test to see if the battery will last longer, and I will update this section with my findings.

 The best camera for Zoom calls

The iPad Air has a 12 megapixel main camera, the same main camera as the iPad Pro, as well as a 7 megapixel front camera, the same front camera as the Pro. Apple has made some improvements to the normal 8 megapixel iPad home camera, shooting 4K videos instead of 1080p, and has developed some features such as HDR and low-light shooting capabilities.

The news I really want to broadcast, one of the main reasons you're buying this tablet in 2020, is the front camera. This low-cost iPad has a grainy 1.2 megapixel camera, which is somewhat better than your laptop's webcam. the iPad Air has a 7 megapixel front camera with stronger low light capabilities and provides a better image when making calls using zoom.

Lighting in the iPad Air (right) is much better than the lighting in the iPad (on the left) at the same time of day, in the room itself, and at the same room lighting level

There are two main reasons why you prefer iPad Air to any tablet or other laptop at the time of using Zoom, but there's also a very important reason why you prefer it. The front camera in The Air is much better than the built-in camera of any laptop, and is better than most webcams, too. It's good when it comes to low light or varying levels of light in your surroundings, all without making the picture terrifyingly bright. Plus, its Wi-Fi connectivity is excellent, of course better than any old laptop, and if you buy the LTE version, you'll have a backup connection.

It's hard to tell the difference between the two rear cameras, but the iPad Air image (left) is still clearer than that of a normal iPad (right)

The problem remains that the iPad OS system is still unable to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and with acceptable performance. If you're making a video call using Zoom, Google, or across the web and opening a second window, the camera will be turned off, so it's impossible to keep track of what's going on in a Zoom call and try to show that you're being watched, when you're actually doing something else, which is hard for a lot of people. If you don't have a problem stopping the camera, the sound will still be fully performed, so you can keep track of what's going on in your lecture and take notes at the same time, but this won't work in many meetings.

Simply put, surface Go 2, for example, helps outsmart the iPad Air because it can open two windows at once without any problem. Despite this, my daughter could kill me if I let her give up her iPad and instead use a Windows laptop. She already has a Windows laptop to use Adobe Creative Suite, and every time she turns it on, she suffers from its complex settings and messages that appear to update. Although I certainly prefer the potential of Windows, I understand its view that iPadOS is simple, if you don't have a problem with what You said.
Powerful Wi-Fi network

The iPad Air comes with two network models, a basic Wi-Fi-only version and, as usual, an LTE version for $130. This year's iPads don't support 5G networks, and overall, these networks don't make much difference now, but better Wi-Fi and 4G performance makes a difference.

Air uses wi-fi and 4G segments in the iPad Pro, which are stronger than those in a normal iPad. Air has Wi-Fi 6, which is not the normal iPad, however, you don't need a Wi-Fi 6 router to see the difference.

We tested (Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac at 500Mbps, we found that using a weak 5GHz Wi-Fi signal the speed on the iPad Air reached 136Mbps (this is almost the case on the Pro and most smartphones currently), but on the normal iPad the speed reached 20.6Mbps and, of course, the difference is vast. Note that you need to use Wi-Fi at 5GHz to feel the difference, as both devices only perform the same when you set them at 2.4GHz.

Air has better LTE and Bluetooth technology than a normal iPad. Bluetooth has risen from 4.2 to 5.0, thus supporting a longer range. LTE support adds bands 46 and 48, also known as LAA and CBRS.

iPad Air accessories

The iPad Air comes with a 20W USB-C power adapter and charging cable. The device supports the 11-inch iPad Pro accessories, including the Magic Keyboard (priced at $299) and Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio ($179), as well as third-party keyboards, such as Logitech Slim Folio Pro ($119.99) and Logitec Folio Touch ($159).

It also supports the Blutetooth keyboard and mouse, a much cheaper way to assemble a virtual laptop. You can use the Logitech K480 keyboard (priced at $49.99), which allocates an area for tablet placement, as well as an M350 mouse (priced at $29.99), for example.

 Apple's Magic Keyboard has a luxurious feel, but it's very expensive

If you want to use Air as the primary device for your school purposes, you'll no doubt need a keyboard, the difference in the flexibility of text input between the on-screen keyboard and the actual keyboard. Feeling the touch of the buttons on the keyboard really helps you get things done, and it's just as important that you'll get the entire screen space that the keyboard was covered on the screen.

Apple's keyboards are excellent but expensive. I'm, in fact, better at Smart Keyboard Folio than magic keyboard, so it's true that magic keyboard has a trackpad, but it's expensive and inflexible. After using both iPad keyboards for a while, whether or not with a trackpad, I retreated from what I had previously insisted, which is that the trackpad is very important when using the iPad, and it really never bothered me, clicking on the screen instead of using it.

The $129 apple Pencil also supports the second generation apple pencil, which is superior to the previous generation and compatible with a regular iPad.

The second generation of this electronic pen has its metallic texture and, more importantly, it's not completely round, so it won't slip out of your hands and won't roll off the table. It can also be placed and charged while magnetically attached to the side of your iPad, which can be difficult to lose when used with the many iPads in the house.

Writing with Apple Pencil features a great metal touch that looks like pen-on-paper writing

Air lacks the 120Hz ProMotion display featuring 240Hz touch samples, and in laboratory tests, the pen response is weaker, but in real life, you won't notice the difference. I gave both the Air and Pro pen to my wife, a painter and sketch teacher, and she couldn't tell the difference between them in terms of response. The brushes work on Procreate in both devices a little differently, yet we can't say that one is better than the other.

You can, of course, maintain (and personalize) the iPad Air by choosing one of the portfolios that are abundantly available.

Comparisons with iPad Air

I've spent most of this review comparing air to a normal iPad, so you might think about this question: What about Android or Windows tablets? The price of the Air is close to the price of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 as well as the advanced version of Microsoft's Surface Go 2, however, you don't hear many people comparing the three devices to each other, and why?

Tab S7 doesn't support as many programs as android tablets, unfortunately. This means that powerful creative apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate are available for iPads and not for Android tablets. Video editing apps are also better at the iPad. Most schools prefer to use the iPad than Android devices. Microsoft Office's online software package and its online counterpart are supported by both devices, but if you live in a family that doesn't use Android devices, it's hard to convince them to get a Tab S7 instead of the iPad used.

Here you can see how the smaller edges of your iPad Air (right) offer a larger screen than a normal iPad (left) with equal body size

The controversy over Windows devices has become more complex. The iPad is faster, stronger and smoother than Surface Go 2 from a configuration perspective only. It can run faster, doesn't hang too much, and is less likely to be hit by annoying software. Surface Go 2, on the other hand, is capable of running two programs at once, it's ridiculous not to be able to make a video call on your iPad while editing a document at the same time, and I totally understand if this is a difficult thing to prevent you from buying this device.

Best iPad of 2020

The iPad Air tablet is the best among apple's other iPads, but the best tablet of the year, too. Remember that this lower-priced device has good features, but we think the most expensive is worth it, especially since it is a device that will stay with you for years. It's not just the A14 processor, the less reflective screen represents a big upgrade, its electronic pen is hard to lose, and better Wi-Fi connectivity makes a big difference to everyday performance. The features of this device are so good that it has become difficult to justify the high price of the iPad Pro, so, if the price of iPad Air is available to you, know that it is the perfect device for you, this device has been awarded the order of choice editors for advanced tablets.

Apple iPad Air (2020) Specs
Apple iPadOS
Dimensions 9.74 × 7 ×0.24 inches
Weight 0.45 kg
Screen size 10.9 inches
Screen resolution 2.360 × 1.640 pixels
Apple A14 CPU
Storage capacity 64 GB
Battery life 4 hours 45 minutes (video streaming)