iPad Air 4, Apple’s latest 10.9-inch tablet with an iPad Pro-like design and display, has finally started getting reviews from various publications and YouTubers. Here is our round-up of some of the best reviews that can help you decided whether you should buy this tablet or not.
iPad Air 4 Review Round-Up
The Verge – The iPad to get
Dieter Bohn of The Verge reviewed the new iPad Air (2020), and gave it a decent 8 out 10 rating. Bohn mentioned its gorgeous display, compatibility with iPad Pro accessories, and fast performance as plus points, while he pointed out the increase in price compared to the previous generation, odd storage tiers (no 128GB option), and the slight learning curve of the new Touch ID button.
Engadget called the iPad Air 2020 a great tablet but not a real laptop. They praised the performance, battery life, colors, support for second-generation Apple Pencil, and iPad Pro-like design. They did not like the fact that it does not have Face ID, has two speakers, and costs more than a laptop when accessories are added to the total. It is the best iPad to buy right now, until iPad Pro gets a display and chip upgrade. Engadget gave it a 90/100 score.
MKBHD – iPad Pro Killer
MKBHD called the iPad Air 2020 model as an iPad Pro killer. He praised it for its Pro-like design at a lower price, beautiful display, thin bezels, USB-C support, and speaker quality. In terms of downsides, he mentioned the pale color selection and availability in only one screen size.
Christopher is one of the best YouTubers to follow if your workflow revolves around using an iPad and shortcuts. He has great expertise in doing all his work on an iPad, including editing his YouTube videos. He liked the color options for the iPad Air 4 and called it magical due to its performance. However, he did not like the fact that the screen size doesn’t help with tasks like video editing as he prefers the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for it. The updates over the last-generation iPad Air are massive, which makes this the best first iPad for most users. However, Christopher said that despite the updates, iPad Air 4 does not step on the Pro’s toes, allowing both to have their own place in the lineup.
Federico Viticci is another iPad expert who has spent time moving to a tablet-only workflow. He’s been writing on his iPad for years now and has blogged about various apps and Shortcuts, and even created his own Shortcuts, to help with his work. In his review of iPad Air 4, he wrote:
The iPad Air raises the baseline for what we should expect from iPad as a portable, versatile computer for everyone. If you’re looking for an 11” tablet and think you can live without ProMotion and larger storage options, this is the iPad I recommend.