Apple iPad Air 2019 review: Premium tablet choice
Quick verdict: The iPad Air 2019 sits squeezed between the truly premium iPad Pro and much cheaper Apple iPad, making it for those who need a little more power than the regular model.
- Apple A12 CPU delivers plenty of power
- iPadOS remains a joy to use
- 10.5-inch LCD is crisp and clear
- The regular Apple iPad is much cheaper
- Lacks the productivity features of the iPad Pro
- No storage expansion
Put simply, the iPad Air has to work extra hard to justify its asking price, especially as it sits not only well above the regular iPad but uncomfortably close to the entry-level iPad Pro. Does it succeed? It very much comes down to what you want out of a tablet and how long you want it to last.
- Lighter than the regular iPad
- True Tone Retina Display is lovely
- Still has a headphone jack!
- Standard Apple colour choices
- A12 gives the iPad Air more of a future than the regular iPad
- LTE if you want it, but it's pricey
- Predictably, only fixed storage on offer
- Camera is present but not exciting
- 10 hours battery life possible
- Lightning recharging only
Should you buy it?
The Apple iPad Air 2019 does have a technical edge on the regular model Apple iPad, but it's still not the case that it can do things that the cheaper model cannot.
That's why the standard model iPad remains our pick of the current Apple crop for most users after a content consumption device. The Apple iPad Air is a nice option if you want that slightly more luxury feel of the True Tone display or if you do have a lot of heavy app usage in mind that needs the power of the Apple A12 chip. There's also the longer-term view that it will retain value longer due to future iOS upgrades, but if you're on that path, it's certainly well worth considering going the full-fat Apple iPad Pro instead.Back to top
Pricing and availability
Price64GB Wi-Fi: $779 RRP
256GB Wi-Fi: $999 RRP
64GB Wi-Fi + LTE: $979 RRP
256GB Wi-Fi + LTE: $1,199 RRP