The iPad Air came out today from Apple, and is available in their stores and on the website (if it hasn’t sold out already).
Here are the most influential and interesting reviews of the iPad Air from around the internet.
New York Times: “Lighter and Faster, It’s iPad Air” by Damon Darlin
“Do you need to plunk down $500 or more for an Air if you already have an earlier version of the iPad? Notice I used the word “need.” Even though I love shiny new objects, I really can’t tell you to replace your old iPad; the improvements on the new one are incremental, not revolutionary.
“If you’ve never had a tablet, though, the answer is different. A tablet, especially this iPad, is a delight to use and will bring you more hours of enjoyment than any other electronic device I know of.”
Wall Street Journal: “Speed and Power Packed Into a Thin iPad Air” by Walt Mossberg
“I’ve been testing the iPad Air for about a week and found it a pleasure to use. This new iPad isn’t a radical rethinking of what a tablet can be, but it’s a major improvement on a successful product. It is the best tablet I’ve ever reviewed.”
Mashable: “Apple iPad Air Raises the Tablet Bar” by Lance Ulanoff
“…It’s still the best consumer tablet on the market.”
“…The new iPad Air is close to everything a consumer tablet should be: Light, fast, fun, beautiful and a little bit like the future.”
USA Today: “Thin iPad Air is most tempting tablet yet” by Edward C Baig
“As it happens, though, this latest full-size Apple tablet is the most tempting iPad yet, better than its already best of breed predecessors, superior still to each and every rival big screen slate that I’ve tested. Apple dominates the tablet apps ecosystem. Its tablet remains the easiest to use.”
Engadget, “iPad Air Review” by Brad Molen
“Surprise: the iPad Air is the best iPad we’ve reviewed. In addition, though, it’s also the most comfortable 10-inch tablet we’ve ever tested. Not every manufacturer can produce a thin and light device without also making it feel cheap or flimsy, but Apple nailed it.”