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Spot The Difference: iPad 4 Vs. iPad Air

Is it really that big of an upgrade?
by Neps Firmalan | Oct 23, 2013
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Look out, geeks! There's a new iPad in town!

It's been just over a month since Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, and now the company unveils yet another highly-anticipated device: the iPad Air! It's the latest addition to the super-popular iPad tablet lineup, and it looks to be a total doozy inside and out!

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This begets the question: How is it different to its (relatively young) predecessor, the iPad 4? Is it the same thing or is it a different animal altogether?

The answer, curiously enough, is both yes and no.

Confused? Don't be, it's all quite simple actually. Here we compare the two devices and see their similarities, as well as the upgrades given to the new kid of Apple's tablet block.

PART 1: The Similarities

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1. Display size

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Both the 4th-gen iPad and the iPad Air boast a 9.7-inch touchscreen display. With the exception of the iPad Mini, Apple has been sticking to this screen size ever since the first iPad came out about three years ago so this move is not really surprising.

2. Resolution

Along with the screen size, Apple also packed the same number of pixels in both the iPad 4 and the iPad air. Both come with a resolution of 2,064 x 1,536 or 264 ppi (pixels per inch). This means that you won't experience much, if any, kind of visual improvements with the iPad Air.

3. Capacity

Another area that's left unchanged is the internal capacity. You'll still be able to choose anywhere from 16 to 128GB of storage with the iPad Air, as is the case with the iPad 4. We ain't complaining though; 64GB is enough for us, and we still think 128GB is quite the overkill.

4. Imaging

Here's some not-so-good news for you selfie addicts and imaging enthusiasts: The iPad Air doesn't have more megapixels... It's stuck with the iPad4's combo of a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front shooter. Full-HD 1080p video recording is still part of the package.

But the lack of camera improvement isn't really much of a biggie, since tablets aren't exactly made for shooting sprees. That, and you'd look like a total dork if you use it 24/7 as your camera of choice.

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5. Connectivity

As expected, the iPad Air comes with LTE 4G connectivity which allows users to surf with blazing-fast speeds of up to 40Mbps or even beyond. It also has the usual 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth options, which can also be found with the previous generation iPad.

NEXT: So, what's new?

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