The iPad Air's 9.7-inch display is gorgeous. It has a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution.
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The display is equally sharp in portrait version.
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Here you can see the most recent members of the Apple iPad family. From left are the original iPad Mini, the iPad Air, and the fourth-generation iPad.
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At 9.4 inches tall by 6.6 inches wide by 0.29 inch deep, the iPad Air is smaller on all sides than the iPad 4. In fact, you might lose it under a pile of books.
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The iPad Air is 0.4 pound lighter than its predecessor. That makes for easy portability.
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Indeed, the iPad Air almost feels more like the iPad Mini while remaining just as sturdy and rigid as before.
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Seriously, you really have to hold it in your hand to feel just how "air"-like it is.
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Of course, you can prop it up using a Smart Cover for easy reading.
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Here's a Smart Cover from the side.
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Though you don't feel the paper in your hand, you get the full effect of reading a magazine on the iPad Air.
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On the bottom end are the stereo speakers and the Lightning port.
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Around back are the camera lens and the always-prominent Apple logo.
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Just above the lens on the top of the iPad Air is the power button.
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On the right side is the volume rocker.
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