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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Apple's iPad Air Offers Performance But Remains Pricey
Apple's ultra-thin iPad Air on Tuesday received
positive reviews around the web mainly for its improvements
compared to the previous iPad, although it remains more
expensive than the compatition.
The new full-sized iPad goes on sale from Friday
and will be priced starting $499.
Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times praised
Apple's new tablet.
WSJ's Walt Mossberg called the iPad Air the best tablet he has
"That isn't just because of its slimmer, lighter design, but
because Apple boasts 475,000 apps optimized for tablet use -
far more than any other tablet platform," Mossberg wrote.
He also mentioned the low weight of the iPad Air, as it weighs
just 1 pound, down from 1.4 pounds for the previous iPad 4
He also credited the iPad Air's battery performance, saying the
new iPad clocked a battery life of 12 hours and 13 minutes.
Damon Darlin of the New York Times said the gadget is a delight
to use, mentioning the high performing dual antennas for Wi-fi.
However, the reviewers highlighted that the iPad Air is pricier
than many of its competitors.
The iPad Air retails for $500, while Amazon.com's 8.9-inch
Kindle Fire HDX costs $379, Microsoft's Surface 2 starts from
$449, while Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet has a
suggested retail price of $400.
Apple in the third quarter remained king of the tablet
business as it held onto its lead in shipments, even though it
lost unit market share in the third quarter.
Apple shipped 14.25 million iPads during the third quarter,
including the mini and its larger 9.7-inch counterpart, giving
the company a 29.7 percent share of unit shipments, according
No. 2 Samsung finished the third quarter with 10.7 million
shipments and a 22.2 percent share. The South Korean
electronics giant has vigorously boosted tablet shipments
during the last 12 months, increasing its share position by 8.1
percentage points. Meanwhile, Apple?s share declined 12.7
percentage points during the same time period.
Asus, which recently launched the second generation of its
popular Nexus 7 tablet, had substantially stronger
quarter-on-quarter growth than either Apple or Samsung at an 87
percent expansion. For its part, Lenovo's strong regional
presence in China played a large role in its 94.6 percent
quarter-over-quarter growth, but equally important is its
strength in Europe and in emerging markets such as Latin