Apple iPad Air MF558LL/A (128GB, Wi-Fi + T-Mobile) Review

Apple iPad Air MF558LL/A (128GB, Wi-Fi + T-Mobile) Review

Apple iPad Air MF558LL/A (128GB, Wi-Fi + T-Mobile, Black with Space Gray) NEWEST VERSION

As a stand alone purchase, iPads are still the best tablets on the market. As an upgrade from prior iPads, the Air is going to be the biggest reason to upgrade in recent memory. Users from the 3rd Generation and plder will see substantial benefits in improved speed alone.

What Works:

It’s substantially lighter. Easier to hold and use while watching movies or reading a book.

It’s substantially faster. The upgraded processor is so fast that most users will be future proofed for the next two years or more. 64 bit processing will give this tablet some legs.

The battery charges substantially faster. This is a nicer reason to upgrade than most realize. The Air’s battery is smaller, and holds a charge very well compared to older models on iOS7. I had problems on my 3rd gen keeping it charged compared to the faster charging Air.

The new Lightning port is much more convenient and easier to plug in compared to 3rd generation and back.

The speakers seem to pack more of a punch.

What doesn’t work:

the screen has a slightly hollow and thin feel on the finger. As a consequence of a lighter tablet it’s expected that the display lost some of it’s heft.

the volume buttons are spaced a little too far apart for me. Harder to press.

volume speakers are annoyingly where you’d hold the tablet horizontally.

That’s my impressions with the tablet. My recommendation is if you have $500 or more to spend on a tablet, the iPad Air is going to be your first choice. Android hasn’t been competitive in this section of the market. If you’re looking for a less expensive, smaller tablet, then you’re going to be looking at the Kindle devices or the Android devices.

For Apple users, I’d recommend people still using the 1st and 2nd gen devices take the plunge- the changes are enough to justify the upgrade. iPad 3rd Gen users are kind of in the grey area. They are not going to see any difference in screen quality, and the speed of the Air may not be great enough to matter for basic use. Fourth Gen iPad users should be fine where they are.

More Details


  • , 9.7 inches Display
  • Apple 1.3 GHz
  • 128 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
  • 1.05 pounds
  • Apple iOS 7; 9.7 Retina display; 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • 5 MP iSight camera; 1080p HD video recording
  • A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life; 1.05 lbs
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + T-Mobile 4G LTE; 128 GB Capacity

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