Apple IPad Air Review: Sun And Heir: Performance, Siri

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Performance

Apple iPad Air is running on the same chipset the Apple used within the iPhone 5s - the A7. It's company's first 64-bit mobile system-on-a-chip and as usual Apple claims it is twice as quick as the previous A6 chip.

The Apple A7 28-nm chip is comprised of a 1.3Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Central Processing Units (CPU) dubbed Cyclone which uses ARM's ARMv8 microarchitecture (yet to premiere with the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors). The GPU, while not officially confirmed, is believed to be the PowerVR G6430. The utilize of a 64-bit instruction set for the Central Processing Units (CPU) enables Apple to put more than 4GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) on its future generation of products, but the iPad Air, just like the iPhone 5s, packs just 1GB. Not that this feels insufficient - the way iOS handles multi-tasking you are extremely unlikely to run out of operating memory.

Moving on to actual benchmarks we start with the Geekbech 3 test to see how the Central Processing Units (CPU) and memory are doing. The iPad Air blasted through the test managing to beat every device we've tested so far but the Galaxy Note 3. It scored very close to the iPhone 5s and the Snapdragon 800 competition though.

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Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    2937

  • Apple iPad Air

    2688

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    2670

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2638

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    2561

  • LG G2

    2243

  • HTC One

    1972

  • HTC One Max

    1899

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    1869

  • LG Optimus G

    1623

  • Meizu MX3

    1579

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1315

  • LG Nexus 4

    1288

  • HTC Butterfly

    1257

  • Oppo R819

    1047

  • HTC One mini

    887

We also ran the iOS version of Linpack. Once again, iPad Air scored a hair better than the iPhone 5s, which has the same chipset. It is also twice as better as the previous A6 chip, just as promised.

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Apple iPad Air

    1008

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    970

  • Apple iPhone 5

    546

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    532

Now, it's time for the multi-platform GFX Benchimprint that gives the GPU a run for its money. The iPad Air took the second place in our all-time chart, just few fps shy of beating the Galaxy Note 3 for the top spot. The iPad Air did better than the iPhone 5s by a whisker, again.

GLBenchimprint 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    68

  • Apple iPad Air

    63

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    60

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    60

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    56

  • LG G2

    54

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    43

  • HTC Butterfly S

    42

  • Meizu MX3

    42

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    41

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    41

  • HTC One Max

    41

  • HTC One

    37

  • Oppo Find 5

    32

  • Google Nexus 4

    32

  • Sony Xperia Z

    31

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    31

  • Sony Xperia SP

    31

  • Apple iPhone 5

    30

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    30

  • LG Optimus G

    21

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    17

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    17

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    17

  • HTC One mini

    15

  • HTC One X

    11

GLBenchimprint 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    26

  • Apple iPad Air

    25

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    23

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    23

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    23

  • LG G2

    22

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    17.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    17.1

  • Apple iPad 4

    16.8

  • HTC Butterfly S

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    16

  • HTC One Max

    14

  • Google Nexus 10

    13.9

  • LG Optimus G

    13.9

  • Sony Xperia Z

    13.5

  • Meizu MX3

    13

  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z

    13

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    12.8

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    6.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    6.3

  • HTC One mini

    5.6

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    4.9

We also ran the GFX Benchimprint on-classy screen tests. Quite expectedly, becautilize of the iPad Air's higher resolution screen, it delivered a lower framerate than the iPhone 5s on the high-quality T-Rex graphic test. Still, the iPad seems perfectly equipped to handle every modern game hassle-free.

GLBenchimprint 2.5 Egypt (on-screen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    53

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    53

  • Apple iPad Air

    49

  • LG G2

    48

GLBenchimprint 2.7 T-Rex (on-screen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    37

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    26

  • LG G2

    22

  • Apple iPad Air

    21

Finally, we put the iPad Air through the SunSpider and BrowserMark benchmarks to test Safari's JavaScript and overall browsing performance. The iPad Air with its recent iOS 7 operating system scored the same as the iPhone 5s on SunSpider and just a few points better on BrowserMark 2. Clearly, Apple has put special attention into the web browsing performance.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    403

  • Apple iPad Air

    405

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    587

  • Apple iPhone 5

    694

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    704

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    750

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    845

  • LG G2

    908

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    1046

  • Meizu MX3

    1085

  • HTC One

    1174

  • HTC One Max

    1295

  • LG Optimus G

    1293

  • HTC One mini

    1375

  • LG Nexus 4

    1379

  • HTC Butterfly

    1397

  • Oppo R819

    1423

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    3858

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPad Air

    3659

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3549

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3041

  • Apple iPhone 5

    2825

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    2799

  • LG G2

    2718

  • LG Optimus G

    2555

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    2438

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    2419

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2398

  • HTC Butterfly S

    2378

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    2338

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    2314

  • HTC One

    2262

  • HTC One Max

    2243

  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z

    2170

  • HTC One mini

    2164

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2107

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2093

  • Meizu MX3

    1832

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1801

  • Oppo Find 5

    1797

  • Nexus 4

    1794

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    1774

  • Google Nexus 10

    1773

  • HTC Butterfly

    1475

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    1247

Basically the iPad Air is as quick as the iPhone 5s. It has higher resolution to handle though, so it delivers a bit lower GPU performance than the iPhone 5s, but is still one of the most capable and powerful devices we've seen so far. The recent Central Processing Units (CPU) architecture and the latest generation PowerVR Series 6 GPU are currently the best performers on the market and will leave nobody disappointed.

New Siri does more, understands recent languages

A recent iOS version just can't afford to pay no attention to Siri. After more than two years in development the assistant has finally graduated from beta.

Just as the rest of the iOS 7, Siri now looks different. It always launches in full-classy screen and has a real-time voice graph. Another UI novelty is the option to edit your voice request with the keyboard in case Siri didn't hear you right.

Siri supports and understands English (American, Canadian, Australian, British), French (France, Canada, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Japanese, Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US), Mandarin (China, Taiwan), Korean, and Cantonese (Hong Kong) languages.






The recent Siri UI

The most vital Siri upgrades, of course, are under the hood. Siri now has Wikipedia integration and it offers recent voices, there is both female and male English US for example.






Siri in action

Siri can also carry out commands affecting the iOS - it can turn Bluetooth or Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) on/off, increase brightness, play voicemails, check other people's social network status, play iTunes Radio stations, etc.

Siri is a really powerful voice assistant capable of POI search. Assistance with restaurant booking is part of Siri's set of skills. It will find you exactly the restaurant you are looking for and filter the results based on user reviews. You can run impressively detailed searches based on food type, location, outdoor, pool, price range, ratings, etc. This feature is not available in every country, though.

Siri also respond slots of questions and isn't limited to game scores. History, stats, player bios, player comparison, teams, records, etc. Siri should be able to return most of the info correct onto its own screen, without switching over to the browser. The same applies to movies. You will acquire all of your movie-related answers correct inside the Siri window - anything about actors, directors, awards, movie stats, premieres and tickets, reviews, trailers, etc.


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