iPad iPad Air so lightweight it's fragile?

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  1. bobright macrumors 601

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    Am I the only one that feels like I could bend this thing in half and crush it like an aluminum can? BTW that's not a criticism loving the lightweight feel but I do need to get a shell case at least on this bad boy asap. No way in hell id go naked. :p
     
  2. edtorious macrumors 65816

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    Is it lightweight enough to hold it in one hand for long term reading? I can't decide between ipad mini or ipad air. I would like a larger screen though but at the same i want lightweight enough to be able to hold it in one hand without getting tired in short time.
     
  3. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Just went and checked one out at the AT&T store. Much lighter and easier to hold in one had as compared to my 3rd gen. Same thickness as a Mini.

    My advice would be to head to a store with one on display and check it out.
     
  4. patseguin macrumors 65832

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    It's lighter than previous iPads but in no way does it feel fragile to me. In fact it was slightly heavier than I envisioned and the build quality seems very sturdy. It basically just feels like a larger mini and maybe a little more sturdy.
     
  5. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    I think it's light enough.
     
  6. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    They called this out on the Gizmodo review too
     
  7. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yea it is super thin add to that the glass they're using now is so ligtweight, truly lives up to its name the Air.
     
  8. NuggetSauce macrumors regular

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    It still has the aluminum case, and I think it's less likely to dent from a short fall, or a long fall on a softer surface, because of it's light weight.

    I had two 10" iPads I accidentally got corners dented. My iPad mini remained flawless after 10 months.
     
  9. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    Mine fell ~12 inches onto a laminate wood floor, end first. More of a slide than a drop and pop, the glass smashed. Inspires ZERO confidence. Awaiting a replacement but I seriously worry about how fragile it is compared to the iPad 2,3,4 & mini which have all suffered drops onto all sorts of surfaces from far greater heights over the years. Could be my first Apple dud product ever :(
     
  10. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    Yikes, that's really heartbreaking. The Air feels pretty sturdy to me just holding it, however this has me thinking I should probably use it with a case. I typically only use a TPU cover for the back at home. I did manage to dent a corner of my ipad 3 but the glass never shattered.
     
  11. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    I have a product (red) smart case awaiting the replacement.
     
  12. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

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    Is Gizmodo still banned from Apple events?
     
  13. Bigmacduck macrumors regular

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    Me loves my Smartcase product Red!!

    Cute and it feels so much better protected. but it adds 148grams to the package. Not all to much, but still lighter than the iPad 4 without and case.
     
  14. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Called what out?

    That if "feels like it could bend?".

    That is just their feeling, not a technical or factual review.
     
  15. Daria macrumors regular

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