iPad iPad Air so lightweight it's fragile?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bobright, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    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


    Aug 14, 2007
    San Diego, California
    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


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    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 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    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


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    I think it's light enough.
  6. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    They called this out on the Gizmodo review too
  7. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    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

    Aug 10, 2012
    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


    May 2, 2005
    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 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    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


    May 2, 2005
    I have a product (red) smart case awaiting the replacement.
  12. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Is Gizmodo still banned from Apple events?
  13. Bigmacduck macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2009
    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

    Dec 30, 2010

    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


    May 31, 2011
    Northern California

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