Beforehand, I've made the following upgrade routes: iPad 1 -> White iPad 2 - The smaller frame and lighter weight were so worth it - The doubled (?) performance made my iPad 2 a wonderful user experience. Finally being able to run Dungeon Defenders without (serious) lag. White -> Black iPad 3 - The retina upgrade was the single most important upgrade I've seen in all these years (I've never tasted the glory of going from iPhone 3G/s to iPhone 4 though ) ...but other than this, my iPad 3 was suffering a lot of the following problems (mostly caused by its semi-premature introduction of retina): - Overheating: It gets hot even when using Safari for an hour or two, and if I play games...it's not burning of course, but it will make my hands sweat. A lot. - Battery: Compared to say, a whole week standby and 3 days usage of my iPad 1/2, my iPad 3 needs constant recharge even after 3 days of stand by and a day of usage. - Sluggish performance: Due to the delay of registration of touches, it's causing me a lot of annoyance by treating my touches for scrolling as "clicking", therefore sending me to another webpage instead of actually scrolling through a page. - Sluggish performance pt 2: We all know the 1GB RAM limit on all iPads is making the use of multiple apps or safari tabs not as convenient as it should be. i.e. switching from tabs to tabs will only make the webpages refresh over and over again. It's especially glaring when combined with the slow performance (webpages load slower) and slow touch registrations (which bring a lot of unnecessary webpage refreshes...), making it a horrible user experience when it comes to even the most basic use of my iPad 3 (webpage browsing). I don't even dare to use my iPad 3 to do serious work such as reading (serious) PDF or writing now. In fact, I would use my iPhone 5 to browse website for references because loading websites is so slow on my iPad 3, not to mention all the pain of mis-opening other websites... So, if I upgrade my iPad 3 to the Air, will I be able to solve most if not all the problems above? A few extra notes: 1. The form factors such as lightness aren't really considered, because I've played a bit with it in a shop and it's awesome, so no contest here. 2. I WILL get one direct upgrade if I buy a new one which will be a larger capacity. 16GB on my iPad 3 was extremely limiting. 3. I don't want to buy a mini 2 because the color gamut IS unacceptable for me (it's extremely obvious when compared to my iPhone 5 and iPad 3), and I prefer a larger sized tablet.