After having an iPad Air, the older iPads seem like bricks. I really feel as if I have futuristic Advanced Technology in my hand when I hold the iPad Air. I never had that feeling with those old bricks. This may sound silly but I'm quite serious. The lightness of the device is in no way presenting anything but quality. Also, I'm on my iPad Air 10-12 hrs. a day, every day. The battery never gives me any worries. The speakers, for music, is not the best since the stereo split is virtually nonexistent. Bluetooth takes care of that problem. But for listening to talk radio, it's plenty loud and clear. I think it would be a mistake not to get the iPad Air.