The above is the message that greeted me when I got home from Apple's iPad announcement two weeks ago and turned on my fourth-generation iPad. iCloud backups happen automatically when your tablet is plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi. You plug your tablet in when the battery is low and you need to recharge it. You need to recharge the battery because you've been draining its power by using the tablet. And unless I'm actively testing something on it for a review, I rarely use my fourth-generation iPad.
There's no one reason why this pretty, powerful tablet spends most of its time powered off and buried under a pile of other things, but I'd point to its relative size and weight as major contributing factors. Since the original Nexus 7 and iPad mini ushered in the era of actually-usable small tablets, I've come to prefer them for the things I actually use a tablet for. Reading Kindle books, Web browsing, and gaming are all just more comfortable on something smaller. This equation might differ for people who get more work done on their tablets, but when I'm on a tablet, I'm specifically looking to avoid work, and to my mind smaller and lighter tablets are simply better equipped to be content consumption devices.
The iPad Air is a "big" tablet remade in the iPad mini's image. This isn't just about what it looks like (though the Air and the Retina iPad mini look basically identical in pictures without other objects nearby for scale), but about how it feels.