The Bottom Line
Once Apple introduces their iPad Air 2, they have prepared and invested in the product carefully to make it become the best one in the competitive high-class tablet market. The stunning design including thinner and lighter size, sharpener screen and the brilliant Touch ID sensor feature definitely entice almost tablet users. Nevertheless, wonderful benefits also go along with drawbacks. The device has a shorter lasting battery and no mute switch which contribute to create a smaller tablet frame.
The iPad Air 2 obviously is the most desirable first-class tablet everyone wishes to have. However, if you are using an iPad Air, you might consider whether you should change to the new version or not.
Brief Review of Apple iPad Air 2
- Adorable Design with both Robust and Delicate Appearance
- Incredible High-Speed Performance
- Brilliant Touch ID Sensor
- Shorter Battery Duration than the 1st iPad Air Generation
- No Mute or Display Rotation Option on the Side
- 1.5GHz A8X (Cortex-A53) Triple Core 64-bit Processor
- 2GB Memory
- 16GB Storage
- 9.7″ x QXGA (2048×1536) Multi-touch Screen
- Power VR 6XT Series Graphics
- 802.11ac Wireless, NFC, Bluetooth
- Lightning Port, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- 9.4″ x 6.6″ x .24″ @ .96 lbs
- iOS 8.1
Detailed Review of iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is considered as an upgraded deluxe tablet instead of a redesigned version of the first iPad Air model. The two premium tablets are different in term of thickness. The original iPad Air dimension is 0.29 inches whilst the number of iPad Air 2 is only 0.24 inches. However, you still feel solid design of the newest iPad Air. Perhaps because its weight of 437g is changed not much compared with the original 469g. The aluminum body feature keep used with two exterior amendments. The first improvement is applying the Touch ID sensor which used for the iPhone 5S. Users now do not have to enter PIN codes to unlock their iPad great experience of unlocking their loved tablets. They have chance to experience one-finger convenience and it’s really an amazing touch. The second adjustment is removing manual function of mute or screen rotation lock. Now you need to do the on-screen controls to alter the status.
Thanks to applying the new big blast of speed A8X process for iPad Air 2, user interaction and requirements are handled on the model. The main difference between the iPad and the iPhone is applying three instead of two processing cores processor. Additionally, the internal memory space is upgraded from 1 GB to 2 GB. As a result, it becomes the high-speed tablet which performs outstanding users’ wishes than ever like the new iPhone 6. It is not surprised that the tablet goes beyond the new NVIDIA Tegra K1 in term of applications. You are even able to go through complicated works like editing videos on the devices.
The $499 iPad Air 2 has 16GB storage space which is cramped room for increased numerous applications and high-resolution media files. The noticeable storage space improvement is for the Apple $599 and $699 versions. The first one has 64GB available space instead of 32 GB like the original one. Meanwhile, the $699 tablet offers 128 GB rather than only 64GB as older one. This change is appreciated by prospective customers who are looking for more available space rather than the 16GB model. Unfortunately, the storage issue was not considered and improved to whole iPad product line. There is no also way to increase the space via micro SD cards like other competitive tablet on the market place. As an alternative, Apple’s customers could use iCloud service to save their data by paying for more storage space on there. However, the option is not available if their devices are not connected to the internet or when they are on the plane.
Apple with the iPad Air is known as the best tablet producer in term of screen quality on the market. Since the iPad Air 2 launched, its display feature has been better. By implementing a specific connecting process, there is no longer an air gap between its screen and glass. The practice helps to decrease size of the device and also improve display quality. User could feel comfortable to use the tablet under sunlight because bright glare and reflection are controlled well. Like other Apple product applied Retina resolution technology, the 9.7 inch display also has the identical 2048×1536 attribute. This number not the highest resolution in the competitive market but definitely you will enjoy 1080p video with the excellent high quality.
The iPad Air 2 is also rated high-score because of substantial development of the camera characteristics. The rear iSight camera is 8 megapixels instead of 5 and takes a competitive advantage of resolution level. Thanks again to the new faster A8X processor, there are extra included benefit to the camera such as taking speedily 10 photos per second for images or capturing 120 frames each second for slow-motion videos. Even Apple adjusted to offer more control over pictures and categorizing feature, it is still hard to meet control attribute of some third parties applications.
The iPad Air 2 is thicker there is no impact to the battery dimension. Actually, the battery is smaller with just 27.64 WHrs, compared with the 32.4 WHrs first iPad generation version. Apple said that you can use either the original or the iPad Air 2 to watch videos during 10 hours. I tested the two of them and the real results are better than Apple estimated. You can use the original one in twelve hours and the iPad Air 2 in eleven hour. You might not satisfy with the declined battery life but please note that with the remarkable size and weight, this number is one of the highest numbers that the first-class tablets are able to offer.
To own the iPad Air 2, you need at least $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model. If you want to upgrade its storage, you need to pay additional $100 amount. Meanwhile, starting with $629 is the 4G LTE wireless with the similar 16 GB tablet. This is an attractive price for people who want to try the luxurious iPad’s features at affordable cost. However, if you already experienced an iPad Air, you might not have much motivation to change to the new one. Indeed, you just have to pay $399 to get the original iPad Air 16 GB tablet.
At this segment, Apple has to compete with the redoubtable products: the new Google Nexus 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch. Priced $399, the Nexus 9 display is smaller with competitive attributes. However, applying Tegra K1 processor makes it hard to compare quality with the iPad and somehow led to lower performance level. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S has better resolution screen in term of level and size dimension. It is almost as thick and weighty as the iPad Air 2. Again, the Samsung quad core processor could not compete with the big blast of speed A8X process applied for iPad Air 2. The performance is not the same at higher price of $500 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi tablet.