It's rare to revisit a piece of tech one year later and find it's still the best of the bunch. That's the case with the iPad Air 2, a product that somehow seems better now than it did in when it was first released in late 2014.
I used to think the Air 2 was big -- then I used the iPad Pro, and now the Air 2 seems like a perfectly portable size. Its software has gotten better, too. Thanks to iOS 9, its always-powerful processor now gets to handle split-screen apps, and it does it wonderfully. It makes the iPad a better tablet.
And here's the best part: the Air 2 is less expensive now. It can be found on sale frequently, and if you can get the 64GB version at a great price, I would. (Skip the entry-level 16GB model.) Apple's official price for the Air 2 is $499, £399 or AU$699 for 16GB; $599, £479 or AU$829 for 64GB; and $699, £559 or AU$959 for 128GB Wi-Fi models. It's extra for a cellular 4G LTE antenna, but we wouldn't recommend that unless someone else is footing the bill.
But again, check for sale prices. A recent (since expired) Staples sale saw the 64GB model going for $480 -- effectively giving you quadruple of the storage of the baseline model for free. That's exactly the sort of deal we'd jump on in a New York minuteWith a keyboard accessory, the Air 2 is a great portable writing tool (unlike the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 4 , which are just a tad too small for keyboards). Its screen is also easier to see for watching movies. And it handles multitasking, in general, a bit better than the Mini 4.
This has to be my favorite iPad of all time. It comes in some many different and unique colors and the finger scanner has to be my all time favorite. I often feel caution about people looking at my pass code but now I don't even need to worry because the only thing that I do is put my finger down then my iPad is simply opened so easy!
The few things that I like about this iPad is one; very light and makes it so easy to simple use and lift. Also because it's so light it's easy to put into your bag and not have to worry about the heaviness of it. Another reason why I like this product so much is because it is very fast and responds so quickly. I have had the iPad 2 for the past 2 years and the iPad 2 is awfully slowly compared to this iPad as it's so responsive and quick to get to what you need to do. The last and final thing that I love about this iPad is the 3G/4G. Because I don't have to worry about downloading movies and songs on it and can go on the internet while I am traveling and such even if I am in the middle of no-where.
However the one bad thing about this iPad is that it breaks really easily as it is so light it is easy to just drop and along with this it made out of alot of glass. So having an this type of iPad it is important to make sure to have a case on this iPad.
I purchased the new iPad Air 2, in Gold, 16GB capacity about a week ago at Walmart, and I'd like to give a few impressions of the hardware and software here. I had particularly high hopes for this device, and have been waiting a long time to buy one; after holding a friend's brand new 64GB version, and being really impressed by how light the device seemed, I bought one for myself! :) A little bit of background: My other experience with tablets involves a 2013 Nexus 7 that I use at least weekly; an Asus Transformer Pad, with a Tegra 3 1920x1080 screen, an Acer android tablet whose screen cracked 3 months after purchase; a Kindle Fire HD; I have also used both an iPad 2 and an iPad Mini (original) off and on, but never owned an iPad before. I use an iPhone 5. The device is extremely light and thin. Its shocking, honestly - its far lighter than my chunky Kindle Fire HD 7. I bought it in gold (because why not live a little?) and it looks really nice. It feels like a premium device. The back is metal, which can be a little cold to the touch, but is smooth and easy to hold. It does get tedious holding it up while lying in bed, however. Probably this is due part to the small side bezels; my palm or thumb was nearly always bumping the screen. The screen is gorgeous. Bright, easy to read, and I haven't no noticed any reflections on it yet, which is fantastic. Honestly, its beautiful. And it shows off photographs really really well. I haven't used it to take any pictures, and probably won't, so I can't really comment on that aspect. The software is good, but I was honestly expecting something noticeably better than iOS 8 on my iPhone, which just isn't the case. In fact, because of the animations, and the larger screen, it feels almost slower than my two year old iPhone. If I had to describe iOS on an iPad, its just iOS+ for an iPhone; just a '+' version. Or in Apple parlance, an 'S' version. Slightly superior, but not really. In terms of responding to my touches and taps, Safari as a browser just didn't quite get recognize maybe 75% of my taps the first four days before settling into getting 3/4 of them. So, using the web and the web browser is more frustrating. Because so many web sites are optimized for a mobile or iPhone version, its actually easier to browse on my phone. The processor is fast. But not significantly faster than my 2013 Nexus 7, so there isn't as much a difference as I thought there would be. Basically, the iPad has always been fast enough for me, and new android tablets are as well. I thought I would notice a difference, now that Apple has bumped the RAM to 2GB, but frankly, no. Its future proof, yes, but ... You won't notice the difference, either.
Just to sum up my thoughts on the new iPad Air:
Extremely thin and light
Beautiful hardware and software
So. Many. Apps.
Lots of accessories
Even medium sound causes the whole device to buzz and vibrate
No way to have two accounts; I can't share this device with my significant other at all; no multiuser support
Slim bezels make it hard to hold without occasional errant taps
No widget apps - eg, weather, flipboard, buzzfeed on the home pages
I really wanted to like this device more than I do today. As is, I have an old MacBook that I'm going to keep browsing the web on, while I decide whether to return the iPad or not.
Features: 16 GB / Retina Display / 9,7 Multi-Touch Retina Display with LED back lighting / 2048 x 1536 pixels / A8X Chip 64-Bit / M8 Motion Coprocessor /