iPad Air 2by Apple

  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air 2
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VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
95%
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PROS

  • Other tablets may cost less, but nothing rivals the iPad Air 2's thin, light and elegant design.
  • The addition of Touch ID is a minor convenience but a welcome one. So long, passwords!
  • The newer, faster processor makes everything feel incredibly snappy, from Web pages to graphics-intensive games.

CONS

  • Still the most expensive tablet in town, especially when you go beyond the $500 base model. Many competing tablets offer comparable hardware for a lot less.
  • The base model comes with just 16GB of storage, a ridiculously low amount for a tablet you'll inevitably stuff with games, movies, photos, and apps. As with all iDevices, there's no slot for adding a memory card.
  • Although battery life is still pretty good at around 10 hours, the original iPad Air lasted even longer.
Widely regarded as one of the best tablets you can buy, Apple's flagship iPad is also among the most expensive. Although its predecessor was notably thin and light, the iPad Air 2 managed to shave away even more ounces and millimeters. Beyond those cosmetics, Apple failed to make any significant improvements to the device and put a dent in overall battery life.
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There has been one casualty in Apple’s pursuit of a supermodel figure. The iPad Air 2 is the first iPad without a mute/rotation-lock switch.…

There has been one casualty in Apple’s pursuit of a supermodel figure. The iPad Air 2 is the first iPad without a mute/rotation-lock switch. It’s a sacrifice we’re not fussed about much. You can still easily mute the Air 2 by pressing the volume down button for a second, and lock the screen rotation via the settings menu.

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The iPad doesn't do anything startling or new. But it is even more polished, essentially a perfect iPad, and an improvement on an already-stellar tablet. Whether it meets your needs depends on whether you need an iPad or a tablet in the first place.

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The good news is that it looks and feels fantastic, and it comes with a no-gap display, better camera, more powerful chipset, Touch ID and s…

The good news is that it looks and feels fantastic, and it comes with a no-gap display, better camera, more powerful chipset, Touch ID and stronger wireless connections. The bad news is that some compromises were made -- specifically in the area of battery size.

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The iPad Air 2 delivers a significant amount of computing power in its svelte form. The specifications rival that of a laptop from late 2011…

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The iPad Air 2 also features a custom-designed antireflective coating, further reducing glare and reflections by up to 56%, according to App…

The iPad Air 2 also features a custom-designed antireflective coating, further reducing glare and reflections by up to 56%, according to Apple.

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Positive Reviews
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Apple Ipad Air is the way to go
I love my Ipad Air. It's light weight and the screen size is what I love the most. After having so many issues with my Samsung galaxy tablet, I decided that I had to buy another Ipad. I can play my games with out constantly crashing. I would never again try a cheaper tablet because the Apple Ipad air speaks quality
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Totally worth it!
My favorite thing about this iPad is how thin it is! Super light and slim and comfortable to hold for hours. I think a cool feature about the iPad Air 2 is having the security of the fingerprint ID. That feature gives you the opportunity to pay with your ipad using the touch ID or Apple Pay! Also, I love that I now have 128 GB. The graphic is also twice as fast which is great for games. The iPad is super thin and comfortable to hold for hours.
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The iPad Air 2, there is nothing like it.
I've owned and used just about every generation of the iPad, and the Air2 is, to date, the pinnacle of the iPad line. It's build is thin light, yet very durable, and it's blazing fast. With the new features that came with iOS 9, this is truly the most versatile tablet in the market. I've had to work on Android and Windows tablets for work, and the experience compared to the Air2 is just not as good. The iPad Air2 is the way to go.
0
Love so much
I love it! It's light even with the case. I give it to the kids without worrying about if it's going to be the same when I get it back. It never crashes. It charges fast. The image is just amazing.
2
So much better than the previous gen
What a huge difference compared to the previous generation! So much lighter and thiner, it'a amazing it actually runs faster that its bulkier predecessor. Like most Apple products, you'll notice that the center (upper-right back of the iPad, actually) gets quite hot with heavy use, especially when playing a very processor-heavy game. But that's such a minor inconvenience given this tablet's sleek profile and super fast speed. Love it! Highly recommend it for anyone who runs a lot of client presentations.
1
Brilliant airport companion, breakthrough speakerphone, incredible battery life
My first iPad was the iPad Air. Only about 8 months later, Apple released iPad Air 2 and I was a bit torn. While I didn't feel the incremental performance increase was sufficient, Touch ID is something that I have become extremely accustomed to! I use my iPad frequently and the best use I have found is when I'm traveling. The battery seems to be about three times the size of my iPhone (I have phone draining apps running in the background) and paired with my Bluetooth headphones, I enjoy an unbeatable travel companion. I'm able to download music for offline playback and enjoy the powerful wireless antenna strength, which also seems better than my iPhone. It is great for sharing photos with friends and makes an amazing speaker phone--possibly the best I have ever used--via iPhone proxy calling or FaceTime audio or video directly to the internet. I have the 128GB WiFi only model in gold and am thrilled that I can hot spot to my phone, which works very well. Overall I am very pleased. The only question is whether or not the newly announced iPad Pro is worth consideration!
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My e-Reader of Choice
My iPad has become the way I do most of my reading now. With so many great brands coming out with reader apps, upgrading my iPad was a must. My only complaint is that you can't really read outside, so I've got to turn back to the real books when I'm poolside.
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Great purchase!
This was a much needed upgrade from the iPad (generation 3) that I previously owned. I ended up purchasing the refurbished version via Apple store. I was unsure about the smaller screen size, but it's been a great purchase thus far which I've protected with my favorite DODO hard case.
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I use it for evertything
I agree with Christine - what a difference the new model makes. For a long time, I had an older model iPad, and when I got the iPad Air 2, it seemed as light as air and impossibly thin. After having it a year, it still seems that way, I live in my iPad, reading, playing games, using it as a laptop replacement at work thanks to Google Docs, watching movies.... the list goes on.

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