Best just got better, iPad Air 2 review

Apple has done a great job with iPad Air 2 and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is by far the best tablet in the market. This amazingly gorgeous tablet is lighter than all its predecessors.

It has a huge battery life and you can use it continuously for approximately 10 hours. You can unlock it by using your fingerprint. Due to the Touch ID and Apple Pay, you can easily shop online securely by just touching a button. It is worth mentioning that this option is available only in the UK and US for now.

Simon Dyer from SwiftContractPhones.com thinks that even though more manufacturers are entering the tablet world the iPad Air is still the best of the bunch: “For me the iPad Air 2 is still streets ahead of the competition and this latest iteration is another job well done by Apple. The design and screen have improved from the origianl, and the new A8X processor is a real monster. I just can’t see any other tablets than can really compete in terms of performance. The only negative for some will price.”

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Design:

Apple’s iPad Air 2 is even better in design than the already marvelous iPad Air. It is extremely thin as it is just 6.1mm and it weighs only 437g. It had an aluminum rear which makes it quite strong. It is also a lot easier to hold due to the grains. Unlike the earlier models, it lacks the mute/rotation switch. It is not a big deal though as you can easily mute it by pressing and holding the volume down button for a second. You can lock the screen rotation by just going to the settings menu. You can easily access all the buttons just like the iPad Air. The speakers are at the bottom of the tablet which can soften the sound when holding it in the landscape mode. This tablet is available in a light gold color as well.

Touch ID:

Apple has introduced the fingerprint scanner this time. You can unlock the iPad Air 2 by simply touching it with your finger. This makes using the iPad very secure. If you add your credit card details in iPad Air 2, it would make online shopping a lot easier. This option can only be availed through apps at the moment.

Screen:

Apple had done a few changes to its screen as the colors and contrast rations have improved a lot. The resolution is still the same as iPad Air. Apple has done a great job by reducing reflection in iPad Air 2 this year.

Speakers:

The speakers are much better than the iPad Air. They are louder with more bass. Although stereo separation is still poor as they are very close to each other. You would love to watch a movie on this tablet though.

Performance:

Apple has designed a processor especially for iPad Air 2 this time. Apple’s iPad Air 2 runs on a tri-core CPU with a quad core processor and 2GB RAM. It is by far the most powerful tablet available in the market. Many people have compared its performance with a desktop PC. Its A8X processor helps in performing many tasks even faster than a PC. With the video editing app called Replay, you can make wonderful videos very easily. This tablet is almost 70 % faster than the iPad Air.

Connectivity and Features:

This tablet comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. The lightning connector port is at the bottom of the tablet. It also offers Bluetooth 4.0, AirDrop, Airplay and Touch ID. Its Wi-Fi is two times faster than the previous model. If you travel a lot, you can also get the 4G/LTE version. There is no micro SD card slot so choose the right storage option when you purchase it.

iOS 8:

The iPad Air 2 has iOS 8.1. It has resolved all the issues that were causing trouble with iOS 8.

Camera:

This tablet now comes with an 8-megapixel iSight camera. It has almost the same result as iPhone 6. It also offers the burst mode and slo-mo video. It makes perfect HD videos with excellent audio quality due to the dual microphones.

Battery Life:

Although they have decreased the battery size, but due to its great processor the battery life has not dropped. You can use the iPad Air 2 for 10 hours continuously.

Author: Nuur Hasan is a software developer, web developer and a technical writer with more than seven years of experience. He believes that sharing knowledge can do wonders and that is why he likes to blog. His other interests include politics and sports.