It was hard to see how Apple could improve on the first iPad Air – arguably the best tablet that was made at the time.
And then it started with the iPad Air 2. There is so much to talk about what counts as “too thin,” but there’s no denying that this tablet is a feat of engineering that has pushed the limits of what a tablet can be for the era on premium slate. In addition, unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, it doesn’t bend either!
Not only that, but the relentless desire to make the thing thinner has resulted in a better screen because the layers that make up the backlight, touchscreen digitizer, and LCD screen are so close together that Apple now claims that there is no air in between.
The result? A less reflective display that looks brighter and more colorful. And it really is.
However, since its arrival, Apple has launched a new fleet of Slates, with the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) topping the company’s tablet lineup and the iPad 9.7 coming out as a budget option.
Given this competition – and the other slates that have hit the market since the Air 2 – is the iPad Air 2 still worth buying?
To update:Apple announced thatiPadOS 15, the latest version of its iPad-specific operating system, will work on the second generation iPad Air, giving you features like seamless multitasking, an app library, and home screen widgets that can be placed anywhere.
iPad Air 2 price
- From around $ 399 (£ 379, AU $ 569)
- You can get it cheaper now, but you can no longer buy it from Apple
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The introduction of Apple’s new Pro-Slates and the iPad 9.7 resulted in a drop in the iPad Air 2 price, which now starts at around $ 399 ($ 379, $ 569) – originally $ 499 Dollars ($ 399, $ 699) – for the 32GB, Wi-Fi model only.
That’s not as much as expected, but this is a very powerful tablet nonetheless.
You can no longer buy the iPad Air 2 directly from Apple, but you can find it at other retailers around the world and if you take the time to look around, you will likely find it even cheaper than the prices above.
However, it’s getting harder and harder to find new – and this rarity may contribute to its still high price – so buy it quickly if you want it.
Of course, with the much newer iPad 9.7 starting at $ 329 (£ 319, AU $ 469), the iPad Air 2 isn’t quite as compelling as it used to be.
That said, if you’re lucky to get a used or “refurbished” Air 2, the price will drop significantly – we’ve seen it for under $ 250.
- A solid tablet that can easily be held for hours
- The design of the iPad Air 2 justifies the high price
At 6.1 mm thick, the Apple iPad Air 2 is still one of the slimmest tablets on the market. It’s not really the thinnest, but we’ve got to the point where fractions of a millimeter really don’t matter anymore.
iPad Air 2 specifications
Weight: 437g / 444g
Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
operating system: iOS 8.1 (upgradeable to iOS 10.1)
Screen size: 9.7 in
resolution: 1536 x 2048
Central processor: Apple A8X
R.A.M.: 2 GB
warehouse: 32GB, 128GB
backup camera: 8MP
Front camera: 1.2 MP
Thinness for its own sake can be a mistake – there is a point of diminishing returns where only minor improvements can be made at the expense of structural integrity, battery life, and overall performance – but Apple has not yet reached that point.
The iPad Air 2 feels like a very solid tablet that can be easily held for hours without becoming uncomfortable. The iPad Air 2 is hardly a large tablet, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is smaller and lighter with the same screen size.
Where the Apple device wins, however, is the overall packaging. Samsung’s option is good, but clearly a collection of different pieces. The plastic back, larger bezel screen, and bezel are all competing pieces that make the iPad Air 2 a complete package, sleek and easy to hold in one hand.
I almost didn’t want to put it in a suitcase – it needs protection if you want to show it around town as the back and beveled edges will eventually wear off – but if you want to be a sofa – warrior with your new tablet will Smart covers work well and don’t obscure the stunning design.
The sad thing here is the loss of the silencing counter which has departed due to size restrictions.
Apple would argue that this is because the new Control Center makes the option available with a flick of the wrist throughout the operating system, but the truth is, I’m really going to miss silencing the tablet without even looking.
The power button stays up and the volume buttons have now slid up a bit free from the mute button, but other than that, the only real design changes are the speaker grille on the bottom of the tablet (now a single row of holes instead of the previous two) and the Touch ID on the home button.
It would be hard to tell the difference between the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Air without a guide, but the iPad Air 2 has a deeper black frame that enhances the picture – and now it comes in gold to match space gray too connect and silver.
The camera stays where it was, both front and rear, with the new 8MP iSight Snapper not sticking out like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The fact that no tablet camera has to be this high resolution and people should be taking pictures with a tablet anyway is something that will be discussed in another article.
Does the design of the iPad Air 2 justify the high price? Yes, more than any other tablet on the market. It brings top notch workmanship, a high quality finish, great looks and although it doesn’t need Being so thin, the structure doesn’t seem to affect actual tablet performance and adds something to the palm of your hand.
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