Apple iPad Air 2 Tablet (9.7 inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi+3G) Space Grey
- 8MP primary camera with auto focus, HDR, face detection and 1.2MP front facing camera
- 9.7-inch (24.6 centimeters) IPS LED backlight multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution and 264 ppi pixel density
- iOS v8 operating system with A8X chip 64-bit architecture processor, M8 motion coprocessor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and single nano SIM
- Lithium-polymer battery providing up to 10 hours of internet usage time on WiFi and 9 hours of usage on mobile data network
- 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
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Apple iPad Air 2 Tablet The magic of touch and the power of iOS
The Apple iPad Air 2 Tablet is an ideal utilitarian tablet that combines cutting edge technology with stylish design, so you experience faster computing and an enhanced level of entertainment. Equipped with the 9.7 inch (24.6 centimetres) IPS LED backlight multi-touch capacitive touch screen, this device brings all visuals to life; so much so, that you can actually feel it happen. With 264 ppi pixel density, all images are clearer and have better depth. The improved sensitivity feature provides accurate results. The effective custom designed anti-reflective coating reduces glare by 56 percent to make sure there are minimum reflections. The slim and compact body looks distinctive and is easy and comfortable to carry.Improved power with A8X chip and 1 GB RAM
To meet your evolving computing demands, the Apple iPad Air 2 Tablet comes with A8X chip that boosts the overall performance speed by optimizing CPU and graphic performance. The 64- Bit desktop-class architecture facilitates seamless working while the 1 GB RAM is useful for multitasking and running heavy programs. The powerful battery of this tablet keeps this device charged for a longer duration. With this 10 hour battery life, you stay unplugged for an extended period of time.Better, faster connectivity and Touch ID protection
The Wi-Fi + Cellular model facilitates faster and smoother Internet and offers seamless web browsing. The connectivity features ensure you are always connected with other devices. This device uses fingerprints as security password and hence you lock and unlock the tablet using a simple touch. This enhanced protection feature also facilitates secure purchases in iTunes and the App Store.iSight camera feature for effective photography
This tablet comes with the cutting edge iSight camera feature that enhances your photography experience. This Apple iPad Air 2 Tablet is armed with a dual camera system that captures high quality images. The 8 MP primary camera has superior lens quality and captures every detail with clarity. The powerful Apple-designed image signal processor boosts image procession. With the autofocus feature, you are able to get detailed images even during quick action (action movements). The improved optics and enhanced sensor bring more clarity to your images. The front camera of 1.2 MP has larger pixel value and a better sensor. Hence, low light does not affect the quality of your images. This camera is effective for enjoying seamless video calling as well. With the slow-mo feature, you can watch all action in slow motion. The features like time-lapse videos and panorama are fun to play with.
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So capable, you won’t want to put it down. So thin and light, you won’t have to.
The ﬁrst thing you’ll notice is how incredibly thin and light it is. iPad Air 2 is an impossibly thin 6.1 millimetres, making it our thinnest iPad ever. And it weighs less than half a kilo. So it’s even easier to hold in one hand and take with you anywhere.
Ingenuity makes it thin. Aluminium makes it strong.
When it was introduced four years ago, the original iPad set the standard for thinness and lightness. Since then, iPad has become even thinner and lighter. But thanks to its durable aluminium unibody, iPad Air 2 doesn’t sacriﬁce strength in the pursuit of thinness. From the moment you pick it up, you feel how sturdy and rigid it is.
iOS 8 and iPad Air 2. A powerful combination.
iOS 8 is the most advanced mobile OS ever, with features that make iPad Air 2 even more indispensable. Continuity lets you start a project on one device and finish it on another. Family Sharing lets up to six people in your family share films, books, music and apps. With iCloud Drive you can safely store any kind of document and access it from any device. In fact, every feature in iOS 8 is designed to work seamlessly with iPad Air 2, taking full advantage of its powerful A8X chip, ultra-fast wireless and brilliant Retina display.
Not just a thinner display. A better display.
The displays on previous generations of iPad used three separate components. iPad Air 2 changes all that, combining those three layers into just one. This eliminates gaps between layers, along with the internal reﬂectance caused by those gaps. The result? Colours are richer, contrast is greater, and images are sharper and more vivid.
Your content, at your ﬁngertips.
The LCD layer is now closer to your eyes (and your ﬁngers), so when you touch the screen it feels as if you’re touching your content. And we’ve improved the sensitivity of the screen, so it tracks your finger even more accurately when you make quick gestures. Which means everything you do — playing games, surﬁng the web, enjoying photos and videos — becomes more personal, immediate and immersive.
The lowest reﬂectance of any tablet.
iPad Air 2 features a custom-designed anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 per cent, making it the least reﬂective tablet in the world. In virtually any kind of environment — oﬃces, classrooms, outdoors — everything is clearer and more readable.
Silver, space grey and now gold. Three metallic ﬁnishes as brilliant as the iPad itself.
Our designers pay as much attention to the back of iPad as they do to the front. The anodised aluminium body of iPad Air 2 comes in three elegant metallic ﬁnishes, including silver, space grey and a beautiful new one: gold.
Every detail counts. Even the ones measured in microns.
The bevelled edges of the aluminium unibody are cut with a mono-crystalline diamond to tolerances measured in microns. (For reference, the width of a human hair is about 75 microns.) That level of detail may seem excessive. But every detail adds up to a better overall experience.
So capable, you won’t want to put it down. So thin and light, you won’t have to.
With iPad, we’ve always had a somewhat paradoxical goal: to create a device that’s immensely powerful, yet so thin and light you almost forget it’s there. A device that helps you do amazing things, without ever getting in your way. iPad Air 2 is all that. And then some.
Not just a thinner display. A better display.
To create the astonishingly thin silhouette of iPad Air 2, we started by redesigning the Retina display, fusing what had been three layers into one. Not only did this make the display thinner, it made it better, with more vivid colours and greater contrast. Then we added an anti-reflective coating, giving iPad Air 2 the least reflective display of any tablet in the world.
Massive power. In its most minimal form.
Not only is iPad Air 2 thinner, it’s also a lot more powerful. We designed a new chip, the A8X, that delivers substantially better CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor. In fact, with its 64-bit desktop-class architecture, iPad Air 2 is as powerful as many personal computers. It’s power efficient too, with a 10-hour battery life that lets you work, play, surf and shop all day long.
Security based on a one of a kind design: your ﬁngerprint.
iPad Air 2 comes with our breakthrough Touch ID technology. It gives you an unprecedented level of security because it uses nature’s most perfect password: your fingerprint. So with just one touch, you can instantly unlock your iPad Air 2. But Touch ID goes beyond that. You can also make secure purchases in iTunes and the App Store.
Two amazing cameras. Cleverly disguised as an iPad.
The new iSight camera is our best iPad camera yet, with advanced optics, an improved sensor and a powerful Apple-designed image signal processor. There are new features like panorama, time-lapse videos, slo-mo, and burst and timer modes. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has been redesigned too, with an improved sensor and larger pixels for even better low-light performance. The upshot? All your photos and videos — and video calls and selfies — look incredible.
Faster wireless. Good things come to those who don’t wait.
Wi Fi on iPad Air 2 is fast — more than twice as fast as the previous generation — so downloading films and streaming videos take less time. And the Wi Fi + Cellular model is equipped with faster, more advanced wireless technology.
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Always have been an Apple user
The Ipad Air2 is just superb. Its fast and not sluggish as compared to Windows Surface which I struggled with.
4G speed on Ipad with Airtel is very good
The touch screen is very responsive
Battery backup is very good
Advantage of using all apple devices like ipad, macbook and Iphone together is all the data such as contacts, notes, browser autofill, keyboard shortcuts, application data get synced so well every second seamlessly, it will make your life easy.
I have this case from Baseus which is very smart.
Few applications like whatsapp, instagram and bank applications of SBI or Axis need to be released, which Apple needs to take note of.
Else it is a perfect device, worth every penny.
I’ve owned the iPad since the first one was launched in 2010, and it is, without doubt “a thing of beauty”.
A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a tea, sit down and read on.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.
Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.
Q: Is this the latest iPad?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015.
Q: How much storage aka "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storaage - you can't add an SD card. You could buy a "wireless disk" - see "Accessories - What else will I need?" below.
Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.
Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data. Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).
Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.
Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. Word, Excel, Powepoint and Outlook are all now free.
Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you’re running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.
Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)
Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)
Q: Why is the review repeated?
A: I’d love to just publish it once and let everyone see it, but that’s not possible on Amazon.
Which model should I buy?
Skip this section if you’re familiar with the range, otherwise read on.
Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.
Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.
In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 processor), then the full size iPad is the best option.
What’s the storage options?
Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.
Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.
Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-
* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.
The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.
WIFI or Cellular?
Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.
This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.
Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.
Accessories - What else will I need ?
All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-
* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definately worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker - to listen to music. A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.
Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-
* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.
Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay a lot for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for a lot less. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.
A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-
* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.
Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available.
How about Apps?
Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).
Here's my favourites:-
* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Spotify. Stream music for a monthly fee (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint plus Outlook (mail) all for FREE!
Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the UK based Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope”.
Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.
* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.
In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.
Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.
The “full size” iPad range:-
iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web
iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade
iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)
iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.
iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.
iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.
Now the iPad Mini Range:-
iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.
iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.
iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.
It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"
Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.
I do hope this review was useful.