Has Apple managed to produce the best tablet ever made?
You can sure make an argument about the iPad Air 2, which is a sleek device, with excellent specs and price that doesn’t require you to sell a kidney in order to buy it. Before the launch of the iPad Air 2, the original iPad Air was considered the best tablet Apple has produced. So, exactly how much has the second generation improved? Stay with us as we examine why the iPad Air feels and looks terrific.
Design and Display
Apple has integrated the display into the device, making it slimmer. The iPad Air 2 has gotten slimmer even than the previously unthinkable measures of the original iPad Air. The second generation of the slimmest tablet ever has a thickness of just 6.1mm. Even with weight set at 444 grams, the device feels incredibly light, thin and comfortable in the hand. You get the feeling you are holding a smaller device than you actually are. Every other device compared to the iPad Air 2 feels bulky. Apple has also added another color option to the existing silver and space gray, allowing users to pick it up in a gold variant. The display stays the same 9.7 inches screen size Retina display, with resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. And we forgot to mention that the iPad Air 2 comes with the Touch ID technology, or fingerprint recognition placed under the home button.
Hardware and Operating System
Housing the new A8X chip, the iPad Air 2 delivers 40% faster experience for applications. Graphics are also improved, with Apple claiming they are twice as better than the one in the original Air. Just like in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has added a secondary M8 co-processor for improved performances. There is no exact number of the power of the processor, but it is widely expected to be a dual core clocked at 1.4 GHz. The device delivers 1 GB RAM, with internal memory options including 16, 64 and 128 GB variants. The device runs on the latest iOS 8.0.2.
While few people use their camera on their iPad as a primary camera, Apple has provided users with a quality option. The camera on the back is an 8-MP shooter that can deliver 1080p video recording. Apple has also added special features to the camera application, most notably the HDR, panorama and burst mode. For fans of macro photography, Apple has included a macro mode in the camera as well.
There is no information regarding the capacity of the battery. However, Apple claims that the device should deliver 10 hours of usage. Just for comparison, the iPad Air also delivers 10 hours of multimedia usage and it is powered by an 8600 mAh Li-Po battery.
The basic version of the iPad Air 2 starts at $399. That price is for Wi-Fi model with just 16 GB of built in memory storage. For those who want more memory, or an LTE model, the prices will be a tad higher.
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