In the tablet world, there’s only one significant name that stands unchallenged in the space – the iPad. Yes, Apple’s tablet continues to have a firm stranglehold of the tablet market, mainly because it’s so versatile in many ways. Last year, the company upped its game with the introduction of the incredibly thin iPad Air, one that obviously continues the tradition of forward thinking design for Apple. Typical to say the least, the iPad Air 2 aims to continue that trend to a higher degree – while being outfitted with some new hardware and features in the process.

Of course, as we all know too well, Apple is notorious for recycling designs, which was profoundly evident between the iPad 2, 3, and 4. On the surface, the iPad Air 2 very much looks like its predecessor, but there are some differences that make it notable in several fronts. Regardless of whatever they are, will it be enough to distance itself from its highly-esteemed predecessor?

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Thinner and lighter, it’s incredible how much more Apple is able to shave off from the iPad Air 2.

Apple surely outdoes itself when we look at the design of the iPad Air 2, which interestingly enough, snags the honor of being the world’s thinnest tablet currently sold on the market. Well, it’s 18% thinner than the last year's iPad Air. Unless you have its predecessor side-by-side to compare, it’s rather tough to admire the design improvements Apple has achieved. Seriously, it’s skinny (6.1mm) and lightweight (444 gr), easily eclipsing its predecessor in the process. That combination alone makes it considerably easier for travel than most laptops, since it’s something that occupies minimal space in a backpack or bag.

The design, of course, is as iconic and familiar as it can get – though, it’s for the most part unmatched in terms of quality. Utilizing the same familiar unibody aluminum construction from before, which gives it that premium quality, it’s a solid offering that gives it a seamless, elegant appearance. This time, however, Apple introduces a new color option into the mix, gold, which has become ubiquitous to say the least. In complementing its sturdy aluminum frame, the front of the tablet is covered in glass – while a subtle tapered bezel around the aluminum frame makes it comfortable for us to hold it around the edges.

All told, there are very few tablets that turn heads, but the iPad Air 2’s updated design clearly indicates that Apple is committed in continuing that trend. Sure, other tablets may offer protection against dust and water with their designs, but at the end of the day, the iPad Air 2 amazes with its balanced portfolio in being extremely attractive, premium constructed, and svelte enough to be inconspicuous for travel.

Although some will find it negligible, Apple has opted to do away with the mute switch (or rotation lock) that’s traditionally found near the volume control, since the toggle for those functions are accessible via the Control Center. Aside from that, the placement of everything else around its trim are in their usual spots – like the power button, separated volume controls, speaker grills, microphones, 3.5mm headset jack, and Lightning port.

At first glance, it’s really tough to notice, but the home button has undergone some changing as well. Many folks were a bit confused by the iPad Air’s lacking of a Touch ID finger print sensor, which was already introduced before by the iPhone 5s, but it thankfully makes its arrival here – giving owners an additional option for securing the tablet. Naturally, it’s incorporated into the home button, which is now uniformly recessed and accented with a metal ring, but its tactility and responsiveness remain the same. By in large, it’s undoubtedly one of the better implementations because it’s accurate and quick at registering our fingerprint(s).


Identical display as last year – a pretty accurate one.

Hardly an unsuspecting thing, the iPad Air 2 utilizes pretty much identical 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina Display like the one that was first introduced to us by the 3rd generation iPad. Smartphones are undoubtedly pushing the boundaries when it comes to display technologies, but over on tablets, there’s not much of a rush, or focus from manufacturers to bridge the divide. Even with its pixel density count of 264 ppi, the iPad Air 2 still manages to deliver some crisp and clean details – so it’s fantastic for reading, surfing the web, and even watching video. More importantly, the specs are in line to its contemporaries.Our benchmark tests alludes to the obvious here – the quality is exactly the same as last year, no changes whatsoever. In particular, it produces a brightness output of 410 nits, which is a relatively close to the 426 nits delivered by last year’s model. Other similar characteristics include its color temperature of 7001 K (just slightly blueish), perfect 2.22 gamma, and identical color reproduction. With the latter, the display here pretty much hits all of the same measured values for color accuracy achieved by the iPad Air last time around, so the end result once again is a panel that’s pretty accurate.

Superficially, it seems as though Apple has done nothing to the Retina Display of the iPad Air 2, but it’s worth mentioning that it’s now fully laminated – meaning, the layers that normally comprise the panel (LCD, touch sensor, and cover glass) have been eliminated in favor of a complex in-cell technology. So what does that all mean? Essentially, due to less layers standing between the LCD and the outside world, the on-screen image is touted to be less reflective, and with better viewing angles. In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the bigger

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Na bending shouldn't be a problem with the iPads since you dont put it in your pocket

43. curtiseverett

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Can't understand these high scores for all the iProducts these days. The software on it's own is enough of a reason to make it a no go. Using their products was aesthetically brilliant but functionally tragic and limited. I felt as if they treated me like I was somehow mentally handicapped. These are great gadgets for showing off in front of your friends and getting stripped off your money thou...

45. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Other tablets still can't even touch the iPad when it comes to 3rd party applications. Which means you're just watching videos, browsing the web, or using the few apps/games you have available while iPad users are using powerful video and photo editing applications, note taking and handwriting apps, playing optimized games, using apps for sketching/drawing, cooking etc. There's just no competition.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Please stop this stupid bending jokes. Real tired of it.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

+1, especially since this a tablet

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's no joke the iPad Air 2 bends very easily. Don't put it in a book-bag & bump into something, cause you WILL regret it. I like the review, it was very fair, I just don't get how the iPad Air 2 didn't get more points taken off for WORSE battery life than the iPad Air & also not having continuous auto focus while shooting 1080p HD videos. Also when will the iPad Air 2 be able to shoot 4K videos? This is no 9.0, I would put it at a 8.5 to a 8.7 range. You should never get a 9.0 if the battery is WORSE than last years model. That is a CLEAR negative, thus resulting in something less than a 9.0.

38. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Don't be jealous all Android tablets suck. Errrrr Giant Android devices I mean. Since the tablet app ecosystem is non-existent. You can thank the iPad for that too, monopolizing the tablet space since day 1, keeping developers away indefinitely. Stop fretting about review scores. Scores are relative. Compared to its competition, the iPad stands out.

31. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Sorry you a really tired of it. So, I apologize on behalf of anyone telling bend jokes. Come one people Dog Shibe is tired of these jokes so you have to stop.

32. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Muppet you done?

35. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Sorry Doge Once again do not want to make you angry. You have already had enough anger of the bendgate jokes. With that being said I so bad want to say you came up with a very clever response but I do not get the muppet reference. Come on Doge even Papa John comes up with better comebacks.

26. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

looks like the lady in first picture wants to address us that, one can hide his/her face behind iPad in unwanted conditions.

46. Pongchat.M

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2014

Don't see much improvement on former models..

2. abhi12345

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Surprised to see android tablets blown away by ipad air 2 in benchmarks. Even latest and greatest android tablet nexus 9 is slower than this tablet. nexus 9 http :// browser. primatelabs. com/geekbench3/1071403 ipad air 2 http :// browser. primatelabs. com/geekbench3/1061742

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really that surprising since last year's A7 had far better than single core performance than every Android Also this is a tricore vs a dual core, so the A8X should win the multicore But those are actually different benchmarks "Geekbench 3.2.2 for iOS AArch64" "Geekbench 3.2.2 for Android AArch32" We need to wait for the Android AArch64 results first before a proper comparison. Geekbench will probably update to AArch64 once Lollipop is properly released

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Examples of the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit geekbench results iPhone 5S 64-bit: single = ~1400 multi = ~2500 iPhone 5S 32-bit: single = ~1000 multi = ~1800 iPad Air 32-bit: single = ~1050 multi = ~1900 I haven't been able to find and iPad Air 2 32-bit results or iPhone 6/6+ 32-bit results

30. peanut

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

If the device can do 64-bit, then why shouldn't it be tested with a 64-bit software? Ok well here's new rules: Android-devices aren't allowed to use no more then 50 % of their prosessor capability in this test, for no reason...

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Android Lollipop isn't officially released yet ART hasn't been finalized yet, there were already many changes from Dev Preview 1 to Dev Preview 2 Devs are waiting for the final version of ART before updating their apps Otherwise they'll update their app for Dev Preview 2, then the final version of Lollipop will be released and they will have to redo that work to update it again The Dev Previews will give devs a good head start though, so I think 64-bit geekbench on Android will be release a week or so after Lollipop is officially released

39. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I've been saying 64bit is a big deal since last year. Of course I was s**t on by idiots worshipping Qualcomm's 3 year old Krait re-hash of the day: but facts are facts. ARMv8 registers increase performance by 20-30%. Faster performance = more battery life as well. Race to sleep. There are no Air 2 or iPhone 6/6+ 32bit results because the 32bit version was only available while iOS 7 was in beta. Watching the benchmark scores jump on the Note 4 (Exynos) will be the ultimate vindication of what I've been saying for the last year.

42. Furbal unregistered

64bit and armv8 performance increases are not the same.

15. naganannan

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

The less you have in the box the easier it is to carry...

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Not surprising as it does not have to do as much as an Android device. Custom processor specifically designed for Apple products.

4. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The best combination for me is iPad Air 2 and note 4. My oh mine. Wish I had the money to buy both. IOS is more fun on iPad than on iPhone. I have never been attracted to android tablets. I feel android is supreme when it's on a phone such as the note 4. Nothing beats that phone hands down.

17. Charly.S unregistered

welcome to my world! that is the combination i just got 2 days ago :))) and it is a killer one! i feel exactly the same as you.

25. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Yes, Android wins for phones and phablets, iOS wins for tablets... So far. Lolipop just might change that. We will know soon enough.

51. navysandsquid

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

when did android win phones?? im confused.

6. shiv179

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

What was the need for a tri-core CPU and 2 GB of RAM? I would have expected some sort of split screen multitasking.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still great since more apps and webpages can be stored in memory and wont need to reload when you switch back Though still disappointed there's no split screen multitasking (also needs to be properly added to Lollipop as well)

29. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

For when devs start to produce quality gaming experiences using Metal and the like...

40. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Future proofing. Continuity and Handoff is the defining feature of iOS 8. Split screen will likely come in iOS 9 when larger devices on iOS are the norm.
iPad Air 2
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8X, Triple-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 7340 mAh

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