Gift Monk’s iPad Air 2 Review: 4.5 / 5 Stars
What We Liked (Pros)
- The look: Apple’s product designers have been pumping out beautiful products for a while now and this does not disappoint. The iPad Air 2 is sleek (6.1 millimeter aluminum unibody) and light (less than 1lb). There’s no question you’re holding a premium product when you have it in your hands. We almost don’t want to put a case on it. Our review found that size-wise, it’s not too big and not too small; it has enough display area while still being convenient to travel with.
- The screen: When we powered up the 9.7 inch retina display (2048×1536 Resolution) for the first time, it was amazing how crisp and clean the images were. Visuals for movies, games and other media are stunning.
- Performance: With the new A8X chip, the iPad Air 2 is noticeably quicker than it’s predecessor and the smaller iPad Mini. So far, all apps (even some graphically intense games) we’ve downloaded have ran smoothly with no crash issues. With iOS 9, you can also now split screen your iPad and run two at the same time. For example, you can write your emails or tweet while watching tv on the other half of the screen.
- Battery Life: More the good enough for our usage levels. During our testing, we’ve gotten over a day of moderate usage without having to recharge at all. Apple advertises a 10 hour battery life.
What We Didn’t Like (Cons)
- Price: The base 16GB, WiFi only model retails at $499. We bought ours a bit cheaper on Amazon for $436.99. Either way, you’re paying for relative to the other tablets on the market. Even the accessories were expensive; we spent close to $120 between the Apple case and a screen protector.
- Hard drive options: Apple only offers a 16GB and 64GB version. 16GB is pretty small if you start adding photos and movies and the 64GB costs another $100. We think a 32GB (which Apple had for previous generations) version would be perfect.
- Processor heavy tasks (e.g., movie / photo editing) are still best handled on your laptop.
The iPad Air 2 is one of (if not the best) tablets currently in the market. Beautiful and powerful, it’s perfect to replace 95% of what you’d ever need to do on a laptop (email, social media, internet surfing, tv/movie watching). If you’re in the market for a new tablet and you’ve got the money for it (it is a bit expensive), the iPad Air 2 will not disappoint.