Wednesday, February 24

Review: Apple iPad Air 2 9.7” 64 GB Tablet with Wi-Fi


The first-generation iPad Air was designed to be the definition of an ultra-portable tab and, somehow, Apple has managed to build a tablet that is even lighter – weighing only 437 grams – than its predecessor; but, is making this iteration of the Air – even more lean – really a good idea?

At first glance, it’s pretty difficult to spot a difference between the Air 2 and its predecessor, but you need to take a closer look.

This iteration packs a stronger, 8 MP, camera as well as more powerful chipset (A8X) – everything will run faster than ever before. If you spend a lot of time outside with your tab, the improved outdoor legibility will impress you.

Although it may not be evident from looking at the tab, upgrades have taken place and are noticeable in practice. When you combine this with the thinner profile and lighter weight of the device, you’ve got a powerful, ultra-portable, versatile tab that does everything that you need, and looks great while doing it! The iPad Air 2 won’t disappoint.

Key specs

  • 9.7” LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • Primary camera: 8 MP, autofocus
  • 2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, HDR, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
  • OS: iOS 8.1, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2
  • Apple A8X chipset
  • Triple-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon
  • Video: 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
  • Memory card slot: N/A
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Internal storage capacity: 64 GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 0, A2DP, EDR
  • 0, reversible connector
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (27.3 Wh)

Pros: Powerful A8X chip; solid build; beautiful sleek design; slim; lightweight; TouchID; better outdoor legibility; excellent battery life

Cons: Expensive; mute button is not well placed; no memory card slot

Verdict: 7/10

Apple iPad Air 2 9.7” 64 GB Tablet available from R9,399


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