Is iPad Air 2 The Best Tablet?
With the internet going abuzz with Apple’s recent product announcement, we took some time to review the iPad Air 2. iPad Air was a great leap in design. iPad Air 2 certainly has many improvements. But has Apple done enough?
After considering and reviewing many competitors, we believe iPad Air 2 is the king of the tablets for now.
At only 6.1mm it is a very sleek but powerful tablet and weighs less than a pound. You won’t have to think twice about carrying it around.
Another great thing about iPad Air 2 is that the images look sharper and more alive. Apple has done some magic to get rid of some layers and bring the display much closer to the surface. So close, you almost feel it.
It is much more sensitive than the previous versions – so it tracks your finger more quickly even during those quick gestures.
Glare reduction by almost 56% makes everything more readable/viewable in almost any viewing condition.
The new A8X chip delivers 4o percent faster CPU performance than previous iPad Air (which had an A7 chip), making it one of the fastest tablets around. The A8X chip also delivers 2.5 times the graphics performance than its predecessor.
Apple has revamped the iPad Air 2 cameras with advanced optics, improved sensor and more powerful image processor. You can now take better-than-ever pictures with both the 8 megapixel iSight camera in the back and FaceTime HD camera in the front.
The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. According to Apple:
“The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.”
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the latest Apple products, including iPad Air 2 is the Touch ID technology. You can use your fingerprint to unlock the device as well as make secure purchases in iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. No need to enter passwords over and over. Other merchants are also quickly jumping on the wagon to take advantage of Apple Pay and integrating it as a checkout option.
Bottom line, you will love this device. It will let you do whatever it is that you do – better, faster and with much more pleasant experience.
It’s available for preorder from the Apple store. You can get it in silver, gray or space gray. Pricing starts at $499 for 16GB, 64GB costs $599 and 128GB is $699. Getting cellular connectivity will cost you $130 more.Buy on Apple for $499
Other Tablets That Are Also Great
Google's HTC Nexus 9 Tablet
If you have a decent Android tablet for now, there is no point to rush to get one. With the recent release of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, other manufacturers are upping their gaming and releasing newer tablets.
Google’s HTC Nexus 9 is an all-around awesome tablet that will make Android lovers very happy. It’s not available for sale yet but you can preorder through Amazon right now. Preorders started October 17 and public release date is scheduled for November 3.
Nexus 9 is beautifully designed with soft grip back, subtle curves and brushed metal lines sporting a slim profile.
The display is awesome at 8.9″ of screen arena – big enough to watch, work or play. It also boasts a 64-bit processor to get you going without hiccups – no matter what you are doing.
The front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers give you crisp, clear sound that is more immersive, layered and distortion-free.
This is a great alternative to the iPad Air 2. You can preorder 32GB Nexus 9 from Amazon for $479.99 ($399.99 for 16GB). It’s available in black and white.
Nexus 7 from Google
If you do not own a tablet and want to get your hands on something right away, we recommend getting the Nexus 7.
If you don’t mind the 7 inch screen, the display is great. The clean, simple design featurs a slim body that sits comfortable on the palm of your hand.
ASUS packed in a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM to make the table run like a fine oiled machine. It’s smooth and fast enough to do most of your tableting activities.
It’s lighter than most of the tablets and has plenty of battery juice to get you through the day.
If you are not in a hurry, wait for Nexus 9, otherwise get the Nexus 7 – it will keep you happy.