Product iPad Air 2
Specifications 9.7in 2048x1536 IPS LCD Retina display, Touch ID, triple-core 64-bit A8X processor, M7 coprocessor, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera with HD 1080p video, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 16GB/64GB/128GB internal storage, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, 4G LTE support, 10-hour battery life, iOS 8.1 mobile operating system, 240x170x6.1mm, 437g
Price From £399
THE IPAD AIR 2 is a tablet of firsts. It's the first iPad to come with a Touch ID sensor, the first to feature an anti-reflective display and the first to be made available in gold, following in the footsteps of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
It's also the first Apple device to feature the firm's new A8X processor, improving on the A7 chip found inside the original iPad Air.
Beyond this, however, the iPad Air 2 is largely the same as its predecessor, and many are likely to question whether it's worth throwing £400 at.
The iPad Air 2's main talking point is its slim profile, Apple boasting that at a mere 6.1mm thick, the tablet is the thinnest in the world. It's more than 1mm thinner than its predecessor, which measured in at 7.5mm thick, and perhaps more importantly in Apple's eyes, it's skinnier than the 6.6mm-thick Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
The iPad Air 2 is also lighter than its predecessor at 437g, compared with 469g, making it more comfortable to hold in the hand, and less of a burden to carry about in a handbag.
Beyond its slender and lightweight casing, the iPad Air 2 looks largely similar to the original iPad Air, which is by no means a bad thing. The tablet's casing is crafted from Apple's usual material of choice, anodised aluminium, which gives it an all-round high-end feel.
For those after an even glitzier feel, the iPad Air 2 is the first iPad to be made available in gold, a version which certainly won't appeal to all. We found the new colour option looked a little cheap compared with the space grey and silver offerings, but others in the office were impressed with its pale bronze hue.
While its design is largely similar to its predecessor, the iPad Air 2 has a Touch ID sensor, allowing users to unlock the tablet and purchase apps by scanning their fingerprint.
On paper, the iPad Air 2 features a screen largely the same as that on the original iPad Air - a 9.7in 2048x1536 IPS LCD Retina display. However, it's the first iPad to come with an anti-reflective display, which Apple has boasted reduces reflectivity by 56 percent, and makes the tablet easier to view under bright sunlight.
This anti-reflective coating was immediately noticeable. The glare from harsh office lighting that would typically bounce off the iPad and make the display difficult to view, appeared significantly reduced, and it also appeared less susceptible to natural light.
Glare hasn't been reduced completely, however, so users might still find themselves flocking back to their Kindle for outdoor reading.
Unfortunately, this new screen technology doesn't combat fingerprints, and we found the screen became smeared after just a few minutes of use.
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