Apple iPad Air 2 64GB
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The lightweight iPad Air 2 is a real heavyweight performer

We’ve seen Apple’s tablets shrink in size and weight over the years, and the iPad Air 2 is the lightest and most user-friendly version yet. Weighing a mere 437 grams - less than a pack of butter - the iPad Air 2 is close to being a perfect tablet.

Apple has really ramped up the performance of the iPad processor, making it a whopping 40% faster than its predecessor. Combined with 2 GB of RAM and 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the iPad Air 2 approaches the power, speed and capability of a laptop. The redesigned 9.7” retina display is an improvement on what was already a very good high-resolution screen, producing vibrant colours, deeper blacks and enhanced contrast, while a new anti-reflective coating gives the iPad Air 2 one of the least reflective displays of any tablet available in the UK.

Combined with its raw power and a new and improved chip for graphics features, viewing games or movies on this device is a real pleasure. Movie and games fans will also appreciate the iPad Air 2’s double antenna for wireless internet connection, which gives faster download times and a smoother web-surfing experience. Downloading movies and streaming videos can be done in half the time taken by its predecessor, and although the iPad Air 2 can’t yet compete directly with dedicated consoles for gaming, it’s not far behind.

Another area of considerable improvement is the standard of the inbuilt cameras. The iSight camera, with its upgraded sensor and variety of interesting features (including time-lapse videos, panoramic options, and slo-mo, amongst others), gives an enhanced optic experience even in low light. The front-facing camera also delivers greater detail than in earlier models, making Face-Time chats sharper and selfies top-notch.

The iPad Air 2 is preinstalled with a number of powerful apps that help with everyday activities, from web surfing, emailing, and editing photos or videos, to running office applications and reading books. Thousands of other apps are available to download via the iTunes store. Touch ID technology requires a fingerprint to make purchases, providing a process that is both simple and secure.

Finally, it must be mentioned that iOS 9, the iPad Air 2’s operating system, is extremely user-friendly and intuitive. The Apple iPad Air 2 certainly isn’t cheap, but you really get what you pay for. In this case, possibly the lightest and most powerful tablet in the world.

Product

Product name
iPad Air 2 64GB

Product properties

Operating System
Apple iOS
OS Version
Apple iOS 8
Screen Size
9.7 "
Screen Resolution
2048x1536 pixels
Pixel Density (PPI)
264
Screen Type
LCD (LED) / TFT
LED-Backlit
Yes
IPS Panel Screen
Yes
Memory Size
64 GB
System on Chip (SoC)
Apple A8X
Processor
Apple
File Formats
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Camera

Number of Cameras
2
Megapixels
8.0 Megapixels
Megapixels Front Camera
1.2 Megapixels
Video Resolution
1080p

Wireless

802.11ac
Yes
802.11n
Yes
802.11g
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Connections

USB
Yes

Power source

Battery Type
Li-polymer
Battery Time
Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

Measures

Height
240.0 mm
Width
169.5 mm
Depth
6.1 mm
Weight
437.0 g