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90
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

The iPad Air 2 is Apple's most powerful tablet yet, and is incredibly thin and light. It's a solid upgrade over last year's Air, and should definitely be one of your top tablet considerations.

Pros
  • Beautiful, thin aluminum design
  • Incredibly powerful A8X chip
  • Touch ID included
  • Upgraded camera
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • Some will miss the mute switch
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Scores

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90
 

User Reviews

90
Texcess
With the inclusion of Touch ID, 2GB of RAM, the power of A8x, and 802.11ac w/mimo,...read more
90
George Fuest
This is without doubt the best tablet I have ever used, however there are some...read more
100
Gabriel Lowe
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Model
16GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (8)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Other features

Screen size
9.7 inches
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Fingerprint reader
Yes

Location

Location support
Yes (Wifi loc, Compass)
Model
64GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (8)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Other features

Screen size
9.7 inches
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
128GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (8)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (128 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Other features

Screen size
9.7 inches
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
16GB LTE

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (8)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Other features

Screen size
9.7 inches
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
64GB LTE

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (8)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Other features

Screen size
9.7 inches
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
128GB LTE

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (8)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (128 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Other features

Screen size
9.7 inches
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes