For if the iPad Air sold well, thank you for it, the iPad Mini Retina constituted such a viable alternative – since virtually identical except for the size – and a little less expensive it ended up cannibalizing some of Sales of the large tablet of the Californian giant. It was necessary to give a little to the Air iPad personable and so that the iPad Mini 3 harvest an additional color and a fingerprint reader for almost only new attributes.
The iPad Air 2, he is renewed around 9.7 inch screen always “Retina” (definition 2048 x 1536 px) IPS panel which adopts a new manufacturing technique, treatment against reflections, mobile chip triple heart A8X Apple clocked at 1.5 GHz and with more RAM 2GB, not expandable storage capacity declined in 16, 64 and 128 GB, rear camera with a sensor 8 MP (video capture Full HD 1080p) and planed weight and thickness. The photo-video sensor retains 1.2 megapixel front, while wireless connectivity becomes infatuated with GPS, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac MIMO dual-band and Bluetooth 4.0.
Apple requires is iOS operating system that makes office, in the version 8.1.
The tablet is marketed in indicative price of € 499 for 16 GB and 605 and € 705 for models 64 and 128 GB. The Wi-Fi versions / 4G (compatible with all networks) are also sold for the price of 619, 725 and 825 €.
At first, we do not really note change in the overall design of the iPad Air 2, which displays lines similar to those of the iPad Air. However, by making the thinnest model (6.1 mm) and lighter (444 g) a first device already found extremely light and thin effect immediately once the product in hand. As with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2, heavier than a handful of grams only, one wonders in the first place if it is not a fake product.
This elegant approach to the barrier of 6 mm thick made a victim, the physical button to switch to silent mode disappears from the landscape and only remain on the straight side volume buttons.
The aluminum shell and all finishes and construction bring the usual seriousness of the iPad. Note that despite its thinness, the iPad Air 2 releases a lot of strength. If it already appears on the web iPad Air 2 copies of videos bent and broken, it should be noted that these experiments are performed under a strong constraint in the middle of the product or the sensitive point in all logic of the device . Demonstrations that are placed far, far away from the use of this kind of product (put in a bag on her lap on a support …). If the device undergoes a certain torsion under stress already pressed, you must want it to begin its integrity.
The central physical button wins the integration of touch-ID, fingerprint reader. Operation is identical to that offered on the iPhone 5s, iPhone and iPhone 6 6 Plus and the maximum number of fingerprints stored in the database simultaneously still tops out at five. Operation of Touch ID is very fast, a fraction of a second, identical to the latest Apple smartphone. Above all, the interest lies in the ability of the system to analyze a piece of print without the user having to apply. Simple, ergonomic and an advantage over its counterpart from Samsung developed on the Galaxy Tab S (maximum three fingerprints).
The frame does not change and despite the great melting measurements, very valuable, initiated by the Air iPad, there is still hope a waste of space “useless” on each side, especially the top and bottom in portrait mode. As it stands, this “Air 2” remains attractive and practical thanks to its neutral touch focus, Apple seems to be the only one wanting (power?) Use on the market. Remember that this is a feature that allows iProduits be seized firmly with the thumb on the screen while the slab that can interact with the other hand. Diabolically effective for all touchscreen device that does not fit in the palm of a mimine.
Finally, yes, the iPad 2 Air heaters. However, this heater shows minimal, little disturbing and localized at the right edge of the shelf. Absolutely nothing insurmountable on this point.
Apple significantly changed the formula for its 9.7-inch Retina display. If the firm remains IPS when Samsung recalls to the rescue, brilliantly, the AMOLED, the S Tab, it passes the second in design by providing a screen in one piece. Indeed, the iPad Air 2 LCD panel, touch layer and glass panel are one. A process that is already in the mobile and which, in addition to saving space, a theoretical leap in terms of responsiveness. In addition, Apple adds a unique anti-reflective, supposed to improve reading comfort.
To the naked eye as the probe, the Air iPad 2 screen severely drag the retina. High contrast and very correct brightness, while the color reproduction is faithful and very balanced. Finally, the contribution of the new construction of the slab is proved: the touch delay from 57 ms to 9 ms …! Never seen on the market. A jump of smart appearance, but which, coupled with a more powerful iOS 8 allows significant progress in reactivity (application launch, text entry screen keyboard …).
The great game of competitors, Sony (Xperia Tablet Z2) can count on its enormous brightness, Samsung (Galaxy Tab 10.5 S) on its infinite contrast, black and abyssal necessarily render balanced and Apple and its iPad Air 2 can certainly be based on continuity in the quality of display, color balance slightly stronger than in Korean, but also a real suppression of unwanted reflections which in turn propels the product market head on your reading comfort issues regardless of the environment.
iPad Air 2
On the left, the iPad Air 2, right, Air iPad. The action of the anti-reflective coating is evident with a purplish image printing.
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INTERFACE AND NAVIGATION 5/5
So iOS 8.1 iPad resides in the Air 2. The latest version as of Apple’s mobile OS has some interesting innovations. For beginners, know first of all iOS offers no real application system software menu. The applications are displayed via their icons on the home screen that can contain multiple pages, but also folders to store dozens of applications. Hand gestures, movement of the top of the screen down the notifications panel opens; Conversely open the notifications panel (connectivity, music player, brightness …) a downward movement from anywhere on the active screen Spotlight, search for content in the tablet ET Online.
The main new features of iOS 8.1 are supported for Continuity and Handoff, features that require the use, next, MacBook or iMac computers as well as iPhone and go through the iCloud service. These components are closer to iOS products, but these with Mac OS (OS X Yosemite). Continuity provides the ability to produce or play content in any continuity of a product / OS to another. Handoff opens the way for further sharing of communication.
If your iPhone is ringing in your pocket but you have your iPad in hand, you can take the call on the tablet. Ditto for the SMS (and no longer apply only iMessages), Web pages via Safari or Facetime calls. A function that is found in part on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, which communicates with smartphones Galaxy S5, S4, Note 3 and Note 4 via SideSync.
In addition to these new features, we find the usual Apple software offer its iOS products, namely availability without charge of the office suite iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers), video editors and picture iMovie and iPhoto or GarageBand music creation software.
Radius performance, we necessarily expect a significant increase in power from the new chip Apple A8X, which therefore means slightly more explosive than the A8 integrated in the new iPhone. As announced in the introduction of this test, the A8X heart goes triple (double heart on A8), while the iPad 2 Air inducts first Apple switching to 2 GB of RAM on a mobile product. In the field of hard-benchmarks, the iPad Air 2 crushes all competition, without multiplying hearts like hotcakes, almost (64000 Antutu on less than 340 on SunSpider, over 50 FPS on graphics benchs). Only the graphics via the 3D Mark application, prevents A8X to reign unchallenged, with a Tegra Tablet K1 Shield more to his advantage.
This is all well and good, but what counts in the end, it is the use made of this power. The latest iPad has always demonstrated, release date, exceptional fluidity and user experience to the few snags. This iPad Air 2 is no exception to the rule and the addition of any new technical elements (not counting the extreme reactivity to touch above) shapes a flash navigation, responsiveness still further. The product seems to have no flaw in its use and regardless of the use (greedy game, web, video editing, multitasking).
The radius of flats, one can only point the afterglow explained in the Screen section or the absence of a real multitasking, now known as Samsung make its Galaxy Tab upscale. However, the presence in the code of iOS 8 of certain tracks on this type of use portends the arrival of a multiple and simultaneous display of multiple apps.
Web browsing is still without harm one of the best on the market, if not the best. Fast and fluid, Safari now has continuity between iProduits use, but there is also Google Chrome, which also functions perfectly. With the definition of 2048 x 1536, zoom, too fluid and very accurate, is almost never necessary.
The media can be played in many ways. The user can decide to rely exclusively on pure world through Apple iTunes, monumental disco, its HD movies in original version with subtitles, or through third-party players like OPlayer HD, available on the Appstore and that add very simply the varied content in the device. At this level, the SD, HD or Full HD purr without jolting.
Next video game, the iPad Air 2 is in without difficulty as a war machine. The hardware platform A8X associated with 2GB memory offers one made of a rare fluidity, whatever the title, even ultra-greedy, launched on the machine. The weight down, as the thickness, must also be taken into account in the pleasure that can be felt to play with this product. Keep the tablet for minutes is not a problem, although it is often prefer the combination of a wireless gamepad for games very demanding. To date, there are still some optimizations to make games from developers, including a Bioshock iOS has decidedly difficult to get a beauty on the latest Apple devices.
The headphone output of the iPad Air 2 has all the features of the iPhone 6: a faithful reproduction of the signal along with a very good dynamic and a very minimal distortion (0.004%!). The only difference is in the power output, lower than in the last brand smartphone.
The two speakers placed on the bottom edge of the unit offer a correct reproduction of the signal and with little distortion. The maximum level is slightly higher than that of previous generations, including iPad Mini, and reveals a slight distortion when reached. But be careful to use the tablet in landscape mode (for games): one of the two hands will block the spread of speakers. There is also the resonance in the hull at full volume.
As the iPad are out, the difference between photographic capabilities slate and smartphone Apple is closing. Of course, we are not yet at the last iPhone 6 iPhone 6 and above More about this iPad Air 2, but the appearance of an 8MP sensor instead of the traditional 5 MP and the presence of a proposal almost similar software represent an evolution in weight for a tablet to use that picture seems to grow. Responsiveness, clarity, dive, iPad Air 2 surpasses already sufficient Air iPad. Better yet, reddish atmosphere it gives way to a more natural and without chromatic aberration almost. To the extent that it has an interest in use; this iPad can easily replace a good camera phone.
In low light, no miracle is near the foul (few details, noise, noise, noise) and only Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet with his now offers made more or less usable in these terms with its Exmor RS sensor. The movie mode is very honest, despite the lack of optical stabilization (digital here) and there are even Slo-Mo slow motion at 120 frames / s. Elements that, apart from the low-light performance, make this iPad Air 2 almost twin of the iPhone 5s photo. Effective.
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The front camera does not change sensor, which remains to 1.3MP, but increased in brightness and responsiveness. We note again that less latency on the iPad Air and overall quality, be it photo or video to video calls (FaceTime, Skype, Hangouts …), approximates that offer the Galaxy Tab S and Xperia Tablet Z2, two products that, with this Air 2, probably the best offer made for this purpose on the market for large tablets.
The iPad Air 2 integrates a battery with a capacity of 7340 mAh. If this is not the largest capacity that can be crossed on the market for high-end slate of more than 9 inches, Apple can rely on its hardware and software control to give birth, in theory, more autonomy that correct. And it has the obligation to be efficient since Apple to give birth to the design of this Air 2, has removed 1260 mAh capacity compared to the accumulator Air iPad! As each generation iPad, the California firm promises an average of 10 hours of operation and as each generation Apple stick more or less with his announcement. A mixed use (email, web, navigating the OS and apps, moderate games, video …), the iPad Air 2 reveals a less solid than the first coat iPad Air with a slightly higher 9am autonomy .
Classic video playback, slate expires however after running 24:15, while a continuous play on Netflix via Wi-Fi promises a little more than 10 hours of playback, about 10 episodes of a series TV. For pure video game, breaking the power of the machine coupled to the display inevitably causes a collapse of autonomy, with 3:20 to 6 hours of operation according gluttony practiced title. The day before the iPad Air 2 continues the performance of the Apple tablet, almost unique in their kind, since the device can remain for days without activity losing only two handfuls of battery points. As for the energy charge, a full course always asks between 3 and 3:30.