- Mar 6, 2015
How do people with both iPad Airs compare each other? Just curious...
I had both until recently. Right now, there is very little other than some games that run better/faster on the Air 2. The differences in size and weight can only be detected with a scale and calipers. However, if you are thinking of buying one now, the Air 2 is the only current iPad that's going to be able to use Split View. On the other hand, it's July and there's a good chance that there will be an Air 3 that's at least slightly spec-bumped in September, so if you're thinking about buying you might just wait another 2-3 months.
Buying the Air 1 right now would be very stupid - do not do it. It is not futureproof at all, while the Air 2 is.
To me it would be stupid considering the iPad Air 2 can be bought for the same price as the iPad Air 1 at Target this week.If you currently 'need' an iPad, buying an inexpensive basic Air 1 now has nothing to with future proofing (or being stupid), and everything to do with spending a minimum on hardware that 'will do for now', and saving your money for what soon will make the much more expensive iPad 2 yesterdays news.
To me it would be stupid considering the iPad Air 2 can be bought for the same price as the iPad Air 1 at Target this week.
Agreed. It will also depend upon what the Air 3 actually is. If the Air 3 has the same RAM as the Air 2, then purchasing an Air 2 (at the time of the Air 3's announcement) at a price lower than the Air 3 would be a wise purchase.Anytime, you can purchase an upgraded product of the one your interested in for the same price you would be wise (not stupid) to do so, and not just 'this week'.
However, buying a current model so close to the release of the next upgraded model still gives you very little in the way of 'future proofing'.
I'm going to be honest here, I own an iPad mini 2, have used the air quite a bit (friend owns one) but don't own an iPad Air 2. I've used one in stores though, and have read extensively about it.
Pros: Apparently has better battery, has side switch for quicker access to rotation lock/mute, cheaper, speakers don't vibrate entire iPad, no screen distortion issues.
Cons: Stuttery mess, reloads tabs and apps constantly, no Touch ID.
iPad Air 2:
Pros: Super smooth, fast, holds many apps and tabs in memory before refreshing, Touch ID, superior camera with burst mode and slo-mo, apparently louder and generally superior speakers, superior screen (feel and no air gap)
Cons: lacks side switch (not a big deal, everything is in control center) speakers vibrate device, gripping iPad in some places on back allegedly cause screen distortions, battery is not as good.
I would definitely pick the Air 2 over the Air 1 any day. Touch ID is awesome, and the device runs iOS like it should. The air just butchers iOS and dropped frames are just everywhere. The users who own air 1's, don't say this problem doesn't exist because I've demonstrated the EXACT same issues on EVERY A7 iPad I've touched. Clean/fresh installs, store models, friends' messy cluttered iPad, my iPad... It's all the same. You have to have reduce motion off, you have to have increase contrast on.
This is a fair comparison and pretty accurate although my safari experience hasn't been as bad as some peoples. The HUGE gorilla in the room regarding the Air 2 is that damned vibrating problem which is a deal killer for those of us that don't use headphones. I tried one way back during launch at my local store and it was extremely obnoxious. The entire chassis and screen resonated badly with basically any speaker volume beyond a bar or two. Just sucks that something seemingly so trivial KILLED the deal for me. They'll have to correct that or I just can't get on board. Hopefully the Air 3 tackles this problem.
I wouldn't draw that conclusion. We've been through this before a couple of times in the history of the iPad. Here's how it goes:I never watch a video or listen to music holding the iPad, it's always standing or resting on something so the vibration is a non-issue. I suspect more people use it that way than handheld, otherwise it would have been fixed.
If you currently 'need' an iPad, buying an inexpensive basic Air 1 now has nothing to with future proofing (or being stupid), and everything to do with spending a minimum on hardware that 'will do for now', and saving your money for what soon will make the much more expensive iPad 2 yesterdays news.
Especially when you consider resale value. The older tablet is going to lose a lot more value than the new model is going to when a brand new iPad is revealed.Well, if you could get an Air for like half price or or less or something, that would be one thing, but for only $100 less than a comparable Air 2, you be way better off getting a 2. With the 2 there's a good chance you could keep it for a couple or three years and not really feel you were missing out. With the original Air, you will soon want to throw it to the ground due to Safari basically not working for many sites due to constant hang ups and reloads. Not sure what it is that sites are using now, but it has crushed the dream of a small lightweight tablet that can use real websites for me. (Daily iPad Air user)