iPad One of the most underrated changes in the air 2: The screen doesnt feel like plastic

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jacoblee23, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    That always for some reason bugged me about the air 1. I'm glad that this has been fixed.
  2. stringbeanie macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Southern California
    You are so right. I hated that about the first air. This is totally fixed now!
  3. Diversion macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Yup.. I noticed that back on my Air1 on Day-0 when I bought it.. It was the only thing I felt Apple cheaped out on on an otherwise perfect at-the-time tablet.. Glad they fixed that with a laminated display.. It's back where the iPad2/3/4 felt again.. Like glass!
  4. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    It's the main reason I upgraded.
    Hated the hollow tap on the Air 1.
  5. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    It's definitely improved, and time will tell how much for my usage.

    I was more concerned about the reduced angles, and internal reflection distortion than the tap.

    Actually, it was a bit shocking to me when I realized they downgraded from the previous generations, when the nice iPhone was superior this way.

    So they fixed it now.
  6. mattroman246 macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Amen to that
  7. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    The Air 1 screen feels really like plastic when you tap on it. The Air 2 completely fixed this issue and I like it so much!
  8. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    The Air screen felt fragile, I always felt I would break it. The new laminated screen on the 2 is just stunning. The colours are amazing.
  9. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Noticed same on Mini 2 after coming from an iPad 3. iPad 3 felt pleasingly glassy, Mini felt plasticky.

    Yet to get an Air 2, couldn't preorder as nobody in lately. Waiting fro cellular, which seem non existent at retail in the UK at the moment.
  10. cvdb1969 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2012
    South Yorkshire, UK

    If you have one nearby, you can get the cellular versions at an Apple retail store. John Lewis is currently sold out on those (at least 64 and 128 GB) but get new ones in daily.
  11. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    I noticed the solid screen on the Air 2 compared to the Air 1 as soon as I took it out of the box. It's much nicer for typing on now.
  12. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Cheers, but my local store Manchester Arndale appears to have had virtually none so far. What time do they get deliveries do you reckon? Typically, I can be there for 9am opening to see if they've any stock but Thu/Fri they had none. Didn't go Saturday.

    I've been keeping a close eye on John Lewis for a reserve and collect but not seen the one I want available, Space Grey 128gb cellular.
  13. cvdb1969 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2012
    South Yorkshire, UK

    Sheffield Meadowhall gets deliveries at different times each day apparently. They had an embargo until Fri afternoon before they were allowed to sell the cellular iPad Air 2. Arndale is quite busy, so I don't know. If you don't get it tomorrow morning I would be surprised if you don't get it in the late afternoon... Good luck!
  14. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    One of the reasons I returned it after owning it after only a few days. The main reason though is you get better portability with the Rmini in the same package except screen size.
  15. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007

    Thanks, I'll persevere.
  16. d123 macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2009
    Agreed, I actually returned my original Air last year and bought another iPad 4, that plastic feel and hollow noise it made when tapping on it was just too annoying.
  17. Habakuk macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2007
    Vienna Austria Europe
    Some more detail peeping

    iPad Air (1): When I tap on the screen it sounds (and maybe feels) a little "hollow", call it plasticky if you want, especially compared to the iPad Air 2.

    BUT if I press on the screen (displaying a bright, high-contrast photo, text, or a checkerboard-like graphic) firmly, looking from an extreme side angle: The Air 1 seems more sturdy, nothing to see at all (by pressing way too hard there will be some "lcd waves" showing up—I won't make this very hard test too often, not recommended). On the Air 2 you can see from that viewing angle a little bagging, buckling/bulging even on slight pressures (on ANY place, even near the bezel). You can't see that when you watch the screen normally (from above).

    Nothing groundbreaking, but it seems to be another "disadvantage" (not really…) for thinness.

    When the screen is switched off (blank, black) and you watch against something bright mirroring on the glass surface (no need for an extreme angle), the bulging on pressure is almost identical on both iPads. So I'm guessing that the surface material is the same.

    More comparing side by side: Brightness, colors and sharpness are exactly the same. The color temperature of the Air 2 is a tiny bit warmer altogether (this effect changed a bit with every new iPad—and I had them all). Viewing from side angles (landscape): Left/right: Air 2 a tiny bit better. Above/below: Air 1 a tiny bit better.

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