The iPad arrived and it's an Air 2

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The iPad I received from family to use for a few months came in the post and after expecting it to be an Air, it turned out to be an Air 2 - I know because it's Gold!

The screen is brilliant. Multitasking is brilliant. Speed is still fantastic to me. The only problem is its a 16GB and I most likely will have to give it back in a few months.

This screen though, never have I had the pleasure of working on something so stunning.

When the time comes to buy my own device at the end of the year, it was going to be an iPad 2017 with max memory and a Logitech keyboard. Will I be able to adapt to its inferior screen easily? I'm not sure just how different it must be. What do you think?

This came with an unbranded keyboard case, which is doing the job but cannot keep up with my typing. Plus on Word and similar apps the keyboard on screen keeps popping up and it's annoying.. will a Logitech or even Apple Smart Keyboard Case fix this? (I'm aware the Smart Keyboard is only for Pro, so if this is the case I will consider spending more for it). My iPhone SE screen is great and I know it's not lamminated so maybe the 2017 iPad is still my best choice.

Overall please. 2 weeks into iPad only and no Mac and I still haven't looked back. Hope this continues and iOS gets better yet in October of this year :)
 
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The iPad I received from family to use for a few months came in the post and after expecting it to be an Air, it turned out to be an Air 2 - I know because it's Gold!

The screen is brilliant. Multitasking is brilliant. Speed is still fantastic to me. The only problem is its a 16GB and I most likely will have to give it back in a few months.

This screen though, never have I had the pleasure of working on something so stunning.

When the time comes to buy my own device at the end of the year, it was going to be an iPad 2017 with max memory and a Logitech keyboard. Will I be able to adapt to its inferior screen easily? I'm not sure just how different it must be. What do you think?

This came with an unbranded keyboard case, which is doing the job but cannot keep up with my typing. Plus on Word and similar apps the keyboard on screen keeps popping up and it's annoying.. will a Logitech or even Apple Smart Keyboard Case fix this? (I'm aware the Smart Keyboard is only for Pro, so if this is the case I will consider spending more for it). My iPhone SE screen is great and I know it's not lamminated so maybe the 2017 iPad is still my best choice.

Overall please. 2 weeks into iPad only and no Mac and I still haven't looked back. Hope this continues and iOS gets better yet in October of this year :)
And to think...you could have had this more than 2 years ago!

The vibrating speakers might have been a sore spot though. Thankfully, we have other options since.
 

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And to think...you could have had this more than 2 years ago!

The vibrating speakers might have been a sore spot though. Thankfully, we have other options since.
I was never bothered by the speakers in the Air 2. With 4 speakers in the Pro it must vibrate even worse.
 

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I was never bothered by the speakers in the Air 2. With 4 speakers in the Pro it must vibrate even worse.
Nope... Air 2 vibrated annoyingly and the glass seemed to 'bounce' when tapped. The Pro glass is solid and the speakers are vibration free, although I use it mostly with wireless headphones.
 
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Correction. Speakers work if I'm in YouTube or settings changing sounds but not when interacting with the device (i.e. keyboard clicks, lock sound, games, etc.).

I've been over the damn thing a ton of times looking for a vibrate switch but it seems they got rid of that. Can't think of any other reasons why this stuff wouldn't be working.
 

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Correction. Speakers work if I'm in YouTube or settings changing sounds but not when interacting with the device (i.e. keyboard clicks, lock sound, games, etc.).

I've been over the damn thing a ton of times looking for a vibrate switch but it seems they got rid of that. Can't think of any other reasons why this stuff wouldn't be working.
Those sounds are a setting in Sound. They must be toggled off
 

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Nope... Air 2 vibrated annoyingly and the glass seemed to 'bounce' when tapped.
Are you sure you're referring to the Air 2 here? As far as I know the Air (I have one) has this weirdly soft display, but not the Air 2 as they removed the air gap there.
 
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My wife got the new iPad 2017 today. I have an older Air 2. The speaker vibration is one of those issues people like to make a big deal out of which isn't a big deal at all. It's barely a minor deal. Regardless, on to the comparison of the two iPads:

1 - if you look at both the Air 2 and the 2017 model, it's noticeable how much better and less reflective the Air 2 screen is. But if you're not comparing them side by side, the 2017 screen looks gorgeous.

2 - yes, the air gap is back in the 2017 model and yes along with that comes the plastic-y sound when you tape the screen. A minor annoyance.

3 - the speed difference is noticeable. The Air 2 isn't on its last legs, but it's close. The 2017 model is fast. Very fast.

My wife is very very pleased with her purchase, as I imagine a great many people will be. She didn't need all the extra crap you get with the Pro. She would have preferred a laminated screen, but what she got isn't the end of the world.
 

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I was never bothered by the speakers in the Air 2. With 4 speakers in the Pro it must vibrate even worse.
I was also never bothered by the speakers in my iPad Air 2.

But the speakers in the iPad Pro line don't vibrate very much. Mainly because the sound is balanced equally and there are carbon fiber caps there over the speakers that help put a damper on the sound from vibrating and amplify the sound throughout. It's actually very well-balanced and fairly impressive sound exhibited from the iPad Pro.

http://www.designntrend.com/article...ign-four-speaker-audio-setup-huge-battery.htm

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Pro+12.9-Inch+Teardown/52599
 

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The iPad I received from family to use for a few months came in the post and after expecting it to be an Air, it turned out to be an Air 2 - I know because it's Gold!

The screen is brilliant. Multitasking is brilliant. Speed is still fantastic to me. The only problem is its a 16GB and I most likely will have to give it back in a few months.

This screen though, never have I had the pleasure of working on something so stunning.

When the time comes to buy my own device at the end of the year, it was going to be an iPad 2017 with max memory and a Logitech keyboard. Will I be able to adapt to its inferior screen easily? I'm not sure just how different it must be. What do you think?

This came with an unbranded keyboard case, which is doing the job but cannot keep up with my typing. Plus on Word and similar apps the keyboard on screen keeps popping up and it's annoying.. will a Logitech or even Apple Smart Keyboard Case fix this? (I'm aware the Smart Keyboard is only for Pro, so if this is the case I will consider spending more for it). My iPhone SE screen is great and I know it's not lamminated so maybe the 2017 iPad is still my best choice.

Overall please. 2 weeks into iPad only and no Mac and I still haven't looked back. Hope this continues and iOS gets better yet in October of this year :)
I don't think you'll be able to go back to the worse screen, it's just too noticeable. That's the one thing I hated about the Air back then, and was glad to upgrade to the Air 2 when that came out. If you can, go ahead and get a Pro, maybe make payments through your carrier or something to afford it. You'll be glad. True tone display!
 
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