1. Flow39's Avatar
    iPad Mini 2 was the first tablet I owned, then upgraded to the Air 2 this year and love it! I definitely couldn't go back to Mini, and the 2 GB of RAM is awesome! Performance wise, I haven't had any hiccups even playing games like Modern Combat 5.
    12-24-2014 12:49 PM
  2. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    Exchanged mine for a 13" MBA after < 3 days. For what it costs, it's not worth it (for me). It basically functions like a HUMONGOUS iPhone and if you have an iPhone 6 Plus the iPad feels extremely redundant.

    Really, it had me thinking why I bothered getting the phone, and if I were to keep the phone why I bothered getting the Tablet. Continuity is nice, but it only exacerbates the issue because then the iPad can totally replace the phone for 95% of what the phone does (usability-wise, but then there's the caveat that you need an iPhone so you feel tied into wasting cash...). I like to see $800+ purchases get full use, so that I can feel like I'm getting my money's worth. I started to feel jipped with the iPad, and I couldn't feel comfortable keeping it.

    There was no way I was going to get rid of my i6+, so something had to give.

    Also, the Cameras on it weren't all that great, especially if you have an 5S or 6 [Plus]. The difference in quality is kind of amazing and so I would never use them - and it was one of the main selling points of the newer iPad. I use my smart devices to record video for analysis so having the big screen was kind of enticing, but the black bars and the amount of VIBRATION this device does when playing any sort of sound (even ringtones) is just unacceptable. Really, it vibrates like a 10 year old car when playing anything...

    So, I took it back and got a 13" MBA, which feels just as portable to me, except typing is amazing and I can run full apps on it. Continuity and Handoff still work flawlessly. I'm liking it, but I'm still keeping my Windows Notebook around to run Video Analysis and Gaming Software (Windows-only).
    01-01-2015 10:07 PM
  3. Flow39's Avatar
    Exchanged mine for a 13" MBA after < 3 days. For what it costs, it's not worth it (for me). It basically functions like a HUMONGOUS iPhone and if you have an iPhone 6 Plus the iPad feels extremely redundant.

    Really, it had me thinking why I bothered getting the phone, and if I were to keep the phone why I bothered getting the Tablet. Continuity is nice, but it only exacerbates the issue because then the iPad can totally replace the phone for 95% of what the phone does (usability-wise, but then there's the caveat that you need an iPhone so you feel tied into wasting cash...). I like to see $800+ purchases get full use, so that I can feel like I'm getting my money's worth. I started to feel jipped with the iPad, and I couldn't feel comfortable keeping it.

    There was no way I was going to get rid of my i6+, so something had to give.

    Also, the Cameras on it weren't all that great, especially if you have an 5S or 6 [Plus]. The difference in quality is kind of amazing and so I would never use them - and it was one of the main selling points of the newer iPad. I use my smart devices to record video for analysis so having the big screen was kind of enticing, but the black bars and the amount of VIBRATION this device does when playing any sort of sound (even ringtones) is just unacceptable. Really, it vibrates like a 10 year old car when playing anything...

    So, I took it back and got a 13" MBA, which feels just as portable to me, except typing is amazing and I can run full apps on it. Continuity and Handoff still work flawlessly. I'm liking it, but I'm still keeping my Windows Notebook around to run Video Analysis and Gaming Software (Windows-only).
    You could run Boot Camp to use those Windows applications on a Mac if you wanted to
    01-01-2015 10:35 PM
  4. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    You could run Boot Camp to use those Windows applications on a Mac if you wanted to
    There are known issues with one in particular and the company does not give support if you're running under Bootcamp on a Mac. Plus, I'm not paying for another Windows license and I hate dual booting.

    Additionally, the GPU in MacBooks won't really cut it for the types of games and video analysis software I run on the Windows PC. The Analysis software would lag when Analyzing high FPS Full HD video and I'd lost a ton off my frame rate in 3D games.

    The MacBook will be my daily driver PC, but for those tasks the Windows Notebook is really the superior option


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    01-01-2015 10:41 PM
  5. rgough305's Avatar
    I'm still on the fence to purchase an iPad Air 2. I currently have an iPad 2 and an iPhone 6 Plus; my iPad 2 is running 7.1.2 as I didn't want to upgrade to iOS 8 due to the performance issues, etc. Now I'm running into apps not updating due to the OS and/or hardware! I really love sitting in bed reading on my iPad, the iPhone is just a bit too small for my old eyes but I fear in a few months the iPad 2 will become obsolete with updates. I'm sure the upgrade would be spectacular especially going from non-retina to full on retina.
    01-16-2015 12:58 PM
  6. Frost Forged's Avatar
    I sold my Mini 2 and upgraded. It is definitely worth the upgrade!
    I just did the same thing.
    01-18-2015 10:26 AM
  7. Flow39's Avatar
    I just did the same thing.
    Nice! I really liked the Mini, but the bigger screen was something I really wanted. The 7.9" display isn't big enough in my opinion.
    01-18-2015 12:49 PM
  8. devarty's Avatar
    I realized, I don't use Touch ID after I got Smart Cover, not sure if it's needed there after all.
    01-18-2015 02:13 PM
  9. boogas8's Avatar
    I'm still on the fence to purchase an iPad Air 2. I currently have an iPad 2 and an iPhone 6 Plus; my iPad 2 is running 7.1.2 as I didn't want to upgrade to iOS 8 due to the performance issues, etc. Now I'm running into apps not updating due to the OS and/or hardware! I really love sitting in bed reading on my iPad, the iPhone is just a bit too small for my old eyes but I fear in a few months the iPad 2 will become obsolete with updates. I'm sure the upgrade would be spectacular especially going from non-retina to full on retina.
    It's only becoming obsolete because your letting it become the that way. I'm using iOS 8 on my iPad Air 2 and it works great.


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    01-19-2015 07:43 PM
  10. Ed Boland's Avatar
    I bought my girlfriend the first iPad when it came out, so I've had experience with one being around the house, but this iPad Air 2 is the first iPad of my very own, and I've gotta say; wow! What a beast! Impressive power, amazing screen, just a beautiful piece of hardware!
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    01-22-2015 08:28 AM
  11. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I bought my girlfriend the first iPad when it came out, so I've had experience with one being around the house, but this iPad Air 2 is the first iPad of my very own, and I've gotta say; wow! What a beast! Impressive power, amazing screen, just a beautiful piece of hardware!
    I totally agree with this post....SMILE
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    01-22-2015 09:13 AM
  12. shanghaichica's Avatar
    I'm still on the fence to purchase an iPad Air 2. I currently have an iPad 2 and an iPhone 6 Plus; my iPad 2 is running 7.1.2 as I didn't want to upgrade to iOS 8 due to the performance issues, etc. Now I'm running into apps not updating due to the OS and/or hardware! I really love sitting in bed reading on my iPad, the iPhone is just a bit too small for my old eyes but I fear in a few months the iPad 2 will become obsolete with updates. I'm sure the upgrade would be spectacular especially going from non-retina to full on retina.
    But to be fair the iPad 2 is almost 4 years old. It was released in 2011 and will be supported up until Fall of 2015. That's pretty good going. Money well spent I'd say.
    02-01-2015 03:19 AM
  13. Evilguppy's Avatar
    Upgraded yesterday from iPad Air to Air 2.

    Speed: Amazing
    Display: it almost looks 3D, I can read it comfortably without my reading glasses
    No freezing, it's very smooth no matter what I do.
    Even lighter than the previous one.
    Love touch id.
    Improved keyboard.

    Just awesome on every level.
    02-06-2015 09:23 PM
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