Australian T3 - - RATED -

rea­son the iPad Air 2 is such a great tablet is be­cause it’s an iPad. That’s not to say Ap­ple has a divine hold on what a good de­vice like this should be, but the com­bi­na­tion of ex­cel­lent apps and a very user-friendly in­ter­face in Ios 8 means that it still has the edge over its ri­vals.

Crit­ics will quickly flash out all the usual ar­gu­ments, such as, ‘Oh, but it can’t fully run all my PC soft­ware and it just can’t mul­ti­task prop­erly’, but the sim­ple fact is that it doesn’t need to. The iPad Air is a sling-in-your-bag, grab-for-en­ter­tain­ment de­vice that just begs to be played with.

Whether you’re us­ing it for gaming, read­ing, proof-read­ing a doc­u­ment or just want to sit and sigh wist­fully at your re­cent hol­i­day snaps, the iPad is adept at nearly ev­ery task, and if you fancy a lit­tle treat, it’s well worth the mod­est hit your wal­let will take to se­cure one. FROM $619, AP­PLE.COM/AU, OUT NOW LOVE Bril­liant screen and su­per-slim di­men­sions. Pow­er­ful en­gine. Tonnes of great apps HATE Pre­vi­ous Air is cheaper. Dis­ap­point­ing cam­era. Not the great­est bat­tery life T3 SAYS While not worth the up­grade if you bought 2013’s model, the iPad Air 2 is a bril­liant tablet that’s a plea­sure to use

The Air 2 is thin­ner than its pre­de­ces­sor, but main­tains its ten

hour bat­tery life

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