It is brilliant but don’t expect it to do anything new or anything different. The iPad Air 2 is still a tablet, not a tablet/laptop hybrid, and so it won’t quite serve as your fix for both productivity and entertainment like, say, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. On the other hand it’s a lot cheaper, and the Apple app store has a superb array of quality apps that let you do pretty much anything you want. Pair the iPad Air 2 with one of the better third party keyboards and it becomes a swiss-army knife of tablets.
The iPad Air 2 is a stunning tablet when it comes to design. Even thinner an lighter than its predecessor, Apple has managed to pack blistering performance and 10-hour battery life in a tiny package. The screen has been improved too, in ways that make it a joy to use.
The headline feature on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 is Touch ID – a feature that lets you unlock the tablet using your fingerprint. It’s about a lot more than that, though. Touch ID on the iPad Air 2 is all about Apple Pay and making it easy for you to purchase securely online at the touch of a button. Apple Pay is only available in the UK and US only at the moment, however.
The other thing to consider right now is that a new iPad is on the horizon. A new version is expected to launch in October, as is a larger iPad Pro model.
Are New Zealand or International models different in any way?
International models are brand new, genuine products. You may notice very minor differences when compared with local models, however, all international models are supplied with an Australia/New Zealand compliant generic charger and are perfectly suited for use in Australia or New Zealand
Why choose direct import?
By cutting out all the middlemen, we’re often able to sell the world’s biggest and best brands (like Apple, Samsung and Huawei) for significantly cheaper than local retailers.
Why are prices so low?
Being an online-only retailer allows us to cut unnecessary costs and keep costs down. We’re able to bypass agents, importers, wholesalers and distributors that are usually part of the retail process. By cutting out these expensive middlemen, we can pass the savings onto you, where they belong! It also means that we avoid the many costs involved with running bricks and mortar stores, resulting in even more savings for you.
Will delivery take longer?
In most cases, the delivery will be within 2 working days. However, for some models, it can take between 10-14 days. Please always feel free to check with the support team on delivery times if you are unsure.
Do direct import products come with a warranty?
Of course! All of Callcom’s direct import products are backed by a 1 Year Standard Care Warranty for your total shopping confidence and peace of mind.
he first iPad Air looks fantastic – the sleek aluminium design a departure from its chunkier predecessors. It’s a tablet that’s easy to handle, but that also has a refined air (no pun intended) of quality.
No reason to change what’s working, so Apple has kept a similar design for the iPad Air 2 – only it’s even better.
The iPad Air 2 is ludicrously thin at just 6.1mm, and light, too, at 437g. That’s a whole 1.4mm slimmer and 32g lighter than last year’s tablet. It’s not an unhealthy skinny, like some Sony tablet. The iPad Air 2 is rock solid – the aluminium back feels strong and has a slight grain that makes it easy to grip.
Touch ID is Apple’s fingerprint scanner. It works by securely storing your fingerprint on the device, so you can unlock the iPad Air 2 with a simple touch. It’s super-slick but it’s less useful on the iPad than it is on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Phones are unlocked a lot more often and are used one-handed, so it’s a neat feature on the iPad Air 2 rather than an essential one.
Apple has now allowed developers to hook into Touch ID so these days you can secure all your data on Evernote, for example, behind the peace of mind of your own, unique, biometrics.
Apple’s key reason behind adding Touch ID it to its latest tablets, though, is Apple Pay. Unlike on the iPhones, which come with NFC, you won’t be able to use an iPad to tap and pay in a physical store. You can use it to buy things online, though.
Add your credit card details to the iPad Air 2 and you’ll be able to use Touch ID to make purchasing dead simple. There are some limitations, though. Currently Apple Pay only works via apps, so you won’t be able to make purchases through a browser.
The other problem is that it’s not available in all regions yet, although you can now use it in the UK as well as the US.
Performance-wise, the iPad Air 2 is still perfectly acceptable even today. It uses the 64-bit A8X, a three-core chip clocked at 1.4GHz to 1.5GHz, coupled with 2GB of memory. When we first reviewed it, this made the iPad Air 2 the fastest tablet we’d seen, but it’s since been eclipsed by the iPad Pro series.
Having said that, performance is still great: it's on a par with the Google Pixel C, and it's better than rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and the Huawei MediaPad M3. In short, it's more than good enough for almost everything you’ll find in the App Store. If you want to push the boundaries of either games, video or photo manipulation, you’ll want the Pro, but otherwise the Air 2 is more than capable.
Apple has also slightly redesigned the volume buttons, housing them in a recess, rather than having each button poke through its own hole. There’s no difference in the feel, although the new design is a little more attractive and neater than the old.
Battery life, too, is solid. In our normal video-playback test, the battery lasted 9hrs 32mins running at a screen brightness of 170cd/m2. This is still a good result for a large tablet and, although the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Google Pixel C both last longer, you're unlikely to be disappointed. Combined with its excellent standby time (the iPad Air 2 barely sips power while it’s at rest), you’ll find you don’t have to charge this tablet too often.
And yes, you do get two cameras: one front-facing, for video-chat apps, and a rear one for taking pictures. The latter is an 8-megapixel camera that’s good enough for everyday use in daylight but suffers badly in low light. The software includes the ability to shoot panoramas, a 10fps burst mode, and of course 1080p video.
- 8MP rear camera is useful but shouldn't act as your main camera device
- 1.2MP front-facing sensor may sound poor, but works well for voice calling
The camera should never be your main consideration when you’re buying a tablet, but it’s a useful extra feature to have one on the front and another on the back of your device.
The new iPad comes with an 8MP shooter on the rear that can take detailed shots, but we wouldn’t recommend it over a smartphone; it can be difficult to hold the iPad to shoot with, and it certainly won’t suit you when you’re out and about.
The camera can be useful to shoot things around the home and then upload them directly to the apps on your iPad, though, so it’s good that Apple has included a capable shooter on the back of the new iPad.
The 3264 x 2448 resolution images are of decent quality and won’t embarrass you in the Social Media World. Don’t expect this shooter to compete with the camera on the iPhone 7, or most other modern phones though.
During our time with the new iPad we found the front camera to be much more useful.
As well as taking the odd selfie, you’ll likely use the 1.2MP front-facing camera to video chat with friends, or take photos for use on social media. That’s a pretty meagre resolution though, so don’t expect stellar image quality.
Why we still love it
- A9 64bit processor with M9 co-processor (faster - Apple reckons 1.6x faster for general processing - than the iPad Air 2's A8X.
- 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 (264ppi) touchscreen display (same specs as iPad Pro 2 but missed out on that device's True Tone display and anti-reflective coating)
- 32GB or 128GB of storage (the iPad Pro offers both of these, plus a very expensive 256GB option at the top end)
- 2GB RAM
- 8Mp rear-facing camera and 1.2Mp front-facing camera (compares to 12Mp and 5Mp respectively on iPad Pro. The new iPad also misses out on the Pro's Live Photos and Retina Flash features, and the rear-facing flash)
- 1080p HD video recording (the Pro offers 4K)
- Two-speaker audio (the Pro has four speakers)
- 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm; 469g/478g (it's heavier and thicker than the 9.7in iPad Pro - which measures 6.1mm and 437g/444g for the Wi-Fi and cellular models - but is the same length and width)
All our products are genuine and authentic, and to put money where our mouth is, this has a year’s long warranty is applicable for any product bought from Callcom. This is to recognize that sometimes things may go wrong but because the customer ‘s needs are always put first; we will go the extra length to ensure you get what you paid for.
This is the basic type of warranty automatically applied to all products. It covers issues of faulty items within the period of the warranty and any replacements or repairs done will be free of charge.
If the item stops working after some time, contact us immediately for support. Some issues can be quickly solved by our technical staff over the phone in which case further assistance isn’t necessary. If not, send the product to us via mail if you are far away or bring it yourself to our office.
Repairs may take time if the parts are not available locally but most of the time the repairs only take a few days. Once completed, we will contact you to collect the product or just mail it back to you.
When you receive your product and it doesn’t work, this is classified as a dead-on-arrival situation. In this case, return the product back to us within 7 days since purchasing it and receive an immediate replacement.
For further protection, an extended warranty covers more problems for added peace of mind. A 6-month extended warranty costs $50+gst and covers problems that may occur as a result of normal usage. These may include:
Wear and tear coverage: it’s easy to distinguish a new device from a used one based on the external wear signs. Further wear and tear occurs inside as a result of dust and moisture, which may lead to problems down the road.
On-site service: for bulky items, we come to you and offer our services hence saving you time and money.
No lemon guarantee: if you have already had the product repaired 2 times, the next time you face a problem, we will replace the entire product and avoid future problems.
$1,200 replacement: for repairs costing upwards of $1,200, the item will just be replaced with the same exact specifications to save time.
Countrywide coverage: this warranty offers you guaranteed service from any service centre or repair technician across Australia provided they deal with electronics.
Transferrable: this warranty is transferable in case you sell it of give it away. Just remember to send us a proof of transfer such as a receipt and contacting our customer care service team.
Health check: just like a medical checkup, you can send the product to us to examine any possibilities of an error with the parts.
There are still some exceptions that may not be covered by this warranty, and you can find the complete list here.
Excellent new iPad with 12 months warranty. Our friendly staff will take care of you right away. We will help you with anything you need including any questions you have concerning our warranty policy to give you extra peace of mind.
- Brand New Apple iPad 2017
- 12 months New Zealand warranty
- Data Link Kit