Say hello to the iPad Air 2, the Apple tablet that’s thinner than a pencil. I just held one at Apple’s event, and I have to say: oh gosh is it thin and light and gorgeous. Enough so, in fact, to completely overshadow the new iPad mini.
Not only is it way, way thinner than the smaller iPad mini 3 — and this will sound crazy — but it feels lighter too. Even though it’s nearly a quarter of a pound heavier, the 6.1mm-thin chassis is so thin and easy to lift with a single hand that it makes the mini seem downright fat by comparison. I feel like I could hold it over my head in bed without any worry of smacking myself. Not something I can say about any other 10-inch tablet.
And then there’s the screen. Oh, that lovely new iPad Air 2 screen. The iPad mini 3’s screen is certainly sharp, bright, and beautiful, but it has a visible air gap. The iPad Air’s display puts pixels right up against my fingers as I loft it effortlessly in the air.