A month or so after the original iPad was released, I bought one. It was incredible. And insanely heavy. But, I didn’t notice the bulkiness of it until much later. Then, it was was too new and magical.
I was one of those people who thought that the 10-inch screen was the perfect size. As was the large bezel around the screen. Why would anybody want a smaller tablet? It just wouldn’t be as usable, I argued.
Fast forward a few years, and I received an iPad mini for Christmas. Instantly, I realized just how wrong I had been. The iPad mini was so much more comfortable to hold — it felt insanely thin and light. It felt right.
When the iPad Air 2 came out, I felt conflicted. I wanted to get a new iPad, but the new iPad mini 3 was barely even touched, save for the addition of Touch ID. The iPad Air 2’s specs sounded incredible on the other hand… but, could I go back to a larger iPad and be happy? I decided I would never really know unless I gave it a try.
I’ve only had the iPad Air 2 a few days and haven’t spent much time using it. But, I can offer these initial impressions:
- It looks comically large! I guess I’ve just gotten too used to seeing iPad minis.
- It is insanely fast. All of the lag that I notice on my iPad mini and iPhone 5 is non-existent.
- The screen is incredible. The change from my non-Retina iPad mini’s screen to the Retina iPad Air 2’s screen is like day and night. It reminds me of how I felt when I first got the iPhone 4. Now that all my devices and displays are high-DPI/Retina, any non-Retina screen just looks fuzzy.
- It is surprising comfortable to hold and use. I had worried that it would feel too heavy and large, but so far that doesn’t seem to be an issue.
- Did I mention how comically large it looks? Oh, I did? Sorry. I suppose my mind will adjust to this eventually!
So far, I’m very pleased with the iPad Air 2 and am glad that I decided to give a larger iPad a try again. Does this mean that I won’t switch back to an iPad mini in a few years ago? Time will tell. But, in the mean time, I’ll be enjoying this comically large iPad.
Now I just need to wait for my custom Rickshaw sleeve to come so that I’ll have a safe place to stow my iPad Air 2 when I’m not using it!