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Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB) vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)

Side by side comparison, pros, cons, differences between Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus devices with full specifications. What's the best?

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Compare Apple iPhone 7 Plus XApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)07Points
Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
22PointsApple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X
Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
5.5"
IPS

1080x1920

12
MP

7.1mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Quad

2900
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better device? Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal, so don't just evaluate it. Our goal is to help, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which is the best! Comment!

iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)7 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)vsiPhone 7 Plus (256GB)22 Advantages Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)20%
Thinner
vs7.3 millimeters (0.29 inches)
+1536x2048 pixels52%
Higher resolution screen
vs1080x1920 pixels
+9.7"76%
Larger screen
vs5.5"
+iPadOS 13Advantage
iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
vsiOS 13
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsproprietary audio output
+7340 mAh153%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs2900 mAh
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device
vsNot supported
1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Coresvs+2.34Ghz 64bit Quad-Core69%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
2GB LPDDR3vs+3GB LPDDR450%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking
128GB (117GB user free)vs+256GB (245GB user free)109%
More internal storage for applications and files
437 grams (15.3 ounces)vs+188 grams (6.58 ounces)132%
Lighter
264 PPIvs+401 PPI52%
Crisper display of text, images and video because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(back) 8MPvs+(dual camera) 12MP + 12MP200%
Higher resolution main camera
Not supportedvs+Quad-LED flashAdvantage
The Quad-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
Only digital zoomvs+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
Autofocusvs+PDAF: phase detection autofocusAdvantage
You with less worry when taking pictures with auto focus
EIS: Digital stabilizationvs+OIS: Optical stabilizationAdvantage
Image stabilization prevents blurry photos and helps in recording motion video
f/2.4 (aperture)vs+f/1.8 (aperture)33%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure
(front) 1.2MPvs+(front) 7.1MP5 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
Full HD (1920x1080)vs+4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
(front) HD (1280x720)vs+(front) Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
Not supportedvs+4G+ LTE-AAdvantage
The 4G+ LTE-A network is newer and faster
(Not supported) vs+(4G+ LTE-A) 450 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+ProximityAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Vibrating alertAdvantage
The vibration of the device aids in the use of several features
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
4.0 version A2DPvs+4.2 version A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.2 version A2DP is newer and faster
Not supportedvs+NFCAdvantage
NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securely
Not supportedvs+IP67 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example

22 Common items in both devices
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LCD IPS LED-Backlit
16 million
BSI sensor
HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front camera / HDR photo/video on both cameras
Capacitive
Multitouch
+15 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
ModeliPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Other model namesiPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), iPad 6iPhone 7 Plus A1661 CDMA, iPhone 7 Plus A1784
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateOctober, 2014September, 2016
Depth6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)7.3 millimeters (0.29 inches)
Size (width x height)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)77.9 x 158.2 millimeters (3.07 x 6.23 in)
Weight437 grams (15.3 ounces)188 grams (6.58 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedIP67 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1 meter and 30min
System (OS)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Operating systemiOS 8.0iOS 10
Firmware updateiPadOS 13iOS 13
HardwareApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)64bit - Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24 (16nm)
CPU processor1.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple CycloneQuad-Core, 2 processors:
2.34Ghz Dual-Core Hurricane
2Ghz Dual-Core Zephyr
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GXA6850 MP8PowerVR Series7XT Plus MP6
RAM memory2GB LPDDR33GB LPDDR4
Internal storage128GB (117GB user free)256GB (245GB user free)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Display typeTFT LCD IPS LED-BacklitTFT LCD IPS LED-Backlit
Screen size9.7" inches5.5" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~67.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1080x1920 pixels
Pixel density (dot pitch)264 PPI401 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassSapphire Glass
Mobile networksApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registered450/50 Mbps
Network technologyfeature not registered2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandNot supportedQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkNot supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900, CDMA 800/1900/2100 (A1661)
Primary 3G networkNot supportedA1661 model:
CDMA2000
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100

A1784 model:
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat9 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,17,18,19,20,25,26,27,28,29,30)
TD-LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600 (Bands 38,39,40,41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlNot supportedVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Back camera (main camera)8 megapixels(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MP f/2.8 56mm 1/3.6 telephoto
Main camera resolution3264x2448 pixels4608x2592 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedQuad-LED flash
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length31mm lens28mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/3" inches
Pixel size1.12µm pixel1.22µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraHDR photo/video on both cameras
2ª cameraApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels7.1 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels3072x2304 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length31mm lens32mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+MP3, WAV, AAC, eAAC, M4A
ConnectivityApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
USBMicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 Proprietary connector
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jackproprietary audio output
Bluetooth4.0 version A2DP4.2 version A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNASupportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedSupported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertNot supportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
Java / Flash playerNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint (front-mounted)
Accelerometer
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint (front-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD
- Colors: Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
- Oleophobic coating
- Simultaneous HD video and image recording
- 3D Touch display
- FaceTime
- Siri
- AirDrop
- iCloud
- NFC Apple Pay only
- New stereo dual-speaker system
- Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included
- WiFi hotspot
Power supplyApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
BatteryLiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity7340 mAh2900 mAh
Battery model / charger (watts)feature not registeredfeature not registered
Talk time autonomy600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day1260 minutes | 21 hours | 0.9 day
Standbyfeature not registered23040 minutes | 384 hours | 16 days
Radiation rateApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered