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Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 – The Newest And Promising Tablets Compared


The Nexus 9 from Google and Apple’s iPad Air 2 are the most recent additions to the high-end tablet market, and both features great specifications that make it hard to choose. However, after checking out this comparison, you will hopefully be able to choose between the two easier. That being said, let’s dive intro specs.

Design and Display

Let’s start off with Apple’s device and say that the iPad Air 2 comes with a 6.1 mm thick body that weighs 444 grams. You can get it in either gold, silver or grey. The aluminum construction is also present on the Nexus 9, as the device is manufactured by HTC and comes with 7.9 mm in thickness, thus making the iPad the slimmer device. Its 436 grams however make it lighter than the iPad, and you can get it in black, white or a sand-looking shade.

The 9.7 inches of display are enough for the iPad Air 2 to take the lead in this department, as the Nexus 9 only features 8.9 inches. However, due to having the same 2048 x 1536 resolution, the Nexus 9 has a higher pixel density than the iPad Air 2, which is 281 ppi. The iPad only has 264 ppi.


GSM Arena points out that the new iPad Air 2 is the host of a dual core A8X processing unit running on 64-bit. The 1.4 GHz processing power supplier has to face the Kepler DX1 GPU and a 2.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver, which is the processing unit behind the Nexus 9. The Nexus has 2 GB of RAM that go along with the processor and 16/32 GB of storage. The iPad Air 2 comes with 16, 64 and 128 GB of storage.

Both devices use an 8 MP lens on the rear and can shoot HD video. The difference is made by the front facing camera which is of greater quality on the Nexus 9. The 1.2 GHz lens of the iPad couldn’t keep up with the 1.6 GHz of the Nexus 6.

Google’s tablet features a 6700 mAh battery that assures you of 8.5-9 hours of usage before finally turning off, while Apple’s device has a 10 hour guarantee.


The new iPad runs on iOS8, which is the latest installment from Apple. On the other hand, the Nexus 9 runs the latest Android Lollipop, so both devices benefit from the latest updates and options that their respective operating systems puts at their disposal.

The iPad Air 2 is available on for $355 while the Nexus 9 is around $400.