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Apple iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 – The Battle of Tablets


Recently, Google unveiled its latest 8.9inches Nexus 9 tablet, made in collaboration with HTC, and Apple announced the 10inches iPad Air 2, but the battle is tight because there’s another competitor that aims for the tablet throne, Samsung’s Galaxy NotePRO 12.2.


The Nexus 9 is the shortest tablet, while the NotePRO 12.2 is the giant of this category. So, the Nexus 9 measures 228.25×153.68×7.95, the NotePRO 12.2 measures 295.6×203.9×7.95 and the iPad Air 2 is in the middle, with these dimensions 240×169.55×6.1mm. This order is exactly the same when it comes to weights, and for your knowledge, the Nexus 9 weights 425grams, the Air 2 is 12grams heavier, while the NotePRO 12.2 is very, very heavy at 750grams.


The new Nexus jumped from 7inches to 8.9inches and used an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1536x2048pixels and 245ppi. Google’s alliance with HTC was beneficial for the search engine company, which adopted the brushed aluminum on the sides. The iPad Air 2 has a bigger display of 9.7inches, which is LCD with Retina, supporting a resolution of 2,048×1,536pixels with 264ppi. Lastly, the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, as its name suggests, sports a 12.2inches display which is Super Clear LCD and has a quad HD resolution of 2,560×1,600pixels with 247ppi.


So, the Nexus 9 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 dual core 2.3GHz Denver processor and has 2GB of RAM, while the internal storage is available in variants of 16 and 32GB, unexpandable. The iPad Air 2 features a 64-bit A8X processor and teams up with a M8 co-processor and 1GB of RAM. The internal memories are limited at 16, 64 and 128GB, which means that the 32GB variant was eliminated and Apple raised the price for the 64GB by 100 dollars.

The Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 houses a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE model) or a 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 octa-core processor (WiFi and 3G models). But both variants have 3GB of RAM and internal memories of 32 and 64GB expandable up to 128GB.

The Tegra K1 processor from the Nexus 9 made a good impression, being above the A8 chip from the Apple device, according to the Geekbench testing.


All three tablets have 8MP back cameras with common features such as LED flash and autofocus. The previous iPad Air had a 5MP rear camera, but the new model uses the same f/2.4 aperture and many of the old features found on its predecessor – backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, HDR etc, but there was added a new feature – Burst Mode. The front camera was retained at 1.2MP. The Nexus 9 has a 1.6MP front camera and the rear camera has the same f/2.4 aperture. The Samsung tablet has a better front camera of 2MP and lots of features for the back camera, which makes it the winner of this category.


The previous iPad Air had a 25-watt hour (6,900mAh) battery, and the new model has a 27.3-Watt-hour battery which still allows 10 hours of multimedia usage. The Nexus 9 is powered by a 6,700mAh battery with 9.5hours of WiFi browsing or video playback/ 8.5 hours of LTE browsing. But the NotePRO 12.2 beats both of its competitors with the non-removable Li-Ion 9500 mAh battery.


The iPad Air 2, 16GB variant costs 499 dollars and you’ll add 100 dollars for each variant. The Nexus 9 16GB WiFi variant will be 100 dollars less expensive than the 16GB variant of the Apple tablet and the 32GB WiFi variant will cost 479 dollars. The prices for the NotePRO 12.2 tablet are: 649 dollars – 32GB WiFi and 749 dollars – 64GB WiFi.