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Apple iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 – Are You Looking For a New Tablet?


Apple’s tablets have something in common: a metallic design which denotes high quality. So far, Google released four tablets and the Nexus 9 was built by HTC, a growing Taiwanese company that was given the chance to test the latest Android Lollipop on its tablet. Below, you’ll find a comparison between Apple’s premium iPad Air 2 and Google’s budget-friendly Nexus 9.


The iPad Air 2 comes with an aluminum body available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colors, it’s very thin at 6.1mm and tall at 240mm. The WiFi model weights 437grams, while the 3G/LTE model is 7grams heavier. Also, the home button below the screen hides the popular fingerprint sensor which is used to lock/unlock the device.

The Nexus 9 has a less inspired design, featuring as matte plastic back with brushed metal sides, it’s thicker at 8mm and has a height of 228.2mm. Its WiFi variant weights 425grams, while the 3G/LTE model is 9grams heavier. This tablet is available in Indigo Black, Lunar White and Sand colors.


The Air 2 is larger, therefore it’s display is sized at 9.7inches, using LED-backlit IPS LCD to provide a decent resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264ppi. The front panel has a layer of scratch-resistant glass on top of it and benefits from anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating. Remember that lately, Apple has been using Retina displays with a “pixellation” effect (the eye can’t discern the individual pixels at a normal viewing distance).

The Nexus 9 is fitted with an 8.9inches IPS LCD screen that supports the same resolution, but its pixel density is denser (281ppi) and uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches.


The Air 2 has the latest Apple A8X chipset that is powered by a Triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and has 2GB of RAM and storage options of 16/64/128 GB, unexpandable. The Nexus 9 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver processor that is backed by Kepler DX1 graphics and 2GB of RAM and the WiFi variant houses 16GB of internal storage, while the LTE variant has double its capacity.

The Nexus 9 tablet supports most of the latest games, thanks to the Kepler GPU, while GPU from inside the Air 2 is 2.5x faster compared to the previous model. Also, the A8X processor, which uses 64bit architecture, is 40 percent faster.


Both tablets have rear cameras of 8MP with a f/2.4 aperture, but the Air 2 lacks LED flash. It compensates with other features, a Burst Mode catching high-speed motion, it can shoot 43MP panoramas and slow motion videos. The front camera is 1.2MP and has f/2.2 aperture and HDR. The Nexus 9 has a 1.6MP secondary camera with the same aperture.


The Nexus 9 is kept alive by a 6,700 mAh battery, which lasts 9.5 hours when playing videos, or 8.5 hours when browsing over LTE. The iPad Air 2 lasts around 10 hours in similar conditions with its 27.3 Wh battery.