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Apple iPad Air 2 tablet is finally here, and considering its features, it is certainly the best iPad Apple has ever made. Compared to its predecessor, it is not only thinner and faster but also has a better camera, a less reflective screen, and comes with the Apple Touch ID fingerprint reader.
But how does this latest iPad compare with top Android tablets, such as Google Nexus 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5? Read on.
Apple iPad Air 2 is touted to be thinnest tablet at the moment. At only 0.24 inches thick, this tablet is thinner than even a pencil. It is 9.4 inches long and 6.6 inches wide and weighs only 0.96 pounds. The new Google Nexus 9 measures 9.0×6.1×0.31 inches, making it thicker but shorter than the Air 2. However, the Nexus 9 is slightly lighter than the iPad Air 2, weighing only 0.94 pounds. The Galaxy Tab S has a larger display compared to both the iPad Air 2 and the Google Nexus 9. Measuring 9.7×7.0×0.26 inches and weighing 1 pound, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is nearly as light and thin as the Apple Air 2.
The iPad Air 2 features a 9.7-inch 2048×1536-pixels LCD Retina display. Unlike iPad Air, Apple has removed air gaps between the layers of the display, making the screen thinner and making the content clearer and more vibrant. According to Apple, the screen of the Air 2 is also 56% less reflective than its predecessor, meaning glare from light will be less obtrusive. Google Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2048×1536 LCD display and so its screen should be as sharp as that of the iPad Air. Galaxy Tab S has a 10.5-inch 2560×1600 display. The Tab S’s screen uses Super AMOLED technology which produces vibrant colors, making the images and videos crisper.
iPad Air 2 runs on iOS 8 operating system. So it comes with all the best features of iOS 8, including notification panel widgets, Continuity mode and iCloud Drive. Nexus 9 is the first tablet to feature Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. The OS boasts many improvements, including enhanced multitasking, a cleaner design and interaction with other devices. The Galaxy Tab S uses Google’s Android KitKat OS with Samsung TouchWiz interface. However, TouchWiz is more complicated than unmodified Android.
The iPad Air 2 features new 8MP iSight camera, image processor, time-lapse video mode, 120 frames per second slow motion video mode, high resolution panorama mode and burst shot. Google Nexus 9 comes with an 8MP camera sensor and an LED flash.
The Tab S is equipped with an 8MP rear camera that delivers detailed images. It features multiple shooting modes, such as Auto, Shot, HDR, Beauty Face and More.
According to Apple, the Air 2 will give you 10 hours of web browsing before its battery is completely discharged. The Google Nexus 9 battery can allow up to 9.5 hours of web browsing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S can last up to 9 hours on a single charge when browsing.
The 16GB version of Air 2 costs USD499, the 64GB version costs USD 599 and the 128GB version costs USD699. For the LTE-equipped iPad version, each of these prices jump by USD130. The 16GB version of Nexus 9 costs USD399 and the 32GB version costs USD479. LTE-capable versions are only available in 32GB configurations and costs about USD599. The 16GB version of Galaxy Tab S costs USD499 while the LTE version with 16GB storage costs USD629.
Whether you decide to go with Apple or choose an Android system is up to you but we know which side of the fence we’re on!
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