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iPad Mini vs Nexus 9 – Best Tablets Showdown

After being invaded with tones of rumors, the internet can breathe a sigh of relief, now that Google has finally unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet, which has a 8.9inches display and it runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Nexus 9 follows the mediocre Nexus 10, which didn’t live up to Nexus 7’s expectations. Learning from its mistakes, Google got up quickly and made a better tablet, with a bigger display which supports an excellent resolution of 20481536pixels. The device is powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and has 2GB of RAM, with storage variants of 16 and 32GB. On its back, the tablet features an 8MP camera and the front panel is fitted with a 1.6MP camera. As for the connectivity, the Nexus 9 supports 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC and the device is kept alive by the Li-Po 6700mAh battery with a 9.5-hour lifetime. On the front panel you’ll notice the dual speakers with HTC BoomSound.

This is how the Nexus 9 stacks up against Apple’s iPad Mini.

Hardware

As we already specified, the Nexus 9 comes with a 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit processor. The iPad Mini with Retina display also has a 64-bit processor, but it’s 1.3GHz Apple A7. However, the clock speed isn’t that important, nor is the RAM capacity, although the Nexus 9 has 2GB of RAM, with 1GB more than the iPad Mini.

Displays

The Nexus 9 has a bigger display than the Apple tablet with Retina display, whose size is 7.9inches. However, the screen resolution is the same on both tablets – 2048x1536pixels. From this point of view, the battle is won by the iPad Mini, because it sports a higher pixel density of 326ppi, compared to Nexus 9’s 287ppi. The displays are different when it comes to color reproduction.

Cameras

The Nexus 9 has a camera with a higher number of pixels, 8MP, compared to iPad Mini’s 5MP camera, but since the megapixels can’t make the difference, the picture quality lies on the cameras’ features.

Batteries

While the Nexus 9 claims to provide up to 9.5hours of multimedia usage, the iPad Mini delivers up to 10 hours of usage.

Prices

The 16GB variant of the Nexus 9 will cost 399 dollars and the 32GB model will be priced at 479 dollars, with 100 dollars less than the iPad Mini.

The 32GB LTE-enabled Nexus 9 will be priced at 599 dollars, while the 32GB LTE iPad Mini is 30 dollars more expensive.

The pricing for the WiFi + cellular version of the iPad mini starts at 529 dollars (16GB model), but Google won’t release a 16GB LTE-equipped Nexus 9.

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