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Nexus 9 vs. iPad Air 2 – Google vs. Apple: The Battle of Flagship Tablets By – Dec 21, 2014 0 1 SHARE

The last quarter of 2014 has been raining with numerous offers.

Neither Google nor Apple has failed to impress during this period and if you are the type who cares less about what you spend on buying something, these two tech giant companies have something you’ll definitely carry along with you.

Even though the Nexus 9 and the iPad Air 2 are no cheap gadgets, they are extremely elegant. Here is a closer look at these two flagship tablets from Google and Apple.

Designs of Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2

Google’s Nexus 9 is a product of HTC and it features a plastic design rather than go for metal, and so making this tablet more affordable. It has little differences from its predecessor Nexus 5, although Nexus 9 is bigger and with a soft-touch back panel featuring an angular design, rounded corners and a brushed metal finish on its sides.

The Nexus 9 measures 228.9 by 153.7 by 8 mm and has a weight of between 425-436 grams, depending on whether it’s the Wi-Fi or 3GTE variant.

The iPad Air 2 on the other hand is slimmer, with a measurement of 240 by 169.5 by 6.1 mm and a weight of between 437-444 grams, again depending on the different variants available. The body of this elegant device is covered in aluminum and it has premium finishes that give it less robust looks. This is the thinnest tablet there is today; but due to its metallic construction, it isn’t the lightest there is. You’ll also find the iPad Air 2 with the fingerprint sensor on the home button.


The tablet from Apple is larger than the Google product, with a screen size of 9.7 inches, which is 0.8 inches larger than Nexus 9. On the contrary, the two devices have similar a screen resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels; however, the Air 2 has a lower pixel density standing at 264 ppi as compared to 281 ppi of Nexus 9.

The iPad Air 2 comes with an IPS-LCD display screen with support for the Retina LED-backlit feature and an aspect ratio of 4:3. On the other hand, the Nexus 9 comes with an IPS-LCD screen that looks a bit sharper than its counterpart does.

Hardware and Software

Both Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2 come with 64-bit processors, where the latter features an A8X tri-core 1.5 GHz processor and an impressive RAM of 3GB. On the other hand, the Nexus 9 features an Nvidia Tegra k1 dual core Denver processor that clocks a speed of 2.3 GHz, a Kepler DX1 graphics and a RAM of 2GB.


The Nexus 9 is a lot cheaper than the iPad Air 2, starting at $400 for the 16GB model while the Air 2 starting at $500 for the 16GB model.

So, which one will it be? Will it be the smaller-sized and cheaper Nexus 9 or the larger iPad Air 2 which is about $100 more expensive? The choice is all yours!


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  • Katherine

    Well, I don’t
    think there is any big battle. Both the devices are best on their respective
    platform, whether I consider the big screen, higher resolution or their
    operation on latest iOS 8 or Android 5.0 version or either faster charging with
    high capacity based USB Wall Charger.

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