Tablet showdown: iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9
Apple has released the much-anticipated iPad Air 2, updating its beloved iPad Air with an all-new look and beefed-up specs. But how does the iPad Air 2 compare to Google's just-released Nexus 9 tablet?
Let's break down the specs and take a look.
There's not a great deal separating the two devices on this front. The iPad Air 2 has almost an extra inch of real estate on its rival, but pays for the additional screen space with a lower pixel density. Apple's number boasts a decent 264ppi, while the Nexus 9 just about trumps it with 281ppi.
Apple has bumped up the camera specs on the iPad Air 2, from 5 to 8 megapixels, with a whole host of "image optimisation" tools. If you were hoping for a higher resolution selfie-snapper, though, you're out of luck. Apple has stuck with its proprietary FaceTime camera, a 1.2-megapixel piece -- though let's remember megapixels aren't everything in this race. The Nexus 9 packs the same primary snapper, while its selfie camera is a tiny bit better on paper, at 1.6 megapixels. Neither device particularly impresses in these stakes.
Size & weight
Apple has made the iPad Air 2 even thinner than its extremely svelte predecessor. At 6.1mm thick, the iPad Air 2 is definitely one of the thinnest tablets on the market. The Nexus 9 isn't exactly overweight, but its extra 1.8mm of thickness definitely shows. Both weigh in around the 430g mark, with Google's tablet shaving off a few grams, but you won't exactly have trouble lugging either device around.
The iPad Air 2 is built for the catwalk. It's a beauty. Apple hasn't changed the design from its predecessor, because it hasn't needed to. It's slim, sexy and very desirable. HTC's done a great job with Google's new piece too, bringing some glam to the Nexus range. It's difficult to look anywhere past Apple's creation though.
Check out the full specs table below.
|Apple iPad Air 2||Google Nexus 9|
|Resolution||2,048 x 1,536||2,048 x 1,536|
Processor and battery
|Family||Apple A8X||Tegra K1|
|Claimed battery time||Up to 10h|
Storage and memory
|Internal storage||16GB / 64GB / 128GB||16GB / 32GB|
|Standard||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac|
|Integrated wireless charging||No|
|Size||6.1mm thin (rest TBC)||228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9mm|
|Operating system||iOS 8||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Price (SIM-free)||16GB - $499/64GB - $599/128GB - $699||32GB - $649/64GB - $699|
|Availability||17 October 2014 (pre-order)||October 2014|
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