The Tablet Kings: iPad Air 2 vs iPad Mini 3 vs Nexus 9
We have had a lot of announcements in the past few days, and that includes the flagship devices of two major companies competing in the tablet space – Google & Apple with the Nexus 9 and the new iPads. We now put them side to side to put everything in scale.
|iPad Air 2||iPad Mini 3||Google Nexus 9|
|9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 Retina Display||7.9-inch 1536 x 2048 Retina Display||8.9-inch 1536 x 2048 IPS LCD display|
|1.3GHz Apple A8X dual-core CPU with M8 motion co-processor, 64-bit||1.3GHz Apple A7 dual-core CPU with M7 motion co-processor, 64-bit||2.3GHz NVidia Tegra K1 quad-core CPU, 64-bit|
|1GB RAM||1GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|8 megapixel rear camera||5 megapixel rear camera||8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash|
|1.2 megapixel front-facing camera||1.2 megapixel front-facing camera||1.6 megapixel front-facing camera|
|iOS 8.1||iOS 8.1||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|8600 mAh battery||6470 mAh battery||6700 mAh battery|
|240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm||200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm||228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm|
|16GB - $499|
64GB - $599
128GB - $699
|16GB - $399|
64GB - $499
128GB - $599
|32GB - $399|
64GB - $479
|16GB - $629|
64GB - $729
128GB - $829
|16GB - $529|
64GB - $629
128GB - $729
|64GB LTE - $599|
|Touch ID||Touch ID||BoomSound speakers|
If you look at the sheer numbers of the specs of these devices, we can easily give the crown to the Nexus 9 for having lots of cores for its graphics, a higher CPU clock speed, its 2GB RAM and its higher megapixel front-facing camera resolution – but in reality, higher numbers do not necessarily translate to better performance.
While the screen resolution is similar across devices, the sizes aren’t: the iPad Air 2 is the largest and the thinnest, the Mini 3 is the smallest and the Nexus 9 sits right in the middle, also being the thickest by a small margin. In terms of storage options on the other hand, there are more variants going in favor of the new iPads. However, at $399, the Nexus 9 is basically competing with year-old hardware in the iPad Mini 3, so in that case – the bang for the buck goes to the Nexus 9, unless Touch ID is of extreme importance to you.
While we’re still not convinced you should take photos with your tablet, these new devices offer improved optics and camera features – which will have to be tested first before deciding which is better.
On top of everything, especially your preference for tablet sizes, this is where the never ending argument of which OS is better comes in – Android 5.0 Lollipop or iOS 8.1? These are truly the things that set these tablets apart regardless of specs as it also brings in the companies’ ecosystems into play.
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