Apple iPad Air 2 vs Google Nexus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition): specs comparison clash


Apple's new iPad, the iPad Air 2, is here and it's destined to clash the surplus of high-end Android and Windows tablets that have been around for some time now. The first iPad defined the tablet category back in 2010 and its newest generation seems to be fiercer than ever. Sporting the 64-bit A8X SoC, the iPad Air 2 is an improved version of Apple's last year flagship tablet, which will appeal to those iFans that want to possess the latest and greatest piece of tech that comes straight out of Cupertino.

Although we can choose among many tablets, we decided to pit the new iPad Air against Google's newest, hot-off-the-oven Nexus 9 slate in a heated specs battle. We've also thrown in an S Pen-toting Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) for a good multitasking measure.

On paper, the differences will be drastic, as each and every tablet of this trio has its own strong points and reasons to be the top-ranking slate. Such comparisons, however, will have to wait a little, and now we are purely comparing the specs sheets of the devices. It won't be too far-fetched to say that the iPad Air 2, the Google Nexus 9, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) are among the best tablets at the moment. Yes, the Nexus 9 will be taking names in the hardware department, but let's not forget that it is not the sole defining point of a good tablet.

Which one of these reigns supreme over the rest? Let' check out the specs game of the tablets right below!

Display

Size

10.1 inches
8.9 inches
9.7 inches

Technology

Super Clear LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

70.97 %
69.90 %
71.65 %

Features

Ambient light sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
NVIDIA Tegra K1
Apple A8X

Processor

Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Dual-core, 2300 MHz, Denver, 28 nm
Triple-core, 1500 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 330
Kepler
PowerVR GXA6850

RAM

3GB LPDDR3
2GB DDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
32GB
128GB

OS

Android (4.4.2, 4.3), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 5.0 Lollipop)
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)

Battery

Capacity

8220 mAh
6700 mAh
7340 mAh

Stand-by time

 
30.0 days (720 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

43.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
 
 

Music playback

217.00 hours
 
 

Video playback

11.00 hours
9.50 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29.2 mm; Sensor size: 1/4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 31 mm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Recording format

 
H.264, 3GP
H.264, MOV

Features

 
 
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling

Front

2 MP
1.6 MP
1.2 MP

Video capture

 
1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches (243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm)
8.99 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches (228.25 x 153.68 x 7.95 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches (240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm)

Weight

19.29 oz (547.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
15.38 oz (436.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
15.41 oz (437.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Stylus
Notification light
 

Phone functionality

Yes
 
 

Buyers information

Price

 
 
$ 829


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iPad Air 2

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.0
  • Display 9.7 inches 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8X 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 7340 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Nexus 9

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

8.8
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Display 8.9 inches 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.6 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra K1 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 6700 mAh
GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
  • Display 10.1 inches 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 8220 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2 Samsung TouchWiz UI

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