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!

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Google Nexus 9 vs Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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Display

Size

9.7 inches
8.9 inches
10.1 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super Clear LCD

Screen-to-body

71.65 %
69.90 %
70.97 %

Features

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

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A8X
NVIDIA Tegra K1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

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

GPU

PowerVR GXA6850
Kepler
Adreno 330

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB DDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128GB
32GB
16GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

7340 mAh
6700 mAh
8220 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 45 h (2700 min)

Music playback

 
 
217.00 hours

Video playback

 
9.50 hours
11.00 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: 31 mm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29.2 mm; Sensor size: 1/4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
 

Video recording

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

Recording format

H.264, MOV
H.264, 3GP
 

Features

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
 
 

Front

1.2 MP
1.6 MP
2 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

15.41 oz (437 g)
the average is 16.6 oz (475 g)
15.38 oz (436 g)
the average is 16.6 oz (475 g)
19.29 oz (547 g)
the average is 16.6 oz (475 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 
 

Features

 
Notification light
Stylus

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Shopping information

MSRP

$ 829
 
 


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iPad Air 2
  • 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
  • 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
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
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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