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)


Display size

9.7 inches
8.9 inches
10.1 inches


1536 x 2048 pixels
1536 x 2048 pixels
2560 x 1600 pixels

Pixel density

264 ppi
288 ppi
299 ppi


Super Clear LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

71.65 %
69.90 %
70.97 %



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


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


Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling


1.2 megapixels
1.6 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

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



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)


15.41 oz (437 g)
the average is 19.9 oz (568 g)
15.38 oz (436 g)
the average is 19.9 oz (568 g)
19.29 oz (547 g)
the average is 19.9 oz (568 g)


Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic


Fingerprint (touch)


Notification light

Phone functionality


Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A8X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974


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


PowerVR GXA6850
Adreno 330




iOS (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



7340 mAh
6700 mAh
8220 mAh

Stand-by time

30.0 days (720 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)

Talk time (3G)

43.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)

Music playback

217.00 hours

Video playback

9.50 hours
11.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 829



1. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Isn't thé nexus 9 lovely.

2. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Isn't the nexus 9 lovely?

4. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

And why can't I edit my comments?

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Because the Nexus 9 is lovely.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

isn't the GALAXY S PRO more lovely with it's stylist?

3. ivancapp

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

it says nexus 9 but shows a Microsoft surface pro 3? ...

10. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Sorry about that, it's fixed now!

5. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Surface is better

6. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Where is the nexus 9 has the surface but no nexus 9 even though its in the title?

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They can sneak a surface pro into the comparison but they can't put a lumia in a camera comparison

8. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

microsoft has bought nexus 9

9. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Forget about spec comparison. Where is performance comparison?


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Phone arena where is the nexus 9 tablet? This is why the writers at phonearena suck!!! They are not tech people they are apple only!!! Apple 6 and new iPads didn't bring nothing innovative to the market same old crap rename this site iphonearena!!

12. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And if they will rename it, you will go away right ?


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I'm a new technology person I keep up with all tech from anywhere, by remaining the site at least technology people would know what to expect,instead of posting one sided imaterial

13. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Why the note and note the tab s 10.5? lol

15. Rager722 unregistered

Like the "Hot Phones" section Phonearena should create the "Hot Tablets" section.

18. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hmm....PA did you put the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in the comparison instead of the Tab S 10.5 because the Tab S gets a easy win against the new iPad? Still, the 2014 Edition is no slouch either. comparable to a 2014 Apple pab. A 2013 Samsung Tab vs. 2014 Apple pad. Woah.

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