Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2

The holidays are just right around the corner, so consumers will no doubt be in full force shopping for the best of the best for their loved loves. In the tablet space, we’ve been fortunate to see the arrival of two spectacular offerings very recently – the iPad Air 2 and the Nexus 9. When it comes to performance and usefulness in accomplishing all sorts of tasks, there’s no arguing that these two come racing to the scene with a whole lot of goodies to make us all drool. At the end of the day, though, which of the two proves to be the stronger, more profound selection?
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77 Comments

43. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Maybe this not. But i speak generally. When i read john v name instantly i recon this review as sh*t.

36. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Coming from a fanboy. Oh the irony.

73. decypher

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

Right, in your f**ked up world Android is better by default. Pathetic fanboy.

4. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

What is the result? Who won?

30. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

From a completely unbiased view, the iPad Air 2 is a better product. I even prefer Android over iOS, but the iPad Air 2 has so many things going for it. It is pretty much a complete package. Great battery life, best mobile tablet performance, excellent and attractive build, high quality display, and most apps. While the Nexus 9 is a great tablet, you can't help but notice some of the clear issues surrounding it. 1. Flex on the back ... f**king unacceptable for a 400 dollar tablet 2. Performance seems to be a hit and miss. Many reviews say it can become unusually slow or sluggish (thanks to that tegra chip). 3. Screen Bleed 4. Resale value Coming from someone heavily invested in android and iOS, I can say that iPad Air 2 is the most impressive showing. Am I saying it is the best tablet for you? No. However, if the question were asked, I'd say the iPad Air 2 wins in a heartbeat.

35. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It´s probably just you. 1 The ipad Air 2 also flexes due to how thin it is, there is even a video of a guy bending it with just his hands. 2 Performance seems one of the best chips for Android, if not the best. Just a bit short of the iPad Air 2. 3. Where did you read that? Links please. 4. That is the only valid point, but if you don´t plan on reselling quite a weak one. Ah! and Nexus devices are among the ones with a higher reselling value on Android, just a bit short of Apple devices. As you see you points are moot depends how you look at it. Unless you are insensitive to the price the Nexus is the way to go. So if the question were asked, I´d say the Nexus is better, expecially if you compare it with the equally prices iPad Mini 3.

39. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I'll have to disagree with you on this one. I love android and the new update and the nexus line up but this will not sway me from looking at both tablets objectively. 1. I think the design on the iPad Air 2 is better since its really thin and made of aluminium. The bending issue isn't really a problem since no one will be putting one into their pockets anytime soon. 2. I think the iPad Air 2 wins in the ecosystem department as it blends with other Apple devices easily using Handoff and continuity (Google has been leading in the category for a while. Dunno why they didnt think of it first). There are also more top quality apps that debut first on the iPad. 3. The camera on the air wins even tho it doesn't have a flash. The front camera is also one of the best I've seen on any tablet as I tend to video call a lot. 4. The speakers on the Nexus 9 seem to be better (even tho I havent heard them). 5. The price for the Nexus 9 seems more favourable. 6. Performance seems to be better on the Air 2 (judging from benchmarks) 7. IPads generally have a better resale value. I'm not a Apple fanboy (as I use a note 10.1 2014 edition) but I think Google could have had the upper hand by making a specific lollipop update for tablets (multiwindow, mini apps, more tablet specific elements that dont look blown up like the task switcher). But from the looks the iPad is looking like the favorable option.

38. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Anyone who can't understand why many reviewers & people in general prefer the ipad has something wrong with them! Definitely a better overall user experience

46. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

This coming from the guy who was criticizing supposed bias in post 37? Go back under the bridge troll.

76. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

That's not bias it's called reality!

77. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not to mention that (so far) I prefer Android overall... But not blindly & without question like some people donphone

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ipads are awesome...paying more for less is always fun..

31. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

No, you actually are paying more for more. Come on guys, yes we all feel that android rocks, but we can admit that the iPad Air 2 is an excellent product.

74. decypher

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

Brainwashed idiots (C) Google.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

" if you’re looking for an excellent all-around tablet that has a stunning design to match its prowess, then stick with the iPad Air 2". I'm pretty sure an all-rounded tablet has a MicroSD slot, front-facing speakers, better battery life than demonstrated by the iPad, reasonable pricing compared to competitors and all-rounded connectivity. Like Bluetooth and NFC that works everywhere, USB OTG and cellular capability. The iPad is a great tablet but it is not "all-rounded".

7. ggudino

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

They are both equally impressive, but get the iPad is what I got from this article. Yea OK! Why pay more for the same thing. If they are both equally impressive then it comes down to preference. You shouldn't tell people to swing one way because it's your preference. It shows that you are biased and take away credibility.

23. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The problem is that they aren't equal if on the Nexus 9 there is light bleeding from the panel, and the plastic back is hollow and can be pressed in. The software experience is great on both. The iPad has a much better build quality and hardware. +1 for iPad. That's why he recommends the iPad?

32. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

They are not equally impressive.

8. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Technical comparison in this article clearly shows that both tablets are neck to neck in terms of overall performance but still the author chooses to recommend strongly Apple. The choice is based on user requirements viz...gaming, media etc. Overall conclusion is biased based on performance to price ratio. Appreciate more objective conlcuion based os different segment of users. Thanks

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, conclusions in VS articles have ALWAYS been EXTREMELY weak, often amounting to no more than a few seconds. It's like going on a nice, romantic date with someone and then, when the night is over, throwing them out of the car and peeling out. Phone Arena: WHY NOT compile a list at the end (possibly Pro/Con-style, a la your actual reviews) that goes something like: Reasons to Prefer the iPad Air 2: -Solid metal construction -More tablet-specific apps -If you are invested in the iOS ecosystem -et cetera Reasons to Prefer the Nexus 9 -Great speakers -Great battery-life -If you are invested in the Android ecosystem -And the rest (Hopefully there would be more reasons, but I'm not the reviewer.) I really like versus articles, but in practice they always seem to fall flat because the author either seems to be hesitant to declare a complete victor (which, to be honest, should never really be the case, given most comparisons pit phones with their own unque strengths and weaknesses against each other), or he doesn't provide compelling enough reasons for why certain people should choose one over the other.

52. Furbal unregistered

This is why i generally like GSMarena reviews, they do lists like this.

55. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

BTW, the Nexus 9 is now a 3 star product on Amazon. This basically means that it is a complete pile of crap. If anything, the PA review really was far too kind to the Nexus 9. The only reason you want a Nexus 9 is if you have some super important Android L 64-bit development job. Otherwise, just skip this POS.

9. DBounce

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Had the air 2 top of the line model, ditched it for the nexus. The 9 feels modern, does stuff the iPad can only hope to do one day. Nuff said.

24. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yeah right buddy.

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You realize he is talking about the OS. Android 5.0 Lollipop can do things iOS 8 has yet to copy. So indeed he has a point.

10. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I think the nexus 9 is the best android tablet yet, but still the $400 price tag for a mediocre in my opinion tablet is too much.. Even Phonearena, that gave to the nexus 9 the highest rating compared to other tech sites can clearly see the power of the Air 2 is simply unmatchable by any other tablet out there. I believe however, if you consider the money you pay the original IPad Air is the best tablet in the market right now and i believe a comparison of the original Air with the nexus 9 would be more interesting. I also believe Apple will introduce the IPad Pro next year and the toughest fight will be against the Surface Pro 4.

27. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

IMO the $299 Mini 2 is the better deal. Higher PPI, but smaller and less vibrant screen (Wash) Same A7 Chip (Wash) Same stellar battery life (Wash) $100 Cheaper (iPad Mini 2)

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The Nexus 9 has quite an advantage when it comes to battery life...

28. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Only on PA. Everywhere else, the Air 2 has the better battery life. Some review sites are reporting 4 1/2 hours on screen. An iPad can get 10 hours no problem.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I wonder how many people who criticize the Nexus 9 have even used one for five minutes, much less owned one, or are they just repeating The Verge's review as if it's their own opinion...?
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