iPad Air 2 VS Nexus 9, Which Is Better?

ipad air 2 vs nexus 9 2 Both iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 are celeb tablets of 2014, comparison articles and videos about these two devices are easily founded when searching on Google. However, some still have no idea on which one is better even after reading the long descriptions or watching the videos. So we gather the similarities and differences between iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 into a chart, trying to make it easier to understand.


iPad Air 2

Nexus 9

Release Date

October, 2014

November, 2014

Screen Size

9.7 inches

8.9 inches


240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm

228.2 x 153.7 x 8 mm


437 g (Wi-Fi)

444 g (3G/LTE)

425 g (Wi-Fi)

436 g (3G/LTE)

Back Panel


Plastic + Metal


LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen


Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

LCD Pixels

1536 x 2048

1536 x 2048


16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

16 GB (Wi-Fi); 32 GB (LTE)


2 GB

2 GB

Extended Memory




iOS 8.1

Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)


Apple A8X

Nvidia Tegra K1


Triple-core 1.5 GHz

Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver

Front Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Back Camera

1.2 MP, 720p

1.6 MP, 720p


Non-removable Li-Po 7340 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 6700 mAh battery


Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand


(2-year Contract)

16 GB (Wi-Fi) $499

64 GB (Wi-Fi) $599 128 GB (Wi-Fi) $699

16 GB (Wi-Fi) $399

32 GB (Wi-Fi) $479
The biggest reason why Nexus 9 is chosen to compare with iPad Air 2 is that the Nexus 9’s 4:3 aspect ratio makes it looks like an iPad at the first glance. If a 9.7-inch iPad is too big while a 7.9-inch iPad Mini is too small for you, then the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 is a good substitute instead. The Nexus 9 is a pretty excellent tablet compared with other Android tablets and the price is much more attractive than an iPad. However, if you’re looking for a tablet with better performance in the long term, than the iPad Air 2 maybe a better choice.  


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