Google’s Nexus 9 is the perfect way to experience Android 5.0 Lollipop. Apple’s new iPad Air 2 is the company’s best tablet by a country mile. The unfortunate part is that since both tablets are so good, choosing which one to buy is a difficult proposition, especially if you’re not committed to a particular ecosystem. We’ve reviewed both devices already, and now it’s time to bring you a head-to-head battle. In Mark’s new video, he’ll answer once and for all which new tablet should be by your side.
When we did our Nexus 9 review, the major standout was Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is Google’s excellent new mobile OS. Not only does it showcase a great new design, but it also has a ton of new features, including security improvements, revamped notifications, and a ton more, which we already covered at length here and here. Basically, Lollipop is by far the best version of Android we’ve seen, and arguably superior to iOS.
The iPad Air 2, meanwhile, features gorgeous hardware—the thing is amazingly thin—and some incredible specs. With a new A8X chip, the thing is lightning quick, and is more capable than ever as a productivity machine. It can still take a few pointers from Android, but the ecosystem is still unrivaled, while the design is the best we’ve ever seen. Battery life does take a small dip since the device is so thin, but otherwise the iPad Air 2 is a great device, one that’s fast, expertly engineered, and now comes with the benefit of Touch ID.
That just begins to scratch the surface of these two devices. For a more in-depth look, you can check out their respective reviews below, and also check out the video above, which breaks the battle down between performance, design, and more.
Not as many people are buying iPads anymore, and Apple can’t figure out why. For the past few quarters now, the company has faced a noticeable decline in sales, highlighting a worrying trend for a device that was once ubiquitous with the tablet market.