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HTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB) vs Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)

Side by side comparison between HTC Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2 tablets, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPad Air 2 XHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)12Points
HTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)
8.9"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.6mp

2GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6700
mAh

(Non removable)

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10PointsApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Compare HTC Nexus 9 X
Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? HTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)

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Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)12 Advantages HTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)vsiPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)10 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
+2.3Ghz 64bit Dual-Core37%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Cores
+436 grams (15.26 ounces)1%
Lighter
vs437 grams (15.3 ounces)
+288 PPI9%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs264 PPI
+LED flashAdvantage
The LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
vsNot supported
+(front) 1.6MP28%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 1.2MP
+2500000 apps (Google Play Store)19%
More apps available to download and use
vs2100000 apps (App Store)
+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
vsNot supported
+(4G LTE) 150 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(Not supported)
+Vibrating alertAdvantage
The vibration of the device aids in the use of several features
vsNot supported
+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
vsNot supported
+4.1 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.1 + A2DP is newer and faster
vs4.0 + A2DP
+NFCAdvantage
NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securely
vsNot supported
32GB (27GB available)vs+128GB (117GB available)3 times
More internal storage for applications and files
7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)vs+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)30%
Thinner
TFT IPS LCDvs+TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDAdvantage
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD display is brighter and more vivid
8.9"vs+9.7"9%
Larger screen
HDR photo only main cameravs+HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
6700 mAhvs+7340 mAh10%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+Active noise cancellationAdvantage
Noise-canceling microphone allows better call quality
Not supportedvs+Proprietary TV-outAdvantage
The TV-output lets you use your device on TV by cable

27 Common items in both devices
2GB LPDDR3
Aluminum body, glass front, plastic back / Aluminum body, glass front
16 million
1536x2048 pixels
(back) 8MP
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
+20 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
ModelNexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Other model namesHTC Google Nexus 9 3G/LTE, HTC VolantisiPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), iPad 6
Country or region available(Global, International)USA(Europe)
(Global, International), USA, (Europe)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandHTCApple
Release dateNovember, 2014October, 2014
Depth7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)
Size (width x height)153.7 x 228.2 millimeters (6.05 x 8.98 in)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)
Weight436 grams (15.26 ounces)437 grams (15.3 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass front, plastic backAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)HTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Operating systemAndroid 5.0 LollipopiOS 8.0
Firmware updateAndroid 7.1.1 NougatiPadOS 13
HardwareHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Chipset64bit - NVIDIA Tegra K1-6464bit - Apple A8X (20nm)
CPU processor2.3Ghz Dual-Core Denver1.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerNVIDIA GeForce Kepler MP192PowerVR GXA6850 MP8
RAM memory2GB LPDDR32GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (27GB available)128GB (117GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Display typeTFT IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size8.9" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~69.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)288 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 3Scratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Not supported
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbpsfeature not registered
Network technology2G, 3G, 4Gfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Not supported
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20)

T-Mobile version:
LTE (Bands 2, 3, 5, 6, 13)
Not supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTENot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorderNot supported
CameraHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Back camera (main camera)8 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution3264x2448 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)f/2.4 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.12µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo only main cameraHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front camera
2ª cameraHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.6 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution1536x1024 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, DivXMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC+
ConnectivityHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
USBMicroUSB 2.0MicroUSB 2.0
TV outputNot supportedProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.1 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNASupportedSupported
NFCSupportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
Active noise cancellationNot supportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedNot supported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedfeature not registered
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
- HTC BoomSound
- WiFi direct
- WiFi hotspot
- Java framework
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD
Power supplyHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6700 mAh7340 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy570 minutes | 9.5 hours | 0.4 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateHTC Nexus 9 (4G LTE 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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