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iPad Air 2 vs. the competition: Is it the tablet to beat?

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There was a time when it was hard to find someone who would argue with Apple's claim that the iPad was heavyweight tablet champ. But now Android slates like the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, the Xperia Tablet Z2 and the recently announced Nexus 9 are making a run at the title. Sure, the iPad still has some great apps, but how does the latest iPad Air compare to the competition under the hood? Check out the tale of the tape below, and decide for yourself if the iPad Air 2 has what it takes to stay on top.

iPad Air 2 Nexus 9 Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Xperia Tablet Z2
Price $499 and up (WiFi), $629 and up (Cellular) $399 and up $500 $500 or $550
Thickness 6.1mm (0.24 inch) 7.95mm (0.31 inch) 7.37mm (0.29 inch) 6.4mm (0.25 inch)
Weight 437g or 444g (0.96 or 0.98 pound) 425g or 436g (0.94 or 0.96 pound) 469g (1.03 pounds) 439g (0.97 pound)
OS iOS 8 Android 5.0 Android 4.4 Android 4.4
Display 9.7-inch IPS LCD Retina display 8.9-inch IPS LCD 10.1-inch WQXGA scLCD 10.1 inch TFT LCD
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 (264 ppi) 2,048 x 1,536 (288 ppi) 2,560 x 1,600 (299 ppi) 1,920 x 1,200 (224 ppi)
Processor 64-bit Apple A8X 64-bit, 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 32-bit Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz + 1.3GHz quad-core) 32-bit, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB quad-core)
Memory NA 2GB 2GB 3GB
Storage 16 / 64 / 128GB 16 / 32GB 16GB 16 / 32GB
Ports Lightning micro-USB 2.0 microSD, HDMI microSD, MHL 3.0
Front camera 1.2MP FaceTime, f/2.2 1.6MP, f/2.4 2MP 2.2MP, 1080p
Rear camera 8MP iSight, f/2.4, 1.5µm pixel size, 1080p 8MP, f/2.4 8MP 8.1MP
Cellular radio Optional
GSM/EDGE
CDMA
UMTS/HSPA/
HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA LTE
Optional GSM/CDMA/
HSPA/LTE
Optional LTE Optional
HSPA+/GPRS/
EDGE/LTE
WiFi Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.1 v4.0 LE v4.0
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery 10 hours 6,700mAh 8,220mAh Li-ion 6,000mAh Li-ion

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