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iPad Air 2 vs. Galaxy Tab S

The iPad Air 2 vs. the Best Android Tablets

This morning, Apple announced the crazy-thin iPad Air 2, adding yet another tablet for you to decide between. We've done the heavy lifting for you by pitting the best Android and Windows tablets on the market against Apple's new device. With the holidays just around the corner, you may be making this decision sooner than you think! The new iPad Air 2 ships next week, with preorders starting tomorrow, Oct. 17.

The Competition vs. the iPad Air 2

Surface Pro 3 Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Nexus 9 iPad Air 2
Screen Size 12 inches 10.5 inches 8.9 inches 9.7 inches
Weight 1.76 pounds 1.02 pounds (WiFi only) 0.93 pounds 0.96 pound (WiFi only)/0.98 pound (WiFi + data)
Resolution 2160x1440, 216 pixels per inch 2560x1600, 287 pixels per inch 2048x1536, 288 pixels per inch 2048x1536, 264 pixels per inch
Price $799 WiFi: $500/LTE: $600-$650 WiFi: $400-$480/LTE: $600 WiFi: $499-$699/LTE: $629-$829
Operating System Windows 8 Android 4.4 KitKat Android 5.0 Lollipop iOS 8.1
Camera Front: 5MP camera/Rear: 5MP camera Front: 2.1MP/Rear: 8MP, 1080p video Front: 1.6MP/Rear: 8MP Front: 1.2MP, 720p video/Rear: 8MP, 1080p video, now with burst mode
Battery Life 9 hours 7,900mAh for up to 11 hours 9 hours Up to 10 hours
Storage 4GB RAM/64GB memory or 8GB RAM/256GB memory 3GB RAM/16GB memory (micro SD slot up to 128GB) 2GB RAM/16GB, 32GB memory 1GB RAM/16GB, 64GB, or 128GB
Processor 1.5-1.7 GHz Intel Core options 1.9 GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore 2.3 GHz MVIDIA Tegra K1 A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor
Notable Features Surface Pen stylus, multitasking, multiuser log in, typing keyboard Multiwindow mode, multiuser capability, fingerprint scanner Typing keyboard, "OK Google" listening functionality Touch ID, antireflective display, "World's Thinnest Tablet"
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