iPad Mini 3 vs Nexus 9 – Which One Prevails This Time?
Back in 2014 Google partnered up with HTC and designed one of the best Android powered tablet ever but the device wasn’t the only high-end tablet to be launched during that year, Apple also unveiled their iPad Mini 3. The two devices are still going head to head on the market to this day and right now we will pin them two against each other and see which one prevails.
In terms of design the two devices look similar at a first glance, but there some differences though . Nexus 9 features rather large bezels that are accompanied by a metallic trim on both sides and uses the specific HTC front facing stereo speakers. The back side is made completely from rubberized plastic that can be seen in the Nexus 5’s design as well. On the other hand, Apple’s tablet sports the trademark sleek look that’s made from small bezels and metallic alloys. The tablet is also lighter in comparison with Nexus 9 and with that being said, it’s safe to say that Apple’s tablet has a better feel to it.
It’s obvious that the devices run on different operating systems. The HTC tablet runs on Google’s own Android 5.0 Lollipop OS which provides users great features and multi tasking functionalities while the iPad Mini 3 is powered by Apple’s iOS 9 that’s specialized in giving users a better experience and has more stylish round icons, but in the end it’s up to the customers to choose what OS they prefer.
Nexus 9 ships with an 8.9 inch IPS display while iPad Mini 3 comes with a smaller 8.1 inch Retina LCD display. The two devices feature the same 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution but Apple’s tablet has a higher pixel density of 324 ppi. Nonetheless, the color representation and picture rendering is similar on the both tablets.
HTC didn’t shy away from equipping their tablet with the latest high-end hardware pieces and because of that the tablet is powered with the powerful 64-bit dual-core Tegra K1 chipset which clocks at 2.3GHz and that’s paired with a Kepler DX1 graphic processing unit and 2GB of RAM. The iPad Mini 3 is equipped with Apple’s dual-core A7 chipset which clocks at 1.3GHz and that’s paired with a M7 motion co-processor and 1GB of RAM. In terms of hardware performance, Nexus 9 is more advanced.
The devices are rather similar in most aspects but Apple’s tablet has a better feel to it and the design is definitely sleeker than Nexus 9’s but the HTC tablet is able to provide more stable performances. While both devices are more than two years older they both can be still acquire through third party retailers such as Amazon. In the end, it’s left up to the customers to decide whichever device fits their needs the most, either Nexus 9’s performance or iPad Mini 3’s user experience.