Nexus 9 vs iPad Pro 9.7 – Google Classic and Apple’s Finest


Today we will go over the last generation of Android tablets and pin them against Apple’s latest iPad Pro 9.7. We know from the start that Apple’s tablet is more advanced, but this isn’t your classic comparison we just want to see how well can the last generation of Android tablets hold up against the latest iOS tablet. Worth noting is that Nexus 9 has never been regarded as the most powerful tablet because instead of powerful performances, Google opted to offer an affordable price.

Hardware Performance

Nexus 9 is powered by the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 Denver SoC, this might not be the most powerful processor but it does provide users with stable performances while at the same time lowering the price of the tablet. Surprisingly even though the tablet is getting close to reach the two year milestone, it runs on the latest Android Nougat OS and this is the reason why the tablet can still be considered to be worth buying to this day.

On the other hand, the iPad Pro 9.7 is equipped with the A9X processor, which is the best Apple has to offer at this moment. It’s safe to say that the tablet functions perfectly even with mixed usage and it’s a top contender for the top spot in the tablet world. The device has been put to test with a bunch of different apps and the results were impressive. What truly gives the gadget an edge over its competition is the fact that it support Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which increase the tablet’s production level overall.

Operating System

The biggest difference between the two devices isn’t their age, but the software they use. As previously mentioned Nexus 9 runs on Android Nougat OS while the iPad Pro 9.7 runs on iOS 10.2. Both operating systems have been designed to enhance the user experience and the device’s hardware performances. We can say that in this department and only this department the two devices can be considered to be up at par.


The price is the only reason why customers might be wishing to buy the older Nexus 9. Google’s tablet can be bought through third party retailers for prices that go as low as $200 and considering that it provides users with the latest Nougat OS and relatively stable performances it’s worth its money. But, if you have some extra cash spend Apple’s iPad Pro 9.7 is undoubtedly the wisest choice. Apple priced the tablet at $599 but also didn’t shy away from equipping the tablet with only the best hardware pieces and this can be seen in the impressive performances provided by the device.

2 thoughts on “Nexus 9 vs iPad Pro 9.7 – Google Classic and Apple’s Finest”

  1. I own both. I use the Nexus 9 much more frequently than the iPad Pro 9.7 because I prefer the Android OS (Will iOS ever get a “back” button?) and many of its features and customization points. There seem to be more useful apps for Android and, surprisingly, they are cheaper on Android. I guess developers figure that if your dumb enough to overpay for the device, you’ll do the same for the app.

    It is interesting that every iOS update seems to slow down the iPad a bit, while every recent Android update has done just the opposite for the aging Nexus 9. Of course, Apple is selling new tablets, they want to make your existing one slow and clunky so you’ll buy a new one. Google seems pleased to make your older device work better.

    I own an iPad because I am a pilot, and all the aviation apps are available for iOS. This is due to what is perhaps the greatest strength of iOS — the fact that there are just a few versions of the devices that run it and they are all built by the same company — which also built the OS. A developer doesn’t need to make his aviation app work on dozens of different devices when he builds for iOS, just a few. When making an Android app, however, he has to address several different versions of the OS, plus devices from HTC (like the Nexus 9), Samsung, Google, Asus, LG, etc., etc.That is important with something as intricate as an app that helps you plan a flight, navigate, view real-time weather, and do the many other things an aviation app must do. However, you have to spend more money to buy an external GPS receiver with the iPad, because, unlike most Android tablets, the iPad doesn’t have a built-in GPS.

    In this particular comparison, the iPad Pro has another advantage: available memory. You can’t get a Nexus 9 with more than 64GB of memory, which can be sketchy if you wantr to load navgation data for a couple of aviation apps for the entire country (or world). The iPad Pro, however, is available with 256GB of memory, if you are willing to cough up a few hundred bucks ($330) more. Note, however, that many other comparable Android tablets allow you to add memory with inexpensive SD cards.

    I hope that Google comes up with a new tablet, though seem to have created the Nexus series devices more to demonstrate what an Android device should be than to make a serious foray into the hardware side. They may feel that mission has been accomplished.

    The Nexus 9 is a more more enjoyable, useful device for most of my tab time than the iPad Pro.

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