You would want to keep the size and weight as low as possible without affecting display.
This has led to manufacturers decreasing weight and bezel in order to satiate consumer needs.

Apple iPad Air 2
Weight 444 g
Display 9.7 inches
Size 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
iPad Air 2
Google Nexus 9
Weight 436 g
Display 8.9 inches
Size 228.2 x 153.7 x 8 mm
Nexus 9
Samsung Galaxy S 8.4
Weight 298 g
Display 8.4 inches
Size 212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6 mm
Galaxy Tab S 8.4


The operating system is a personal preference. iOS which Apple products use are well known for their user friendliness. Android is more customizable to what you want to do, however it can take time to get used to.

iOSEase of Use

Apple uses it's own operating system. iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple and distributed exclusively for Apple hardware.

It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company's mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest is iOS 8 which is currently being used by the iPad Air 2.


Android is a mobile operating system (OS) which is based on the Linux kernel. Android is currently being developed by Google. Android is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet.


The technical specification is an important aspect.
Higher specs means the tablet runs faster and works better.

iPad Triple-core 1.5 GHz
Nexus Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver
Galaxy Tab 1.9Ghz Quadcore
+ 1.3 Ghz Quadcore
MacBook Air
iPad 16/64/128 GB, 2 GB RAM
Nexus 32 GB , 2 GB RAM
Galaxy Tab 16/32 GB, 3 GB RAM
MacBook Air
iPad Up to 10 hours
Nexus Up to 9 hours 30 min
Galaxy Tab Up to 12 Hours
MacBook Air
iPad 1536 x 2048 pixels
Nexus 1536 x 2048 pixels
Galaxy tab 1600 x 2560 pixels
MacBook Air


What features and apps a tablet has plays an integral role in the day to day use.

Apple has many features and can link with other apple products. Where as Google and Samsung have basic features and a range of apps that can improve use.

Features that stand out

Apple iPad Air 2iPad Air 2
  • Anti-reflective Display
  • Apple Pay - lets you use iPhone 6 and Apple Watch to pay in stores and apps in an easy, secure, and private way
  • Touch ID - technology lets you securely access iPhone 6 with the perfect password: your fingerprint.
Google Nexus 9Nexus 9
  • BoomSound speakers
  • Peek-a-boo - Cover transforms for expanded functionality.
  • Double tap to wake
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Multi Window
  • SideSync 3.0 - enables the screens, windows, and data to be shared easily between your Samsung PC and phone


Apple iPad Air 2

The Apple iPad Air 2 is an excellent tablet with iOS 8, with Apple pay and Touch ID features, the tablet separates itself from the crowd.

iPad Air 2
Google Nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9 comes with basics apps and good specs.
It has Boomsound speakers and several amazing
accessories, which makes it perfect for entertainment.

Nexus 9
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Samsung has high specs, high resolution and Android OS.
The Tab S excels in gaming and entertainment with its
Super AMOLED display and processing power.

Galaxy Tab S 8.4