Nexus 9 vs iPad Mini 3 Comparison: The Battle of the Mini Tablets Begins

Apple Inc. announced the release of the iPad Mini 3 alongside the iPad Air 2, while Google came up with the HTC-manufactured Nexus 9 together with Nexus 6 and the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update just at that day. While the latest iPad mini 3 comes with the latest iOS 8.1, Google’s Nexus 9 comes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

Nexus 9 vs iPad Mini 3 Comparison

Last fight between iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 has not yet faded, the battle of the new ‘mini’ tablets: Nexus 9 and iPad Mini 3 begins. Nexus 9 or iPad mini 3, are you are confused on which one to buy? As of now, let’s see how the two fare with each other.

Nexus 9 or iPad Mini 3? Specs, Features and Prices

Screen Display and Design

The new iPad Mini 3 comes with a 7.9-inch screen having a 2048 x 1536 resolution together with a 326 ppi image density. On the other hand, the screen of the Nexus 9 is somewhat bigger at 8.9 inches, but has the same resolution. However, the image density of the Nexus 9 is lower at 287 ppi.

In terms of design, the two devices are very different. The iPad Mini 3 has an aluminum body and is 7.5 mm thick, while Google Nexus 9 is 7.95 mm thick with a body that is soft, matte-finished back and brushed metal edges.


Under the hood, the iPad Mini 3 comes with the exclusive 64-bit Apple A7 1.3 GHz dual-core CPU and M7 motion co-processor with 1 GB RAM. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, has a powerful 64-bit Tegra K1 2.3 GHz dual-core CPU, in addition to a Kepler DX1 GPU with 2 GB RAM.

Operating system

Both, the iPad Mini 3 and Nexus 9 are powered by the latest software updates from their respective companies. While the iPad Mini 3 has the latest iOS 8 software, Nexus 9 runs on Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, which will also be incorporated into the new Nexus 6 phablet.


Apple’s iPad Mini 3 sports a 5-megapixel iSight primary rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel secondary front camera. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, offers an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing secondary camera.


The iPad Mini 3 Wi-FI only variant carries a price tag of $399 for the 16GB model, $479 for the 32 GB option, and $599 for the 128GB variant. On the other hand, the iPad Mini 3 with 4G LTE is available for $529 for 16 GB, $629 for 32 GB variant, and $729 for the 128 GB option.

The Nexus 9 will have a price tag of $399 for the 16 GB model and $479 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi only variant, and around $599 for the 32 GB with a 4G LTE flavor.

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From above, you can see which one will be the best and value for money. And here offers you a quick comparison between the two flagship tablets.

quick comparison chart


Deciding which of these you get strongly, if not completely depends on what you want to use it for. The Nexus 9 is your best choice if you are after a strong Android tablet that will work with the rest of your Android devices. The same goes for iPad Mini 3, as it would be more suitable for someone that built their gadget collection around Apple’s ecosystem. The Shield tablet is best for those who get enthusiastic about streaming PC games from their computer and playing with a controller.

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