October 20, 2014 3:24 pm
Updated: October 20, 2014 3:29 pm

Tablet wars: How the new Apple, Google, Samsung and Sony tablets compare

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple iPad Air 2 during an event at Apple headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

TORONTO – Tech giants are not slowing down when it comes to tablet advancements, despite slower tablet sales.

Tablets are getting thinner, faster and more compatible than ever in order to stay competitive in a marketplace dominated by larger than life smartphones.

Last week, Apple and Google released updates to their tablet lineup.

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 update added many of the features previously available on iPhones, including the company’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner which can be used in place of a passcode. It also has an anti-reflective coating, a first for a tablet, which makes it 56 per cent less reflective. Apple’s smaller tablet, the iPad Mini 3, also received a facelift.

Google’s new Nexus 9 tablet – built by HTC – rivals Apple’s iPad Air in thinness and weighs even less. Google also released a foldable case dubbed “keyboard folio” alongside the Nexus 9 that magnetically attaches to the device to act as a stand, keyboard and case – a feature many are calling a mix between Windows Surface Pro keyboard and Apple’s magnetic iPad covers.

But those are just the most recent additions to the tablet market.

Devices like Sony’s Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – which features PlayStation 4 gaming on-the-go and is waterproof up to 1.5 metres – have also sparked the interest of consumers.

So how do these devices stand up to one another? Global News took a look at some of the most talked about tablets on the market right now to compare:

iPad Air 2    iPad Mini 3  Nexus 9  Galaxy Tab SXperia Z3 (tablet)
Screen size9.7 inches7.9 inches8.9 inches8.4 or 10.5 inches8 inches
(Bonus: Waterproof)
Weight0.96 pounds0.73 pounds0.93 pounds1 pound0.59 pounds
Storage16, 64, 128 GB16, 64, 128 GB16, 32 GB16 GB (8.4 inch);
16, 32 GB, with
Micro SD up to
128 GB
16 GB
Operating systemiOS 8.1iOS 8.1Android 5.0 (Lollipop)Android 4.4 (Kitkat)Android 4.4 (KitKat)
CPUA8X chip with 64‑bit,
M8 motion
A7 chip with 64‑bit,
M7 motion
Quad-core 2.3 GHzQuad-core 1.9 GHz,
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
2.5 GHz Quad-core
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours of
web browsing
Up to 10 hours of
web browsing
Up to 9.5 hours of
web browsing
Up to 12 hours of
web browsing
Up to 15 hours of
video playback
CameraFaceTime 1.2MP HD
front camera, iSight
8MP rear camera
FaceTime 1.2MP HD
front camera, iSight
5MP rear camera
1.6MP front camera,
8MP rear camera with
LED flash
2.1MP HD front
camera, 8MP with LED
flash rear camera
2.2MP front camera
with HD 1080p video,
8.1MP rear camera
ConnectorsApple 9-pin Lightning
Apple 9-pin Lightning
microUSBUSB 2.0microUSB, USB 2.0
PriceWi-Fi models:

$549 (16GB)
$659 (64GB)
$769 (128GB)

4G LTE models:
$689 (16GB)
$799 (64GB)
$899 (128GB)

Wi-Fi models:

$439 (16GB)
$549 (64GB)
$659 (128GB)

4G LTE models:

$579 (16GB)
$689 (64GB)
$799 (128GB)

Wi-Fi & 4G LTE

$469.99 (16GB)
$559.99 (32GB)

Wi-Fi models:

(8.4 inch, 16GB)
(10.5 inch, 16GB)

Sony has not yet set
a Canadian release
date for the Xperia Z3
tablet compact,
but confirmed more
information would be
available “later this

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