Is the Nokia N1 better than the iPad Air 2

By Adam Willis – 23rd January 2015
Is the Nokia N1 better than the iPad Air 2

After the commercialization of the Apple iPad tablet, the market exploded with so many different options. Nokia brought its best foot forward with the N1 while Apple expanded its franchise with the iPad Air 2. As the marketplace becomes more saturated, these brands must differentiate and offer a better experience than their competition.


The Nokia N1 operates on the Intel Atom quad-core 2300 MHz, 64-bit processor and a PowerVR G6430 GPU. The overall system memory is 2GB’s or RAM and the tablet boasts 32GB’s of storage. The Apple iPad Air 2 utilizes the A8X triple core, 1500Mhz, 64-bit processor to move information quickly. The GPU is a PVR GXA6850 chip and the system memory is also 2GB’s. However, the major difference is the storage space in which the iPad Air 2 boasts up to 128GB’s of built-in storage.


From a design perspective, the Nokia N1 is 7.90 x 5.46 x 0.27 inches and weighs 11.22 ounces. The Apple iPad Air 2 is 9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches and weighs 15.41 ounces. Both tablets are constructed from high-grade aluminum.

The Nokia display is 7.9 inches and boasts 1536 x 2048 pixels with a density of 324ppi for a total of over 16 million colors. The iPad features a 9.7 inch display with the same resolution but lower pixel density at 254ppi. This tablet also boasts over 16 million colors.

Camera Specs

Both tablets feature an 8 megapixel camera and a full HD camcorder. However, the iPad boasts several extra features including back-illuminated sensor technology, touch-to-focus, face detection, burst mode, HDR, a self-timer and panorama shots. The camcorder on the iPad has digital image stabilization, video calling and video sharing. Both feature front-facing cameras consisting of 5 megapixels on the Nokia and 1.2 megapixels on the iPad.


The Nokia N1 has a 5300 mAh battery whereas the Apple iPad Air 2 has a 7340 mAh battery, neither of which are user replaceable.

Operating System

Nokia operates on the Android 5.0 with regular updates available. The iPad uses iOS 8.x based on the newest release, also upgradeable.


The price is what really separates these two tablets. The Nokia N1 is will be available in 2015 for $249 whereas the Apple iPad Air 2 can be purchased now for $829.


Overall, the two tablets are fairly comparable with the exception of size (Nokia is smaller), on-board storage space (iPhone has much more) and the price (Nokia is less expensive). Apple has a history of creating excellent products so Apple enthusiasts will want to pick up this version of the iPad Air. However, for those looking for an excellent tablet with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive options without the price tag then the Nokia N1 is the best choice.

  • sikaniska

    Umm.. the iPad price is well over 3 times that of the Nokia!

    • wz_reader

      This article provides a flawed price comparison. The iPad Air 2 comes in different storage options, one of which is 32gb just like the Nokia mentioned here. While it’s still more expensive, it doesn’t cost 3 times as much.

      • sikaniska

        Apple store has iPad Air 2 with 16, 64 or 128 gigs (WiFi) at $499, $599 or $699 (before tax). That’s still at least 2 1/2 times the Nokia price with the closest option (64G). If you can grok Android the choice is a no-brainer.

  • Bob Lowry

    Just the same anyway you look at it the N1is the better buy. My neighbor bought a Apple Air and within one week it crashed. Took it back and the 2nd crashed. Was so disappointed that he got his money back. He said the other day that he is through with Apple. Don’t blame him told him months ago that Android was better.

  • jb

    Why compare the N1 with Ipad Air 2 instead of Ipad mini 3 that has the same screen size as the N1? In the pic above you have the mini 😀