It turns out that the new iPad Air 2's A8X mobile chip is a very robust and powerful competitor. Even though it gets beaten by the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 a series of Geekbench benchmarks, it comes out ahead of all the other flagship tablets currently available. It even beats the NVIDIA Shield Android tablet which was designed for gaming.
The website Laptopmag.com recently put a number of flagship tablets through their paces and even though the Surface Pro 3 was the superior device in these tests, the iPad Air 2 was able to best the Surface Pro 3 in a few benchmarks, like battery life and brightness.
Of course, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, especially considering that the Surface Pro 3 is basically filled with PC internals. It's designed to replace a laptop, yet includes tablet functionality, so this isn't exactly comparing the same fruit. Regardless, it's also considerably more expensive than the iPad Air 2, so there's that to consider. As far as the tablet market goes, Apple has done it again by creating a wonderful and powerful product that leaves Android scrambling to catch up.
It will be interesting to see how things shake out when Apple releases their 12-inch iPad Pro, and Microsoft launches the next-generation Surface Pro 4. Pretty soon it will be hard to distinguish tablets from PCs at all.