Welcome home Nexus 9!
I just received Google’s latest flagship Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 made by HTC.
HTC has not been making Google Nexus devices for quite awhile now (last one with Nexus One) but it’s great to see Google hiring HTC for the Nexus job. I just feel like Samsung is making too many damn tablets that people don’t want (perhaps too many different models) and really diluting the tablet market along with its Nexus line. HTC isn’t really big on tablets in the past but I feel like the HTC Nexus 9 is a great example of HTC’s abilities to make great 9-inch tablets.
The Nexus 9 comes with metal bezels that make it feel very solid in your hands along with a 1536×2048 pixel screen, which is a great combo for a 9-inch tablet. The tablet is super-zippy (once updated to latest firmware) and offers users pure Google experience without carrier bloatware. Like its predecessor Nexus 10, Nexus 9 also ships with stereo speakers (in landscape mode), which have great sound but not as loud as I would have like them to be.
For performance, Nexus 9 packs the latest Nvidia K1 dual-core 2.3Ghz processor (which isn’t quad-core but it’s faster than most Android tablets on the market today), which is among the fastest CPUs found on a tablet. I should have further benchmark testing with Antutu but for now, let’s say the Antutu scores are above 50,000, very impressive.
Surprisingly, the camera on the Nexus 9 is actually one of the best I’ve seen on a tablet, packing 8MP front-camera (with stereo recording), along with front 1.6MP camera. Although I detest using tablet as a camera (as it’s too bulky and makes you look like someone who can’t afford a smartphone), the Nexus 9 may be a good backup camera while traveling (and think of the longer battery you get so you can take more photos/videos).
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