Hands-on with the Google Nexus 9

Nexus 9

One of Google’s latest tablet creations, the Nexus 9 was made in collaboration with HTC, and claims to be one of the premier slates on the market today.

But can the Nexus 9 really compete with some of the other top tablets currently making a home on the market? We take a look here!

Nexus 9 Design

HTC is renowned for its work on the smartphone market, with devices like the One M8 and many other handsets receiving critical acclaim for their design. It appears that this tablet has proved another success for the company as well, building a slate that’s more than worth of its place among its competitors.

Fit for any hand, the Nexus 9’s soft grip back side and subtle curves make for a good looking and easy to use style which is boosted by a slim and light profile. A brushed metal material on the side of the device gives the tablet some real class, and with a thin bezel, the screen doesn’t suffer either.

Available in three colours, black, grey and gold, the overall construction of the Nexus 9 is really at the top of the game, making for a distinctive yet minimal design.

Do you like the Nexus 9 Design?

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Google Nexus Specs

One thing which has really won the Google Nexus franchise a lot of fans is the powerful specs that are included within each of its devices.

Whether it’s a phone or a tablet, consumers love power behind the hood, and we haven’t been let down with the Nexus 9.

Sporting a stunning 8.9” IPS LCD screen, you simply can’t fault the display on the tablet. Viewing angles are plentiful and detail is second to none, this is backed up by the durable Gorilla Glass 3 used in the construction, which ensures that even after a bump and scrape that you won’t have to get the display replaced.

Packing up to 32GB of storage, the Nexus 9 can’t be boosted by using a MicroSD card, meaning that you’ll struggle if you like to keep a lot of video on your tablet, but should be fine otherwise.

2GB RAM and a dual-core 2.3GHz 64-bit processor handle the speed and responsiveness of the slate, which is terrific. We never encountered any lag with the tablet, even when running multiple apps, so you have no need to worry about being let down when you’re handling your work on the device.

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Photography for the tablet is kept fairly standard, with an 8 megapixel rear lens fronted with a 1.6 selfie snapper, neither of which are truly ground-breaking, but do get the job done to a more than satisfactory standard.

Finally, with a 6,700mAh battery keeping things going on the energy front, and a set of front facing HTC BoomSound speakers to appease music lovers, we get a brilliant tablet altogether.

Android Lollipop

Featuring Android’s latest operating system right out of the box, the Nexus 9 isn’t just an intriguing tablet because of its specs, but because of the software on it as well.

In fact, it was our first chance to get a look at the new system on a tablet format, which as you’d expect isn’t all that different to its mobile phone style, only bigger.

The introduction of Material Design is the most notable change from Android KitKat, using new pastel style icons and a giving a general overhaul of the entire look of the software.

The 64-bit processor can also be used to its full potential with the software unlike KitKat, whilst notifications and other areas of the software have also been improved.

What are your thoughts on the Nexus 9?

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Should You Buy the Nexus 9?

With all things considered, the Nexus 9 is a superb tablet, it boasts plenty of power and a brilliant design, with the only real niggles being the fairly average camera and lack of memory card support.

However, the camera is of little bother to us as our smartphones are much easier to use when it comes down to taking pictures. The SD card support could be an issue for heavy memory users though, so if you desperately need more storage, you could be disappointed.

Overall though, the Nexus 9 is a terrific addition to the tablet market, and one we’d definitely recommend if you’re new to the market and aren’t sure what you’re after.

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Written by Luke Hatfield

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