Bring on the Android Revolution! For the longest time, iPad had become synonymous to the term tablet. Every kid on the block had one! Well, guess who’s in town to throw an open challenge?
Google returns, and this time, hand-in-hand with HTC! In spite of being released in 2014, we are yet to see a tablet that can beat this model.
- Dimensions (mm) – 153.68 x 228.25 x 7.95
- Weight (g) – 425.00
- Display – 8.90-inch
- Processor – 2.3GHz
- Processor make – Nvidia Tegra K1
- Front Camera – 1.6-megapixel
- Resolution- 2048×1536 pixels
- RAM- 2GB
- OS Android – 5.0
- Storage -16GB
- Rear Camera – 8 megapixel
- Battery capacity – 6700mAh
- Removable battery – No
- Colours – Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
The First Look
This curved beauty with a soft finish, is a larger and more premium version of Asus’ Nexus 7. The screen is much wider with a 4:3 ratio, with slim bezels around the display and brushed metal sides. It is not the thinnest tablet in the market at 7.95 mm thick, but is very lightweight at 425 grams. Basically, you need both hands to use it, but being so light, it is convenient to use.
It is available in three colours – white, sand and black. White and Black ones are available in 16 GB and 32 GB, but the sand colour model is available only in 32GB. It is probably so to maintain the exclusivity of the new colour. Nexus 9 is also available as a Wi-Fi only model, or a sim card connectivity model.
It has an 8.9 inches IPS LCD Capacitive display, with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels and a pixel density of 288 pixels. The screen has Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
The power and volume buttons would have been more convenient to be used if they would have been a little deeper. But the fact that double tapping the screen can wake the tablet right up, the power button has little function. So now, you don’t have to jab around the side of the tablet looking for the power button, while using your tablet at night. Somehow, that experience always reminded me of the frustration in trying to find the opening of a cello-tape.
The tablet does not have a microSD slot, which means that you would have to invest in the higher costing 32GB model for a bigger space.
Basically, the design and the interface have been kept familiar and attractive, but definitely not jaw-dropping, ground-breaking in design. That might be because the hero of the day was the Android 5.0 Lollipop, which surely lived up to the expectations.
The Boom Box
Nexus 9 has two front-facing speakers at the left and right edges of the tablet, which is experienced best while playing games or watching videos, holding the tablet horizontally. And let’s be honest, Nexus 9 is built for these two very purposes – gaming and entertainment. The downside is that the speakers tend to gather dust quickly.
The technology used is HTC’s BoomSound technology, which gives you a smooth and decent sound quality. In comparison to its competitors, a lot of attention has been paid to the quality. Users have reviewed the speakers to have a brilliant channel separation, mid-range and treble are quite sound. The volume goes significantly high. As far as sound quality is concerned, Nexus 9 beats iPad Air hands down!
Battery Life – You won’t get bored in that long flight!
Nexus 9 comes with a battery life of 6700 mAh, which is quite substantial considering the fact that a tablet is not a device that you use all day long. Nevertheless, it has a working battery life of 8.5 hours, and thus, can last you for practically the entire day.
Since it has a high resolution 2k screen, it could definitely do with the higher battery strength. User reviews have claimed that if your use your tablet for a couple of hours everyday, it can last for a few days together.
This HTC tablet comes with a NVIDIA Tegra K1 System-on-chip. There’s a whole collection of games, which are specially optimized for NVIDIA processors, which you can see on the application of NVIDIA TegraZone.
Other than Portal, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2 Episode 1, all the NVIDIA games are available on the HTC Nexus. Graphically, it would be quite a stimulating experience!
The software used by Goggle is Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has made quite the difference in the entire experience. There’s always the exception of CyanogenMod, but Android 5.0 L works best with it. Now, this little baby deserves a separate section, so more about that later.
There have been a few complaints of there being slight lags in the touchscreen, but over the past few months, that seems to have improved. That might have been because of the software updates in the earlier stages.