Google Nexus 9

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8/10
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The Google Nexus 9 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 41 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Blazing performance
  • Android 5.0
  • Bright, vivid display
  • 4:3 display ratio
  • Front-facing BoomSound speakers
  • Multi-user support

What's bad

  • Bulky design
  • Weak camera
  • 4:3 display ratio
  • Weak battery
  • No microSD card support

Google’s Nexus phones and tablets offer access to the pure Android experience and have effectively pushed favorites into a competitive market for years. With the Nexus 9, Google looks to tackle the large-format premium tablet market with an innovative design and serious performance. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s check out some reviews.

Like many other popular devices by HTC, the Nexus 9 features a plastic and aluminum case with soft touch rear coating. Every review noted how sturdy and solid the chassis of the tablet feels. However, that sturdy design does come with a little additional weight, with the Nexus 9 coming in at just under a pound.

With a squarish 4:3 design, as opposed to the now-typical 16:9, the device takes aim at providing more productivity uses than many Android tablets currently offer. Opinions of this design varied between reviews. Engadget said it was “a little too dense, too large to grasp with a single hand for long periods of time, while full-on two-hand typing on that screen can be a little precarious.” BGR praised the design, calling it “quite comfortable to hold.”

Housed in the body of the tablet is a 2048-by-1536 pixel IPS LCD display with a diagonal measurement of 8.9 inches. Reviews noted that the IPS display provided great viewing angles for sharing videos or games with friends. However, most noted that the screen was simply adequate overall with Engadget saying it is “a really a good screen, just not an outstanding one.” With many of its competitors boasting higher resolutions or proprietary enhancements, this could be an issue for some.

Tablet photography isn’t exactly a priority for many. The Nexus 9 is unlikely to change that trend with a standard 8MP rear facing camera, 1.3MP front facing camera. Gizmodo tested the cameras and found them “adequate for catching pictures of the cat or the dog or the kids doing something cute when your phone is in the other room.” Ultimately, if you’re looking to take great photos, your camera or even your phone will outperform the tablet.

One area in which Google and HTC chose to compromise to reduce size and weight was the battery. At 6,700mAh, the battery offers lower capacity than many of its competitors. While the lower resolution and Tegra processor managed to squeeze a full day’s use for most reviews, nearly all noted needing to charge nightly.

One area in which the device clearly stands out is performance. Powered by a Tegra K1 64-bit dual-core processor, the Nexus 9 is the first Android phone or tablet to feature both a 64-bit operating system and processor. Every review applauded the performance of the device noting that multitasking, gaming and more were smooth and flawless. PC World called it “a tablet you can confidently use for entertainment and productivity” while Engadget proclaimed it “stunningly smooth.” To help you movies and games really pop, HTC’s BoomSound speakers are included as well.

Overall, reviews were bittersweet on the device. With all the hype, and the track record of Nexus devices, what was delivered seemed merely adequate to many reviewers. While it’s perfectly acceptable for nearly any use and includes the latest Android 5.0 updates, it failed to capture any one thing that reviewers could shout from the rooftops. Engadget summed up this feeling well, concluding that the Nexus 9 is “a tablet that's stunning in some ways and seemingly average in others.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
8.9"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket Gamer

The Nexus 9 is a strange beast but it's not without its charms. If you're looking for a pacey and reliable stock Android tablet, then there really is nothing better out there right now.However, if having stock Android isn't a deal breaker, then there are an abundance of comparatively priced devices...

- Glen Fox, Pocket Gamer
SlashGear

This device is great, but it might not be meant for you. If you're a developer and want to keep up with Google's Android builds, starting with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, then this is the tablet you're looking for.The Google Nexus 9 made by HTC comes in several different iterations. You can purchase it...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
Wired

The Nexus 9 is a really good tablet. It not a speed demon, and doesn’t blow your mind in any one way (except the exceptional audio), but for $400 it’s a very solid choice, and if you’re wanting an Android tablet I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

- Brent Rose, Wired
The Indian Express

The Nexus 9 is an impressive Android tablet for regular usage and Lollipop makes it a sweeter deal. However, should you actually invest more money in buying the 32GB version? To me, spending Rs 16,000 more (initial price of Rs 44,900) for around 14GB extra usable storage and a SIM card slot for only...

- Debashis Sarkar, The Indian Express
The Indian Express

The Nexus 9 is an impressive Android tablet for regular usage and Lollipop makes it a sweeter deal. However, should you actually invest more money in buying the 32GB version? To me, spending Rs 16,000 more (initial price of Rs 44,900) for around 14GB extra usable storage and a SIM card slot for only...

- Debashis Sarkar, The Indian Express


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Screen Size
8.9"

The Google Nexus 9's screen size is 8.9 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra K1 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6700mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6700 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Google Nexus 9 Specs

Overview
Release date November 3, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra K1 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
Dimensions [H x W x D] 22.8 x 15.4 x 0.8 cm (9 x 6.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 425 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 281 pixels
Size 8.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Pocket Gamer

Premium price, premium tablet

from Pocket Gamer

The Nexus 9 is a strange beast but it's not without its charms. If you're looking for a pacey and reliable stock Android tablet, then there really is nothing better out there right now.

However, if having stock Android isn't a deal breaker, then there are an abundance of comparatively...More

The Nexus 9 is a strange beast but it's not without its charms. If you're looking for a pacey and reliable stock Android tablet, then there really is nothing better out there right now.

However, if having stock Android isn't a deal breaker, then there are an abundance of comparatively priced devices that the Nexus 9 will struggle against - despite the added power of the Tegra K1 processor. 

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SlashGear

The iPad-Killer blueprint

from SlashGear

This device is great, but it might not be meant for you. If you're a developer and want to keep up with Google's Android builds, starting with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, then this is the tablet you're looking for.

The Google Nexus 9 made by HTC comes in several different iterations. You can purchase it in Indigo Black, Lunar White, or Sand color. You can also purchase it in Wi-Fi-only (like the model we've reviewed here) or with 4G LTE connectivity through AT&T...

More

This device is great, but it might not be meant for you. If you're a developer and want to keep up with Google's Android builds, starting with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, then this is the tablet you're looking for.

The Google Nexus 9 made by HTC comes in several different iterations. You can purchase it in Indigo Black, Lunar White, or Sand color. You can also purchase it in Wi-Fi-only (like the model we've reviewed here) or with 4G LTE connectivity through AT&T.

There's also a couple of different internal storage sizes available, either 16GB or 32GB. The 16GB Wi-fi-only model we have here in black will cost you $399.00 USD from the Google Store at the time this review is published. 

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Wired

A productivity, work-forward device

from Wired

The Nexus 9 is a really good tablet. It not a speed demon, and doesn’t blow your mind in any one way (except the exceptional audio), but for $400 it’s a very solid choice, and if you’re wanting an Android tablet I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

Read full review

The Nexus 9 is a really good tablet. It not a speed demon, and doesn’t blow your mind in any one way (except the exceptional audio), but for $400 it’s a very solid choice, and if you’re wanting an Android tablet I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

Read full review

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The Indian Express

Buy it for Android Lollipop

from The Indian Express

The Nexus 9 is an impressive Android tablet for regular usage and Lollipop makes it a sweeter deal. However, should you actually invest more money in buying the 32GB version? To me, spending Rs 16,000 more (initial price of Rs 44,900) for around 14GB extra usable storage and a SIM card slot for o...More

The Nexus 9 is an impressive Android tablet for regular usage and Lollipop makes it a sweeter deal. However, should you actually invest more money in buying the 32GB version? To me, spending Rs 16,000 more (initial price of Rs 44,900) for around 14GB extra usable storage and a SIM card slot for only data makes little sense. At this price, the iPad Air 2 64GB WiFi only model is a better deal at Rs 40,900 thanks to a bigger and better 9.7-inch display. And as far as the SIM card slot is concerned, if you cannot make calls, you can live without it. You can always connect via your mobile hotspot or WiFi. If the pricing remains the same when it is available in India, then buying the Nexus 9 16GB makes more sense- that is, if you want an Android Lollipop tablet. Else, opt for an iPad.

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The Indian Express

Buy it for Android Lollipop

from The Indian Express

The Nexus 9 is an impressive Android tablet for regular usage and Lollipop makes it a sweeter deal. However, should you actually invest more money in buying the 32GB version? To me, spending Rs 16,000 more (initial price of Rs 44,900) for around 14GB extra usable storage and a SIM card slot for o...More

The Nexus 9 is an impressive Android tablet for regular usage and Lollipop makes it a sweeter deal. However, should you actually invest more money in buying the 32GB version? To me, spending Rs 16,000 more (initial price of Rs 44,900) for around 14GB extra usable storage and a SIM card slot for only data makes little sense. At this price, the iPad Air 2 64GB WiFi only model is a better deal at Rs 40,900 thanks to a bigger and better 9.7-inch display. And as far as the SIM card slot is concerned, if you cannot make calls, you can live without it. You can always connect via your mobile hotspot or WiFi. If the pricing remains the same when it is available in India, then buying the Nexus 9 16GB makes more sense- that is, if you want an Android Lollipop tablet. Else, opt for an iPad.

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Coolsmartphone

A premium device with great sound running an amazing new version of the OS

from Coolsmartphone

A great quality device with fantastic sound, but not quite as polished a package as I'd have expected.

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A great quality device with fantastic sound, but not quite as polished a package as I'd have expected.

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iTechTriad

Google's best software in a sleek HTC body

from iTechTriad

The Nexus 9 is certainly a great tablet for the Android/Nexus junkie, but for the average consumer I can’t really recommend it simply because of the price tag. It’s great don’t get me wrong, but for the price point it’s not. This tablet has a lot of highlights and could be...More

The Nexus 9 is certainly a great tablet for the Android/Nexus junkie, but for the average consumer I can’t really recommend it simply because of the price tag. It’s great don’t get me wrong, but for the price point it’s not. This tablet has a lot of highlights and could be great, it just needs some fine tuning. HTC has already done that in minor ways by refining the buttons and also fixing some issues with the display.

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uSwitch

A very good tablet

from uSwitch

The Nexus 9 is a very good tablet, but it’s hampered by shoddy build quality and a slightly iffy screen.

We could forgive these on a more wallet-friendly device. But now Google wants to price it alongside the big boys, it’s going to have to raise its game. 

Read full review

The Nexus 9 is a very good tablet, but it’s hampered by shoddy build quality and a slightly iffy screen.

We could forgive these on a more wallet-friendly device. But now Google wants to price it alongside the big boys, it’s going to have to raise its game. 

Read full review

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Know Your Mobile

The best Android tablet experience of 2014

from Know Your Mobile

But what do I think of it? Well, aside from some questionable quality control regarding the review unit exterior it’s actually quite compelling. The performance is there and the display is pretty stunning, while Android Lollipop is hugely satisfying. The battery life is fairly average, howe...More

But what do I think of it? Well, aside from some questionable quality control regarding the review unit exterior it’s actually quite compelling. The performance is there and the display is pretty stunning, while Android Lollipop is hugely satisfying. The battery life is fairly average, however, and as with all Nexus devices it lacks memory expandability, although connectivity options are plentiful which is certainly a plus. As a multimedia consumption device this is a neat little package, although not as compact and portable as a 7in slate, it’s quite similar in size and portability to the iPad Air which has certainly proved a popular scale with consumers. On the whole I think this sits slightly behind the iPad in terms of design/build and battery life, but it’s not far off, and by this stage Android is definitely just as viable as iOS. For me it’s also A LOT more appealing than iOS as an ecosystem, but that is definitely subjective. Either way, this is probably the best Android tablet experience on the market right now.

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TabletPCReview

A clear case of excellent software and mediocre hardware

from TabletPCReview

The HTC Nexus 9 is a clear case of excellent software and mediocre hardware. It would be easy to overlook the hardware issues on a less expensive device, but here they are just enough to recommend users look somewhere else for an Android 5.0 fix.

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The HTC Nexus 9 is a clear case of excellent software and mediocre hardware. It would be easy to overlook the hardware issues on a less expensive device, but here they are just enough to recommend users look somewhere else for an Android 5.0 fix.

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