HTC Nexus 9 Review

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As more than a year has passed since the last Nexus addition to the area of tablets, an upgrade was needed and has just arrived through the new Google Nexus 9, which is now under the wing of HTC. This Nexus is a major improvement over the last models, as it comes with the latest and greatest from Android, v5.0 Lollipop, has a powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, a large battery, wonderful design and many more features under its hood which will be addressed in the following review. If you’re searching for a very capable tablet, this 8.9-incher has a lot to offer and might be the one that will satisfy your requests. Keep reading to be sure!

In its retail box, the HTC Nexus 9 comes along with a dual-voltage charger, a microUSB cable for re-charging the tablet and making data transfers and the user manuals. The device comes on the market along with a great set of accessories, such as a magnetic cover and a keyboard, which are extremely useful, but keep in mind that they are sold separately.

Let’s admire its body, for it surely is an attractive piece of work. The Nexus 9 measures 228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm and has a weight of 436 grams, having a slim profile that looks and feels great. The build quality has “premium” written all over it through its solid, yet elegant body which is surrounded by a stylish metallic frame. The back surface features a soft plastic finish which is pleasant to touch and rejects fingerprints.

The Nexus 9 by HTC features an 8.9 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a pixel density of 281 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for avoiding scratches. The image quality is nothing less than great, with very wide viewing angles, accurate colors and good contrast. The tablet is also perfectly usable on the outside due to its good sunlight legibility.

In terms of user interface, the Nexus 9 boosts a fresh experience as it features the new and polished Android 5.0 Lollipop. The on screen keys for navigation have been changed, so you now have a square which represents the task switcher, a circle for the home button and a triangle for the back one. The homescreen has been changed and holds three application folders among the Google, Create and Play.
The app drawer has also been modified and is now shown on a white background.  Exploring the new Android will truly be a beautiful experience due to its improvements and optimizations; lag issues or anything like that are out of the question.
When it comes to its hardware capabilities, the Nexus 9 by HTC shows off a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, having a 2.3 GHz dual-core Denver processor, Kepler DX1 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and comes in two flavors, with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage which can’t be expanded due to the lack of a microSD card slot. Anyways, the tablet is an exceptional performer and will deliver a flawless experience.

At the connectivity department, we meet two versions. The first is a Wi-Fi only one and the other sports quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, penta-band 3G and LTE. Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac comes on both of them, and you also have NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and apt-X, microUSB 2.0.

For surfing the web, the default browser at your service is Google Chrome, which holds a plethora of options and settings underneath its friendly and stylish interface, such as desktop syncing through your Google account, data usage reducing through compressing the pages and much more. The pages are loaded very fast and look great on the tablet’s neat display.

The Nexus 9 comes with an 8 megapixels snapper with autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The pictures delivered reveal a good image quality, with accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail. The video camera is also very capable and produces some beautiful 1080p videos @ 30fps.
There’s also a 1.6 MP front facing on board for making video calls.

Some other things carried by the Nexus 9 that might interest you are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, a fitness application named Google Fit which syncs with other Android Wear devices, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for managing document files, Google Now as a personal assistant for helping you out on your daily routine, two very capable media players and much more. The Nexus 9 by HTC is an outstanding performer when it comes to audio output.

The tablet is powered by a 6,700 mAh battery and will last for 9 and a half hours of web browsing and almost 12 of video playback.

HTC Nexus 9 Review

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