Review: Google Nexus 9

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Review: Google Nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9, which is made by HTC this time around is a sweet new take on Android. The tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and comes packed with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display with 4:3 aspect ratio, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The dislay offers a reoslution of 2048-by-1536 pixels.

The tablet also features dual front-facing speakers equipped with HTC BoomSound. There are two cameras this beauty comes with – one is a 8-megapixel rear camera, while a 1.6-megapixel front camera is also included for those who like taking selfies.

Under the hood, the tablet runs on a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver processor running at a frequency of 2.3GHz. Connectivity options include quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, and LTE. HTC also includes WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyro sensor and compass, in the device.

The overall design of the Google Nexus 9 is very good. With a soft grip back and subtle curves, the Nexus 9 tablet strikes a slim profile that’s light and comfortable for work or play. Other specs include 2GB of RAM and a 6,700mAh battery.

Build quality is good, too. It features a thin bezel, brushed metal sides, and clean lines, thus making it sleek and sturdy. The 8.9-inch screen is big enough to work and watch on, but small enough to carry around in one hand. Since the tablet comes with a 64-bit processor, performance is not an issue – one can easily move between tabs to check email, watch videos, and edit documents, without experiencing any lags.

The Google Nexus 9 is possibly the most powerful Android tablet available today, thanks to its 2.3Ghz dual core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with Kepler DX1 GPU. The WiFi version comes with 16GB storage whereas the 3G variant has 32GB storage. But what’s strange is that both the versions do not have a microSD slot for storage space expansion.

Overall performance is quite good. In our AnTuTu Benchmark, the Google Nexus 9 scored more points than the Samsung Note 4, which runs a top of the line Snapdragon processor. The photo and video quality from the built-in cameras was also nice. Most of the footage came out with good details and great colours outdoors and indoors.

We also found the battery life to be quite good – we were able to eke out around 7 hours of battery life on continuous use. Overall, the Google Nexus 9 is a very good tablet, though some may find the price to be a bit on the higher side.

Price: AED 1499

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