The first Nexus 7 was released in 2012 and Google asked Asus to work on a successor, which had all of its specs upgraded. In 2014, Google’s new partner was HTC and the Taiwanese manufacturer brought a bigger tablet, being the first one to run on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you’re not decided which tablet you should buy, below we’ll tell you more about the two products and if they’re worth their prices.
Google “killed” three birds with one stone: last year, the mobile market greeted a new smartphone (Nexus 6), a new tablet (Nexus 9) and a new operating system (Android Lollipop). Both devices were released simultaneously and they came installed with the latest mobile platform, which received an overhauled user interface called Material Design and many other improvements: the users can access their notifications from the lock screen, Dalvik was replaced with Android Runtime (ART) for a better application performance, and the battery life has been increased due to some software optimizations.
The tablet is powered by a powerful dual-core 2.3GHz Denver Nvidia Tegra K1 processor built with a 64bit architecture, and has Kepler DX1 graphics and 2GB of RAM, offering a great gaming experience. The screen measures 8.9inches, it’s IPS LCD with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 281ppi and it benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches.
The drawbacks of the tablet are: the 8MP rear camera with a slow autofocus and the images are not as sharp as on other competitors; the internal memory isn’t expandable and it’s available in variants of 16GB (WiFi model) and 32GB (LTE model); some applications don’t run smoothly. The battery is 6700mAh and lasts 720 hours in stand by mode on 3G.
The Nexus 9 16GB variant is priced at 377 dollars, while the 32GB variant costs 405 dollars.
Its screen measures exactly 7inches, it’s LED-backlit IPS LCD and supports 800 x 1280 pixels at 216ppi. Though the screen is crisp, there are objections against it: it’s very narrow and it has thick bezels and the device feels kind of uncomfortable to hold.
It doesn’t have the fastest processor (Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 3), but it’s very responsive and the ULP GeForce GPU does its best to offer a great gaming experience.
There are is not microSD card slot and the storage options are 8/16/32 GB, the rear camera is mediocre at 1.2MP and there’s no front camera either. The battery is very small at 3950 mAh and it lasts around 10 hours when browsing the internet.
The price of the 16GB variant is 159 dollars, while the 32GB variant costs 265 dollars.