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Nexus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – Which One Wins This Battle?


Tablets are less popular than tablets, but they’re still in great demand and new models are brought to the market from time to time. In November 2014, Google released the Nexus 9 in collaboration with HTC, while Samsung surprised its fans with the mid-range Tab A tablet, which comes in two screen variants. Below, you’ll find a comparison between these two devices and you’ll decide which one is better for you.


The Nexus 9 is a bit smaller and measures 228.2×153.7x8mm, being available in two variants: the WiFi model weights 425grams and the 3G/LTE model is 9grams heavier. It has a matte plastic back with the “nexus” logo written on the vertical and the camera is placed right in the upper left corner, having the LED flash below. The Nexus 9 has a micro-USB port with support for USB OTG and on its screen has buttons for Recent Apps, Home, and Back. The speakers are built into the front and they’re very loud.

The Tab A 9.7 measures 242.5×166.8×7.5mm and weights 450grams (WiFi) and 553grams respectively (LTE). It has a polycarbonate back with two circles – on the upper right corner and bottom right corner, the rear camera has square lens and it’s located in the top center. On the front side has a physical home button, surrounded by two capacitive buttons, and the speakers sit on one edge.

The 8inches Tab A model measures 208.3×137.9×7.4mm and weights 313grams.


The Nexus 9 comes with an IPS LCD screen sized at 8.9inches, which supports 1536 x 2048 pixels at 281ppi and has an aspect ratio of 16:9, while the Tab A has a larger TFT screen sized at 9.7inches, which supports only 768 x 1024 pixels at 132ppi pixel and has a 4:3 aspect ratio. It’s up to you to choose between a larger screen with a lower resolution and worse image quality, and a smaller screen with higher quality images that will please your eyes.


The Nexus 9 features a 64bit Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset with a Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver processor that is backed by 2GB of RAM and has unexpandable storage with capacities of 16GB on the WiFi model and 32GB on the LTE model.

The Tab A comes with a simple 32bit 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ 8016 processor that is backed by 1.5GB of RAM on the WiFi model, or 2GB of RAM on the LTE variant, and the internal memory is 32GB, but it supports expansion up to 128GB. At least, Samsung has an advantage over Google.


The Tab A is not a premium tablet and therefore, its specs are inferior. The rear camera has a resolution of only 5MP and it lacks LED flash, but has autofocus. Luckily, there’s a 2MP front camera for video calling and occasional selfies. The Nexus 9 offers an 8MP main shooter with known features such as LED flash, autofocus, face detection,. Touch focus and geo tagging, but its front camera has a lower resolution of 1.6MP.


For a tablet with its dimensions, the Tab A comes with a small battery of 6000 mAh, but which manages to last 11 hours under normal usage. The 6700 mAh from the Nexus 9 lasts 9 hours and a half in similar conditions.


On Amazon, the 16GB variant of the Nexus 9 costs $377.76 and the 64GB is priced at $401.18. The Tab A 9.7inches variant costs $267.55 and the 8inches model is priced at $227.99.