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Nexus 7 vs Nexus 9 – Do You Prefer a Smaller Or a Larger Tablet?

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We haven’t heard any rumors about a possible new Nexus tablet from Google, so we’re comparing both of the Nexus 7 tablets with the Nexus 9, which came loaded with Android Lollipop. If you’re considering buying one of these tablets, first of all you’ll need to decide what size the display should have. Then, you’ll take into consideration the internal specs and other features.

Designs

Both of the Nexus 7 tablets were created by Asus, while HTC was co-opted to build the Nexus 9. The first generation Nexus 7 had a similar design to Samsung’s Tab S, featuring a plastic back with perforated dots, but it lacked a frame and it was very thick at 10.5mm. It had a height of 198.5mm tall, a weight of 340grams and it didn’t come with support for SIM cards, so it was used only for web browsing. The second generation Nexus 7 came with a matte plastic back, but with the same thick bezels, although the thickness was reduced to 8.7mm. Both models were available only in black color.

The Nexus 9 has three color options: Indigo Black, Lunar White and Sand, it features a simple matte plastic back with a brushed metal frame and it’s much thinner at 8mm, while its height is 228.2mm. The WiFi model weights 425 grams, while the 3G/LTE model is 9grams heavier.

Displays

The first Nexus 7 is fitted with a LED-backlit IPS LCD screen measuring exactly 7inches and it supports 800×1280 pixels at 216 ppi. The second gen Nexus 7 came with a higher resolution of 1200×1920 pixels at 323 ppi, while on the latest Nexus tablet was placed a larger 9inches screen (IPS LCD) with a much higher resolution of 1536×2048 pixels, but which lowered the pixel density to 281 ppi.

Hardware

On the first Nexus 7 was used an Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor backed by ULP GeForce graphics and 1GB of RAM. The successor received a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro chipset that is powered by a faster quad-core 1.5GHz Krait processor that is coupled with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. Finally, the Nexus 9 returned to an Nvidia Tegra chipset, but it’s a 64bit K1 powered by a dual-core 2.3GHz Denver processor which pairs with Kepler DX1 graphics and 2GB of RAM. This was a big jump, as Android 5.0 introduced support for 64bit architectures and the Nexus 9 was the first tablet to benefit from all these advantages.

Storage

All three Nexuses have non-expandable internal storage and they have in common variants of 16 and 32GB. However, the first Nexus 7 has another variant of 8GB, while the Nexus 9 has given the LTE variant more storage.

Cameras

The rear cameras evolved from 1.2MP to 5MP (autofocus) to 8MP (autofocus, LED flash, face detection). A secondary camera received only the second gen Nexus 7, which was 1.2MP and it was upgraded to 1.6mp on the Nexus 9.

Batteries

The Nexus 7 2012 came with a 4325 mAh battery (16 Wh) which, on paper, lasts ten hours under normal use. The successor received a smaller battery of 3,950 mAh whose lifespan was decreased by one hour, while the Nexus 9 was equipped with a large 6700 mAh battery that should provide 9 hours and a half of life.

Prices

You’ll find the 32GB variant of the Nexus 7 2012 at a price of 175 dollars. The 16GB variant of the Nexus 7 2013 is priced at 149 dollars, while the 32GB variant costs 263 dollars. On the 16GB variant of the Nexus 9 you’d pay 355 dollars.