Nexus 9by Google

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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Lollipop--aka Android 5.0--is Google's best OS yet, and the Nexus 9 takes full advantage of it. Want to wake the device? Just double-tap the screen.
  • The 9's front-facing stereo speakers are ideal for playing games and watching movies.
  • The tablet is stocked with all the latest wireless amenities, including 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. There's also a 4G LTE option.

CONS

  • Although Google insists that its cloud storage can take the place of local storage, the Nexus 9 offers just 16GB or 32GB of the latter -- and no card slot for adding more.
  • The Nexus 9 may look like a premium tablet, but its backside is all plastic, and there's a lot of bezel surrounding its screen. It's a far cry from the elegance of an iPad. And it weighs more, too.
  • Google thinks this would make a suitable laptop replacement, but its magnetic Bluetooth keyboard costs a whopping $129 -- more than a third of the price of the tablet itself.
Google's Nexus 9 takes square aim at Apple's iPad, offering a premium tablet experience based on Android instead of iOS. Its high-resolution screen is wrapped in a brushed-metal frame and flanked by front-facing speakers, and on the inside it's packed with state-of-the-art hardware. It also has a premium price tag, with the baseline models starting at $399.
NameNexus 9iPad Air 2Xperia Z4Galaxy Tab S 10.5Fire HD 10
ManufacturerGoogleAppleSonySamsungAmazon
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If I'm honest, a 9-inch tablet (especially one that weighs in at 15 ounces) can feel awkward to use at times, even though the package itself…

If I'm honest, a 9-inch tablet (especially one that weighs in at 15 ounces) can feel awkward to use at times, even though the package itself is undeniably sturdy and well-constructed.

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Fingerprint sensors, 3D cameras and item-recognition software are a few of the fancy bells and whistles that you can find on premium tablets…

Fingerprint sensors, 3D cameras and item-recognition software are a few of the fancy bells and whistles that you can find on premium tablets today, but the new Nexus tablet offers nothing of the sort. It confidently settles on packing one of the most powerful mobile processors on the market and debuting the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.

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This is definitely a device for the power hungry. You don’t have to worry about the tablet slowing down when you switch between a graphics i…

This is definitely a device for the power hungry. You don’t have to worry about the tablet slowing down when you switch between a graphics intensive game and your remote desktop, for instance. It’s a tablet you can confidently use for entertainment and productivity.

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The Nexus 9 is undeniably a powerful, beautiful tablet and to top it all off, it’s running pure Android as Google intended. But will the all…

The Nexus 9 is undeniably a powerful, beautiful tablet and to top it all off, it’s running pure Android as Google intended. But will the allure of Lollipop, a killer screen, and long-lasting battery be enough to catapult the Nexus 9 into the big leagues?

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80%

The Nexus 9 weighs in at a 0.94 pound, which isn't heavy, but a tablet with an 8.9-inch display should theoretically be a lot lighter than t…

The Nexus 9 weighs in at a 0.94 pound, which isn't heavy, but a tablet with an 8.9-inch display should theoretically be a lot lighter than the 9.7-inch iPad. Yet Apple's device weighs almost as much: 0.96 pound.

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While we have no particular worries about the longevity of the Nexus 9 – it doesn’t feel poorly made, just not all that well finished – it s…

While we have no particular worries about the longevity of the Nexus 9 – it doesn’t feel poorly made, just not all that well finished – it seems like a bit of a middleweight contender for what is meant to be the standard-setting Android tablet flagship.

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The Nexus 9 is ringed with brushed aluminium, which looks smart enough; it’s topped with shatter- and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3; and…

The Nexus 9 is ringed with brushed aluminium, which looks smart enough; it’s topped with shatter- and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3; and it has a pleasingly minimalist appearance, too. Sadly, though, it’s undermined hugely by cheap-feeling plastic on the rear and underwhelming build quality.

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The Nexus 9 has two very good speakers and two not-so-good cameras. Both the 8-megapixel main camera and the 1.6-megapixel front camera take…

The Nexus 9 has two very good speakers and two not-so-good cameras. Both the 8-megapixel main camera and the 1.6-megapixel front camera take noisy, often washed-out photos.

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One of the best physical features on the tablet: the dual-front facing speakers. Not only do they pump out a lot of sound, but they do it ve…

One of the best physical features on the tablet: the dual-front facing speakers. Not only do they pump out a lot of sound, but they do it very cleanly—for tablet speakers, anyway. Because they’re on the front of the tablet, it’s nearly impossible to block them with your hands.

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Expect this tablet to EASILY last you a several-hours-long airplane ride or a very long car trip. If you're like me and use your tablet only…

Expect this tablet to EASILY last you a several-hours-long airplane ride or a very long car trip. If you're like me and use your tablet only late at night as you're setting down after your work day, expect this tablet to last you several days at least.

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The Nexus 9 is a step towards a high-end Android tablet, but not the leap that Google was hoping for. If you want an Android tablet near the…

The Nexus 9 is a step towards a high-end Android tablet, but not the leap that Google was hoping for. If you want an Android tablet near the size of the Nexus 9, I can’t really recommend anything else.

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I have found that battery life on the Nexus 9 is comparable to my first-generation iPad Air, providing well over one day of intermittent usa…

I have found that battery life on the Nexus 9 is comparable to my first-generation iPad Air, providing well over one day of intermittent usage that, during my tests, included about 90 minutes of video streaming, plenty of web browsing and other app usage, and plenty of time working on this review with music streaming in the background.

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If you need a tablet that can adequately pull double duty as a netbook-sized laptop, the Nexus 9 is absolutely worth considering. While ther…

If you need a tablet that can adequately pull double duty as a netbook-sized laptop, the Nexus 9 is absolutely worth considering. While there is room for improvement, I can confidently say that this is the best tablet out there (powered by any operating system) in its size range.

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Negative Reviews
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Screen cracks under pressure
Never a nexus, My screen cracked in the first month, I read about it and it's found that the screen has been known to crack due to pressure, quite easily. It was my case and it's not work replacing the screen. I instead got me an ipad.
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Disappointing successor to the nexus tablet line
After the highly acclaimed nexus 7 tablet from 2013, there were high expectations for the nexus 9. Unfortunately, those expectations were not met. Nvidia's tegra k1 SoC disappointed on many occasions as the UI stuttered in random places. For the price, it's hard to recommend this over an iPad, which makes far better use of the tablet's large screen and resolution.

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