The Nexus 9 was the first tablet with Google’s Android 5.0, code-named Lollipop. It also marked HTC’s return to the tablet market after several years.
It has an 8.9-inch, QXGA (1536×2048) screen, giving it a 4:3 aspect ratio. This is an IPS LCD covered in Gorilla Glass 3.
At its heart is a 2.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. This is a 64-bit chip, as one of the highlights of Android 5.0 is support for processors of this type. The device has 2 GB of RAM.
HTC makes versions with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal storage. Like previous tablets in the Nexus series, there is no microSD memory card slot, as users are expected to depend on Google Drive for external storage.
HTC is also going to make an LTE-enabled version with 32 GB of capacity, but this won’t be available until later in the year.
- Android 5.0 Lollipop is excellent
- Swift and stable performance
- Decent battery
- Attractive display
- Mediocre hardware, feels cheap
- Lacks external storage support
- Very slow to start up
Quick TakeThe HTC Nexus 9 is a clear case of excellent software and mediocre hardware. It would be easy to overlook the hardware issues on a less expensive device, but here they are just enough to recommend users look somewhere else for an Android 5.0 fix.
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