HTC Nexus 9: Conclusion

November 24, 2014 by Jamison Cush Reads (23,545)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

The HTC Nexus 9 is a clear case of excellent software and mediocre hardware. It would be easy to overlook the build quality if the device had a removable battery or expandable storage. And it might be easy to overlook all three on a budget or mid-range device. Too bad the Nexus 9 starts at $400 as of this writing.

Besides, HTC has a hard-fought reputation for excellent hardware. The HTC One and its successor, the One (M8), are some of the best-built smartphones in the past five years, making the Nexus 9 hardware that much more disappointing.

HTC Nexus 9 Black and White

Yes, the software ultimately matters more to the users than the hardware, and Android 5.0 Lollipop makes a compelling case for the Nexus 9. Too bad it’s not a Nexus 9 exclusive. Most brand-name and relatively new tablets should get it. In fact, the similar Nvidia Shield already has it. It too sports a Tegra K1 processor and is $100 cheaper. Potential Nexus 9 buyers would be wise to check it out before settling for the HTC Nexus 9.

Pros:

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop is excellent
  • Swift and stable performance
  • Decent battery
  • Attractive display

Cons:

  • Mediocre design, feels cheap
  • Lacks microSd card slot
  • Very slow to start up

Bottom Line:

The 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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