22 Jul HTC Google Nexus 9
HTC and Google have some kind of a turbulent relationship. Despite HTC being the first major manufacturer who dared to release a smartphone with the then new Android OS, despite HTC being one of the founders of the Open Handset Alliance, despite the extremely well crafted smartphones and the immensely popular and innovative HTC One devices, Google never before gave preference to HTC to manufacture their Nexus devices. It came as a relief, but also as a surprise when Google and HTC announced in 2014 that HTC has been chosen to manufacture the Nexus 9 tablet for Google.
What is inside and outside
First of all the dimensions are a bit surprising, the HTC Google Nexus 9 is an 8.9 inches tablet with a 73.5% screen to body ratio, whereby the display is in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels at an approximate 281 ppi pixel density, it is a QXGA backlit IPS LCD screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen scratch resistant glass. The chipset is by NVIDIA, the latest high-end dual-core Tegra K1 64-bit processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, with the incredible 192-core Kepler GPU. Available are 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage variants, both with 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
This tablet has a less than stellar 8 MP rear camera and an acceptable selfie or video conversation front facing camera with 1.6 MP. There are also LTE capable models available. There are also two front-facing speakers in a stereo configuration with the HTC patented BoomSound technology. The internal Li-Po battery is outfitted with a more than proper 6700 mAh capacity. It is only 436 g, 8 mm thin and does resemble the Nexus design of older models.
Pros and Cons
First there are some less good sides to the HTC Google Nexus 9, like the already mentioned camera. But then there is also the back cover, which is, well, cheap –it does have the NEXUS logo on it, but it is plastic and it feels quite bad. Since that HTC almost never uses such garbage on their devices, this must be Google’s idea. There is also no microSD card slot, which is regrettable. The great battery seems also to be non-removable, but since that the back cover is plastic, there will be a workaround on YouTube in no time.
This is clearly a gaming and work tablet, with a mind-blowing 192-core GPU all games are excelling and the benchmarks beyond anything available at such a price. Now available for around 250 quid, you will be hard pressed to find anything that performs this well. Yes, the Nokia N1 is fun, but it is not comparable to the Nexus 9, particularly when games are being played. The BoomSound is an additional plus, YouTube videos, Netflix, everything is much more enjoyable if the sound is right. It is fast, it looks good, it performs well and it is affordable.
If you are purchasing this beauty in order to have fun with it, rather than doing something targeted, then you will have a lot of fun with it. Any and all games performed admirably and incredibly well. You can purchase a magnetic attachable folio/Bluetooth keyboard and convert this powerhouse into a workstation. If you are really looking for a gaming tablet, something you want to have fun with, then you cannot be wrong with this HTC Google Nexus 9. If you are rather looking for a business tablet, then you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which is perhaps a bit better suited, but costs almost the double of the HTC.