The Google Nexus 9 is the latest tablet to be released in the Nexus line, as it was announced back in October 2014 and released in November. It’s the second tablet built by HTC, and it looks like they’ve hit it out of the park this time around (instead of flopping miserably like they did with their first device). The Nexus 9 has quite a few selling points, but there are some that are irresistible.
So without further ado, here are 8 of the top Google Nexus 9 features:
The Nexus 9’s display is an 8.9″ screen that has a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, which just so happens to be the same resolution as the iPad Air 2. However, the Nexus 9 uses an IPS LCD display, whereas the iPad Air 2 uses a Retina screen. The screen is incredibly bright, and it’s made from Gorilla Glass 3 so it is highly durable and resistant to scratches and cracks.
The Nexus 9 sports Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, which is one of the first processors for mobile devices that is based on ARM’s 64-bit tech that made it to the consumer market. With Lollipop 5.0, Android now supports 64-bit processing, making the Tegra K1 chip all-the-more important. When the Nexus 9 was benchmarked against other mobile devices, it came out a clear winner by quite a substantial amount in just about every category.
Sure, price isn’t the most important factor to some, but to others, it’s everything. The Nexus 9 follows the ongoing trend set by other Nexus devices by being affordable. The Nexus 9 comes in at $399 for the 16GB model, which is $100 cheaper than its closest rival, the iPad Air 2. And, you’d likely be able to find it at a $349 price range if you really shopped around.
4. Improved Camera
The Nexus 9 follows the growing trend of putting better cameras on tablets. Sure, snapping selfies and shooting scenery with a big tablet isn’t the most convenient thing ever, but now that the Nexus 9 has an 8MP rear-facing and a 1.6MP front-facing, it’s not as pointless to snap pics with your tablet anymore.
5. Mega Battery
One of the biggest selling points of the Nexus 9 is its great 6,700mAh battery that will last for over 8.5 hours with continuous usage. This makes the Nexus 9 just a notch above other Android tablets. And, because of the Nexus 9 having Lollipop, the 9’s battery life gets another boost because of the software’s native emergency battery saver mode, which detects when the device is low on power and automatically reduces the brightness and CPU power to get another hour and a half out of the device.
6. Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android’s latest software update, Lollipop, is probably the Nexus 9’s biggest selling point. The new OS is more intuitive and functional than its predecessor, with major modifications to the notifications system. It has also upgraded security in the form of SELinux and encryption features, so your device has more protection to the data if your device is lost or stolen.
7. First to Get Android Updates
If you’re always in the need for the latest Android updates as soon as they are released, the Google Nexus 9 tablet is your best bet, since Nexus devices receive updates first. The Nexus 9 is unskinned, so that means it doesn’t have to jump through hoops to get approval from Verizon or Sprint or any wireless carrier. Instead, Google can push the updates directly to the device nearly instantaneously. To put this into perspective, my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet still doesn’t have Android Lollipop 5.0, and probably won’t until March or April, which is a typical timeframe for the Nexus 9 competing devices.
The Nexus 9 looks incredible — that’s undeniable. It’s slim and sleek, making it light and comfortable for both work and play. It also has a soft grip back so that it’s easier to grip without dropping.