Review of: Google Nexus 9 tested by Vincent Version: 5.0 Price: 399 Reviewed by: Vincent Sergère Rating: 4 On November 8, 2014 Last modified: December 29, 2014
HTC wanted to place in the premium segment with the Nexus 9. Unfortunately, this is not quite the case, because of debilitating problems with the screen and the variability of the finish. These defects have been mitigated with a sweet price, but 400 euros, the price – quality ratio is not in favor of the Nexus 9.
It does not however have to stay on a bad print since the end tablet collaboration between Google and HTC has points in its favor, for the moment absent from all other products on the market. This is firstly the case of Android Lollipop, which marks a turning point in the history of mobile operating system. Once we tasted it, it’s hard to leave a KitKat, even changed the interface builder sauce or custom ROM. Nexus 9 may also be suitable for people looking for excellent performance since the Tegra K1 in its 64-bit version does its job, and wonderfully.
If you’re not looking for absolute performance or new software at any price, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 that can be found for just over 250 euros with ODR seems a wiser option. But if raw power and promise of turning what you sing dedicated deceived, but the tablet for you. more Details
Three years ago that HTC was not released tablet. The manufacturer returns to the front of the stage with a product that has caused a stir during his formalization: the Nexus 9. In partnership with Google, HTC has tried to design a resolutely turned towards the high end tablet to promote as it is a version of Android completely revised and updated with the arrival of Lollipop. Is the final product up to the challenge?
On paper, the Nexus 9 torque HTC / Google at all: a 8.9 inch screen with high definition (2048 x 1536 pixels) and a powerful Tegra K1 64-bit version, perfect to go along with Android Lollipop supporting finally, 64-bit processors. But datasheet is not everything, as we shall see in our test.
A fact sheet on top
HTC Nexus model 9
Version Android 5.0 Lollipop
Interface builder –
Screen size 8.9 inches
Definition 2048 x 1536 pixels (QXVGA)
pixel density 289 DPI
Anti-scratch Gorilla Glass 3
SoC Nvidia Tegra K1
Processor (CPU) 2 x 64-bit Denver @ 2.3GHz
Graphics chip (GPU) Kepler GK20A
Memory (RAM) 2GB LPDDR3
Internal memory (ROM) 16 or 32 GB
Camera (back) 8 megapixel camera (f / 2.4)
Camera (front) 1.6 megapixel camera (f / 2.4)
Video recording Full HD (1080p)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 + 5 GHz MIMO 2×2)
Brightness Sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer
(Input / output) Micro USB 2.0
Water resistance No
6700 mAh removable battery
Dimensions 153.68 x 228.25 x 7.95 mm
Weight 425 grams (Wi-Fi)
436 grams (4G)
Black colors blue, lunar white sand
Price € 399 (16GB WiFi)
€ 489 (32GB WiFi)
€ 569 (32GB 4G)
A design (too) perfectible
Nexus 9 does not fully review the codes of the Nexus 7, 2013, and retains its good points, while adding new ones. It retains a very reasonable weight (425 grams here for a WiFi tablet and 436 grams for its 4G Version), a soft touch back pleasant to grip and a narrow format.
Then of course, going from a 7-inch tablet with a 8.9-inch slate, which requires a change of known size: taking a product measuring 228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm. So it’s not the thinnest tablet at the moment. In hand, perfection is frieze: a soft touch back, elegant metal brackets and a screen that leaves pleasantly finger swipe. If it were not for that catch edges tad finger, it would approach the faultless, especially the black frame around the screen is sufficiently fine. On the black version, the back soft touch unfortunately too brand fingerprints.
Among the small flaws, this lightweight hollow impression in the center of the tablet, under the back cover. Pressing the Nexus logo, we feel that the plastic sags a few millimeters. On our black version purchased commercially, the problem is less pronounced than on the white version lending. But in both cases, the strength of feeling is not at the rendezvous because of this plastic hard enough. A problem that remind us the Shield Tablet Nvidia had the same problem finishing. To illustrate this flaw, this is a GIF made by a Google+ user. Hopefully HTC will manage to quickly fix this flaw.
Another black spot: the photo sensor slightly protruding and rather unattractive. This breaks the impression of diagram that leaves this tablet.
For the rest, there is the jack at the top of the camera held in landscape mode, the right of the slice, the power and volume control bar buttons are on the right side (handy for use in portrait mode, less in landscape mode). Small black dot: best of our 3 test, a copy buttons were poorly finished since they are basic, slightly sunken, making their use impractical. The micro USB port is meanwhile down. Note also the presence of speakers in front, between the shell and the screen, which will collect unfailingly surrounding dust. Good point for his camera: it comes with an LED flash.
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A screen disappoints
The screen of the Nexus 9 is quite impressive with its high definition (2048 x 1536 pixels), as well as the iPad Air. Its screen is smaller than the competitor (9.7 inches), while giving a higher resolution than the Nexus 9: 288 against 264 PPP PPP. The brightness also seems high, but it is the only argument of the IPS panel of the HTC device. For the color temperature, contrast, clouding and light leaks, it is simply bad.
We will slightly temper our judgment on the three copies we received, three had the same problems, more or less pronounced: light leaks at the top and bottom of the slab and clouding (colored clouds that result from a lack of uniformity of the slab). White has nothing to do with a copy to the other, and bluish, or toward yellow. Unfortunately, we do not have (yet) the tools to objective measures, but it is clear that none of the three tiles is perfect, far from it. The slab of the Nexus 9 is still fished with good viewing angles, thank you to the IPS panel.
Android Lollipop: the purpose of the Nexus 9
At the software side, there is much to say. And for good reason: it is the first device available to be running Android Lollipop, version 5.0. The first thing that jumps when turning the device, the design of Android that gives pride to Material Design. The default wallpaper is for something, like the lock screen. One immediately feels a more advanced operating system, less outdated, with just the notifications now appear on the lock screen. Moreover, the center of the quick settings is also available from the lock screen. Even more practical: a shortcut will launch the camera directly from this screen.
The initialization of a device under Lollipop
Another interesting novelty is that Google Now is now the far left of the home screen and provides access more ra