Nexus 9 – First Impressions

I received the Google Nexus 9 a few days ago. I will be writing a more detailed review shortly but in the meantime here are my initial thoughts.

This is the 16gb storage version. This had around 8gb storage free. I am not sure why the storage is so low, considering this is meant to be a “pure” Google build. It runs Lollipop.

The Nexus 9 is made by HTC. The Nexus 9 is a 8.9 inch Android Tablet with a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3GHz, 2GB RAM. It weighs 426g and the battery is meant to last 9.5 hours. HTC’s trademark “Boomsound” front facing speakers are also present.

This is my first Lollipop device and pure Google Experience. Starting up for the first time, the new Lollipop setup menus seemed simpler and more logical. I was up and running in no time. I was excited by the fact that the processor was a Nvidia Tegra K1, meaning all the games I bought specifically for my Nvidia Shield Tablet would work on this tablet. Not so. Only T.E.C. 3001 worked and 3 other games had trouble running. Clearly these games needed updating. T.E.C. 3001 was absolutely brilliant on the Nexus 9, played using the Moga Pro Power Game Controller.

Battery. I need more time, but it does seem to zap juice under certain circumstances eg playing T.E.C. 3001. I will keep an eye out on actual run time to see if I can get around 9.5 hours. It is a shame this isn’t higher, especially as the tablet weighs 426g. It feels slightly heavier than other tablets I have used recently and yet it is lighter than say the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. But the illusion of weight does gives it a sturdy feel.

Smoothness. On the whole the Nexus 9 is a nimble affair. Typing on the on screen keyboard is very fast. I have experienced a few redraws of the home screen was pressing the home capacitive button.

And finally for now my lasting impression is those front facing Boomsound loudspeakers. The extra quality makes movies, YouTube and everything else a pleasure.

If you have any questions you would like answering for the main review, please let me know.

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