As of today Google is allowing preorders on its new Nexus 9 Tablet. Priced at $399 this little tablet sports an 8.9 inch screen with better than HD resolution at 1536×2048 pixels. Manufactured by HTC the Nexus 9 is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 2.3GHz processor and has 2GB of RAM to keep things running smoothly. I was disappointed by the 16 GB of storage memory with no available expansion and even though a 32 GB version is available, for a whopping $479, I wish Google would quit mimicking Apple in this respect. I was slightly impressed by the 8 megapixel rear camera, but it is paired with a lowly 1.6 megapixel front camera.
For a tablet in this size you can certainly get better or at least more for your money. I have been happy with my Asus built Nexus 7 and actually was considering waiting for a Nexus 9, but now I believe I’ll be jumping off the Nexus bandwagon for my next small tablet. Of course some people are super excited to be the first to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop and will purchase the product simply on that basis alone, but I feel that would be a mistake.
Even with my disappointment that this is not the product for me I am not saying the Nexus 9 is a bad device, it’s simply not a great device and for my first Android 5.0 experience I want the best.
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