The Nexus 9 is the newest tablet in the Nexus line, co-developed by Google and HTC. It's up to date with the latest in Android software, powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop.
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Pro Fast, guaranteed updates
The Nexus 9 is already running Android Lollipop, and, as a Google-branded device, it will be first in line to get firmware updates, and doesn't have to wait on updates to manufacturer or carrier modifications before getting updated to the newest version of Android.
Pro Powerful processor has the highest specs on the market
With the Nexus 9's powerful Tegra K1 processor, computationally intensive tasks such as browsing large complex websites become very smooth with virtually no lag, even on very large infinite scrolling pages.
Pro Runs stock Android
No ugly, slow, or quirky manufacturer modifications, and no unremovable shovel-ware installed by the wireless carrier. Just the normal, clean, slick Android interface, straight from Google.
Pro Cover available with natively-supported hardware keyboard
You can get a cover that includes a natively supported keyboard. Setup is incredibly simple and automatically triggers NFC and Bluetooth to activate the keyboard.
Pro GPU can handle any game you throw at it
With its powerful Nvidia Kepler DX1 GPU the Nexus 9 can tackle any existing Android game you throw at it at max settings.
Pro High quality bright screen
The Nexus 9 leads the pack in terms of brightness, and is strong in other characteristics such as gamma, color, and outdoor viewing.
Pro Front facing speakers provide better overall sound
The sound quality from the Nexus 9 is better due to the placement of the speakers. Because they are on the front, they are crisper and sound less muffled than competing tablets that have them on the back.
Pro Great WiFi range and connectivity
In multiple reviews, the WiFi range stood out as being
Pro Lightweight at under a pound.
The device is just under a pound at 0.936 pounds, so pretty light. The dimensions of the device are 6.05 inches by 8.9 inches by 0.312 inches.
Pro All day battery life (6+ hours screen-on time)
The Nexus 9 can achieve a 6+ hour battery life with adaptive brightness and the 1/3 brightness setting
Pro 4:3 aspect ratio provides a better web browsing and reading experience
With a 4:3 aspect ratio, the tablet is wider when held in portrait mode. This allows for more words per line, or for web pages to be larger at the default zoom, meaning less pinching the screen to navigate a site.
Con No SD expansion, maxes out at 32GB
As with all other Nexus-line devices, the Nexus 9 lacks an SD card slot. This may be less of an issue for users who keep most of their data stored on cloud services like Google Music or Dropbox, or primarily use streaming services, but it does put a hard limit on the number of large applications like games that can be installed on the device, and makes the device significantly less useful without an internet connection.
Con Physical buttons are hard to press
The volume and power buttons are very low profile, and requires you to press directly down on them to get them to register. This makes taking screenshots , which requires you to press both buttons at once particularly hard to do.
Con Construction does not feel premium for the price
The back of the tablet has some give when pushing into it, making it feel cheaper and less solid. The materials are good, but do not feel premium for the price, and is a fingerprint magnet.
Con 4:3 aspect ratio is not fully supported by all apps and poor for video
The Nexus 9 has adopted the aspect ratio of 4:3 instead of 16:10 and some apps such as games do not support the new resolution and get rendered stretched. Most media is also filmed in a 16:9 or wider format, leaving less screen real estate for video, resulting in unsightly letterboxing.
Con Slow camera
The camera app lags for a couple seconds after taking a picture, making it annoying to take multiple shots in succession.
Con Speakers are average and have poor bass
The speakers are just average compared to most tablets, and do not perform well for bass ranges.