The HTC Google Nexus 9 Review – First tablet with Lollipop

The HTC Google Nexus 9 Review – First tablet with Lollipop

The HTC Nexus 9 is Google’s lead tablet, designed by HTC and first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The HTC Google Nexus 9 is not as big as the Samsung Nexus 10 and not as small as the ASUS Nexus 7 but it is in between them. If you are looking to upgrade the Samsung Nexus 10 and at the same time do not want to to step down to ASUS Nexus 7, HTC Nexus 9 is an ideal tablet for you.

HTC Nexus 9 is the first tablet which was launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Android by Google and the first of the Nexus tablets line to use a 4:3 screen rather than a widescreen. Android 5.0 Lollipop is the main reason of its shine. The design of the HTC Nexus 9 might not be too handy but combination of Lollipop and NVIDIA is getting the attention of many people.

Some of the key features of HTC Nexus 9 icludes 8.9 inches (2048 x 1536) screen size, 2GB RAM and the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. The HTC Nexus 9 features 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash and 1.6 megapixel front camera for the selfies. The HTC Nexus 9 has a metal trimmed soft-touch plastic back and of-course unlike the other tablets it also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. The 8.9 inches tablet features a BoomSound stereo speakers.

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• Nexus 9 Design


Google sets the Nexus 9 for criticism because the style and shape are very much comparable with the iPad Air 2. Although the HTC made Nexus 9 does not offer the build quality for which iPads are famous but the design is so much similar that a new user will say the Google Nexus 9 a clone of Apple iPad Air 2.

In the competitive race of modern days to be the slimmest and trimmest tablet, the HTC Nexus 9 is a medium sized between the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 and the iPad Air 2.Just like the ASUS Nexus 7, the HTC Nexus 9 has a plastic back cover, which is firmly strapped into a metal frame that runs around the tablet.


The HTC Nexus 9 can be hold easily by the rounded corners and fits perfectly inside of your palms without any difficulty when holding it in landscape orientation and the smooth texture of the back panel feels pleasing on your fingertips. The users of larger hands would be able to hold the tablet in one hand without problems, but small handed users would find some difficulty to take hold of when positioned upright.

The HTC Nexus 9, comes in black, white and gold colors with a soft grip and rounded corners. The brushed metal frame wraps around the body of tablet provides an edge to rest fingers on.

• Nexus 9 display and interface

Google Nexus 9 LD Display

Google Nexus 9 features 8.9 inches display screen diagonally, and uses IPS LCD display technology with underneath Gorilla Glass 3. A 2048 x 1536 resolution gives it a less-wide 4:3 aspect ratio that we’ve seen from other tablets including the iPad Air 2. This is different from the 8:5 widescreen ratio of the Nexus 7 and allows for more room when working on the new tablet.

Google Nexus 9 running Android Lollipop

The HTC Nexus 9 is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s latest operating system for smartphones ever. The Android Lollipop features a lot of nice features including the Material Design which visually pleases you on the latest Google tablet.

Here are the some main and new features of Google’s latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Android Lollipop features an interactive lock screen notifications option with cool quick setting menu to use. Notifications are now displayed on the lock screen and now you can clear them or launch corresponding apps without unlocking your phone or tablet. The quick settings pull-down menu is easy to get by swiping down from the top of the screen. You can read complete review of Android Lollipop 5.0 here.

• Nexus 9 Specifications and Hardware

Earlier when there were rumors that LG was considering to make the Nexus 9 it was reported that the tablet might have RAM of 2GB, storage of 16GB and a battery of 4600 mAh. But now of course when all the rumors proved wrong and HTC got the honor to build the tablet Nexus 9 is become the first Nexus 64-bit processor courtesy of Nvidia and its Tegra K1 system. The HTC Nexus 9 features 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash and 1.6 megapixel front camera for the selfies

Google Nexus 9 Design and Volume buttons

Solid Specs are one of the best attributes of HTC Google Nexus 9. We all know that it is the first to get the Android Lollipop but it is also the first to have the 64-bit version of the Nvidia Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip.The tablet also has the speedy 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC.

The Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets don’t have micro-SD card to expand storage, so that’s no surprise that HTC Nexus is also without micro-SD card. You can use Google’s cloud-based service as an alternate to the external memory card. Google also stated that the 32GB, 4G LTE model will be available soon in the markets.

• Performance

Google Nexus 9 Home Screen running Android Lollipop

The HTC Nexus 9 tablet is a fast performer and make you feel proud after getting it. Its cutting-edge Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver chip is a charging bull, ready to smash through any task. As it is the first 64-bit chip bolstered by a 64-bit OS, its CPU performance is the fastest and most powerful chips out there. Switching between the apps is very quick and the tablet remains pretty smooth when numerous apps are opened in the background.

With a very well made Wi-Fi connection, using internet with the the Nexus 9 is pretty fast. Web pages open as soon as your fingertip leaves the screen provided Wi-Fi connection is solid and large apps download impressively quickly.

• Conclusion

HTC Nexus 9 is the best Android tablet you can have these days. HTC has made a dazzling device with a beautiful screen and the up-to-date software from Google at a price of $399.

If you’re confused and not able to choose between the Nexus 9 and the iPad mini or iPad Air, we are giving you few things to consider. Look Apple has more apps in its App Store which suit a tablet sized scree and at the same time there are lots of apps in the Google Play Store also which suit Android phones. If you’re looking for a smaller sized tablet, we will recommend you to get the iPad mini because it is easier to hold in one hand than the Nexus 9.


But hold down for a minute if you want to use your tablet for work occasionally, the Nexus 9 would be an enhanced option to consider. Since HTC runs Android 5.0 Lollipop which has keyboard shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts work with Google’s keyboard for the HTC Nexus 9 and this makes the HTC Nexus 9 even more optimized than Apple’s tablet.

The Google Nexus 9 from HTC is the first tablet to run Google’s latest operating system, Android Lollipop 5.0, which would receive timely updates. The tablet performs with many apps open at one time, and switching between them is very easy. Google Nexus 9’s quality build, speedy performance and consistent updates makes it the best Android tablets.

But on the other hand there are still apps which do not work nice with Android Lollipop and certainly will take some time to update. Also without micro-SD card support only 32GB memory is not enough at all and Google and HTC should release the 64GB and 128GB versions of the Nexus 9.

If you are an Android lover and looking for the best Android experience on your tablet, You have no choice except HTC Nexus 9 to go with. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Read about our Affiliates Disclosure Policy here. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.