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  1. davinwv's Avatar
    There are a few hands-on videos on YouTube. The N9 looks pretty snappy & responsive in those.

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    10-16-2014 02:33 PM
  2. Google10's Avatar
    Transition between landscape and portrait seems slow on one of the videos I saw.
    10-16-2014 02:45 PM
  3. rews's Avatar
    Transition between landscape and portrait seems slow on one of the videos I saw.
    That's more of an android problem unfortunately. I can't remember the exact technical explanation anymore but it has something to do with the way android handles screen orientation changes by calling up a full redraw every time you do it. iOS in a side by side comparison handles this differently and noticeably faster on tablets.
    10-16-2014 03:10 PM
  4. djm7541's Avatar
    If it was a ten inch 4:3 screen, with the same CPU and GPU, then I would be really enthusiastic about it. But even so, even if I am already happy with my Nexus 10, I am going to buy this Nexus 9, I think. But then when I realize there will soon be Broadwell / Intel Core M machines coming out, I wonder if I should hang on to my money. Apple iPads don't interest me, because the file system on the iPads is hidden, and unaccesible, but maybe a Core M with Windows 10 would.
    10-16-2014 05:57 PM
  5. brosko's Avatar
    my guess on why they left it out was because they intended to do an all aluminum body at first this being an HTC device and then decided to switch to a polycarb for whatever reason (probably cost related). Either way they problem ran out of time to integrate wireless after. Thats my guess anyways.
    That's plausible, lame but plausible I suppose.
    10-16-2014 06:29 PM
  6. Carrtman's Avatar
    Sadly again no SD card support and non removable battery..

    Also 2gb is a bit underwhelming, I like the ratio a lot but I'll be waiting for the next Asus transformer
    10-16-2014 08:09 PM
  7. roninlb's Avatar
    I'll wait to buy when they realized they priced it too high, they're not selling like they expected and they eventually drop the price. If you look at the price of the new Ipad Air 2, this tablet is way overpriced. I'm not here to promote Apple stuff, cause I actually hate IOS, but really, this tablet is way overpriced.
    10-16-2014 08:55 PM
  8. neonworm's Avatar
    There are always some people that will be disappointed in new devices. Frankly, I think that the Nexus 9 is an amazing tablet, and I definitely look forward to purchasing it.
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    10-16-2014 09:21 PM
  9. flattie's Avatar
    Not in the slightest. I am more than happy with what has been shown on the N9 front. It ticks every box for me. I'm particularly happy to see the N5-like design carried over. Also happy to see tap-to-wake. The specs are strong enough for my liking and I've always wanted Google to try out a 4:3 ratio. In short, it looks like this will be my Nexus purchase for 2014.

    The N6 on the other hand...while I can't and won't argue with the specs (or price), the size is ludicrous and the design is lazy (and, for my money, ugly). This will be the first Nexus phone I won't be buying since the GNex, and that is a sad fact for me.

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    10-16-2014 09:28 PM
  10. VAVA Mk2's Avatar
    Sadly again no SD card support and non removable battery..

    Also 2gb is a bit underwhelming, I like the ratio a lot but I'll be waiting for the next Asus transformer
    Removable battery is a concern for you for buying tablets???? 0_o
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    10-16-2014 11:07 PM
  11. Carrtman's Avatar
    Removable battery is a concern for you for buying tablets???? 0_o
    Yes I have yet to find one with a removable battery
    10-17-2014 01:53 AM
  12. warmonked's Avatar
    Only disappointed by the price. I ended up ordering a Nvidia Shield after the announcement. The processor isn't the fancy 64bit one, but I doubt I'll notice. Also, it's $399 for 32gb storage and LTE!

    I don't think having 2Gb is somehow not using a 64bit processor to the best of its ability. You might as well say every 32bit tablet and phone has been underutilized because they had less than 4Gb of RAM.
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    10-17-2014 03:35 AM
  13. Carrtman's Avatar
    Well the competitors are offering 3 giga byte of ram and at least an expendable SD card slot.
    But the device looks really well built. The shield while nice doesn't offer QHD
    10-17-2014 04:48 AM
  14. freakyhair's Avatar
    Yes I have yet to find one with a removable battery
    Curious on why you need one? If you're worried about running out of juice, they make some reasonably priced portable battery packs.

    Otherwise, has battery life been that big of an issue on any of them of the lifespan of the product? It seems like when your device is 3 years old, and the battery is going downhill you can either get a new tablet, or pay someone to replace it (or do it yourself).
    10-17-2014 08:22 AM
  15. Paul627g's Avatar
    The shield while nice doesn't offer QHD
    I can tell you from first hand experience the SHIELD Tablet does have a very nice display w/HDMI out which is also a huge bonus!
    10-17-2014 09:02 AM
  16. jerrykur's Avatar
    I think it looks good. The only thing I would like is wireless charging. On a phone that I carry everywhere and need it to be on 24/7 wireless is a must. On a tablet it is definitely a nice to have, but I can handle some down time waiting for it to charge.
    10-17-2014 11:26 AM
  17. monkeypunch35's Avatar
    Ugh no SD Card, I'm not buying. It is the only thing keeping me from buying it. 32GB is not enough space. It's just stupid Google would not include one.
    10-17-2014 12:52 PM
  18. omegafiler's Avatar
    I'd be willing to live with the 4:3 aspect ratio (or at least try it out); even though I still think 16:9 or 3:2 is much better for a tablet. But then like many others, I saw they want $80 for an extra 16GB of storage. Even Apple doesn't try to rip you off that much... anymore. They'll at least bump you from 16 to 64GB for $100.

    I mean, it's not like we should have expected SD storage from a Google/Nexus device in the first place. But at least give us a reasonably priced option with more storage. A Nexus 9 64GB for $500 would have been great. That's really probably going to be the deal killer for me. I'm ready to happily spend $500+ on a tablet if it's worth the price. Which is unfortunate, because I'm liking everything else so far.

    So who knows... but right now I think I'm going to wait for the 8" Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact that should be out fairly soon. Sony keeps things fairly stock and still has expandable storage.
    10-17-2014 01:29 PM
  19. Paul627g's Avatar
    Ugh no SD Card, I'm not buying.
    I just don't think we are going to see a SDCARD on a Nexus. If Google was going to do it, they had their chance here with the Nexus 6/Nexus 9.
    10-17-2014 02:22 PM
  20. Carrtman's Avatar
    I'd be willing to live with the 4:3 aspect ratio (or at least try it out); even though I still think 16:9 or 3:2 is much better for a tablet. But then like many others, I saw they want $80 for an extra 16GB of storage. Even Apple doesn't try to rip you off that much... anymore. They'll at least bump you from 16 to 64GB for $100.

    I mean, it's not like we should have expected SD storage from a Google/Nexus device in the first place. But at least give us a reasonably priced option with more storage. A Nexus 9 64GB for $500 would have been great. That's really probably going to be the deal killer for me. I'm ready to happily spend $500+ on a tablet if it's worth the price. Which is unfortunate, because I'm liking everything else so far.

    So who knows... but right now I think I'm going to wait for the 8" Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact that should be out fairly soon. Sony keeps things fairly stock and still has expandable storage.
    True that I think ms almost nailed or perfectly with the ratio. The only downside of the sp 3 is the ridiculous price tag, an average one sets you back by 1.200 (with the keyboard) and I'm not willing to go beyond 600 for a consum device.

    My dream tablet would be the tf700 with QHD, 3:2, better specs and a removable battery.

    I mean paying a huge amount for something I should be able to do by myself isn't worth it.

    Also 100 bucks for +1 6 gig is a rip off. The best tablet right now seems to be the tf701 and Samsung note 10.5
    10-17-2014 03:25 PM
  21. too lame to come up with a good username's Avatar
    My "Official" Opinion of the Nexus 9's Specs:
    So, after letting my opinions on the Nexus 9 sit for awhile, I've come to some new conclusions. When I first created this thread, I was pretty much giving my very first impressions, and my first impressions were more of a rant. Now that I got that out of my system, it's time for me to talk about what the Nexus 9 actually is, based entirely on what we know about the specs. Originally I was mostly talking about what I thought the Nexus 9 should have been. This time I'll be judging it on its own merits and I'll try to be as objective as possible. I DO have to compare it to other tablets just to give it some perspective, though.

    The Processor:
    The Tegra K1 Processor has fantastic specs. 2 GB RAM should be sufficient. It's not as much as the Nexus 6's 3 GB RAM but the processor is probably so good that it probably won't make a difference. (But without actually using the device I can't say this with 100% certainty).
    Verdict: Great!

    The Screen Resolution:
    The 2048 x 1536 resolution puts it at 287 PPI, not 245 like a lot of earlier sources were saying. It's still a step down from the Nexus 10 and a far cry from the Nexus 7. It has the same resolution as the iPad 3, but since the Nexus 9 has a smaller screen it has a higher pixel density. However, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 tablet has a 2560 x 1600 (299 PPI) Super AMOLED screen. So the Nexus 9 screen is only slightly better than one of its main competitors. Also keep in mind that even cheaper tablets like the ASUS TF7 have a 2560 x 1600 resolution, and it retails for only $300. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 screens actually stood out among the crowd. This year, the Nexus 9 screen doesn't.
    Verdict: Booo!

    The Aspect Ratio:
    The 4:3 aspect ratio makes it pretty blatant that the Nexus 9 is trying to take on the iPad, since 90% of all Android tablets have an 8:5 (16:10) ratio. It's not the first Android tablet with a 4:3 ratio, either. 4:3 might just become the new standard for Android tablets in the future.
    Verdict: Unique

    The Size:
    It's right in between the N7 and N10, and all of the big players in the tablet market sport either 8 inch or 10 inch screens, with the only exception being the Kindle Fire HDX.
    Verdict: Unique

    The Battery:
    It has a better battery than the Nexus 7 but a worse batter than the Nexus 10.

    Unfortunately, the Nexus 9 can't be charged wirelessly while the N7 and N10 can.
    Verdict:Meh and also Booo!

    The Build
    It has the same soft-touch plastic construction as previous Nexus tablets. It does have an aluminum border around it, so it might be sturdier than the all-plastic Nexus tablets that came before it. Then again maybe not. I'm not sure if a thin strip of metal around the sides would make much of a difference. I don't know what type of glass is protecting the screen, either.
    Verdict: Meh

    The Speakers:
    It has front-facing speakers with HTC's BoomSound technology. Need I say more?
    Verdict: Great!

    The Cameras:
    The 8 MP camera with flash doesn't really make a difference, and it shouldn't. Google only added it to keep up with the Great Spec Wars but anyone who tries to take a picture in public with a tablet looks ridiculous. The N7's front-facing camera is 1.2 MP while the N9 has a 1.6 MP front-facing. I honestly don't know how much of a difference that makes.
    Verdict: Meh

    Overall Verdict:
    • It has two real upgrades over the N7 and N10: The processor and speakers.
    • It has two upgrades that don't actually matter: The cameras and the little strip of aluminum around the border.
    • It's in-between the N7 and N10 in two ways: The battery and screen size.
    • It's a downgrade in two ways: The screen resolution: It's nothing special among its competition, plus it's a step down from previous Nexus tablets. Secondly, it can't be charged wirelessly.
    • And it's completely unique in two ways: The 4:3 aspect ratio and the 8.9 inch screen size.

    The two upgrades and two downgrades just cancel each other out, so it's actually neither an upgrade nor a downgrade of the N7 or N10. And considering that it's in-between both devices in two ways, and completley unique in two other ways, I'm inclined to say that it's not really fair to compare it to the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. This is a completely new device that wants to have its own identity. And if the Nexus 6 is any indication, Nexus 9 wants to be one of the big players and go head-to-head with the top flagship tablets in the market. In fact, this seems to be the Nexus brand's new identity this year. That's why I didn't talk about the $399 price tag; if it wants to be one of the big players it's going to cost around the same price.

    So, I'll be fair and concede that the Nexus 9 is going to be a good tablet. It's not ambitious enough to rise above its competitors with a slew of amazingly fantastic specs, but maybe that's not what it's trying to do. Maybe it just wants to sit comfortably in the premium tablet arena without pissing Apple or Samsung off.
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    10-17-2014 05:24 PM
  22. Shilohcane's Avatar
    People are just ignoring what a 64 bit CPU is going to provide trying to compare it to 32 bit tablets specs. The NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor is going to make the Nexus 9 the most advanced tablet on the market with visual effects. It's also the first mobile processor to run 'Unreal Engine 4' . This Industry standard 'Unreal Engine 4' is the next step in tablets technology for graphics that can't be done with with shading, 3D effects and image reflections with a 32 bit CPU. The Tegra K1 64-bit processor is going to provide the quality of graphics than were on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It not as good as graphics as the current Playstation or Xbox but that is only a due to lack of electrical watts and heat dissipation that prevents it from being at those levels. If you are a high end gamer on Android then the NVIDIA Tegra K1 64 bit processor was made for your style.

    Unreal Engine 4 is a professional suite of tools and technologies used for building high-quality games across a range of platforms. Unreal Engine 4’s rendering architecture enables developers to achieve stunning visuals and also scale elegantly to lower-end systems.

    Unreal Engine technology powers hundreds of games as well as real-time 3D films, training simulations, visualizations and more. Over the past 15 years, thousands of individuals and teams and have built careers and companies around skills developed using the engine. Read more here https://www.unrealengine.com/products/unreal-engine-4

    Everyone talking about the PPI on the Nexus 9 can't see the Forrest for the tree that is in front of them.

    10-17-2014 06:13 PM
  23. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    Dude, you haven't even touched it let alone are in a position to post a review of it.

    This is what I hate about tech users at the moment, they judge a product without even using it. A device is as good as the *experience* you get from using it, not the specs on a sheet of paper.

    'Oh the product has X therefore in my estimation it won't be good'. Complete nonsense.

    I'm not trying to have a go at you specifically, but the tech community in general.


    Have an open mind and USE the device rather than passing it off as good/bad/whatever.
    Sent from my HTC One M8 using Tapatalk
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    10-17-2014 06:34 PM
  24. Shilohcane's Avatar
    This is the type of games that will run on the Nexus 9 but these are based on the "Unreal Engine 3" and the Nexus 9 & Shield with the K1 are the first Android tablet that supports the "Unreal Engine 4".

    10 Unreal Engine powered-games for Android and iOS - graphics feasts to enjoy on the go!
    10-17-2014 07:03 PM
  25. too lame to come up with a good username's Avatar
    Dude, you haven't even touched it let alone are in a position to post a review of it.

    This is what I hate about tech users at the moment, they judge a product without even using it. A device is as good as the *experience* you get from using it, not the specs on a sheet of paper.
    Well, the first thing I look at before I buy a device is the specs. Now obviously I wouldn't usually review a product that I've never even used, but I felt like I needed to post my new thoughts on the Nexus 9 because I had a negative overreaction when it was first announced.

    I'm still upset that there will never be another Nexus 7, but I've decided that I can't be disappointed in the Nexus 9 anymore. I was comparing it to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 when the Nexus 9 isn't even supposed to be an upgrade or even a continuation of those devices. Like I said in my previous post, it looks like the Nexus brand has a new identity, so it wasn't fair of me to blast the Nexus 9 for not being the 3rd Gen Nexus 7 or the 2nd Gen Nexus 10.

    And in my previous post I did try to talk about the Nexus 9 in the context of what Google is trying to accomplish with the device. I don't need to actually use the tablet to come to the conclusion that with it's $399 price tag of the N9 and the $649 cost of the N6 (plus a few other factors), it seems like Google is trying to join the big players in the industry instead of taking a loss and selling Nexus devices at a super affordable cost while undercutting the carriers. I'm pretty sure this new business model is one of the reasons that the Nexus 6 will be the first Nexus phone to be available on all carriers.

    So, no, I haven't used the Nexus 9 and I can only judge it based on the specs and not the actual user experience. Originally my judgement was that this is a huge disappointment. After thinking about it, the Nexus 9 doesn't deserve the criticism I lauded at it. This is a completely new direction for the Nexus program. Although I won't be buying the Nexus 6 or 9 because I'm a poor college student who simply can't afford them, I'm willing to accept the new direction Google is taking. Even though the Nexus program as I once knew it is over, and my Nexus 7 is now an extinct product, I no longer have any contempt for the latest incarnation of Nexus devices. If I didn't sort out my thoughts in my previous post I wouldn't have come to this new opinion. But I removed the word "review" from my last post because you're right that it isn't actually a review.
    10-17-2014 08:05 PM
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