Google Nexus 9 is a refreshing new figure in the tablet arena from the HTC – Google collaborative stable. There are few points which may give the conviction that this is indeed a good buy or may be just another model in the market. Well here are some of the points. We have drawn references to newly launched iPad Air 2 cause the Apple factory has so far been the market leaders in this space, worth enough to be considered as a benchmark
4G LTE connectivity
One of the least significant point to me, would be that the 32GB version of the tablet is LTE-compliant. This suggests that it will be support 4G-LTE connectivity.
HTC Nexus 9 is thicker compared to the new launched iPad Air 2 at 7.9mm. The new launched Air 2 is 18% thinner than its own predecessor. Again I would not mind this one, sinceI would prefer something substantial in my hands.
The iPad Air 2 uses a 9.7in IPS display with resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a pixels per inch (ppi) density of 264. A resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (2K) and a 4:3 aspect ratio has been offered by the Nexus 9 with a higher ppi of 281. The Nexus 9 uses an 8.9in IPS display with resolution of 1536 x 2048 and a slightly higher 281pp. Hence the resolution is identical but the Nexus edges out Apple in terms of pixel density. Display has always been the key factor of the Apple, and it is great to see a key competitor covering a lot of ground to match it in this area. The dimensions are 240 x 169.5mm of the iPad Air 2, versus 228.2 x 153.7mm of the Nexus 9.
The iPad Air 2 brings along with it an 8 megapixel (MP) camera with additional low-light capability and additional features like burst mode, slow-motion, face-detection, exposure compensation, and autofocus. There’s a 1.3MP camera up front for video calls. In comparison to Apple, the HTC Nexus 9 uses an 8MP rear camera with back-illuminated sensor, autofocus, and LED flash. It has a 1.6MP front-facing camera for video calls. Both iPad & Nexus are capable of recording Full HD video at 30 frames per second.
Now this feature seemed to be very significant to me and definitely seems to be a stand out in front of other competitors, the Boom Sound presented by the HTC family.
What is Boom Sound ?
74 percent of people in a survey in the US said they were more than delighted with the speaker quality of the HTC One, which was significantly higher to the iPhone 5, figure of 34 percentage points, according to market-research firm GFK. Now this very same feature has been introduced in the Nexus 9 device, it boasts of two front-facing speakers. With sound being directional, it makes obvious sense to place them in the front, something which has strangely eluded many other manufacturers in the past. Boom Sound uses the concept of bigger sound chambers backed with an amplifier to power the sound with minimum distortion
It is not just loud, but there is an equal focus on clarity where the software kicks on the basis of the usage like music, video or calls.
The body is part aluminium, something which may not appease everybody.
Google Now Voice
The Nexus 9 presents an a
dditional ability of Lollipop to allow access to Google Now voice commands even when the display is down. User’s can simply speak and the table will respond accordingly.
N9 promises battery life of up to 9.5 hours for media and WiFi browsing with standby times of up to 30 days.
Under the hood
Android L has moved from Project Dalvik to ART (Android Run time). Dalvik is a virtual machine used for executing applications in the past versions of Android. In simple terms we now have faster virtual machine that compiles apps once instead of, on every run. ART is faster and efficient than Dalvik, which means drops in processing time and subsequent drops in power utilization. Google Android versions has been all about projects which have key changes which improve the overall experience with every release. Jelly Bean had Project Butter where Android’s UI animations were targetted to run at 60fps. Kitkat had Project Svelte, which ensures the OS runs only on 512MB of RAM.
In the newly release Android L we have “Project Volta,” a concentrated effort of improving the battery life of Android devices. Android L has a new Job Scheduler which ensures that anything and everything does not wake up when the screen comes alive and majority of the activity is restricted to when the device is plugged in or has proper connectivity. Adding to the plethora of changes is the new battery stat tracker known as “Battery Historian.”
A separate keyboard dock will be available for the Nexus 9, certainly not something new in the tablet market. The
dock has a magnetic attachment and a folding design that allows users to position their Nexus 9 in two possible angles. I wonder how much will this be used, and the actual productivity, as it can only be used for emails or may be gaming. It is currently priced at £110 on the UK Google Play Store, which is quite a lot for a Bluetooth paired accessory.
64-bit Tegra K1 is one of the key features which adds to the Advanced GPU arsenal, which is adopted from PC equivalents. This alongwith 2GB of RAM serves to produce a quality 3D performance, this easliy beats Apple’s A8 experience.