Is Google Nexus 9 Tablet Any Good?

It is time to a review of my new tablet, the Google Nexus 9. In this post I will tell you why I choose exactly this Tablet and what I think about it so far.

A couple of month ago I posted a review of my Google Nexus 5 Smartphone. I really like the concept of Android devices without a lot of preinstalled bloatware from the tablet vendor. With a Google Nexus tablet, you get a clean, smooth running, Google machine 🙂 The hardware is from HTC, but the tablet is shipped with a clean Android Lollipop installation. That is one of the main reason, why I choose this tablet for myself.  The Google Nexus 9 is available in both a 16 and 32 GB version. Only the 32 GB has the option for mobile connection as well. The 16 GB I chose does only have Wi-Fi. I manly use my tablet at home where I always have Wi-Fi, but if you want to use the Nexus 9 wherever you go, you should go for the pricey 32GB version with mobile 3G/4G/LTE support.

Great Display and Resolution

When I was comparing tablets before choosing the Nexus 9, one of the thing that was important for me was the screen. Google Nexus 5 is has a great clear 8.9 inch QXGA 4:3 screen (1536 x 2048 pixel). Watching photos and videos on this tablet is fantastic.


No MicroSD slot

The Google Nexus 9 has no MicroSD slot for extra storage. With only 16 GB internal storage, it would have been nice to be able to add some extra storage for photos, music and video. However, it seems like a trend in both phones and tablets these days.


For me, the camera on a tablet is not very important. Especially not when it is a tablet without SIM card, which I properly not will bring with me that often. Changes is that I will be taking my pictures with my smartphone or a real camera and not with my tablet. However, the camera in this tablet is pretty decent. It has an 8 Megapixel rear camera with LED flash that takes ok pictures, at least in daylight. I brought my tablet with me to the local park the other day, to test it. Below you can see some of the pictures I took:

Specification for Google Nexus 9

  • CPU – 64bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver @ 2.3GHz
  • Display – 8.9-inch
  • Resolution – QXGA (1536 x 2048)
  • Manufacture – HTC/Google
  • OS – Android Lollipop 5.0 (can be upgrade to 5.1.1)
  • Battery – 6,700 mAh
  • Sound – Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound™ Dual Microphones
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera – Main Camera: 8MP – Front Camera: 1.6MP
  • Storage – 16 GB (32 GB version also available)
  • Bluetooth® 4.1
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 ac
  • Weight – 436 g


  • No bloatware installed from manufacture
  • Nice, clean design
  • Great high-resolution screen
  • Main camera is pretty good
  • Good Battery time compared to other tablets


  • No microSD slot
  • It is a bit pricey ($397, May 2015)

 Gallery of Google Nexus 9


Overall, I am very glad that I bought this tablet. It has a great screen and clean Android installation right out of the box. I knew about the storage limitations when I bought this tablet so that is okay. With Dropbox and Streaming services, it is not that big a problem for me. Surfing the WWW, checking the news and Facebook this tablet is a great user experience if you ask me. With the great screen and speakers in this tablet, watching YouTube and other videos is also a real joy.

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I am an IT Professional that has this blog as a hobby project in my spare time. I have been in the IT business since 1996 and want to share some of the thing I have picked up over the years, with people who visit this blog.

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19 Responses to Is Google Nexus 9 Tablet Any Good?

  1. diamond says:

    I have been in love with the Nexus series ever since they started out..

  2. James Flynn says:

    I am impress with the performance of this tablet, It is much better than galaxy tablet that’s why i am using it.

  3. Sarvesh says:

    Which one would you recommend? Nexus 9 or iPad?

    • Thomas says:

      I guess that is kind of religion question. I would always those Android over IOS. No doubt that Apple makes great quality products, but I prefer the open Android system.

  4. Lalitha says:

    The Nexus 9 is a worthwhile alternative to the iPad for those who prefer Android. It even feels like an iPad.

  5. James Flynn says:

    The previous nexus tablet was just awesome, mostly all features like display and camera make it perfect smart tablet

  6. Hunny says:

    fell in love with Nexus 7 2013, and anxiously waiting for this Nexus 9, but the HTC name turned me off, since the issue I have with HTC phone…the purple tint!…HTC knew about it all along, but ask me 200 buck to fix it, since I discover it after 1 year…

  7. Thanks Thomas, Waiting for arrival of nexus 9 in India.
    Not sure is the specification will be same or not.

  8. Alize Camp says:

    I don’t like it because it don’t have microSD card slot to expand more storage and easy to transfer video from computer to tablet to watch.

  9. Sarvesh says:

    Well, To be honest I didn’t find any huge improvment that Nexus 9 brought. Yet it is one of the best Android tablets out there.

    I guess it’s still worth giving a try.

  10. Ankit Sharma says:

    Hi Thomas

    “Good Battery Time” and “High Screen Resolution” are the main pros which I like best in this tablet. Thanks for this helpful Nexus 9 reviews.

  11. Fakharuddin says:

    Love the Nexus9 for its awesome design and cool performance.
    However, thanks for sharing this nice review.

  12. Debdeep Biswas says:

    Hi, many thanks to you for this review on Nexus. I am also planning to buy it. And you have made my job easier by putting all the necessary info here.
    Thanks a lot.

  13. allmobiletools says:

    i have nexus phone, it performs very well. the design is cool and in my opinion nexus tablet also deliver great performance.

  14. Ashik says:


    Google Nexus is one among the best android tablet out there. It makes the perfect sense to give it a shot

  15. swati sharma says:

    It is one of the best Android tablets out there in the market i loved it. Sad part i cant add micro SD card.

    • Thomas says:

      Yeah, it is a bad thing that many hardware manufacturers have dropped SD cards in tablet and smartphones, but other than that I am also very happy with my Nexus 9 Tablet.

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