The Nexus 9, as I encountered it.
One-handed grip is possible.
The focus is off, but I was surprised at how thin it was.
Does it feel cheap? Let’s just say it doesn’t feel like $399. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 feels like money. See where my thumb is? That front edge is a bit sharp.
And we get right down to it:
Foxit Mobile PDF being downloaded directly from the Play Store.
But first I tried reading the PDF via streaming from Google Docs …
… the experience was miserable. The Best Buy store WiFi was jammed. I did a video of this but it’s not worth posting.
This joint, to grab the test PDFs:
How fast the site pulled up was amazing.
Something went awry in downloading. The iOS version of The American Magazine was unsuccessful:
Ignore the camera sensor interference pattern. I didn’t bother to smooth it with a filter.
I hogged the shit out of that Nexus 9. A fellow kept passing by to see if it was free. No damn way was I going to give it up when these downloads were taking so long! The near-300MB version of The American Magazine took about a half hour — that’s how overloaded the Best Buy WiFi was. But I was determined to do this damn test!
For the hell of it, I decided to try Adobe Reader too. Because it was already installed. And I was going to use that damn Nexus 9!
Adobe Reader and The People of the Abyss:
Adobe Reader and Surface Japan:
Adobe Reader and the full version of The American Magazine:
All of that? Pretty miserable. Adobe needs to optimize its software.
Now Foxit Mobile PDF.
Foxit Mobile PDF and The People of the Abyss:
Foxit Mobile PDF and Surface Japan:
Foxit Mobile PDF and the full version of The American Magazine:
That was breathtaking! The Nexus 9 with Foxit kicked the ass of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 with Surface Japan!
And the rendering of the full version of The American Magazine was the fastest I’ve yet encountered!
That 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU combined with Android 5.x is a freakin monster!
I didn’t expect that level of performance from an Android device at all.
I was so stunned that after these tests, I went and looked at other tablets for a while (not doing tests, just light pawing) and then went back to the Nexus 9. I opened The American Magazine again and acted as if I was reading it. Paging normally. And damn, it still blew away everything else. It wasn’t my imagination or a hallucination. It’s not 100% of what I want, but it’s up there at between 90-95%.
After trying the Nexus 9, I came upon the Mach Speed Trio 7.85 again. It still had Foxit Mobile PDF along with the copy of The People of the Abyss I put on it! So I opened it and — my god don’t waste your money on that thing! It was even worse the second time, after experiencing the speed of the Nexus 9!
I still need to get on an iPad Air 2 and attempt a download of the full ~300MB version of The American Magazine to see how it handles it.
So far, the Nexus 9 beats everything else I’ve tried and seen.