AnandTech Reviews Nexus 9


The Google Nexus 9 Review

Unless you’re a coder who is deeply into the internals of a chip, I’d skip through the history of the Denver or you’ll find your will to live draining away.

Bottom line:

… it’s hard to give a resounding recommendation of the Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 is a step towards a high-end Android tablet, but not the leap that Google was hoping for. If one wants an Android tablet near the size of the Nexus 9, I can’t really recommend anything else. The Galaxy Tab S falls short on account of performance and battery life, and despite the somewhat unremarkable design of the Nexus 9 I believe that it is nicer than the Galaxy Tab S. However, if one were to assume that OEMs are currently readying devices to truly carry the torch of the high-end tablet, the Nexus 9 is a hard sell. …

And still, it impressed me in handling the Google Books PDF test.

As for other tablets, is Samsung going to go up against the Nexus 9 with a 4:3 tablet?

Previously here:

Nexus 9: Sand Color
Google Books PDF Test: Nexus 9
Attempted Fondle Of The Nexus 9
Video: Dell Venue 8 7000 Vs. Nexus 9
Nexus 9: Four Devices On USB OTG
ZOL Reviews The Nexus 9
HowTo: Nexus 9 Root
ZOL Liveblogged Purchase And Test Of Nexus 9
HowTo: Nexus 9 Bootloader Unlocking
Nexus 9: Two New Videos
Nexus 9 Gets A Second Unboxing
Nexus 9 Gets Unboxed
New Video Of Nexus 9 Hands-On
Xiaomi Welcomes The Nexus 9
Xiaomi MiPad Versus Nexus 9 And iPad Mini 3
Third Nexus 9 Video Has AnTuTu Score
Second Video Of Nexus 9 Shows Speed
First Video Of Nexus 9 Is Ridiculously Artsy
Nexus 9: Hands-On In Vietnam
Nexus 9 Announced: Perspective
Alleged Nexus 9 AnTuTu Score
The Nexus 9 Leak Whirligig


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3 responses to “AnandTech Reviews Nexus 9

  1. I love reading about the chips. My first Mac was a speed demon at 8 MHz if I recall correctly. How far we’ve come. I usually read Chippy for the real skinnies on tablets.

  2. fm

    I think the summary is that aside from quality/build issues, this doesn’t operate like other tablets people have been using. This type of CPU architecture was last seen around 2001, since then improvements have been made in RAM cost and performance. So what you have is a CPU that optimizes while you run your program, which means the longer you run an application the more optimized it gets, up to its maximum achievable point. That means just jumping between applications for a few seconds at a time may not seem faster than competing devices. Which is where people may get confused, because that’s not where it performs.

    I don’t know how it is on other devices but I did just test Office. Loaded an Excel file with 1 million calculation cells, which calculates immediately. Then tried viewing various Word files, 10-40 MB, mainly images with comments. They scroll like viewing a modern PDF file, so no applicable delay, just visible, fast redraw on graphics. There are probably limitations, but it seems not for general work levels.

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