It's really nice - the white little tablet Nexus 9. The manufacturer of Nexus 9 is HTC. Google lets different manufactures produce the members of the Nexus line, which I suppose leads to optimization for price and performance.

I have previously owned an iPad 2 which wasn't my cup of tea at all. I thought it was too big and too clumsy to carry around. It even felt clumsy to carry around in my bag, so it ended up on a shelf here at home. I also thought it felt slippery to hold without a case - and far too big with a case.  I do want to be able to hold the tablet easily with one hand. We weren't friends at all, me and the iPad. And I do prefer Android over iOS any time.

To me a tablet is just a tablet: If I want to write a longer text I pick my laptop with a real keyboard. But I have missed something to use when reading the morning newspaper online when having breakfast. Or a somehow bigger screen than my mobile for playTV when I don't want to sit in the living room by the family TV using my Chromecast. Therefore, Nexus 9 with it's 8.9" large sceen felt like the perfect size and the perfect companion. I think a 7" tablet is far too small, an 8" is a possability but this 8,9" feels perfect for my needs.

It seems like Google is clearing is stock of this now somehow old (2014) model, so the prices feels OK. They aren't cheap, but I hope this tablet will last for a couple of years and that Google will keep updating it.


I ordered the 32 GB version, which I feel is on the lower side, but it was the largest memory size I could choose. There is unfortunately not any slot for an extra memory card. On the other hand my Chromebook only has 16 GB disc, which I thought would be scarce for storage. So far, I have not had any space problems with the Chromebook, since almost everything is stored on Google Drive and not on the physical machine. I don't think a tablet would need any more storage than a Chromebook, so I'm probably safe. My Nexus 9 is the Wi-Fi version.


The build qulity is really nice. Nowaday a lot of tablets and mobile phones are made from aluminium and people frown upon "plastic things". I can however se positive things with plastic: It does'nt get as cold and slippery during the cold winter time and it is softer, warmer and gives a better grip. There's a metallic frame around the tablet which makes it somehow more durable when (not "if") you drop it. The design is very clean and elegant.

The screen is really, really nice. It's an IPS LED screen, which doesn't have the same intense colours as a AMOLED-screen (used in SAMSUNGS premium lines e.g.), but I do like this screen. The AMOLED is a bit too intense and colourful to me sometimes, and this screen feel sharp, detailed, natural and fast. I do like it a lot. The screens reacts really quickly when you use it.


The battery time feels OK. It's always hard to tell what's good and how long is long. The tablets get thinner and thinner and it's hard to put a lage battery into a thin unit. So far, I think the battery time feels like expected. There are plenty of tips on Google's support pages for Nexus 9 how to prolong the battery time.

Edit: After having used my Nexus 9 for a couple of days, I must say that I'm very pleased with the battery time. It's way in line with my old iPad, which I was really impressed of.  The new function Doze in Marshmallow really does it's job.

The Nexus 9 charges via the MicroUSB port. I have sen reviews that the tablet will heat up after a while, getting really hot at one corner. I have not noticed any of this. I guess some of the early problems have been removed since the tablet has been in production for a while now.

I ordered the white version, but I must say that it's definitely more grey than white. Not what I had expected or as it's shown on the internet.

The number of cases are surprisingly few regarding that the Nexus 9 has been on the market for quite a lot of time. I found a lilac case that I ordered, which was made to fit Nexus 9 perfectly. The generic cases are often either for tablets 7-8" or 9-10". Using a larger case than needed reduces the advantage of having a slightly smaller tablet.

The Nexus 9 weighs 425 grams which is quite light. I can easily hold it in my left hand, while having a cup of coffe or sandwich in my right hand. The Nexus 9 really feels light and easy to handle.

When I powered on the tablet it wanted to use the latest backup I had from one of my other Andorid units, a mobile phone. I said OK and then it started to download all my apps, which felt quite nice. Not having to redo all the downloading once again for my most used apps. Then the exciting part of the installtion process started: To update the unit to Marshmallow 6.0. I lost count of how many time the Nexus 9 said: "I have a new update - do you want to install it?" But after 5-6 restarts it was updated to Marshmallow 6.0. After only having tried it out for a short time, I don't think it feels like that much of a difference to the old versions of Android. But the latest and the greatest is always nice.

I've seen the power button mentioned as being hard and unsensitive. The Nexus which are sent out now has more distinct buttons which is OK to use. You can see them in the photo below.


The stored data is encypted, but if it should be any use with this you need to add some sort of screen lock. You can use gestures, PIN or a password. There are other nice things as setting up muliple user profiles. The Gmail application can load other email accounts as well. There are cameras both in front and in back (auto focus) so it should be possible to both take photos and Skype or take selfies. The screen opens when you double knock on it.

There's a lot of easy to follow documentation on Google's support pages for the Nexus 9. Do visit them.

The Nexus 9 will most likely be a faithful companion to me.

This is the Nexus 9 next to an iPhone 6.


All specifications can be found here.