The latest tablet from Google tries to stack up against Samsung’s larger variant of Tab S, which has some visual drawbacks, like the cheap looking dotted pattern from its back, but the Nexus 9 lacks the fingerprint scanner and has a more minimalistic design. Though, there are many similar features, such as the same variants of internal memories with capacities of 16 and 32GB, but here the Tab S steps in with the possibility to expand the storage up to 128GB. The Nexus 9 comes with BoomSound audio technology and the speakers are on the front edges, while the Tab has the speakers on the top left and right edges. Here are more details about these tablets.
The Nexus 9 might not be an “eye-catcher”, but it has a solid build, being very comfortable to hold and looks like its smaller sibling, the Nexus 7, featuring soft-touch plastic on its back. The bezels are wide, the thickness is 8mm and the device is available in two variants of weights: 425 (WiFi) and 436 g (3G/LTE). Its screen is 8.9-inch QXGA IPS LCD with 2048x1536 pixels resolution and 281ppi, and the aspect ratio is 4:3. The screen is crisp and clear, but it can’t compete with Samsung’s QHD Super AMOLED display.
Regarding the processor, it’s an Nvidia Tegra K1 dual core with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, which gives a great performance paired with Kepler DX1 graphics and 2GB of RAM.
Its back camera is 8MP and has known features such as LED flash, autofocus and 1080p@30fps video capture, and the front camera is pretty poor at 1.6MP. The battery has an average capacity of 6700mAh which lasts 9 hours and 30 minutes when surfing the net or doing other things.
The tablet, along with the Nexus 6 smartphone, came loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, offering an amazing experience thanks to the new features that were added. In terms of connectivity, the Nexus 9 supports WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and has a microUSB port for charging/data transfer. It comes with NFC and it’s DLNA compatible.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
As we were saying, the Tab S features a plastic back with perforated dots. However, it’s thinner than its rival, measuring 6.6mm, and has a weight of 465grams. The 10.5inches display supports a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels and 288 ppi, and at top you’ll see the speakers. The colors from the screen are vibrant and you’ll enjoy watching a movie or playing a game.
The power comes from the 7900mAh battery, which keeps the device alive for 121 hours if you’re only listening to music, and 11 hours if you’re browsing the internet or doing other stuff. The processor is created by the company, being an octa core Exynos with two quad core processors clocked at 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. The tablet has 3GB of RAM and a rear camera with the same resolution, but it excels with the front camera of 2MP.
It lacks the NFC feature, but it comes with support for WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and likewise the Nexus 9, it has a microUSB port. The Tab S also comes with an IR Blaster which allows you to use the device as a remote control. Currently, it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and costs less than 500 dollars on Amazon.
What you think is the best choice for this year's end? Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 or the well known Google Nexus 9? Make your decision and let us know in the comment section below, you can also tell us why.