Test: Nexus 9

Android 5.0 is neat, but is it better, and what is Nexus 9 without the new system?

Google’s product line, Nexus is pretty much designed to showcase the company’s Android operating system in its original form, but other manufacturers ‘ markup. The idea of actual hardware as the system is running is not always crystal clear. Last year’s Nexus models worked as prisdumpare, with excellent hardware to rude low price. This year’s Nexus devices Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 has gone up a step in price range.

Tablet Nexus 9 stands out for having a medium-sized screen on 8.9 inch, but in 4:3 format, with exactly the same shape and resolution as the Apple Ipad, but in slightly less surface area. Under the hood is also the Tegra K1 with a dual-core 64-bit processor on 2.3 GHz. It’s HTC that is responsible for the construction, and we can begin in the end.

HTC is known for its exclusive design. With his One-series of phones, they have made the industry’s best looking metal mobiles, but with, for example, showed the Desire to 816 could get plastic feel exclusive. With Nexus 9 successful, that did not show off. Despite the metal frame of the design exudes the plate isn’t any greater quality feel, the design feels vice versa right anonymous. At Samsung’s devices have the models in white always a harder finish on the plastic that makes them feel even more plastic, this reportedly to the white color otherwise quickly look dirty. Nexus 9 confirm that Samsung has the right, for less than a week of normal use before the matte plastic on our White Nexus 9 looks really dirty.

The screen then, it is good without being great. As is often the case with displays based on LCD technology becomes the black not really black, and at the edge of the screen light leakage occurs that makes the color changes to white. But the response, sharpness and color accuracy is impeccable.

4:3 format on screen has its pros and cons. Then it is the same format that the Ipad uses the right established for tablets, and do you just surf the Web, you big screen real estate while you easier reach over the entire screen if you are writing text, and on-screen keyboard covers less of the screen surface when you write. The biggest drawback is if you are going to watch the video. Then you get the movie in what feels like a narrow strip in the center of the screen with black bars above and below. Tv shows are getting better.

For TV viewing, a good pair of speakers be of value if you do not want to sit with headphones (are not included). HTC has equipped the plate with its Boomsound technology for better speaker sound in small devices, but I do not think they have succeeded. Sure, the sound from the speakers is better than on many mobile devices, but I compare with HTC’s mobile Desire 816, I think the sound is slightly worse, this despite the fact that the latter is significantly smaller and thus has less space for the driver. The actual magnitude of 8.9 inch I think is a nice compromise between a 7-inch screen which I think is too close to the phone and 10 inches, which easily becomes unwieldy to use in public transportation. The size also keeps weight down, although there are plenty of plates that are both lighter and thinner.

Chipset that powers plate is, for once, not one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon-variants, but a Tegra K1 from Nvidia. Clock frequency is at 2.3 GHz, but the processor only has two cores, compared to the four standard for Snapdragon. In return, use 64-bit chips instead of 32. It is used to calculate the performance according to the number of processor cores and clock speed will get a hefty surprise, for in all the tests we run, (Antutu, Geekbench, Vellamo, you name it), performs Nexus 9 phenomenally good, well over the top models with Snapdragon 801 or 805, and the only unit we tested that beats the Nexus 9 in performance testing is Apple’s Ipad Air 2. Nor is it just about the optimized for performance testing, when I run a graphics heavy games takes place the animations noticeably faster on Nexus 9 than on a device with a Snapdragon 801 even though the latter has a lower screen resolution.

The price one must pay for the high performance is that the plate becomes warm, especially in the over/left wing where the processor seems to sit. This time of year when the pinching of fingers at the bus stop, it might be great, but I wonder if the plate can overheat on a hot summer day. The system Android 5.0 includes support for 64 bit also means that you can have Android devices with more than 3 GB of RAM, but it has not taken advantage of this, but we must make do with 2 GB. The question is whether it was too low. At some point flashes an error message about low memory by and when I install Clean Master to check, it turns out that I often stay up and sniffs at more than 85% memory usage, this despite the fact that I have not had time to install very many apps. The said graphics heavy games takes upwards of 350 MB of memory but there should still be plenty of space over, and I can’t answer why Nexus 9 seems to use so much memory and if it will cause it to start walking slowly at even higher loads.

Possibly affected even the battery life. The subjective experience of battery life, which is also confirmed by our battery tests, is that the plate can not do so far on a single charge as we usually expect from a tablet. Especially in low-power mode, I think the plate runs down faster than a tablet. Do not assume that it is still running if you leave it a couple of days.

So we come to the system itself and the Android 5.0 Lollipop, raises some questions about what it is you actually test. Today is Nexus 9 one of the few devices with Android 5.0 but in two months, most top models with the Android have the system advantages of the new features in the system is no more than temporary. On the other hand, the fewer units that shows off Android in Google’s own execution without toppings from the manufacturer. It is in the latter the most tangible changes in Android 5.0 has been made. The system is neat, really neat. Where Android 4.4 most began to feel cluttered and messy feel Lollipops Material Design really designing.

There are many new features, too, but here, it feels more like an evolution rather than a revolution. To run time Dalvik replaced ART allows for example to apps is faster, but otherwise it is not perceived as a user. In fact, if you have a device with Android 4.4 and updating to Android 5.0 you will find it difficult to even find most of the news. For my part, I was often watching videos or similar to find functions, even though I knew they were in there somewhere. Take for example the priority mode. You can choose which alerts should be the priority, and you can then turn on the priority mode so you just get alerts from these, for example if you are in an important meeting. But the feature you can as far as I can see only find in a menu that flashes past if you adjust the volume.

Among the more obvious and useful news is the management of user accounts. You could already have several users on a tablet in Android, but the feature has been refined, and now there is also a guest mode where you can choose which apps someone who borrows your plate should have access to. As a further refinement of this feature is also what Google calls the “screen lock”, that is to say, the Tablet locked to a particular app before you lend it. Also this function is hard to find. First you need to unlock it in preferences, then see it as a discrete icon in the multitasking menu that you basically have to know to detect.

Some things in the Android 5.0 is closest to beta-character. The two e-mail programs have become, which is good, but you can not remove the icon of the old, non-existing email application, which now is only a reference. You can add multiple accounts in Gmail, but when I disconnect an Imap account to the app, I discover that there is no way for me to access emails older than two weeks. I get frequent updates of Google’s own apps, some much-needed such as when I start testing uses a third of the screen to clean decoration while it has too little space to show just the calendar neat, an update will be while I try and make the calendar gets more space. But some of the updates, generates only error messages when they are installed.

Android 5.0 is in no way a bad system and for the most part floats it on good, but neither is it the revolution Google sometimes want to try to get it to. The same can also be said about Nexus 9. It’s not a bad tablet, but it stands not charge enough in either price or properties (except possibly performance) to be an obvious purchase.

On the other hand

Erik M: I had high expectations in Nexus 9, expectations not met.HTC has had limited success at surfplatteområdet and Nexus 9 inspire no hope of improvement. As well as software that feels distinctly unfinished is the hardware is also in need of fine-tuning, and it applies to both the detaljfinnishen and the back is quite dirty even when they are afraid about the plate.

Questions and answers

How is Nexus 9 to surf with? Chrome for Android is not the world’s fastest app, it shows that the browsing experience choppy after all gunpowder under the hood. It gets better with tredjepartswebbläsare as Opera.

You can watch video on TV using HDMI cable? No, Nexus 9 does not support HDMI. Do you want to watch TV with it, toss with a 310 Chromecast kr when you order your Nexus 9 on the Android market.

How is the camera? No one buys a tablet to get a good camera, and hold that thought, you will not be disappointed at the camera. On the plus side, it has become much better in Android 5.0 and got some cool features like Lens Blur and photosphere.

Options: Easy to divert

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Android 5.0 Compact has not yet, but is thinner, lighter and also waterproof.