Nexus 9 reviews roundup

In today's Android roundup: Reviews of the Nexus 9 tablet are out. Plus: Disney's Movies Anywhere app released for Android, and a visual history of Android

nexus 9 reviews
Credit: Wall Street Journal

Google's Nexus 9 tablet has been out for a little while and the reviews have started to come in. As you might imagine, the Nexus 9 is an important release for Google since it comes with Android 5.0 and is poised to go head to head with Apple's iPad Air 2. So how well does the Nexus 9 match up against the iPad Air 2? Read on and find out if Google has finally created an iPad-killer.

The Wall Street journal has a review of the Nexus 9 tablet, and finds it to be a bit of a mixed bag.

According to Wall Street Journal:

...the Nexus 9 is bigger, less portable and almost twice as expensive as its predecessor. With a 9-inch display and $399 price tag, it’s now competing squarely against Apple ’s iPad Air models. After using the Nexus 9 for almost a week, I can say that while it’s a great tablet, it’s not for everybody.

This all leaves the Nexus 9 in a peculiar place. It’s an outstanding piece of hardware, and the best all-around Android experience available on a tablet. But if you care about apps, you’re still going to lean towards an iPad, and if you care about productivity, you may well aim towards the Galaxy Tab S or even a Surface Pro 3 instead. And if you just want to curl up on the couch with a good book or movie, well, go to eBay and find yourself a Nexus 7. They’re still great.

More at Wall Street Journal

While I respect the Wall Street Journal's take on the Nexus 9, it's always a good idea to check out some reviews by customers that have actually bought one and used it. Amazon has the Nexus 9, and here are links to customer reviews of the following models:

Google Nexus 9 Tablet (8.9-Inch, 32 GB, Black)

Google Nexus 9 Tablet (8.9-Inch, 32 GB, White)

The black version of the Nexus 9 has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon, and the white version has a 4.4 star rating. So while the WSJ might have mixed feelings about the Nexus 9, Amazon's customers clearly like it by an overwhelming margin.

Here are some additional reviews of the Nexus 9 by other publications:

PC World: A powerful tablet made for everyone

Engadget: The first taste of Lollipop is a sweet one

The Verge: Maybe the only way to beat the iPad is to build an iPad

Ars Technica: A “premium” tablet with a not-so-premium feel

Forbes: Matches iPad Air 2 in performance, slams it on price

And here's a video review of the Nexus 9 by Android Authority:

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