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Pixel C versus Nexus 9: Age before beauty in this tablet showdown

In many respects Google now has competing product lines. There's Nexus, which since 2010 has represented Google's vision of Android on both a hardware and software level. And now there's Pixel — or, more specifically, the Pixel C tablet — which ... well, we're still not entirely sure where the Pixel C fits in. It's an obvious cousin to the Chromebook Pixel — right down to the Google-colored LED on its back.

But unlike the Chromebook Pixel the Pixel C doesn't run Chrome. It's decidedly an Android product and for all intents and purposes (so far, anyway) might as well be a Nexus. Stock Android, nearly identical to Android 6.0.1 on the Nexus 9. (The on-screen buttons are the lone visual difference.) Factory restore image, just like a Nexus. (And hosted on this same page, no less.

But the Pixel C and the Nexus 9 are two very different devices.

The look and feel

The Pixel C looks like the display got lopped off a Chromebook Pixel, packaged up and sent on its way. It's got the same anodized aluminum. It's got the same edges, for the most part. The same curves. (The same barely curved edges, really.)

The Nexus 9, meanwhile, has a much warmer feel. Soft-touch plastic will do that next to metal, any day of the week. Ultimately that makes it more comfortable for longer periods of time. On the other hand, the Pixel C is very much meant to be used with one of the optional keyboard cases. Or at least it's highly suggested. It's not that it's uncomfortable to hold, it's just not as comfortable as the Nexus 9.

Some of that has to do with its size — 10.2 inches to the Nexus 9's 8.9 inches. (That's the diagonal of the display.) But it has more to do with the materials, and how the Nexus 9 starts its curve to the edge a bit sooner.

Then there's the matter of weight. The Nexus 9 starts at 425 grams, while the Pixel C starts at 517 grams. Google's official cover for the Nexus 9 (which is what I use on it) takes the total weight up to 560 grams — just 8 percent over a naked Pixel C. (The $129 Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio, which we don't really recommend just because of how cramped it is, takes things up to 769 grams.)

The Pixel C doesn't have a lightweight cover, at least not from Google. That, in our opinion, is a pretty big misstep. There are two keyboard covers available, though. (Both for $149.) The "Pixel C Keyboard" — which uses magnets to very smartly affix itself — raises the total weight to 916 grams and adds another 5.5mm to the 7.5mm tablet. It keeps the display protected when not in use, but you have to slide it off the display to open things back up — and we're already seeing scratches from tiny pieces of grit. That's not good, to put things mildly.

The Pixel C Folio Keyboard adds leather and a proper back plate — and the tablet is meant to just live in here full-time, but again affixed with magnets — more than doubles the thickness to 14.5mm and takes the weight up to 908 grams.

Either way, you're essentially doubling the Pixel C's weight and thickness with either choice. Whereas the Nexus 9 can sort of just slip into a bag alongside a laptop (I carry a 13-inch MacBook Pro), the Pixel C and keyboard are a lot more conspicuous. The leather Folio Keyboard is a safer choice — with almost zero chance of scratching the screen. The metal keyboard cover looks better and is thinner — but has gouged our Pixel C.

And we left our photos largely in their un-edited state here. That's what my Nexus 9 looks like after a year of being lugged around all over the world. The finish is wearing off some. It looks like it's been used. It'll be interesting to see if the anodized aluminum on the Pixel C shows that sort of wear. (Though the front of the display already is looking like it's been rode hard and put up wet.)

Choose wisely.

Display

As far as square-footage goes, the Pixel C wins out at 10.2 inches diagonally. (And, yes, the Nexus 9 isn't quite a full 9. We've been OK with that.) That is, so long as bigger is better. The Nexus 9 took a little getting used to after two years of 7-inch Nexus 7s — not to mention the different aspect ratio. We went from (roughly) 16:9 — OK, 16:10 and 8:5, to be exact — on the two ASUS models to 4:3 on the HTC-made Nexus 9. That introduced the dreaded letterbox on a lot of videos, and that remains on the Pixel C with its oddball 1:√2 aspect ratio (that's 1 to the square root of 2).

But really it's all about the pixels here. The Pixel C with its 2560x1800 resolution has a few more pixels per inch than the Nexus 9 (308 vs. 281), and combine that with a less-yellow temperature and whatever other magic is being performed, and you have a display that's crisper, not as washed out and really makes colors pop.

You've got NVIDIA's Tegra X1 system to thank at times as well. For games that have been optimized for Tegra, you'll end up seeing more detail on the Pixel C than you will on the Nexus 9. That might not matter when you're using them separately. But side by side, it's noticeable.

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Performance

A confession: I had to look up what processor is inside the Nexus 9. I've been using that tablet for more than a year and for the most part have had no issues with it, outside of some heat while playing graphic-intensive games. (And that's exacerbated by the thinness.) And so I was a little surprised to be reminded that it's running NVIDIA's Tegra K1 system. And on paper the K1 is behind the Tegra X1 that's running in the Pixel C.

The Nexus 9 is the dual-core configuration of K1, with a couple Denver CPUs and 192 CUDA cores for graphics. X1 cranks things up to an oct-core (A57 and A53) processor and 256-core Maxwell GPU.

So what's all that mean for you, actually using the things? Performance on paper is one thing. But it all has to work well with the software. And right now, in the early days of the Pixel C, it definitely seems as though Android 6.0.1 is working better on the Nexus 9, with fewer hangups and app crashes.

But that's not to say you might not see a difference, particularly in games that have been optimized for the Tegra system. Again, you might well see more detailed graphics on the Pixel C, as we have with some titles. On the other hand, you might not notice unless they're side by side. But on normal, everyday tasks? The Nexus 9 probably has a slight edge here, if only for stability on both the OS and application front. Some things just don't play nice in landscape. (Too many things, actually.)

The bigger difference in day-to-day use comes with the battery, though. The Pixel C (again, by benefit of being bigger) has roughly 35% more battery capacity than the Nexus 9. It also charges faster, going from near-dead to full in about 2.5 hours. That makes a big difference in the middle of the day, should you need to juice up. If you charge overnight? Not as big a deal. But I'll take the Pixel C in this round. (And as an added bonus you can charge other devices off the Pixel C. Slowly.)

And it's worth a semi-annoying reminder that the Pixel C uses the new USB-C standard, which will start seeing more traction in 2016.

Speakers

And finally we've got the speakers. HTC has long been the industry leader on this front, thanks to its "BoomSound" feature in phones. And that mostly carried over to the Nexus 9 and its front-facing speakers.

The Pixel C has its speakers on the side, and they do a pretty good job of directing sound forward and not just shooting it out laterally.

But given the overall size of the Pixel C there's a noticeable lack of depth when you compare it to the Nexus 9. It doesn't sound bad — it just doesn't sound as good. Highs are decent, but there's just not as much low end.

Pixel C and Nexus 9

The bottom line

We wouldn't, as the saying goes, kick the Pixel C out of bed. It's a very compelling tablet on just about every front. But its increased size and weight over the Nexus 9 is something to take into consideration. As is the state of the software at this point.

And while we understand Google pushing keyboards on us at first, we still believe not having a more traditional (and much thinner and lighter) cover at launch was a big mistake, particularly given the method by which you have to continuously remove and stow the metal keyboard cover, sliding against the display as it does. Google needs to release a more standard cover, and soon.

And then there's the matter of price. The top-end 32GB Nexus 9 retails on the Google Store for $479 — $20 less than the base model 32GB Pixel C. And you can get the same SKU on Amazon for as low as $300. That's going to be a no-brainer for a lot of folks.

On the other hand, the Nexus 9 is a year old. Newer is almost always better, at least in terms of how long the device will ultimately last you. But we'll not begrudge anyone at this point who's finding it hard to choose the Pixel C over the Nexus 9.

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The raw data

SpecPixel CNexus 9
OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0.1
Display10.2-inch
LTPS LCD
8.9-inch IPS LCD
Resolution2560x1800
(308 ppi)
2048x1536
(281 ppi)
Aspect ratio1:√24:3
ProcessorNVIDIA Tegra X1NVIDIA Tegra K1
Storage32 or 64GB16 or 32GB
ExpandableNoNo
RAM3GB2GB
Rear camera8MP8MP
Front camera2MP1.6MP
FingerprintNoNo
Battery9243 mAh*6700 mAh
Optional LTENoYes
Dimensions242 x 179 x 7 mm154 x 228 x 7.95
Weight517 g
(1.139 lbs)
425 g
(0.936 lbs)
Keyboard weight399 g (metal)
391 g (folio)
135 g (cover only)
344 g (folio keyboard)
Combined weight916 g (metal)
908 g (folio)
560 g (cover)
769 g (folio keyboard)

* For ease of comparison, battery size converted from watt-hours using 3.7V for calculation

77 Comments
  • The nexus 9's software performance is worth dealing with the Fisher price design, trust me. Posted
  • +1. That in addition to the gaming performance, which in itself is simply amazing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How is it Fisher Price design? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Read The AC review of the nexus 9 or just push on the back of it, either way it's apparent. Not trying to be a troll just saying how it is. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I've read that a few times, I wonder if it's a batch difference, but my Nexus 9 (ordered on day one from the Google store last year) doesn't have a noticeable flex on the back plate. The Nexus 9 isn't quite the tight slab that the Nexus 7 (2013) was, but I don't have any of the complaints about the build quality, that the AC review (and a few others) did.
  • For me, the term "Fisher Price" does not just mean cheaply made. It typically means that the device looks like it was designed for children. This mostly refers to the use of bright primary colors. I find nothing about the Nexus 9 that would be considered "Fisher Price". Perhaps "Mickey Mouse", which can often mean cheap.
  • It's squeaky back Posted via the Android Central App
  • You mean the iPad I'm guessing? Air 2 is blazing fast.
  • I didn't mention the iPad and the iPad isn't definitely fisher price design. Posted
  • The pixel c has actual scored almost 2x higher on the 3d graphics and gaming tests than the ipad air 2.
  • fyi, nexus 7 2013 is 16:10, not 16:9 aspect ratio. Older model was 8:5.
  • Oh that's right. Fixing. (Thanks!)
  • 16:10 and 8:5 are the same, surely? Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, see, it's almost like i haven't been helping my 4th-grader with fractions this week. :)
  • hope that's a joke? since they are the same ratio
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16:10
  • The ONE thing I don't understand is that in Pixel C, the Android navigation buttons are at the bottom corners of the device, whereas on Nexus 9 the buttons are all on the centre. The Nexus placement is a TERRIBLE placement when used in landscape (as supposed to where the thumbs naturally rest and reach easily.) The placement on Pixel C makes a lot of sense...
  • And being the newer device, you could easily see them rolling out the Pixel's nav buttons to other tablets :)
  • I'm back and forth. There are lots of times my thumbs are in the middle of the screen. Or maybe that's just muscle memory. Haven't made up my mind yet.
  • Or, since Android is the king of customization, let the user decide where the button placement should be. Perhaps in 6.0.2? Posted via the Android Central App
  • This would definitely be cool. Posted via the Android Central App on Nexus 6 Assassin Edition. Android Central Moderator, Gonfaloniere.
  • I agree. I think way back on Honeycomb maybe they had a nice tablet UI. Now it's just a giant phone UI.
  • Yep. Said it before and I'll say it again. Honeycomb was underrated. It may have sucked from an underlying performance / code perspective. But the UI had a lot going for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep +1 Posted
  • I've only had my Nexus 9 for a couple months and I love it. I've been looking forward to the Pixel C since it was teased and now I'm stuck trying to figure out if I want the folio case or the regular keyboard.
  • They should have just used 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • this one is very similar to 3:2. 1.41 vs 1.5, they're close - right about in the middle between 3:2 and 4:3.
  • Nonsense I want the aspect ratio 2 by the square root of 52764949764646768675309 Posted
  • 'Aging workhorse'? Jesus christ. I know it's not brand new, but the Nexus 9 has been on the market for *one year,* a few months less than the 'elderly and frail' iPhone 6.
  • Can not a workhorse age? Can not a workhorse feel?
  • I don't mean this in a bad way, but seeing the wear on the N9 in the photos kinda gives it that "aging workhorse" vibe. Looks like it's been put to good use. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Heh. Yeah, that's kinda what I was getting at.
  • When I read that my mind kept thinking about Nexus 10. Would love to see the comparison with it too. Wasn't the resolution crazy high on that device?
  • Nexus 10 has a 2560x1600 resolution. I wanted to see it too, as I own a N10 hehe Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pixel C BLOWS the 9 away. Just got mine yesterday and wow…on every front.
  • I like my Nexus 9 a lot, but I'm glad I waited and bought a used one and not full price at launch. It's not nearly the quality I'd expect from a high end tablet. It has a bit of the cheap feeling quality of past Nexuseses in places, such as the back panel and light bleeding of the screen. There's also the low storage options, you really need the 32gb model. And it could use an extra gb of RAM too. It also takes hours to charge. All these things seem to be better with the Pixel C. It seems much more worthy of the price tag than the Nexus 9 was a year ago. But I'd still personally rather spend £200 on a Nexus 9 than £400 on a Pixel C. At least until Android offers more as a Tablet operating system. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've pretty much reached the same conclusion. My only wish (and this really isn't a big deal) was that the N9 had the same BoomSound speakers of the One M series (7/8/9/Max) which to me have a bit more clarity. I'm glad to see that with the Marshmallow update, the standby time has improved greatly.
  • Different designs means different things. Do you build the entire tablet around the speaker cavities of the M phones?
  • My mistake if I worded my comment incorrectly, but I was referring to an article I read a while back where I thought it mentioned that the speaker component itself was from one of the HTC Desire models, instead of the One M's. So that's what my statement about having the same BoomSound was about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not quite that simple. Talking the size of the cavity, resonance of the entire device, etc.
  • I forgot to mention the speakers actually. I really like them. They're not quite Boom Sound, but they're close enough for me. They make watching videos in bed much more enjoyable than on the Nexus 7. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You too? I love watching movies in bed! Unfortunately I have a crummy Lenovo tablet, so I prefer watching on my phone or the computer next to the bed. Either one beats the horrible screen and performance of an Ideatab.
  • Nice review Phil...way to balance the Shiny vs the old workhorse. But I have to say that I am loving the keyboard on the Pixel C it make a great "convertible" tablet/work device. No it won't replace my Windows desktop/Surface Pro, but it meets close to 90% of my needs (Plus some)
  • The keyboard is GREAT. Except the part where it scratched the hell out of my screen.
  • Thanks for reporting this Phil! I got the pixel C without keyboard for monetary reasons. Was thinking of getting it later as separate purchase. But now I'll just focus on a cloth carry case or such. Scratches on screen from keyboard would drive me insane... I'm drawing on Pixel, not so much typing :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Scratches Screen? Ohh no I don't like that. BTW does anyone of you still have a Galaxy note Pro 12.2 with Logitech Keyboard or Samsung Keyboard to do a comparison to the Pixel C . I have both now and I am in limbo of which one to keep now because there are + and - I am dealing with.
  • I have the note with the sammy keyboard and mouse- what are the "-'s" of the pixel? I have been wondering if the C is worth the upgrade. For me Ive yet to find a tablet to replace the aging Note Pro. Which is ok, as it works fine.
  • Everytime I saw them demo it I thought to myself, gee it seems that would scratch the heck out of the screen. Nah, I'm sure the built in some tolerance somewhere, they wouldn't do that.
  • Picked up a 32 GB Nexus 9 for a little more than $250 when HTC had their sale. VERY happy with it. It has the occasional lag, but it's a really great tablet.
  • Runs great on MM. Love mine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google just should've made this the Newest Nexus tablet and totally dropped the pixel naming of this tablet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That would blur the line between this and the Nexus 9 I think. Also the pixel name brings attention to the screen from a marketing perspective. Posted
  • for me - the Nexus 9 price was definitely right - I was lucky enough to score the 16GB version on sale from google a couple of weeks ago for $200!!!
  • No ones even asked... how does it compare to the venerable Nexus 10. I still have mine and although I got a Nexus 9 the Nexus 10 truthfully would have ran fine with MM if they'd just have released it... kinda a let down.
    Nexus 10 to Pixel C is more apples to apples kinda...
  • I think it's time to replace the Nexus 10.
  • He Phil!! I own a nexus 10. and was wondering if you think it is a good upgrade. I know it does not have gps or nfc :(
    Does maps and android device manager still work? thanks!! I REALLY appreciate your advice!
  • All these years getting to wide-screen TVs, and now people are going backwards just to keep up with the iPads.
    I prefer fewer letterbox videos. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think it's just to keep up with the iPad. Although, having used gone from a 16:10 tablet to a 4:3, I do kind of think Apple got that right. Apple got it wrong with 4:3 phones, where Android got it right with 16:9, and they eventually changed. I think maybe the reverse is true with larger tablets, and Android moving towards 4:3, 3:2, 1√2, etc, is the future. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As long as the future isn't black bars on my videos, I'll be good. Posted
  • Wow. Phil really has been using the **** out of that Nexus 9. Or just dropping it a lot.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I still can't quite understand what tablets are that good for. It's basically 2016, but wouldn't you rather just have a good quality 2in1 than a tablet? We still use keyboards for everything because typing on a screen isn't very tactile. Idk, maybe I'm alone here.
  • A real keyboard is definitely better than on-screen. I even carry a bluetooth keyboard for my phone. I often forget about my tablet for days at a time, but it's pretty forgettable anyways, lol.
  • I bought the N9 on sale to replace my 2012 Galaxy Note 10.1, but I returned it after a few weeks. Yes, it felt kind of cheap, but I put my tablets in a folio case, so that wasn't an issue. The biggest problem was screen responsiveness. It was inconsistent, at best, and was downright non-responsive at the edges, which made accessing the window shade notification very difficult. I had never experienced that much difficulty with a touch screen before. I thought I had a bad unit but I read a number of reviews citing to the same problem. The other big problem was the battery life. I was getting about 6 to 7 hours with normal use (some web browsing, emailing, short videos, etc.). If I played some graphic intensive games, battery life dropped to about 5 hours. To improve the battery life to about 8 hours I had to dim the screen uncomfortably. Then I got the Pixel C. The screen is bright and responsive and I have not had any problem with processor lag. Battery life is amazing; I get around 11 hours with normal use. I only have two qualms. First, that there are no cases for it yet (I didn't get either keyboard case), but that should be fixed soon. Second, that the side-mounted speakers, while decent sounding, are mounted right in the middle of the sides, right where you hold the tablet. Again, a decent case with a stand would remedy that problem. The Pixel C is the best tablet I have owned and I think Google screwed up by trying to position it as a convertible laptop replacement.
  • I'm on day three with the Pixel C could not be more satisfied. No app crashes and no scratched screen. Thanks for the heads up on the possibility of doing so. Yesterday I searched the web and could not find out what the screen was made of. I called Google and no one could tell me what it is made of. Also, there are no 9h screen protectors available for the device yet and no cases or covers or skins that appeal to me. While I was on the phone to Google trying to find out what the composition of the screen was I also inquired as to which controllers would be compatible with the Pixel C. Once again they could give me no answer. The only compatible devices were the two available keyboards. The performance of the Pixel C is other worldly. My thought is that as the software is written this device will just get better and better. Thanks for the article and it is always enlightening to read the comments. Posted via the Android Central App from my Nexus 6 or Pixel C. Edit: I really want to play Doom BFG!!!!
  • I really don't get why everyone is acting like the pixel-c is a new category of product. It's just an android tablet with a keyboard accessories like all the others. Nothing special about it aside from its specs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • °^^^ Yes. Posted via the Android Central App on Nexus 6 Assassin Edition. Android Central Moderator, Gonfaloniere.
  • Mmmmm, I halfway agree with this. On the one hand, I absolutely agree that neither the Pixel, or the iPad Pro, for that matter, are defining new categories in how we interface with the digital world out there. They both offer new features, sure, but they don't offer anything that we really could call an all new paradigm. They are just tablets with keyboards. Maybe this is the first time those keyboards are first party, but I have an iPad Air2 with a third party keyboard case, and can do 90+% of what an iPad Pro user could do. The Microsoft Surface IS truly paradigmatic, and neither of these devices are that or anything like it. They are, once again, just tablets with keyboards. So as far as all that goes, I agree with you completely. Amen and Amen. However, where I take issue here, what keeps me from full agreement is that there actually are some unique and exciting things going on here. In terms of instant gratification, as far as new features and product value, the iPad Pro is clearly ahead of the Pixel, but in terms of long term potential and progress, I actually see a lot more in the Pixel. Most immediately, this IS something new for Android, as prior to the Pixel, the term "1st party Android device" was something of a misnomer. Even the Nexus devices are mediated as they're not made BY Google, but FOR Google, or at best, WITH Google - by a rotating cast of active third party manufacturers which to a degree are competitors, and even become competitors with themselves in a sense by putting a Google phone out. But this new line is all Google. We finally have [in a relative sense] a "perfect parallel" in Android to the iPhone/iPad and the Lumia/Surface. So in this sense, this is all new - and to me, at least, VERY EXCITING! Also, the Pixel has "future" written all over it. If nothing else, in a world where split screen is rumored to be in Android N, and was very nearly in M, the unique screen ratio, and the movement of the buttons all seem built just for such a feature. It also seems primed to be ready for whatever will happen in 2016/2017 with the as yet unspecified intersection of Android and Chrome. So the Pixel has the potential to be the perfect device for what Google has around its next bend. However, with all the liabilities it has per this review, and for as much more expensive as it is, when the aging Nexus 9 is still rockin like a champ does make it something of a hard pill when the lion's share of its real benefits are still somewhere in the future - if ever coming! I was planning on buying the Pixel at tax time with the Nexus 9 simply being my "in case I can't afford the Pixel" backup. But after this review, I may just decide to not even take the chances, save some money, and just go straight for the 9. We'll see. I've got til tax time to make up my mind. But in any case, while its clearly overstating the device to treat it as "a whole new thing", it's also understating the device to treat it as "just more of the same." Cheers!
  • You know I'd seriously consider a Nexus 9, but there's one big thing standing in the way: storage. I use my Xperia Z2 tablet for media consumption and games. For those not familiar, it has 32 gigs on board, plus it has an SD slot, which I have a 64 gig card stuffed into. I like being able to have a crap ton of movies at the ready, and that's not possible on the N9 without streaming. The Pixel C's 64 gig option would work, but holy crap, that price! Then again, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is stupid expensive itself despite being everything I want. Honestly, and I can't believe I'm saying it, but a Samsung Tab S 10.1 is about perfect for my needs (price is really good now too). I could just slap Nova on it and call it a day. Now finding a 32 gig model..... That's a different story....
  • Best Buy has the s2 model, 32 gb, open box for $350. Turn in the Netflix paperwork to get free Netflix, thus making it about $230. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd love either lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm getting the C. No keyboard. SwiftKey thank you. If you think about it, a tablet is the kind of device you wouldn't mind putting a developer preview on. There's no doubt that we'll see an N preview with the new tablet UI at I/O. I think we'll be changing our tune about the OS and UI when that becomes available (May? June?)
  • Wait for the pixel C to go on sale like the new Nexiis, problem solved :DD
  • The keyboard scratching the screen sounds like a HUGE design flaw. Makes sense from the way it works though. That's gonna be a headache for Google once the complaints start rolling in
  • Once again Phil you have completely ignored testing multiple user profiles. The Nexus 9 comes to a crawl when you have more than one user signed in.
  • Huh! Now this gives me pause for thought! At tax time, I had planned on buying the Pixel C, along with the Nexus6p, assuming funds allowed for both. And if funds turn out to be less than I anticipate, depending on how much or little I end up with, I've got graduated tiers of "compromise plans" ranging from either the Nexus 6p and the Nexus 9 or the Nexus 6 and Pixel C, to a couple even humbler options, all the way down to just a Nexus 6, with or without a Nextbook Ares tagging along. However, I'm REALLY surprised to hear that the Pixel underperforms the Nexus in so many big ways, from software that runs slower on such more advanced hardware, to lesser speakers, to a keyboard that actually does damage to the tablet. I have no prob with the exquisite "velvet rubber" feel of soft touch plastic, nor the look of it, whether that be on the Nexus 9, or my Nextbook Flexx (a Windows equipped twin to the Nextbook Ares that I may have to settle for if funds require), or whatever. But I was a little bit underwhelmed by the screen quality - the colors just seemed so flat. I was also disappointed with the screen size on the Nexus. Now, I could somewhat marshal the first complaint against the Nexus 6 as well, though certainly not the second one as that massive 6" slab is AWESOME! I also would much prefer 64GB of storage on my devices over 32. I have yet to actually see the screen on the Pixel, but I don't even have to see it to know that I definitely prefer the size. I'm really intrigued by the new aspect ratio and what it can mean down the road, and from all reports, it's GORGEOUS! Plus, I have a MacBook Pro, and therefore know what I'm in for with the metal on the Pixel - and that prospect is really tantalizing! -AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST- as the alphabet soup parade of Android desert rollouts rolls on, the Pixel will get to ride at least one more float than the Nexus. That's just HUGE to me! But if it comes with THAT much baggage...and for THAT much more money, then I'm just not that sure I can really justify it, which is a total bummer.... ....the good news is that I do have until tax return time to make up my mind, and that a) gives them time to improve on the software issues, b) gives them time to fix the keyboard vs screen issues, c) gives me a lot of chances to audition the Pixel and "re-audition" the Nexus, d) and, of course, read more reviews. And perhaps the best news of all, it also sounds like if I do end up "settling" for the Nexus 9, that I'll still be getting quite a fine tablet, even if it's display and scale are somewhat underwhelming. Cheers!
  • I'd recommend the Nexus 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. I had exactly all 4 items. The Nexus 9 feels better in the hand and the performance is great. I'm even running the Nexus 9 with Android N, no complaints. As far as the Nexus 6P, it was a good phone but photo and videos would be blurred if you moved and it was too big, so I sold it for a slightly smaller Galaxy S7 edge which has both better image and video quality and good with one handed operation.. Not to mention it fits in your back pocket..
  • Thanks for the reply! :-) Tax time came and went, and with it my chances of getting any of these devices. My aging 2009 Mac finally crapped, and though much less fun, I sprung for a new Mac Mini instead. I do still hope to get back into Android someday soon, though. As far as the Nexus 6p vs the S7 Edge, it's a matter of priorities. I have no doubt that just as a handset all other considerations aside, the S7 is the better phone, nor do I doubt that the 6p without OIS is a bear for people with less steady hands (in which I include myself). I'm just so sold on vanilla Android that I'd probably spring for the Nexy anyway....and besides, just personal preference here, but I actually like bigger phones. I very briefly had a Moto Nexus 6, which of course was even bigger than the 6p, and didn't think it was "too big". :-) Cheers!
  • If the LTE tablet is important to you, and it was to me, the Nexus 9 is a better choice.