For the second time, I am reviewing the Nexus 9. I reviewed the LTE model when it first came out. It was pretty bad. I had heard that the Wi-Fi only model was better. Now, I’ve finally got my hands on a Wi-Fi only Nexus 9.
Of course, I installed Android M Developer Preview on it. That was pretty bad. The actual review of the Nexus 9 running Android M will be at the bottom. First, I’ll add three walk through videos of Android M, which all used a Nexus 9. The first was about new features. The second was about performance improvements where I actually had two Nexus 9s, one with Lollipop and one with Android M. The third video is with Android M Developer Preview 2.
And finally, the fourth video will be the Nexus 9 with Android M review. The first three videos are there for a bit of backstory, but this is really about the actual Nexus 9 with Android M review. The final video is a little long, but I think it’s totally worth your time.
Continue reading Nexus 9 with Android M Video Review →
By Rich W Woods
After waiting 100 years for Android 5.1 Lollipop, the images were finally made available for Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 FHD yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to flash it, since I had just formatted my computer and I didn’t want to junk it up with the Android SDK and 15 minutes later decided to flash it and make a walkthrough video.
There are lots of new features in Android 5.1 Lollipop, despite it being a minor update. Check it out.
Continue reading Android 5.1 Lollipop Walkthrough on the Nexus 7 FHD →
By Rich W Woods
I have been spending the last few weeks with the Nexus 6. Yes, it is a bigass phone. I decided to put my iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 in a drawer for two weeks in favor of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. While the Nexus 9 was a huge letdown, the Nexus 6 lived up to its name.
The big downside to the Nexus 6 is the price. The Nexus line of devices have typically been low priced. While most have typically been mid-range, the Nexus 5 was a true flagship that cost the low low price of $349. The Nexus 6 starts at $649; however, there is a lot of extra tech included in that price.
Continue reading Nexus 6 Review: A Bigass Phone →
By Rich W Woods
I was super excited to hear about the Nexus 9. I have been waiting for years for an Android tablet that had a 4:3 aspect ratio. I was never able to stray from an iPad (which is 4:3) because of this. For the first time, I had choice. Of course, when the Nexus 9 shipped on November 3, it was only available in Wi-Fi only and I like my tablets like I like my women: with a cellular connection.
The LTE Nexus 9 was “Coming Soon”, which turned out to be a month and a half. This was undoubtedly because of problems with Android 5.0 Lollipop, considering that Lollipop is still not available for either of the LTE Nexus 7s.
In case you are wondering why I was so excited about a 4:3 aspect ratio, it’s because it’s the same aspect ratio as a piece of paper. It fits more natively in portrait mode while current Android tablets, at 8:5, fit more natively in landscape mode.
Continue reading Nexus 9 LTE Review: It Needs Work →