Tuesday, October 21


Meanwhile, Back At The Android Farm...

They dropped the brilliant Nexus 7, when they could have easily upgraded it from last year's best small tablet to this year's best small tablet,*  and brought out the Nexus 9.

Which is...   Eh.

It's the first 64-bit Android device that I know of.  I'm not sure if the Intel-based tablets support 64-bit Android.

It has a 4:3 screen (like the iPad) rather than the more usual 16:10 on other Android tablets.  It has...  Nothing else special.  64-bit, 4:3.

And the 32GB version sells for $589, where a 32GB iPad Mini 2 costs $429, and is a lot lighter - 330g for the iPad Mini vs. 425g for the Nexus 9.

They'll sell a few to Android developers, but beyond that, I'm not sure who it's for.  The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 32GB is $649, but it has a larger, higher-resolution, AMOLED screen, and MicroSD for extra storage.

* Just swap the Snapdragon 600 CPU for an 800 and bump storage from 16/32GB to 32/64GB and you're done.  Add a MicroSD slot if you really want to hit it out of the park.  Everything else about the device is great.

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1 What's so good about Nexus 7? I have a 2013 model with a poor placement of on-off button. Had it for a year now and continue to fumble it almost every time. It's madness. It's painful to admit, but iPad is much better in that regard.

Posted by: Pete at Wednesday, October 22 2014 07:49 AM (RqRa5)

2 Low cost, great screen, small, light, fast enough, good battery life, comfortable to hold, no third-party crapware, perfect aspect ratio for reading books and email.  Not a good aspect ratio for reading the web, though; many sites are too small to read unless you switch to landscape mode.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, October 22 2014 02:27 PM (PiXy!)

3 "Add a MicroSD"
Hah, that's funny right there.

Posted by: RickC at Thursday, October 23 2014 04:17 AM (0a7VZ)

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