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Like its Nexus phones, Google picks one hardware company to design its Nexus tablets. The Nexus 7 was built by Asus and the Nexus 10 was made by Samsung. This time around, the honors went to HTC to craft the Nexus 9.

Neither a 7-inch or a 10-inch tablet, the Nexus 9’s 8.9-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and Android 5.0 Lollipop are out to take out the obvious tablet king: the iPad Air 2.

Starting at $399 for a 16GB model, the Nexus 9 is $100 less than the iPad Air 2. Is HTC’s first Nexus-branded tablet (and it’s first in years) able to go head-on with the iPad Air 2? Let’s find out in our full review.

Context

Like smartphones, everyone uses their tablets in different ways. In general, my tablet is mostly a media consumption device. I rarely use tablets to create content.I mostly use my tablet for browsing the web, reading news via apps like Flipboard and Feedly, checking Facebook and Twitter, watching YouTube videos and pre-loaded movies (especially on flights) and playing games.

I still reply to emails with my tablet a few days a week, but the bulk of that activity has shifted over to my smartphone (since it has a larger screen). And although all my tablets have front and back cameras, I don’t fancy myself a person who shoots anything serious with a tablet. (I like being more discrete and using my phone.)

Filed in Reviews >Tablets. Read more about Android 5.0, Google, Nexus 9 and Reviews.

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