Nexus 9 Teardown: Describes Flagship As “Meh”
And so the wait is finally over, with Nexus 9 out in the open. The “Christmas” flagship for Android Lollipop, this very tablet is priced at £319 – £80 cheaper than Apple’s iPad Air 2.
Why is Nexus 9 comparatively more affordable? Because Google focused on the software, and not on the hardware of the tablet. Of course, it’s a Nexus. It’s bound to be gorgeous. But with its high-end features like 8.9-inch screen display, 2 GB RAM, and 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor – which no doubt is a decent mash-up of hardware – there’s nothing outrageous about the tablet that sets it apart so boldly.
We have already been letting you in on all the details about Nexus 9 prior to its launch. Two days into its unveiling, crazy fans and haters alike jumped into the opportunity to tear the tablet down to its core and see its infrastructure. However, they met one catch – it was nearly impossible to dismantle the device.
iFixit, the online repair guide to almost every device in the world, was among the first team of engineers itching to get their hands on the iPad competitor. For a company whose life revolves around tearing apart devices and fixing them back, Nexus 9 came as a challenge.
Where usually devices are joined together with screws and nuts, Nexus 9 is basically glued together in every possible nook and cranny. Even the screen and battery are stuck together with huge amounts of adhesive. The tablet is exceptionally hard to open as it is hard to repair.
On a scale of 1-10, where 10 means the easiest to repair, Nexus 9 was stamped with a shameful 3 out of 10 by iFixit to rate its repairability.
iFixit found the excessive adhesive play time by HTC, pretty annoying. The site read as:
Alas, the battery is within our reach, but not our grasp: some fairly heavy-duty adhesive holds it fast in place.
To sum it up, iFixit’s Chief Information Officer, Miroslav Djuric, said that a single word that could be used to describe the Nexus 9 was “meh.”
“Yes, it has a legit screen and a solid processor,” wrote Djuric, “but we’re hardware and repairability connoisseurs—we want the rest of the internals to match the gloriousness of the main components. Yet this tablet feels like an exercise in corner cutting, even though HTC/Google charges $400 to say hello to this little friend.”
“It’s like HTC stuffed their glorious CPU and display into a sack full of other parts, and whatever stuck ended up in the Nexus 9.”
It seems like any flagship entering the market is coming with its own baggage of pitfalls. How does Google and HTC react to the rigidity of their flagship Nexus 9? Stay tuned while we get more news on this backfire of the tech giant.
(Image Credit: iFixit)