hugo wrote:The 16GB Nexus 9 is selling in the Portuguese Play Store for 389 euros, not a bad price at all. I'll wait until the Sand colored one is available though. What would you recommend ShayLaB, this or the Tab S?
My job covers phone more than tablets so I am not as familiar. Having said that here's a couple of thoughts:
- Power wise the N9 is a monster for a tablet and will be the most powerful mainstream one available. The Tab is right up there among the best of the rest.
- I dislike the Smasung TouchWiz interface...but that's just a personal thing. Others may like it.
- The N9 has a 4:3 aspect ratio - better for working on documents etc but will leave black bars for playing movies. The Tab is 16:10 so the opposite applies. It depends what you want to use your tablet for I suppose. The N9 cover with the integrated keyboard could make it close to a laptop mini if the the Google Docs suite covers your needs.
- The N9 has a 64 bit chip...one of the first Android tablets to make the move (Tab is 32 bit). Not important at this point but the entire Android hardware range will undoubtedly make the migration at some point. Increasingly (maybe not this year or next) you will start to here Google announcements along the lines of: "we have this shiny new feature available if
your hardware can support it".
- I have streaming subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime...I hate that neither tablet can offer the latter. (It's only supported on phones)
- The N9 will come with Lollipop...who knows when/if Samsung will update TouchWiz to support it on that particular tablet. Samsung are among the slowest manufacturers to support Android OS updates. Motorola are the about the best...in part due to the fact they are still owned by Google and partly because of the very light updates they make to 'stock' Android. I suspect you are as likely to see a Lollipop version of the Tab as an actual update.
Personally I would go for the N9 but I have always preferred the 'stock' Android.
The other thing I would point out is that £279 for an iPad Mini 2 is a really good price. The new iPad Mini 3 was presented almost as an afterthought at the Apple event the other night...probably because it is really only an incremental update.
So my choice would be either N9 or iPad Mini 2.
My house is split evenly between the two eco-systems so I have no particular favouritism...I just get what ever I think is the best fit for the person and the job. When I think about the devices I have the list it is stupid ridiculous but I do work in the technology sector so I have an excuse....sort of.