Nvidia shield vs. Nexus 9 latest tablet and review

September 20, 2015

Nvidia shield Tablet:-

Nvidia shield tablet is high-performance tablet that transform into a series of gaming machine. This tablet is nvidia second portable gaming device that use Android. Compared to the Shield portable, the controller is not permanently connected to the screen so this is purchased separately.

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Nexus 9:-

Nexus 9 is a tablet co-developed by Google and HTC. This latest tablet is run on the Android Operating System. Nexus 9 is available in two storage size one is in 16 GB and other is in 32 GB. This tablet is fourth tablet in the Google Nexus series.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet vs. Nexus 9:-

Now a days most tablets in the market is currently using the Qualcomm snapdragon processor, but the Nvidia shield Tablet and Google Nexus 9 both have the Tegra X1. Tegra X1 is a newly introduced processor and this processor is use for car, tablets and other devices. Tegra X1 is highly speed processor and it provides 1.7 time performance as compared to Apple’s A8x chip, which is found in the ipad Air 2. Due to Tegra X1 Nexus 9 and and Nvidia Shield Tablet is ideal gamming tablets.

Just as a same processor Nexus 9 and Nvidia Shield tablets both have some other common features but one tablet has a bigger screen and other one has a better front facing camera.

These two latest tablets are close rivals, with both strengths and weakness making it hard to choose which one is better.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet vs. Nexus 9 FEATURES:-

The Nexus 9 has an 8.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and pixel density of 288 ppi. Nexus tablet has a layer of coring Gorilla Glass 3 on top, making it scratch resistant. When take this tablet outdoor the color and images is very dim. It is hard to see the image of this latest tablet when you are outside.

Whereas Nvidia tablet has an 8 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display this should be fine for gamming, graphics and reading, with the pixel density of 283 ppi. This latest tablet has a stylus which tucks away neatly into the tablet’s side.

So here winner is Nvidia


There is a big difference between cameras of both tablets. Google Nexus 9 has an 8MP rear-facing shooter and a 1.6MP front facing shooter whereas Nvidia tablet has a 5MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera.

Winner is Nexus 9

Nvidia Shield Tablet vs. Nexus 9 DESIGN:-

Nvidia Tablet has a clean design. This latest tablet is very slim build and has extremely thin bezels. The Nvidia Tablet has a dimension of 8.8 x 5 x 0.36 inches. Nvidia shield is slender and in a light weight. Weight of tablet is 388g and also lighter than HTC Nexus 9. It boasts dual front facing speakers, just like the Nexus 9 and with a display of 8 inches it is about an inch smaller than a rival tablet.

Whereas Nexus 9 tablet has a dimension of 8.9 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches so this make Nexus 9 is slimmer than the Nvidia shield. Weight of this latest tablet is 425g for the Wi-Fi version and 436g for a LTE version. Nexus 9 has dual facing HTC BoomSound speakers and a soft touch matte back. Nexus latest tablet is in three different colors. Colors of tablet are indigo Black, Lunar White and sand. This tablet gives an inch more of screen space.

So winner is Nexus 9 because it has some additional feature like color and screen space

Nvidia Shield Tablet vs. Nexus 9 SPECIFICATION:-

Nexus Tablet boats a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 Dual Denver processor clocked at 2.3 GHz with a 192-core Kepler GPU and 2GB of RAM with 16GB and 32GB storage option. Nexus latest tablet has 8 mega pixels of rear camera, auto-focus facing and LED flash with a 1.6MP front facing camera. Frankly despite its better rear camera, the Nexus 9 with its 6700 mAh battery and it is capable of Wi-Fi and LTE browsing of 10 hours and standby time of 20 days

Whereas Nvidia Tablet has same a processor like Nexus Tablet has.  Nvidia Tablet has 5MP of front and rear camera, Camera is not good but Nvidia tab has benefit of MicroSD card slort for memory expansion upto 12 GB. It has a 192-core kepler GPU and ARM cortex A15 CPU and also has same RAM and storage options like Nexus.  Navida lateat tab has a 5197 mAh battery which gives it less life than Nexus 9, especially when it came to intensive tasks like gaming.

Further specification describe in the below table which can easily show which Tablet is good for your requirements.

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8.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display (288 ppi)

     Nvidia Shield

8-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display (283 ppi)

OPERATING SYSTEM Android 5.0 (at launch) Android 4.4.2 (at launch)
STORAGE ·         16GB

·         32GB

·         16GB

·         32GB

EXTERNAL STORAGE SPECS N/A ·         Micro SD up to 128GB
NETWORKS ·         HSPA+/LTE ·         HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5

·         LTE: Bands 2,4,5,7,17

WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
BATTERY 6700mAh 5197mAh
NFC Yes No
CONNECTIVITY ·         3.5mm Headphone jack

·         Mini USB

·         3.5mm Headphone jack

·         Micro USB

·         Mini HDMI

SENSORS ·         Accelerometer

·         Gyroscope

·         Magnetometer

·         Accelerometer

·         Gyroscope

GPS ·         GPS ·         Digital compass

·         GLONASS

·         GPS

HEIGHT 8.9 inches (22.61 cm) 8.8 inches (22.35 cm)
WIDTH 6.05 inches (15.37 cm) 5 inches (12.70 cm)
DEPTH 0.31 inches (7.9 mm) 0.36 inches (9.1 mm)
WEIGHT 425 g (14.99 oz) 13.7 oz (388 g)
colors Black, Gold, White Black
SUPPORTED AudioFORMATS MPEG-4 AAC (AAC LC), MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+), MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI Types 0 and 1, Vorbis, PCM/WAV, Opus MP3
SUPPORTED videoFORMATS H.263, H.264 AVC, H.265 HEVC, MPEG-4, VP8, VP9 MPEG4, H.263, H.264


Toss up, the Nexus 9 has a bigger battery, better rear camera while Nvidia Shield Tablets has expandable memory and better front facing camera so overall performance should be the same on both .Both have same strength and weakness so it is hard to select which one is good it is depend upon your which is suitable for you and fulfill your requirement. Now tell in comment box what is yours expectations from these tablets?

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