This Is The Nexus 9, Google’s Answer To The iPad

nexus9-fbNearly three years ago, Google finally put its best step forward into tablet territory. In 2012, the first generation Nexus 7 released with positive reception. It was that praise that prompted several companies, including Amazon & Apple to come out with their small tablet products.

Meanwhile, smartphones increased their screen sizes. It is now 2015 and the de-facto size of most handsets is five inches. Even more, phablets like the Samsung Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus are larger and close enough to be considered a tablet in their own right. Surely, the small tablet market is shrinking, while consumers don’t necessarily want huge tablets.

Enter the Nexus 9. Released cooperatively by HTC and Google late 2014, it is in a sweet spot between small and large. It is good enough for portability while big enough for productivity and consuming media.

The Nexus 9 sports a 8.9 IPS display with a 4:3 display radio. Most Android tablets, including its predecessors, are usually widescreen 16:9. While this letterboxes video playback, it gives more screen real estate for productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Other apps also benefit from this, because most are ported from iOS which uses the same aspect ratio on the iPad.

Graphics are once-again powered by nVidia with its newest Tegra K1 processor. This allows fast performance, improved visuals, and development for 64-bit applications.

I’ve downloaded a few games from Google Play play very well and look great. With the faster processor and Chromecast, you can cast the Nexus 9 screen to a display and actually play games or display content with little to no lag. I’ve tried this on my HTC One and performance is totally different compared to the Nexus 9.

This is not supposed to be a comprehensive review, but I’ll say that I am enjoying this tablet. Unlike the Wi-Fi models, my LTE version from T-Mobile has not suffered from the same issues that others claimed to have when the device first launch last October. I don’t know if the problems have been fixed, but there’s no screen bleeding, sluggish speeds, and none of that back cover popping action.

So far, it’s so good! I am enjoying the Nexus 9 much like the original Nexus 7. For me, it is well-built, runs well,  and large enough to do some work and watch a bit of Netflix afterwards. Now I must finish reading the free book that came with the N9, Gone.


Chris Freitas On Radio Blog Had A Good Year: 2014 In Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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“The Chris Freitas Show” On The Look 24/7 Playlist – August 3, 2011

Today,  I will be airing my show on “The Look 24/7.” To hear the station online and more information, click here! My shift will be on each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Central) or Noon – 4 p.m. (Eastern). I will be playing a vast amount of rock music, along with some classical, jazz, blues, and soundtracks from movies, TV shows, and video games. Prior to going on-the-wifi airwaves, I will be posting my playlist of songs that you will hear during my show. Please note that these are subject to change. If you want to request a song during the show or for the other DJs, click on the Request link! Here is a listing of songs that I will be playing this week.

Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Flight Of The Conchords – Mutha’uckas
The Darkness – Get Your Hands Off My Woman
The Bluetones – Sleazy Bed Track
The Rolling Stones – Get Ouf Of My Cloud
Modest Mouse – Float On
Radiohead – Creep
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
Nubuo Uematsu – The Man with the Machine Gun(FINAL FANTASY VIII)
Eric Clapton – Layla
Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pride and Joy
Elvis Presley – (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Billy Joel – Allentown
Linkin Park – Points Of Authority
Alter Bridge – Make It Right
The Black Mages – Clash on the Big Bridge (Final Fantasy V)
Sevendust – Walk Away
Dethklok – Laser Cannon Deth Sentence
System Of A Down – Shimmy
Shinedown – Lost in the Crowd
3 Doors Down – She Don’t Want the World
Scott Stapp – Broken
Incubus – When It Comes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183; 1st movement
Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
Live – Lakini’s Juice
Switchfoot – Adding To The Noise
Matt Monro – From Russia With Love
Van Halen – Panama
AC/DC – War Machine
The Black Mages – Battle with the Four Fiends (Final Fantasy IV)
Jeremy Camp – Trust in You
Guns N’ Roses – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Tsuyoshi Sekito – Chrono Trigger (Arrange Version)
Avenged Sevenfold – Beast and the Harlot
Frank Sinatra – The Lady Is A Tramp
Skillet – Looking For Angels
Metallica – The Unforgiven III
The Darkness – English Country Garden
Dethklok – Awaken
Blink-182 – Dammit
Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto
Queens of the Stone Age – 3’s & 7’s
REO Speedwagon – Take It On The Run
Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light
Incubus – Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)
Nobuo Uematsu – Advent One-Winged Angel
Flight Of The Conchords – Business Time
Smashing Pumpkins  – Today
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Free Fallin’
U2 – Vertigo
Linkin Park – Crawling
Fuel – Innocent
ZZ Top – Cheap Sunglasses
Doobie Brothers – Jesus Is Just Alright