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Google Nexus 9 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – Which Tablet Should You Buy This Winter?

If you haven’t bought yet a tablet and you’re not decided yet upon the brand, then you might take into consideration our recommendations: Google’s Nexus 9, which was unveiled in October and soon it will hit the market, while Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has been around for three months.

Displays, resolutions and sizes

The Nexus 9 is a little bit smaller, featuring an 8.9 inches IPS LCD display that comes with a resolution of 1536x2048pixels, which gives a pixel density of 281ppi, while its opponent offers a Super AMOLED display of 10.5inches, whose resolution climbs up to 2560x1600pixels, but the pixel density could have been better than 288ppi. Even so, you won’t be able to see the difference between the two displays. The Nexus doesn’t have an impressive design, but it’s not ugly either, having a plastic casing and a thickness of 7.9mm, while it weights 425 – 426 grams. This tablet uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 as protection for its screen, which the Tab S lacks. Speaking of the Samsung tablet, it has a perforated back panel like the Galaxy S5, and it’s much thinner, of 6.6mm and weights 465grams. On its front has a fingerprint button which can be used to lock or unlock the device.

Hardware performance and Operating System

Inside the Nexus 9 you’ll find an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset which supports a dual core 2.3GHz Denver processor which couples with a Kepler DX1 GPU and 2GB of RAM, while the Tab S is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa core processor consisting of a quad core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 and a quad core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 CPU. It has Mali-T628 MP6 graphics and 3GB of RAM and two variants of internal memories of 16 and 32GB, which thankfully, can be increased up to 128GB. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, has the same storage capacity, but it doesn’t support a microSD card slot for expansion.

Both tablets are Android-based, but the Nexus will run on v5.0 (Lollipop), while the Tab S came with v4.4.2 (KitKat).

Cameras and batteries

Both tablets are equipped with 8MP cameras on their backs which feature autofocus, LED flash and geo tagging, while the Tab S has in addition HDR, panorama and dual camera. Regarding their front cameras, the Nexus 9 has a 1.6MP shooter and the Tab S sports a 2.1MP snapper.

The Nexus 9 has a battery of 6,700 mAh, which provides up to nine hours and a half of multimedia usage, while the Tab S, with its 7,900 mAh battery delivers 11 hours of multimedia usage.


In case you’re interested in the screen size, then you’ll prefer the Tab S because it offers a 10.5inches display which is perfect for gaming, watching movies or other activities. Plus, you can increase its internal memory, in case you want to install many applications or to store videos and pictures. The Nexus 9 is smaller, lighter and easier to carry, but more expensive than its opponent, costing over 650 dollars on the Indian Market, while the Samsung tablet can be purchased at the price of 590 dollars.