It's been roughly six months, and now we're starting to see some price movement for the Nexus 9 in the UK. John Lewis and Currys/PC World, for instance, currently have the 16GB model listed for £199.99. Both deals are only temporary, but they're still significant given how long the Nexus 9 has been on the market. There's no word on whether the price drop will ever become permanent, but I feel like it definitely should.
You see, I like many of the ideas underpinning the Nexus 9. The brand has never been a huge seller for Google (arguably by design) but there's a substantial group of people that want a large, premium Android tablet at an affordable price point. With its One smartphone line-up, HTC has shown that it can design beautiful hardware, and the Nexus 9 was an opportunity to marry that expertise with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. (The device still hasn't been updated to Android 5.1, incidentally.) The 9-inch display's 4:3 aspect ratio, while not to everyone's tastes, is great for reading digital comics, magazines and browsing the web, and the front-facing speakers are well-positioned for blasting out music.
However, the Nexus 9 does have its flaws. As we've said before, the device can be a little awkward to hold, and the display is good enough, but not spectacular. It's a similar story with the speakers and performance. Both are solid, but nothing exceptional. All of this is a problem when you're being asked to shell out £319. But £199? Personally, that makes the tablet's drawbacks less of an issue -- although of course, you could argue that a flawed product will always be flawed, whether it's being sold for £319 or £199. Google should make this price drop official, only then does the Nexus 9 start to make sense.