Android is a force to be reckoned with in India, thanks to the platform’s ability to scale to all sorts of price points, and while there are lots of good value options out there, the Nexus brand is sadly no longer one of them. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 were launched at the end of last year with higher price tags than the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 before them. This isn’t to say that they’re not worth more than the previous models in the Nexus lineup, I own a Nexus 9 and while I’m not quite sure it’s worth the asking price in full, I’m fairly happy with it and have been since launch. Just like they did with the Nexus 7, Google offers the Nexus 9 in an LTE version, complete with 3G and 4G bands to get internet wherever you are. This is the version that has recently launched in India, available to order from Amazon and no, it’s not cheap.
This version of the Nexus 9 is pretty much the same as all others, but it features 32GB of internal storage and of course, 3G and 4G wireless support. This is nice and all, but the price takes a pretty big hike from RS 30,000 (on sale now for RS 28,699) to RS 43,073 which is a pretty big increase and for a lot of users will simply be too high a price to pay. It is good to see Google and HTC expanding the Nexus 9’s availability throughout the globe, but it still looks like there are some problems with its pricing. For instance, on Amazon, you can purchase a 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S, complete with 3G support for RS 38,900. While that’s only a small price drop, the Galaxy Tab S arguably offers users quite a bit more value than the Nexus 9. Of course, this isn’t the best example as the Galaxy Tab S has been around for some time now, but the Nexus 9 is hardly jam-packed full of features like Samsung’s tablet.
Ultimately, how much something is worth is a very personal thing and while there are some out there that would happily pay this sort of price, we’re sure there are more than wouldn’t want to. A 3G version, with a lower price tag, would make a lot more sense in a nation with poor 4G coverage, but as I’ve said before it is nice to see Google and HTC paying better attention to the Indian market.