This means HTC have eschewed the common widescreen FHD panel for the Nexus, going instead for a QXGA display – 2048*1536. On the 8.9-inch screen, this gives us a pixel density of 281 PPI. On a phone this might be a little too low, on a tablet is it more than enough – as typically you would hold a tablet further away than a phone.
Viewing angles are great, thanks to the IPS panel included by HTC. There is no distortion while tilting the screen, and text remains clear. Sharing the screen while watching a TV show, for instance, would present no problems at all for the Nexus 9.
Colour reproduction is good, but not exceptional. Deeper colours have a tendency to seem slightly ‘washed-out’, so perhaps the Nexus would benefit from an enhanced contrast ratio. It’s not awful, but not quite as good as we would expect from an IPS panel on a £300 device.