The HTC nexus 9 is Google’s latest attempt to set a standard for what an Android tablet should be. A surprise to many, it has been manufactured for them by HTC rather than Asus (which produced the popular Nexus 7). HTC is critically acclaimed for its design, most recently for the full-metal HTC One (M8) smartphone. However, HTC has not produced a tablet for years and its previous attempt for Google, the Nexus One, while well received, didn’t really represent a major sales success.