Let’s get your first question out of the way: Why am I posting a review on a tablet that is over a year old? Fair question.
The why is pretty simple. If you are looking for a well spec’d, well designed tablet for under $300, the Nexus 9 remains one of the best options on the market today. Yes you could go with a Pixel C but that $300 barrier comes into play. Yes you could get another brand tablet for less money but when it comes to a pure Android experience, the Nexus 9 is very hard to beat. And while I certainly focus a lot of attention on the latest devices and apps, there are times where something just a little bit older still does an amazing job at a lower cost than their replacement devices today.
So justifications made, I have no hesitation in recommending the HTC built Nexus 9 if you are looking for a sub-$300 tablet that performs exceptionally well and is going to be around for a while given that you can already load the Android N beta onto it. I’ve been using one for the past several weeks and it is wonderful device that performs well for those who need a reasonably sized tablet.