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The Nexus line has long been the hardcore Android fan’s first stop to get the purest Android experience possible. For a while there, the Nexus 9 was the most vanilla-Android tablet you could find, but Google is taking their tablet branding in a different direction, starting with the Pixel C. A quick stop by the Google Store reveals that the Nexus 9 isn’t even available anymore.

The 2014 device wowed us with its excellent build quality and decent camera – a rarity among tablets. Although the battery was a bit underwhelming and the lack of a microSD card slot was a little bit of a buzzkill, the device more than justified its price tag. This is even more true today, now that it’s going for $360 on Amazon. This is more than $100 less expensive than its launch price.

That’s right, even though the Google Store isn’t selling these babies anymore, that won’t stop you from picking them up from HTC or third party retailers. If you want to buy a tablet from Google, then your only option right now is the Pixel C. The device serves in many ways as a tablet version of the Chromebook Pixel. Although it’s certainly pricier than its Nexus forerunner (500 bucks in the Google Store), it’s also a more modern offering able to compete in the contemporary flagship tablet arena.

What are your thoughts regarding the rise of Pixel and the departure of Nexus from the tablet section of the Google Play store? If you’re a Nexus 9 or Pixel C owner, let us know what your experience has been like with these devices in the comments.

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