Google Nexus 10 Review
Oh Nexus, it’s one of those familiar brand names in the industry that seemingly conjures up cutting edge devices meant to showcase the very best of the best in the Android sphere. This past summer alone, we were introduced to one game changing tablet in the Google Nexus 7 that redefined what it meant to be a budget friendly device. Stepping its games even further, Google is expanding its presence into the fuller tablet segment, which means that the competition will really need to take notice.
Apple surely surprised many people by introducing two new iPads just in time for the busy holiday season, one being a slightly upgraded fourth-generation 9.7-inch model, but it’s Google who seems to be getting the last word. In addition to announcing the fourth incarnation of the Nexus branded smartphone, Google also went forward to unveil its brand spanking new 10-inch Nexus tablet – the aptly named Google Nexus 10. With Samsung commissioned to manufacture this newest Nexus, combined with some unbelievable hardware specs for a $400 tablet, it’s going to be one all-out battle this crucial holiday season.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Guide
Constrained to fit within a budget, the Google Nexus 10’s design mirrors what we see out of the Nexus 7 already – meaning, it has a very modest appearance. Sure, it’s made by Samsung, but interestingly enough, it doesn’t look or feel like a Samsung-made tablet. Call it a sigh of relief, but we’re digging the direction of this tablet’s design, though, we wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the most attractive or sturdiest thing we’ve come across. Yes, it’s something that requires two-handed operation most of the time, especially considering it’s a handful using with one hand, since the uniform almost 1-inch bezel around the screen makes the tablet look bigger than it should.
However, we like how it maintains one clean appearance, thanks primarily to its gunmetal colored soft touch casing, which exhibits that distinctive rubbery feel in the hand. We’re glad to know it’s extremely svelte (0.35” thin) and lightweight (21.27 oz) – similar to some of its main rivals.
There are no capacitive buttons on this bad boy, of course. Instead, the only items we see on the front panel of the Nexus 10 are the pulsating LED notification light beneath its screen, and the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera above its display, which can shoot video in 720p.
top edge of the tablet, its dedicated power button and volume control are positioned next to one another. Thankfully, they’re raised and exhibit springy responses, but when holding in portrait, we have to remember to move the placement of our hand to the middle area of the tablet to ensure there are no accidental presses.
Along the left trim, we spot its 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity – while on the right, the only item there is the microHDMI port. Unlike the Nexus 4, which relies on a relatively unknown Slimport socket for video-out, we’re ecstatic to know that Samsung and Google opted to employ a traditional microHDMI port for easier video-out functionality with the Nexus 10. Somewhat of an unfamiliar sighting from everything else, the tablet’s proprietary docking pins are located on the tablet’s bottom side, which are meant to accommodate whatever future accessories they’ll come out with.
Power button and volume control (top)
microHDMI port (right)
Proprietary docking pins (bottom)
microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (left)
The sides of the Google Nexus 10
Getting the last laugh before we call it quits for the year, the Nexus 10 shoves everything else we’ve seen in the past aside, as it gloriously features one sharp looking 10.05-inch True RGB Real Stripe PLS display. For those wondering, its resolution is actually better than 1080p – it’s at a mind blowing 2560 x 1600 resolution to be specific, which conjures up an amazing pixel density of 300 ppi! No doubt our eyes are livid about looking at this immaculate looking display, since it flaunts details like no other tablet before it. Everything seemingly pops with superior clarity and sharpness that’s unmatched at this point!
1. aboona777 (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Nexus 10 32GB is back in stock at Play store!!
head there now if interested!!
22. -box- (Posts: 3876; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Great device, but despite all of Android's recent advances (and that excellent screen), the only tablet (IMHO!) worth having now if spending more than $250 is one running Windows (and if wanting Android, there's always BlueStacks). More raw capability, and it works better as a desktop replacement and portable digital-life device. For web browsing or having a larger screen to fiddle with, sure a $200-range tablet is just fine, but with full Windows 8 devices (some with touchscreens) being within $200 of the Nexus 10, I couldn't really justify the pricing.
I would hope that folks stop buying ipads and buy this though, if they don't want a desktop replacement. This is much more than an ipod with a large screen, and has some great capabilities on its own. Just not for me (and others who are dissatisfied with devices that do little more than what their phones already can)
47. Schuler2828 (Posts: 58; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Could anybody understand what he was saying?
68. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I'm probably going abided galaxy Nexus 10 (2) Because my parents are already going to get me the HTC droid DNA and the Kindle fire HD
And hopefully the Kindle fire HD (2) won't come out during that time!
51. Dr.Phil (Posts: 927; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Desktop replacement in what ways? Microsoft Office? That's the only thing I know of that the Surface tablet offers. Everything else that it offers is the same as every other tablet besides the ability to switch to old Windows mode (which I have heard is pretty useless because the buttons are not optimized for a tablet).
The real desktop replacements are the more expensive Pro tablets that are coming out next year which cost around $1000.
56. jove39 (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
MS-Office is not only application people use on desktop...Damn...its been months I have used it...I would like to see development suite apps like eclipse, tomcat and jdk for android tab...to be real productive :)
69. Grajales7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
Do you realize that, tablets that are "desktop-replacements" as you call them, are priced starting at US $500? There is virtually no tablet, besides this nexus 10, that offers this capability at a $250 price. And, tablets that are around US $500, are the basic Wi-Fi only with 16 GB of storage, which really limit their "desktop-replacement" appeal. Next year, when those "desktop-replacement" tablets with windows 8 start becoming widespread at $800 and higher, you will understand that what you are saying, doesn't make too much sense. And besides, that "raw capability" that you talk about, will be roughly the same that those of android and iOS counterparts, as windows 8 RT will also run on ARM processors.
45. blazee (Posts: 317; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
im thinking of buying one for my mom for christmas
2. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
No 3G/4G connection is not a con in many people's opinion.
4. Aeires (unregistered)
Agreed, all my tablets are wifi because I can't see paying for another data plan on a device I'm likely to use only at home or work.
19. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
I agree, tablets are primarily a home and school thing for me.
Plus, with a rooted android you can always share connection with Wifi Hotspot for free.
6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It's not the lack of 3g/4g that is a con but the lack of that option. Not many people may want it, but it is still an option that some would like to see. We dinged the Nexus 7 for the same thing when it was released, so this is also about consistency.
12. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
may b they launch cellular version too just like ASUS did
50. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
And like Google did with the Nexus 7 after a while
15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"Not many people may want it but it is still an option that some would like to see"
If it's an option...i don't think it deserves the negativity.
64. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
but it's not an option............ that's what he is saying.
20. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I have a tablet with cellular. Once you have it, you will ask yourself why you did not get it sooner.
With more and more folks moving (by choice or otherwise) shared data plans, adding a tablet is not as big a deal as it used to be.
43. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
my tablet never leaves my house.... so it wouldn't be of much use.
3. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
It seems score of 9 is the most uncontroversial score for PA, everyone is happy that way.
5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Even putting aside the unbelievably fair pricing, you get the best tablet out there, PERIOD.
23. -box- (Posts: 3876; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Best mobile-OS-based tablet, yes. But best overall? Debateable.
24. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
W8 is a fail, even the RT version which is more fail. I'll stick with W7 and Android thank you very much. Have you read the reviews of the W8 tablets? they fail compared to recent Android tablets and the iPad
29. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
sure they do mate, and we all know reviews are concrete right...except when its bad against android then it becomes biased and lies
your a fail mate and your comments the evidence, sick of you android fanboys praising everything android and never missing a chance to slate competition
30. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Sick of you bingheads saying, try WP8 out! it's so much worse, but we want you to like it anyway.
so you're telling me 100s of sources on the web (not counting binghead websites), that say that W8 isn't good enough, are biased? sorry but i believe their word over yours.
32. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
binghead sites...wow your stupid
you give me 100 sources please . i will wait here
your just a sad little hater fanboy. and its not worse your just saying this as your a defensive muppet who dont like competition
33. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
ever heard of hyperbole?
yeah binghead sites, you know, sites full of bingheads like yourself?
Oh i love competetion, and i love it even more when the thing i'm supporting wins, so I'm Happy that the windows tabs exist, just one more fail from microsoft
34. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
lol wins, you know winning would mean the end of competition so nothing has won, and you supporting it and cheering like its a sport is sad. this is tech we should be discussing and staying open to new things not like you, been a fanboy and only supporting what you use and attacking all others sad little man
but you will carry on been immature and pathetic. lets hope your not like this in real life because that would be terrible for those around you
35. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
yaaay i win! you got mad
Troll succeeded :D :D
37. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
not mad sad sack, trolls like you just make the world a sad place, not get people mad
and you won nothing, but if your life is that emtpy you have to think of been a troll as a win well thats tragic
thanks for proving your immature though
38. SleepingOz (unregistered)
talking about "getting all defensive".. lol
39. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
lol love how you support the trolls ect when its pro android or against any other os
see you all whine about phonearena been biased yet the comment section is biased towards android never hear you say a word on that
android fans = ifans both as bad as the other, dont class yourselves as tech lovers just fanboys
40. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I'm not supporting anyone dude, quit being biased. I'm just pointing your hypocrisy. Aren't you the one who said that Android fan get all defensive when you criticise Android? Yet you're on every articles trying hard to defend Nokia and WP.
I have never ever call PA biased even if they said that the iPhone is better that some Android flagships out there.
Haha yup, that's what you are, since you never missed an opportunity to trashtalk and bash Android users. You're not just a simple fanboy but a frustrated one. Think about it. =]
41. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
haha no mate im not defending nokia as nokia is hardly brought up. im sick of the android lot swarming every article not related to android and been all fanboys slating it and praising android
you wont agree as you yourself dont mind unless its against android. android users are worse now then apple users.
ohh so now im back to been an android hater...so when i use my android tablet i must be so annoyed right.....seriously you prove my point if i say anythin against android im a hater straight away. thanks to you lot phonearena has become fanboy central
i dont have to think about it, it makes no sense. besides your clearly an android fanboy yourself so its pot calling kettle black
54. dmakun (Posts: 222; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
@chaioticrazor, OK I hear you & I agree with you on some points you make about certain people who are clearly fanboys of one or another os/platform always rooting for their favorite & criticizing other platforms. But why does this upset (or make you sad)? It's quite normal that this occurs & it's like that on many tech sites I've checked out. I see you're pro wp even though as you say, you own a android device which makes you @least appear to me as pro wp or so fan so it doesn't really matter. I for one have not seen the attractive feature of wp phones or tablets & Microsoft really ought to focus their marketing on what makes their devices distinctive to be able to steal market share from the competition instead of the simple adverts that don't tell anyone why they should put away their android or ios devices (or even the blackberries).
The impression I have of wp is that it's a platform catching up rather than a major improvement to existing platforms & I have read quite a bit of reviews & briefly used a w7 device of a pal last year. I think the wireless charging feature is nothing "unique" but I do like the touch screen useability feature, other than that it leaves little to be desired.
61. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
i dont see how im a wp fan if i dont own a wp8 phone. so basically im branded one as i defend it from those said fanboys who talk utter crap. ive also defended android and bb. guess im fanboys of those too. if thats how it works on here.
diffenace is the arrogance of the android lot nowadays has hit new hieghts. you say windows is playing catch up but what fuctionality are they missing that only android can offer? or what are they lacking? for me it seems there lacking nothing needed and have gone a differant route to android. funny this courses android users to shout how they need to go more android like but these same users slate ios for doing exactly that.
as for unique, well whats unique about any android device, only the note 2 has a selling point others dont at the moment and even that isnt of much use for average users. take the 920 as an example its camera is unique so theres one point again want be for everyone. the sensitive screen is another one too
and yes i expect a rain of red thumbs again as the fanboys get upset ive not praised android. and it is sad as every tech site has been infected with fanboys you cant discuss anything reasonably
66. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
... so please stop complaining like a little child on every single article! You're acting like the whole world is against you, and yes, you are getting VERY DEFENSIVE, so don't try to make it sound like you're not.
The nature of the comments section is of such that people will leave comments (got it???), so sometimes you aren't gonna those comments, get over it.
67. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
no its not against me, ive never said its against me, i said its always the same, android fans on there high horse slating every other os. why? whats the need for it
and ok if you believe its ok to leave such comments i may join in, every android article talk about its negative points see how long it is before you all bitch
ohh and no this isnt a tech site, it used to be but thanks to fanboys its just a tragic wannabe war.,
but sure you ee it as im whinning, but when they turn on android and your defending it as you all do i'll be sure to mention how your moaning and its there right to comment any crap they like.
this is done now, been replying on this article too long to care lol so enjoy
70. dmakun (Posts: 222; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
It doesn't matter your preferred platform IMO, I'll pay attention to your comment if you "know" the platform you "like". There are few people's comments/opinions I even bother to read whenever i visit this site (one individual that comes to mind is Remixfa) He/She is clearly pro android and he knows android which is the OS I use so you get why.
As i said before, WP appears to be catching up with android (and i don't mean in features alone but clearly in market share). You appear to like WP (from all your earlier comments). I'm not big on megapixels and picture quality arguments cos I think my galaxy note 1 takes (IMO) amazing quality photos. I like android a lot because of how it allows me personalize my device and I don't mean wallpapers or live wallpapers alone (I'm big on customization because I like to perform actions on my devices quickly and i easily get bored of how my device looks or work and thus i constantly change and move things around to make my user experience differ whenever there's the urge to do so). I read somewhere that WP doesn't have a notification center, whereas it as 're-sizable' live tiles it doesn't offer users a deep level of functionality like android widgets (e.g. music player widget etc.) instead its a kind of notification icon you have to look for on your device's screen (pls correct me if I'm wrong on this one).
Anyway, Microsoft has a lot to do to pull users away and they better get going cos android appears to be growing despite the competition.
65. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
If you're so sick of it then don't read the comments. This site consists of people that are into smartphones and technology. Most people that are into smartphones and technology are android fans. It just works like that.
8. omaar97 (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I really like this tablet, the only thing i need but don't have is the ability to play 10 bit MKV Soft Sub HD Videos
can the nexus 10 play 10bit soft sub HD videos without problems ? I have problems with my galaxy note .. I am going to but Windows 8 Tablet or Laptop but if this can play 10bit videos I am gonna buy it !
11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
My desktop computer can hardly play 10bit fullHD samples, so you're gonna have problems with that, however this video shows that the N10 handles 1440p mp4 quite well, even before MX and BS come out with their N10 optimized update.
17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
What to you call 1440p resolutions and above?? Over HD?...lol
But seriously. i would like to know!
9. fouadqr (Posts: 315; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
No 4G/3G verison
Some software bugs with Android 4.2
Choppy performance every now and then
and Still 9/10 thats s**t !
16. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
the last two cons will be fixed with a software update, seems Google released 4.2 half cooked and don't know what made them think chrome was a good enough to make it the default but its still a solid device and will be well into the future
10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Just wanna throw out that the Nexus 10 perform the fastest browser experience in any mobile device according to SunSpider, if you use the right browser, which is NOT the choppy Chrome which is the only thing holding back this beast.
Boat Broswer scores a stunning 774ms, and everything is buttery smooth no matter of how many tabs you have opened, again something where Chrome comes very short. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
This is a superb tablet, the awesome screen, 4.2 features and HW performance make up for the lack of SD slot, low number of tablications and rather long charge.
21. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Chrome is crap compared to Boat which was my preferred browser.. until the last Dolphin update.
With the JetPack turned on, it is so smooth on Galaxy s3 jelly bean it feels almost addictive!!
It actually puts iPhone 5 safari experience to shame really..something you wouldn't even think of being possible, but now after this safari suddenly feels sluggish under my fingertip
63. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Thanks for letting me know about the Boat browser, it is truly fast and smooth and is the best browser I have used on a smart phone.
13. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Three nexus devices, three 9/10.
Google - good job done.
14. EhJude (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
I really like the Nexus 10 for a few reasons. First, it's got a really solid price point for a fairly strong offering. If I were to compare it to the iPad 4, you might get slightly less battery, but you'd get more RAM, a faster processor, and a sharper screen. It's slightly more compact in terms of dimensions too. I do like iOS but Android's pretty good too.
25. mahmoodh (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
"As expected, it loads up complex pages in a good amount of time – while its smooth navigational controls and proper rendering help to make the experience fittingly pleasant."
I agree with the loading the pages quickly but on the video reviews I had seen, there were considerable lag while scrolling and pinch zooming!
26. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Enjoy your blown up unoptimized phone apps...
27. jphillips63 (Posts: 185; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
OK PA how about a show down between the nexus 10 the iPad 4 and say the Asus tf700t
I'm torn between one of the three and would really love to see a true unbiased showdown with benchmarks and real world tests between those three.
31. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Everyone thought exynos and Mali were going to be the most powerful.
A15 and new mali gpu and nothing special.
Yeah higher resolution but still....
Nice tablet but Samsung is getting weak
58. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
They are, actually.
Detailed analysis of chromebook chip confirms that A15 is the most powerful low power core.
In Nexus, it's held back by that humongous resolution.. but comparatively, it still manages to beat Krait and swift easily
36. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
That's what i call a game changer the little inner that became strong
44. JoeDega (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Ahhh those "slots for a sim card" would actually be magnets for upcoming accessories to utilize.... like a cover.
|Display||10.1 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (300 ppi) True RGB Real Stripe PLS|
Samsung Exynos 5, Dual core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 processor
2048 MB RAM
|Size||10.39 x 6.99 x 0.35 inches|
(263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm)
21.27 oz (603 g)