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Since Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s aim with its Android platform was to combine the smartphone and tablet experience into one – and that’s surely what we continue to see with Jelly Bean. Just like the Nexus 4, the Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 to be exact, as opposed to a totally new dessert flavored version. Visually speaking, there’s very little different with the general presentation and layout, and for most people familiar with Jelly Bean already, there’s not a significant change in maneuvering through the platform. Rather than rehashing all of the new experiences found with Android 4.2, which we’ve detailed in our review of the Nexus 4, like Daydreams, native widget support in the lock screen, and automatic resizing widgets, we’ll pay close attention to the aspects specific to this tablet-optimized version.

The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 - Google Nexus 10 Review

The Google Nexus 10 is sporting the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2



Support for multiple users:

Whoa! That’s all we have to say about this one. Even though it might seem insignificant, it’s actually a feature we’ve been yearning for since the original iPad. Unlike our smartphones, which are personal to us, tablets are meant to be shared amongst family members and friends. So naturally, we’re thrilled to find that Android 4.2 brings forth support for multiple users – giving each user the ability to personalize the UI of the platform and taking ownership of specific media content.

Notifications and connectivity panels are separate:

Connectivity panel - Google Nexus 10 Review

Connectivity panel

On the Nexus 4, the notifications panel also provides access to some of the handset’s connectivity features – as well as being able to modify the screen’s brightness. However, with the Nexus 10, the two are separated. Swiping down from the top-left bezel brings us the usual notifications panel, but in order to access the connectivity features, it’s available by swiping down from the top-right bezel.

Overall, we see Google’s stance of resorting to a very minimalistic layout with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It doesn’t have the same futuristic look of Honeycomb, which can be perceived as good or bad on a case by case basis, but at the same time, it doesn’t have a cartoony look either. Basically, it has that perfect blend to make the transition from a smartphone to tablet seamless – or vice versa. However, there are still some bugs found with the software because we’ve experienced our fair share of lockups and restarts.


Functionality:

Generally speaking, the usual trove of organizer apps have maintained their form and function – with no drastic change with any of them. With this being a tablet and all, it’s fitting that things like the Calendar and People app are presented in a paneled view, but for others like the Calculator and Clock apps, they merely look like stretched out versions of their smartphone counterparts – such as bummer to say the least!

Organizer apps - Google Nexus 10 Review
Organizer apps - Google Nexus 10 Review
Organizer apps - Google Nexus 10 Review
Organizer apps - Google Nexus 10 Review

Organizer apps


Being a part of the 10-inch and above tablet category, the Nexus 10’s stock Android 4.2 keyboard is ideally best suited for landscape usage – primarily because of its spacious confines. Also, it helps that it’s super responsive as well. If tapping each button is too old school for you, then you can opt to use the alternative gesture based input it has to offer. Meanwhile, with its portrait style option, it’s a bit too wide to properly use with minimal frustration because our thumbs really need to stretch to encompass its entire layout. Alternatively, it features Swype-like gestures to input text as well.

The stock Android 4.2 keyboard - Google Nexus 10 Review
The stock Android 4.2 keyboard - Google Nexus 10 Review
The stock Android 4.2 keyboard - Google Nexus 10 Review
Gesture based input - The stock Android 4.2 keyboard - Google Nexus 10 Review
   

Gesture based input

The stock Android 4.2 keyboard


Without missing a beat, the email experience is always a satisfying one on the Nexus 10 – not surprisingly. Well, the only new item found with this latest build of Android is the ability to archive messages in the inbox by swiping left/right on them. Quick and easy folks! Aside from that, everything else remains the same.

Email - Google Nexus 10 Review
Email - Google Nexus 10 Review
Email - Google Nexus 10 Review
Email - Google Nexus 10 Review

Email



Processor and Memory:

Sometimes we forget, but higher resolution displays require a pinch more processing power to maintain that lovely level of performance. When so many top notch devices sport quad-core processors, some might be irked to know that the Nexus 10 opts to employ a dual-core 1.7GHz ARM Cortex A15 based Exynos 5 chip with 2GB of RAM – albeit, it’s aided by its quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. Performance is good, which is expected with the optimizations with Project Butter, but it’s not without some flaws. Basic tasks are quickly executed with barely any fuss, but when multiple processes are occurring, it exhibits some noticeable lag with its performance. It’s not terrible or anything, but merely something that catches our eye. Taking a quick glance at its benchmark scores, they’re nothing to boast about.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Google Nexus 10 4446 8954 55,4
Google Nexus 7 3599 0 55,7
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 4204 12693 39,6
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A 4782 7037 58,9

Unfortunately, the Nexus 10 doesn't feature a microSD card slot, which some may not like. Instead, the device comes in two internal storage flavors: 16GB or 32GB.


Internet and Connectivity:

Surfing the web via Wi-Fi connections only, we’re naturally pleased by the Nexus 10’s performance with the Chrome browser. 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.

We’re naturally pleased by the Google Nexus 10’s performance with the Chrome browser - Google Nexus 10 Review
We’re naturally pleased by the Google Nexus 10’s performance with the Chrome browser - Google Nexus 10 Review
We’re naturally pleased by the Google Nexus 10’s performance with the Chrome browser - Google Nexus 10 Review
We’re naturally pleased by the Google Nexus 10’s performance with the Chrome browser - Google Nexus 10 Review

We’re naturally pleased by the Google Nexus 10’s performance with the Chrome browser


From the onset, the Google Nexus 10 is available in Wi-Fi form only – with no indication if we’ll see cellular connected versions. Rounding out its connectivity features, it packs aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and NFC.

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posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:53 10

1. aboona777 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Nexus 10 32GB is back in stock at Play store!!
head there now if interested!!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 10:24 3

22. -box- (Posts: 3991; 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)

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 19:13 4

47. Schuler2828 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Could anybody understand what he was saying?

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 22:46

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!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 19:54 2

51. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1333; 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.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 01:38

56. jove39 (Posts: 1888; 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 :)

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 23:33 1

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 17:40 1

45. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


im thinking of buying one for my mom for christmas

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:04 15

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


No 3G/4G connection is not a con in many people's opinion.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:10 18

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 09:51 6

19. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:28 15

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:39 3

12. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


may b they launch cellular version too just like ASUS did

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 19:34

50. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


And like Google did with the Nexus 7 after a while

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 09:05 1

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; 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.

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 08:01 1

64. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


but it's not an option............ that's what he is saying.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 09:53 1

20. theoak (Posts: 324; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 16:17 3

43. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


my tablet never leaves my house.... so it wouldn't be of much use.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:06 9

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 08:18 2

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Even putting aside the unbelievably fair pricing, you get the best tablet out there, PERIOD.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 10:26 3

23. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Best mobile-OS-based tablet, yes. But best overall? Debateable.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:00 7

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

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 12:26

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

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:17 2

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:24

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

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:39 2

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

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:49

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

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:59 2

35. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


aww shurrup

yaaay i win! you got mad
Troll succeeded :D :D

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:22

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

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:58 2

38. SleepingOz (unregistered)


talking about "getting all defensive".. lol

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Google Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10

OS: Android 5.1 5.0 4.4.4 4.4.2 4.4 4.3 4.2.2 4.2.1 4.2
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Display10.1 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (300 ppi) True RGB Real Stripe PLS
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 processor
2 GB RAM
Size10.39 x 6.99 x 0.35 inches
(263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm)
21.27 oz  (603 g)

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