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.

On the 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.

Lastly, the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash is perched directly along the top-middle section of the rear casing – surrounded by its dotted patterned casing. Interestingly, there’s a notch towards the right side of the patterned surface that enables us to pry it off – revealing spots that are potentially placeholders for SIM cards, or possibly once microSD slots.


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!

Color-wise, there’s a dab of saturation evident with the display, which no doubt goes nicely with its warmer color tones. Throw in its superb viewing angles and mighty strong brightness output, the Nexus 10’s display is easily visible in outdoor conditions with the sun bearing down upon us. So yeah, there’s no arguing this is the cream of the crop in terms of tablet displays at this very moment! Needless to say, we have to give some kudos to Google and Samsung for their effort, even more knowing that this is a $400 tablet we’re dealing with!



1. aboona777

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 59; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Could anybody understand what he was saying?

68. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 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: 2512; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 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 be real productive :)

69. Grajales7

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 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: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

im thinking of buying one for my mom for christmas

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

may b they launch cellular version too just like ASUS did

50. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

And like Google did with the Nexus 7 after a while

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

20. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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: Oct 19, 2011

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

3. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

It seems score of 9 is the most uncontroversial score for PA, everyone is happy that way.

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

24. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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: Aug 28, 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: Jun 23, 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: Aug 28, 2012

binghead 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: Jun 23, 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: Aug 28, 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: Jun 23, 2011

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

37. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

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Nexus 10
  • Display 10.1" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Dual, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 9000 mAh

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