Google Nexus 10 Review

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...
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46. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

This review, along with score, is a clear demonstration of how biased a lot of tech journalists are toward android. Please watch the following videos before jumping to any conclusions:

59. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Chrome sucks. Which is pretty baffling, yeah. Thankfully there are awesome alternatives which put browsing on android to an incredible level. The dolphin with jetpack is fantastic really. Now, third party browsers for windows RT? You get my point

48. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

the price - value - super hd display combo alone would warrant at least a 9.3.....but ok na din 9.0 ", )

49. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

why is it no 64GB version?! and why no LTE like the kindle 8.9 and iPad 4? and why not quad-core since this is the new "In" in android world! the nexus 4 is powered by s4 pro quad, which is suppose to be a processor power for tablet... well at least its a cortex A-15 now... even though its a dual core! at least very good for its price!

52. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

because Samsung has the only SoC right now that can push this high of a resolution on a 10.1" Display. i'll take an Exynos 5 over an S4 Pro for sure. Cortex-A15 is still new to the market so it's going to take a minute to optimize performance.

53. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i will be getting this Tablet. it will be the perfect match for my Droid Razr MAXX HD. i'll have everything! ;D

55. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Awesome video review John.V! It's been a long time since I saw such a clean and comprehensive review on camera. Good job!

57. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

When you say choppy performance...can you figure out cause of it? high cpu load, low memory bandwidth, underpowered gpu for such a high res display or something else!

60. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it is definitely none of what you mentioned. xD it's probably software optimization.

74. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No, A15 is a beast and the Mali-T604 can definitely handle the high-res display. It's just that 4.2 isn't fully optimized yet because Google rushed it a bit, they need to slow down honestly. Why do you think the Nexus 4 scores so low on benchmarks when compared to the Optimus G, when it has the same chipset? Wait about a month for an update and everything will be smooth as ever.

71. tikniffin

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I sold my nexus 10 on Ebay as I could not tether with ad hoc network created by Nokia 808 (I knew that anyway, but didn't realise ipad could!) and found reading textbooks quite unsatisfactory on a 16;9 aspect ratio screen, and I have some very large, expensive kindle books on my tablet. I received my ipad4 two days ago and think I can make a reasonable comparison. I bought two identical flight simulator games for nexus 10 and ipad4; ipad4 ran more smoothly and the graphics features were more detailed. I found the gallery function better on the ipad4. Although the nexus 10 has a good screen, the contrast was noticably better on the ipad4. I think for watching movies the wide screen will do a better job on the Nexus 10. The nexus 10 has a plastic back but doesn't feel cheap and I had no issues with build quality. I also liked the front speakers too, and sound was very reasonable. I had high hopes for the Nexus, but have to concede that the ipad4 functioned better in every way, and felt like a more premium product. As far as Android tablets go, I think Nexus 10 is probably the best of the bunch, and represents really good value. However, I don't think the apps have made full use of the impressive hardware and it shows. That may improve with time. It was VERY slow at charging too. One thing I did notice was that the wide screen on the nexus 10 facilitated a keyboard that was extremely impressive; not only were the keys nicely spaced but the haptic feedback felt really positive. Ultimately, I think for most people the ipad4 would prove a better investment (even taking into acount the price difference (£80, as apple deliver free unlike Google). For those wanting to watch movies and videos with better sound, then they would probably prefer the Nexus 10. I think Samsung have done a great job with the Nexus but the ipad4 is still king of the tablets.

72. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

haha John V with a tie =DDDDDD

73. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Android on a tablet is just CRAP : unoptimized apps for nor the screen size or the resolution, wasted space, dropped frames, even the very few optimized apps look like crap compared to the android version. twitter or facebook are just examples. Also the screen resolution makes apps have tiny buttons or gaves have tiny controls like angry birds that needs a stylus to press on play and a magnifier to view the score. In landscape it's too wide, in portrait it's too tall and narrow, just weird. And yeah it's great to have a better resolution than the ipad but it's not the only thing : saturation, brightness, contrast are better on the ipad, also it's got a flickering issue ( and i have proof ) : And let's not forget samsung's legendary build quality : . So yeah i agree that android is GREAT on phones, infact i LOVE the Nexus 4. But if you want a tablet, the iPad is the way to go : it looks better, it performs better, it's got 275K+ apps optimized for it's screen and most of them for it's retina display, it's build better... And if you disagree, please don't just just thumb down and reply and tell me how i am wrong.

75. tikniffin

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Really agree with you fere13. 16;9 aspect ratio on a screen is difficult to use unless all you want to do is watch movies. Why not buy a wide screen tv instead? ;-)

76. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

77. Gaytor

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

I will augment my Note 2 with Note 10.1 tablet . With updates rolling in , this monsterous Note big boy would be so much fun. I love the Note tricks !

78. Farshid

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I love this Tablet. It's fantastic.

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