Interface:

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.



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:

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.


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.


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.



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.


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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78 Comments

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: 2386; 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: 2146; 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 tab...to 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 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: 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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