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Google Nexus 10 Review

Google Nexus 10

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Regarded as a “fuller” tablet offering than the Nexus 7, this is outfitted with a rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash – ready at an arm’s length if nothing else in sight is available to capture the moment. Checking out the interface, there’s a dramatic departure from the previous version’s layout, and in fact, it’s essentially the same one found on the Nexus 4 smartphone. Indeed it’s minimalistic and uncluttered, with few manual and shooting modes available, but somehow we were expecting an interface a bit different than its smartphone counterpart. Nevertheless, it brings forth the new feature of “Photo Sphere” that stiches up images together to give us a neat 360-degree first perspective view.

Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review
Camera interface - Google Nexus 10 Review

Knowing that we’re dealing with a tablet here, we can’t complain much about the quality put out by the 5-megapixel snapper of the Nexus 10 – mainly because it delivers some pleasant shots, for a tablet of course. Details are average looking, as it maintains a consistent level of clarity throughout the shot, but colors seems a bit dull and devoid, which is noticeably more evident when the flash is in use. Although it’s not as pleasing, its low lighting performance is still tolerable – though, images tend to be noisier in tone.


Likewise, we can say the same about its 1080p video recording quality, which is neither impressive or downright ugly. Rather, it’s comforting to know that details are average, audio recording quality is clear & noise free, and that it records at the smooth rate of 29 frames per second. Otherwise, the distractive elements of its quality include noticeable artifacting and its sensitive exposure adjustment. As a whole, we’d prefer using a smartphone over this, but for a last resort, we wouldn’t flinch to use it.

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Previewing some of our photos in the gallery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean now throws in some cool editing functions that make it fun to jazzy up our photos. From a handful of filter options to various frames, there’s a high level of optimization that’s available to us in the Gallery app. Besides that, all the sharing functions are intact with it – so as its typical layout and presentation.

The gallery of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean throws in some cool editing functions - Google Nexus 10 Review
The gallery of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean throws in some cool editing functions - Google Nexus 10 Review
The gallery of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean throws in some cool editing functions - Google Nexus 10 Review
The gallery of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean throws in some cool editing functions - Google Nexus 10 Review

So what can we say about its music player, since it’s the same old Google Play Music app we’re normally exposed to? Well, despite the lack of donning a new interface, we’re still attracted to its cool 3D carousel when browsing through our catalog, but beyond that, there’s nothing much to experience. With the aid of its left and right speakers, the Nexus 10 delivers audio tones that are punchy and full of life – without any evidence of strain or distortion. Additionally, it helps when there are various equalizer settings to enhance its quality.

The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 10 Review
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 10 Review

Even though it might be tough to find videos that are higher than 1080p resolution, the Nexus 10 is a fantastic option for watching all sorts of videos on the go. However, out of the box, it’s only able to support our test videos that are encoded in MPEG-4 and H264 – with DivX and Xvid noticeably absent. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to like about its performance. From its smooth playback to the sheer brilliance of its high resolution display, our eyes are glued to the screen at every moment during the experience.

Watching videos on the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 Review
Watching videos on the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 Review
Watching videos on the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 Review


Software:

Such a common occurrence with all Nexus devices, there are no bloatware apps preloaded on the Nexus 10 – rightfully so of course. Instead, we’re treated to all of Google’s popular apps that consist of Google Earth, Google+, Local, Google Maps, Google+ Messenger, Play Books, Play Magazine, Google Talk, Google Voice Search, Google Wallet, and YouTube. In general, though, it’s lacking the depth of tablet-optimized third party apps that the iPad offers, which is clearly evident in apps like Twitter and Facebook. At this point, we’re hoping to see more of these popular third party apps becoming optimized.

Google’s apps - Google Nexus 10 Review
Google’s apps - Google Nexus 10 Review
Google’s apps - Google Nexus 10 Review
Google’s apps - Google Nexus 10 Review


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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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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display10.1 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (300 ppi) True RGB Real Stripe PLS
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual, 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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