Testing out the strength of its Wi-Fi connection, it’s able to retain a solid connection with a wireless router that’s located approximately 30 feet away in another room. Furthermore, we didn’t see its signal strength greatly fluctuating in the same locations.


Surmising it can be related to optimizations with Android 4.2 or the new dual-core Exynos chipset it’s using, but the Nexus 10 delivers one great battery life in our testing. So much so that we’re able to get nearly 2 whole days of normal usage with its fully charged 9,000 mAh battery, which is amazing considering it’s sporting that super high resolution display and whatnot. However, it’s worth pointing out that the rear of the tablet gets a bit toasty after prolonged usage.


It lacks the razor sharp design of Asus’ top line Android tablets or the extended wealth of functionality available with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but hot damn, there’s no arguing that the Google Nexus 10 triumphs over them with its hard to believe price point of $399! Considering that it’s featuring the highest resolution display to grace a tablet thus far, it’s absolutely hard to fathom how it’s priced the way it is. Instead, the Google Nexus 10 is seriously bringing the heat this upcoming holiday season.

Looking at the bigger picture, it’s one tablet that consumers will need to consider if they’re in the market to buy a tablet. Previous to this, the newest iPad seemed like the well-rounded offering since it pushed the threshold with its Retina Display, but Google and Samsung has triumphed in setting the bar even higher – and in a short amount of time too! Even though we would’ve liked to see just smidgen of difference between the presentation style of Android 4.2 on this tablet over the Nexus 4, we’re grateful to find the few that are there – like the support of multiple users. Now that the bar has been established at what a $400 tablet can offer, the Nexus 10 can sit and ride out the remaining couple of months left in the year as being the jack of all trades in the tablet realm.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.2
Build Number: JOP40C
Kernel Version: 3.4.5-g4e6298b


  • Incredible high resolution display
  • Very good $400 price point
  • Stellar battery life


  • No 4G/3G verison
  • Some software bugs with Android 4.2
  • Choppy performance every now and then

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User Rating:

6 Reviews



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: 2357; 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 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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