Google Nexus 10 Android Tablet Review
Google Nexus 10 Review
Even though the Nexus 10 is a fair bit wider than the iPad 4 thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio, it manages to shave a bit off the weight (603g vs 652g) and thickness (8.9mm vs 9.4mm) which doesn't make a huge difference but it's a welcome improvement nonetheless. You'll find a fairly standard selection of ports including a 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroUSB and Micro HDMI along with a volume rocker and lock button. These are located at the top left of the tablet which is a slightly awkward position but it's something you get used to.
You'll also find a pair of cameras, a 1.9 megapixel shooter up front and a 5 megapixel camera out back paired with an LED flash, capable of capturing 1080p video. The front facing camera is perfectly acceptable for video chatting and the rear camera rivals some smartphone cameras, but is significantly less useful on a 10" tablet.
Easily one of the best features of the Nexus 10 is the screen. With a resolution of 2560x1600 sharpness and saturation are on par with the excellent Retina Display on the 3rd and 4th Generations of the iPad. Paired with Android 4.2 Jellybean you can expect very smooth and solid performance even with the 4 million+ pixels the tablet has to push. Overall Android 4.2 is a minor upgrade over the previous version with a few nice additions including a Quick Settings menu for changing system settings on the fly, new gesture based input with a keyboard similar to Swype and multi-user support for sharing the tablet.
Unfortunately app support remains severely lacking on the Nexus, just like all ~10" Android tablets. This is less of a problem on the Nexus 7 as many apps designed for phones work fine but when you see something designed for a 480x800 screen stretched to fit a 10" 2560x1600 display it becomes a real issue, especially when compared to the excellent overall quality of apps on the iPad. Granted the Twitter app is one of the worst examples, but you'll run into poorly scaled apps fairly often.
Powering the Nexus 10 is the new Samsung Exynos 5 dual core processor clocked at 1.7GHz paired with 2GB of RAM. As one of the first new Cortex A15 based devices to hit the market the Exynos delivers stellar performance which we'll get into in a minute. You have the option of picking up the Nexus with either 16GB or 32GB of storage and the tablet sports a massive 9000mAh battery.