The Bottom Line
Nov 14 2012 - The Google Nexus 10 tries to take on the premium 10-inch tablets by offering a super high resolution display along with a price tag that is a bit more affordable than its competitors. While the display is very sharp it still lacks the color, contrast and brightness of its competitors. In addition to this, the tablet offers much shorter running times and drops the microSD slots found in many Android tablets. The tablet is best exemplified by its gaming and video capabilities and buyers will just have to weight the tradeoffs for the higher resolution screen to determine if it is the best tablet for their needs.
- Sharp High Resolution Display
- Affordable Compared To Other Premium Tablets
- Nice Front Facing Speakers
- Below Average Battery Life
- Display Color and Brightness Less Than Competition
- Lacks microSD Slot
- 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 (Cortex-A15) Dual Core Processor
- 2GB Memory
- 16GB Storage
- 10" WQXGA (2560x1600) Multitouch Display
- 1.9 Megapixel Front Camera, 5.0 Megapixel Rear Camera
- Mali T604 Graphics
- 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth, NFC
- microUSB, microHDMI, 3.5mm Audio
- 10.4" x 7" x .35" @ 1.33 lbs.
- Android 4.2
Review - Google Nexus 10
Nov 14 2012 - At a first glance, it might be hard to distinguish the Google Nexus 10 from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. This is probably due to the fact that Google has partnered with Samsung in the development of the tablet and they likely made some decisions to speed up production and keep costs down. The front of the tablet looks nearly identical but the back uses a black soft touch plastic that provides a good grip but does feel a bit cheap compared to the more premium tablets it competes against. The top of the rear panel features a textured plastic that breaks up the design a bit. In terms of thickness and weight, it is thinner and lighter than the iPad but is still a tad bit larger and heavier than the Transformer Pad Infinity.
Powering the Google Nexus 10 is the first of the processors to feature the newer ARM Cortex-15 processor cores. The Samsung Exynos 5250 offers two of the cores running at 1.7GHz combined with 2GB of memory. While it only has two cores compared to the four cores of the Tegra 3, the higher clock speed and newer architecture seem to make up the performance gap. Performance in some areas was better but in others it did lag behind. On the whole, it seems to do a good job with just about everything in the Android 4.2 OS including gaming even at the higher resolution.
Of course the big feature for the Google Nexus 10 is the display. The 10-inch panel offers a class leading 2560x1600 native resolution that is even higher than the Apple iPad with retina display or the Transformer Pad Infinity. While the text and graphics are very sharp, the display still needs some work. It wasn't as bright as the Transformer Pad Infinity and the colors still fall far short of the accuracy provided by the iPad. It should also be noted that the viewing angles were not quite as wide as its competitors either. This is probably the trade off that had to be made in order to reach its lower price point. At least the Android applications don't require rewriting to take advantage of the new display like what happened with iOS and the retina displays.
The Nexus 10 comes with a 9000 mAh capacity battery pack which is fairly sizable considering its slim profile. In digital video playback testing, the tablet was able to run for seven and three quarter hours before turning off. This is quite disappointing as it puts it on the lower end for a 10-inch tablet. It appears that the high resolution display and new processor may be pulling more power as it falls behind the Apple iPad with Retina at nearly eleven hours or the Transformer Pad Infinity at nine and a half without dock and fourteen with the dock. I guess the reasoning here is that it still provides enough time for the average user to deal with its for the day before running out of charge.
The primary competition for the Nexus 10 are the iPad and Transformer Pad Infinity as has been referenced through the review. The iPad with 16GB of memory comes in with a $499 price tag to the $399 of the Nexus 10. The Nexus has the advantage being slightly thinner and lighter with the higher resolution but the iPad has a clear advantage for display color, battery life, application selection and battery life. Compared to the Transformer Pad Infinity, the ASUS tablet is thinner, lighter, has higher brightness and contrast and much better running times but starts at $499 with 32GB of memory and doesn't have as high a resolution display.