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Google Nexus 10 review

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8.7/10
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The Google Nexus 10 currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 29 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

There are now dozens upon dozens of different Android-powered tablets available on the market but with the introduction of the Nexus 10, Google has raised the bar for everyone.

The 10, which runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), measures a hair less than 9mm thick and weighs just a little over 600 grams. Its most prominent feature, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, is one of the best. It offers a native resolution of 2560x1600 pixels and a pixel density of 300 ppi, exceeding the quality of Retina display panels touted elsewhere as revolutionary and magical.

The rest of the Nexus 10’s hardware specs are also top-notch. It uses a fast dual-core Exynos CPU from Samsung, a powerful 3D graphics chip from ARM, 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of internal storage. Its wireless features include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC wireless. And its built-in 9,000mAh battery can last up to 9 full hours of continuous video playback.

With such a fine set of features, you might think that the Nexus 10 comes with an astronomical price tag. But it doesn’t. In fact, it’s one of the most affordable 10-inch tablets ever released with Android. If size and portability are not huge factors for your next tablet purchase, you can’t really get any better than this.

Need to Know: Google Nexus 10

1. Comes with an eye-popping 2560x1600 pixel resolution 10.1-inch touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as the default operating system. (The Good)

3. Battery life could be much longer. (The Bad)

4. Lacks 4G LTE connectivity or any form of cellular data support. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
10.05"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

The Nexus 10 is easily the best 10in Android tablet we've seen to date. It has a fantastic screen, decent cameras and software features all for a more than reasonable price. Those looking for an alternative to the full-sized iPad needn't look any further.

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Tablet News

We give this device a 9 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and a 9.5 out of 10 for OS and UI, for a total of 9.16 out of 10, which makes it an excellent choice of a tablet nowadays. The price is a huge factor here, since $399 is pretty affordable, especially when compared to the iPads. Also, the...

- James A., Tablet News
Fone Arena

The Nexus 10 has a great display, offers good performance and runs on the latest version of Android v4.2. The 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer battery offers about 2 days of battery life in a single charge. The tablet comes in 16 and 32GB versions, so you don’t need to worry about the lack of the mic...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena
Coolsmartphone

If you must have a 10 inch Android tablet, then the Nexus 10 should be top of your list. You’ll be hard pushed to find anything to compete in terms of specifications. If it’s a fight between the Nexus 10 and an iPad? The iPad wins hands down. Yes it’s £80 more expensive, but...

- Mark Peters, Coolsmartphone
TrustedReviews

There’s no doubting that the Nexus 10 is currently one of the very best tablets on the market. Its gorgeous screen, super-smooth operation and wealth of features combine to produce a tablet that, at last, fully showcases what the Android platform is capable of when applied to tablets. With the...

- Audley Jarvis, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
10.05"

The Google Nexus 10's screen size is 10.05 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Dual-Core Cortex-A15 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
9000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 9000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 21 days standby time, 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Google Nexus 10 Specs

Overview
Release date November 13, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-Core Cortex-A15 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.38 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 9000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.4 x 17.8 x 0.9 cm (10.4 x 7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 603 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 300 pixels
Size 10.05 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, White balance, Photo Sphere, Exposure, Scene Mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Nexus 10, Samsung GT-P8110

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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

Fantastic screen, decent cameras and software features all for a more than reasonable price

from Tech Advisor

The Nexus 10 is easily the best 10in Android tablet we've seen to date. It has a fantastic screen, decent cameras and software features all for a more than reasonable price. Those looking for an alternative to the full-sized iPad needn't look any further.

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The Nexus 10 is easily the best 10in Android tablet we've seen to date. It has a fantastic screen, decent cameras and software features all for a more than reasonable price. Those looking for an alternative to the full-sized iPad needn't look any further.

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Tablet News

Huge resolution, excellent speakers, surprisingly good camera

from Tablet News

We give this device a 9 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and a 9.5 out of 10 for OS and UI, for a total of 9.16 out of 10, which makes it an excellent choice of a tablet nowadays. The price is a huge factor here, since $399 is pretty affordable, especially when compared to the iPads. Also,...More

We give this device a 9 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and a 9.5 out of 10 for OS and UI, for a total of 9.16 out of 10, which makes it an excellent choice of a tablet nowadays. The price is a huge factor here, since $399 is pretty affordable, especially when compared to the iPads. Also, the crazy resolution and surprising camera are aspects to consider.

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Fone Arena

Great display, offers good performance and runs on the latest version of Android

from Fone Arena

The Nexus 10 has a great display, offers good performance and runs on the latest version of Android v4.2. The 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer battery offers about 2 days of battery life in a single charge. The tablet comes in 16 and 32GB versions, so you don’t need to worry about the lack of the...More

The Nexus 10 has a great display, offers good performance and runs on the latest version of Android v4.2. The 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer battery offers about 2 days of battery life in a single charge. The tablet comes in 16 and 32GB versions, so you don’t need to worry about the lack of the micro SD slot. There is no 3G version of the tablet and there are very few apps on Google Play that are optimized for the 10-inch screen. If you are looking for a large Android tablet with a good display, nice build and the latest Android OS, this is definitely the tablet you need.

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Coolsmartphone

You’re getting a lot of hardware for your money here

from Coolsmartphone

If you must have a 10 inch Android tablet, then the Nexus 10 should be top of your list. You’ll be hard pushed to find anything to compete in terms of specifications. If it’s a fight between the Nexus 10 and an iPad? The iPad wins hands down. Yes it’s £80 more expensive, but that money buys you a device that oozes build quality, and has a huge range of excellent apps....

More

If you must have a 10 inch Android tablet, then the Nexus 10 should be top of your list. You’ll be hard pushed to find anything to compete in terms of specifications. If it’s a fight between the Nexus 10 and an iPad? The iPad wins hands down. Yes it’s £80 more expensive, but that money buys you a device that oozes build quality, and has a huge range of excellent apps.

So although I enjoyed my time with the Nexus 10, I would not recommend it over the iPad currently, but that is based on my usage patterns. If your apps look good, or you simply don’t mind, then you’re getting a lot of hardware for your money here.

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TrustedReviews

A fantastic tablet to interact with and to consume digital media on

from TrustedReviews

There’s no doubting that the Nexus 10 is currently one of the very best tablets on the market. Its gorgeous screen, super-smooth operation and wealth of features combine to produce a tablet that, at last, fully showcases what the Android platform is capable of when applied to tablets. With the improvements to Google Play and the growing number of high quality Android-specific apps finding great applications to run on the Nexus 10 is no longer the issue that it once was either....

More

There’s no doubting that the Nexus 10 is currently one of the very best tablets on the market. Its gorgeous screen, super-smooth operation and wealth of features combine to produce a tablet that, at last, fully showcases what the Android platform is capable of when applied to tablets. With the improvements to Google Play and the growing number of high quality Android-specific apps finding great applications to run on the Nexus 10 is no longer the issue that it once was either.

And so to the burning question: is the Nexus 10 as good as the iPad 4? In our opinion it most certainly is. Indeed, in many ways, it’s even better.

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Expert Reviews

A brilliant tablet with a wonderful screen and an even more wonderful price

from Expert Reviews

If there's anywhere the Nexus 10 struggles, it's with complex, picture-heavy web pages. This may sound strange, considering the tablet has enough grunt to play back movies and games with barely a dropped frame, but on the Flickr website and the BBC home page, for example, scrolling and panning lagged and stuttered. It's not a horrendous problem, but it's enough to be noticeable....

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If there's anywhere the Nexus 10 struggles, it's with complex, picture-heavy web pages. This may sound strange, considering the tablet has enough grunt to play back movies and games with barely a dropped frame, but on the Flickr website and the BBC home page, for example, scrolling and panning lagged and stuttered. It's not a horrendous problem, but it's enough to be noticeable.

More serious, though, is the fact that this high-resolution screen saps the battery. When playing our test video on loop at mid brightness, the tablet lasted only 8h 34m, which is almost two hours less than the Nexus 7 and a long way behind the iPad’s 11 hours plus. It's still enough to watch four films in a row, though.

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What Hi-Fi

A superb display, fast interface and competitive price make the Nexus a great bet

from What Hi-Fi

Offering a good few quid saving on the new iPad, it’s hard not to be impressed with the Nexus 10. Video is superb and music isn’t far behind, while the interface, features and content offerings are thorough. The build could have a little more sparkle and we await more tablet-specific app offe...More

Offering a good few quid saving on the new iPad, it’s hard not to be impressed with the Nexus 10. Video is superb and music isn’t far behind, while the interface, features and content offerings are thorough. The build could have a little more sparkle and we await more tablet-specific app offerings but the Nexus 10 is already a serious contender.

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GSMArena

Offers better value for money than its Apple rival

The Google Nexus 10 is a tablet that's near impossible not to like. It has the best screen on the market and is first to bring the new generation chipsets. It also runs on the latest version of the world's most popular and feature-rich smart platform and that Nexus middle name is assurance enough of staying up-to-date for quite a while. And all of this at a good $100 less than what the main rival would cost you....

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The Google Nexus 10 is a tablet that's near impossible not to like. It has the best screen on the market and is first to bring the new generation chipsets. It also runs on the latest version of the world's most popular and feature-rich smart platform and that Nexus middle name is assurance enough of staying up-to-date for quite a while. And all of this at a good $100 less than what the main rival would cost you.

The Google Nexus 10 seems to offer better value for money than its Apple rival. With the kind of limited availability it has, it probably won't be able to outsell the iPad and win the war all by itself but it manages to deliver an important message - Android doesn't need to fear iOS anywhere anymore, and it can fight it as an equal in tablets too.

One can't help but feel that Google should perhaps have intervened a little sooner and brought the Nexus tablets earlier to help struggling partner OEMs and the platform overall. Had that happened, things might have been different now. There's no need to dwell on the past though. What matters is here and now and we are more than happy with the package Google delivered with the Nexus 10. You'll probably feel the same, if you manage to snatch one from your local Play store.

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The Inquirer

Fast, sleek looking and full of custom Android features

from The Inquirer

Having thoroughly tested the Nexus 10, we have to say we are very impressed. Despite having a dual-core processor the tablet is more than powerful enough, easily matching the performance of its chief competitor, the Apple Ipad.

Add to this the host of new features included with its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, its beautifully crisp screen and its sleek design, and we can't sing the tablet's praises enough....

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Having thoroughly tested the Nexus 10, we have to say we are very impressed. Despite having a dual-core processor the tablet is more than powerful enough, easily matching the performance of its chief competitor, the Apple Ipad.

Add to this the host of new features included with its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, its beautifully crisp screen and its sleek design, and we can't sing the tablet's praises enough.

For this reason, while we're not convinced that it will win over many users already embedded in the Apple ecosystem, we'd fully recommend the Nexus 10 to any Android fan or new tablet buyer.

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Pocketnow

A well-built tablet that is buttery smooth in everyday use.

from Pocketnow

The Nexus 10 is in every respect a Nexus device with the pure Android experience as Google intended it. Despite having only two CPU cores the Nexus 10 is snappy, didn’t hesitate to do anything during our entire review, and feels all-around buttery-smooth. With its large, high resolution display and powerful front-firing speakers, the Nexus 10 is a media powerhouse and worthy of the Nexus name....

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The Nexus 10 is in every respect a Nexus device with the pure Android experience as Google intended it. Despite having only two CPU cores the Nexus 10 is snappy, didn’t hesitate to do anything during our entire review, and feels all-around buttery-smooth. With its large, high resolution display and powerful front-firing speakers, the Nexus 10 is a media powerhouse and worthy of the Nexus name.

If you think you’ll be using your Nexus 10 for gaming, watching videos, or listening to your music collection, you will probably want to fork over the extra money to get more on-board storage — you can’t add anything more since Google doesn’t seem to like microSD card slots anymore. Sure, we like Google’s idea of everything in the cloud just fine, but with today’s metered data connections and the fact that wireless coverage (especially Wi-Fi) isn’t everywhere, we’d like to have some of our stuff with us, and 16GB just isn’t enough — especially if you take advantage of Android 4.2′s multiple-user feature.

All in all, the Nexus 10 is a well-built tablet that performs very well in everyday use. It’s a Nexus, so you can rest assured that you’ll get timely updates to new versions of the Android OS (at least for a few years). If you’re in the market for a 10-inch tablet, this is the one for you!

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