Sharp 1920p HD display; Sleek, curvy chassis; Very capable snappers with lots of features; support for multiple users.
Battery takes a long time to charge; No memory card slot.
The Google Nexus 10 is a fun and good-value way to make the most of games, films and websites on its large 10in display. Its key feature is that sharp 1920p HD screen that outdoes even the iPad’s Retina display.
The Google Nexus 7 made it onto our list of favourite mobile goodies last year, offering great value while still being powerful. Of course, seven inches is not enough for everyone, so Google has got together with Samsung to create a 10-inch device – but will it be a crowd pleaser too?
Well, it has a super-sharp 10in screen, is a great media device, and only has a couple of quirks. Read on to find out more…
Take a first look at the front of the device and you’ll see there are no buttons, because Android features on-screen shortcuts. The edges are home to the volume rocker and power button, plus you’ll also find the HDMI and Micro USB ports there. The speakers sit on each side of the display, which means the powerful sound is aimed right at you – so no need for earphones (unless you’re on the train or bus of course!)
Pick up the device and it feels pretty solid – even though it is slim at a little under 9mm – it weighs 615g, about the same as the iPad. You won’t want to hold it with one hand for very long. However, the soft reverse and roomy bezel around the display did make it easy to hold without it slipping out of your hands.
One of the major features of the Nexus 10 is its super crisp 10in screen. It has an amazing 2560x1600 resolution, which actually means it is sharper than the iconic Retina display of the Apple iPad. That’s 300 pixels-per-inch (the iPad manages 264). It also beats the Galaxy Note 10.1 in this regard. Mind you, it’s hard to actually see the difference if you compare them, but on paper at least the Nexus 10 has one of the best tablet displays to be found at the moment.
Anyone who enjoys watching HD movies on their mobile device will be delighted with the results on the screen – photos and movies feature rich colours and there is only a tiny brightness loss should you tilt the screen. Turn it up to maximum brightness and it can cope with all but the brightest of glare, so watching in sunlight (when we get some) should be a breeze.
The Nexus 10 runs on the 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Android, which is incredibly user friendly. There are loads of widgets to put on your desktop and a host of excellent features to discover. The only niggles we had were that we had to reboot a couple of time when we first tried out the devices – but once we’d updated to the very latest version of Android (4.2.1) it didn't happen again.
We were able to set up a number of user profiles, so you can share the device within the family without a lot of arguments! If you want to switch between users, just go back to the lock screen and tap on the profile you’re after. So, no more arguments over disappearing shortcuts or having to endure One Direction wallpaper.
The touchscreen proved responsive in use, and when we had a good Wi-Fi connection even graphic-heavy websites were quick to upload. The 1.7GHz chip is teamed up with a mighty 2GB of RAM, which means the Nexus 10 can run pretty much anything you throw at it. All the big Android games ran ultra-smoothly too. We reviewed the model that has 32GB of storage for your media, games and apps, but bear in mind there is no memory card slot, so choose wisely between the 16GB and 32GB versions.
Full featured snappers
The snapper is a five-megapixel mode that produces sharp images in an instant once the onscreen shutter is tapped. It’s not the easiest way to take a photo – as with most tablets – but it’s good to have a backup, especially if your smartphone’s camera isn’t that great. It seems to react well to a variety of lighting conditions and also has an LED flash should you wish to take shots at night.
One treat for photographers is the panorama mode, which lets you take a 360-degree picture – it’s great for landscape pictures. Plus there are options for standard panoramas and HD video. There is also a 1.9-megapixel front-facing snapper if you want to chat with friends on Google+ Hangouts or Skype.
As far as battery life goes it’s pretty average compared with other tablets – video streaming will offer you about five and a half hours, but it’s the length of time the battery takes to recharge that is an issue. Plug it in while you’re using it and we found that it uses juice more quickly than it’s putting it in, so the tablet will need to be turned off to recharge. The iPad’s third and fourth generation suffered from the same issue. Anyone who wants to use their device on long journeys or commutes may be better off with a smaller device such as the Nexus 7 from Asus or the Apple iPad Mini.
The Google Nexus 10 offers great user friendliness and performance. It’s cheaper than the iPad at £319 for the 16GB model, but still offers an impressively sharp display that offers a great experience for surfing the net, playing games, watching films and so on. But, for the daily commute, there are more portable devices to be had.
|Type of device||Tablet|
|Operating System||Android Jelly Bean 4.2|
|Dimensions||264 x 178 x 8.9mm|
|Screen size||10.1 inches|
|Screen type||PLS TFT|
|Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|Display type||16 million colours|
|Internal storage||16GB - 32GB|
|Memory card slot|
|Secondary camera||1.9 megapixels|
|Special camera features||Panorama mode, HD video, LED flash|
|FM Radio description|
|Handsfree speaker phone|
|What's in the box||Charger|
|Battery life multimedia||6 hours|
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