Google has followed its Nexus 7 tablet with the anxiously awaited Nexus 10. With Samsung as the manufacturer producing this $400 10 inch model, Google has made its presence felt in the big tablet segment. But, does the device pack enough punch to beat the competition?
Starting with the looks and the build, the Nexus 10 is not really anything to go crazy over. It lacks the ‘wow’ factor and looks bigger than it actually is. But, it has top class build quality, a rubber backing that makes for a solid grip, is just 8.9mm thick, and at 603 gm is quite lighter than some other tablets. The sensational screen more than makes up for the ordinary design. The 2560 x 1600 pixel, 300 ppi resolution screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 paneling offers stunning imagery and puts the Nexus 10 at par with the Retina Display of the iPad.
The two cameras, 1.9 MP front facing and 5 MP at the back, are just about okay. However, the feature of Photo Sphere is great, and enables you to capture fantastic 360 degree panoramas. The speakers are placed inconspicuously on the right and left of the display. For a tablet, they carry quite a decent volume. Those interested in more serious sound experience can opt for external speakers or headphones. One of the most exciting things about the Nexus 10 is the OS, which is the Android Jelly Bean 4.2. Its latest updates for tablets, and features such as multi user support, wireless display support etc. promise a good experience. The unadulterated interface is also very appealing. The Google Nexus 10 boasts of crisp text and apps that look fine enough. The apps are very responsive and load quickly; web pages also pop up fast. However, using some apps gets difficult and awkward, and dedicated 10 inch Android apps would be very welcome.
The performance of the Nexus 10 is a lot impressive, powered as it is with a dual core 1.7 GHz A15 processor, 2 GB RAM and Mali T604 GPU and Jelly Bean Operating System. You can choose between 32 GB and 16 GB internal memory models. With no 3G/4G support, it is a Wi-Fi device, and its strengths include MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) technology, and up to 4 times faster download speed. The battery life at almost 10 hours is also quite good.
All in all, though the Google Nexus 10 has its shortcomings, this light, slim, and fast tablet is proving to be good value for money. Availability of more specific apps is bound to make it a clear winner.