Overview of Google Nexus 10 tablet: Review & Specs

Google Nexus 7, a mini-tablet that is selling like hotcakes, Google turned to Samsung to launch its Google Nexus 10. A 10-inch tablet that has everything to known “iPad killer” with its high-resolution screen. In a few months, the Mountain View giant has created a range of tablets consistent and attractive, although some shortcomings in Android tablets are indeed present.

 

Reality

Nexus 10

If the Google Nexus 10 tunes Galaxy Tab – logical, since its production has been entrusted to Samsung – it also displays some resemblance to the Nexus 7. Thus, the back of the tablet shows the same non-slip coating, which makes it more comfortable grip. The aesthetic is very different from the iPad, but quite attractive. The Nexus 10 turns even lighter than its famous competitor (603 g against 652 g).

 

Buttons

Regarding ergonomics of Google Nexus 10, we can take the criticism usually addressed to Android tablets. Namely a lack of physical button Home, because you always wonder in what sense should take the tablet. Then the buttons on / off and volume control side by side complicate their use. Often, wanting to raise or lower the sound from integrated speakers, you get to put the display to sleep. Not practical when we watch a movie in the dark, for example. For those who want to enjoy their movie on a screen even bigger, Google had the good idea to include micro-HDMI port to the tablet. The rest of the connectivity is limited to a micro-USB port and a set of connectors, such as the Nexus 7, which could be used if its loading dock suitable was available. It even takes to dream of a keyboard as the Type of Cover Tablet Microsoft Surface.

 

Stunning Screen

Nexus 10

The screen 16/10 of Google Nexus 10, the brightness and contrast is slightly lower than those of the iPad 4, extremely comfortable for watching movies. And all this owes to its display of very high resolution (2560 by 1600 dots), higher than iPad Retina. The resolution is 300 dpi announced against 264 for the Apple tablet. Difficult at this stage to accurately tell the naked eye prevails. The text of websites and ebooks is extremely readable. In the latter field, the 4/3 iPad wins perhaps because it avoids the impression of having a tablet while height or width to read the text. Besides its display of high quality highlights one of the weaknesses of Android, its meagre number of native applications for tablet. Usually designed for smartphones, applications are extended for display. In this case, it is sometimes almost painful, this avalanche of jagged pixels.

 

Android 4.2, best apps

However, Google has announced launch a major program to encourage developers to work on specific versions of their apps for tablets. The problem should be resolved quickly discovering Android 4.2 in Google Nexus 10. The latest mobile operating system from Google is not a revolution, but it provides enough important news or anecdotal to give the impression that Google advance by leaps and bounds and that Android nearly equals iOS in terms of ease of utilization and optimization with hardware. It welcomes the emergence of separate user accounts, handy when you want to have separate sessions email for example. We would have liked it to be possible since the administrator account / Owner, configure the installation of applications on one or more sessions, which is not the case. Note that this user account management function is the only Android 4.2, which really seems to have more sense on a tablet than smartphone. Typing function by sliding your finger on the virtual keyboard is nice but shows some limitations. However we are always impressed with the voice recognition feature. The other big news of Android 4.2 is on the side of the photographic function. Now, everything can be controlled from the tip of the thumb, with a streamlined interface, where the basic functions are relatively easy to access. We salute the Photo Sphere (to complete a snapshot as 360 ° in StreetView), although it is quite gadget. The real problem with the Photo of the Nexus 10 is finally … its camera. Film quality is at best ok. It quickly becomes poor when the brightness decreases. Same thing for videos, HD yet. In this area, it is the iPad 4, which comes out best.

 

Battery life

Obviously, Android 4.2 brings its own set of optimization. The interface is more fluid than ever. However, this tablet is a beast power than the iPad and even the competition in general. It offers enough resources for all uses, whether the game or possibly a little work. But be careful, some games will be handicapped by the high definition screen tablet: the chipset is slowing very quickly when for example the game GTA 3 runs in native resolution. Virtual Tennis, meanwhile, works like a charm under the same conditions, because it is less resource intensive. It displays 9 h battery back surfing Wi-Fi and 8 h 11 continuous play a video, where the iPad 4 is respectively 9 and 11 h under the same conditions.

 

The verdict

No doubt Google Nexus 10 is well finished, autonomous, powerful, with a sumptuous display, the Nexus 10 defines brilliantly that Google intends to make its range of reference, the Nexus tablet for its large size. The Nexus 10 shows that Google intends to strike hard now in the world of tablets at very affordable prices.