Sometimes it pays to not be part of the herd mentality; to chart your own course and still emerge triumphant – this is one of those times. Truly, with the all-new Nexus 10 tablet Google has provided users, the features and performance that are available on Apple’s iPad, the current market darling.
A sneak review of the Android-powered Nexus 10 that released on 13th November 2012:
Appearance and Build
The Google Nexus 10 is an exceedingly well-designed tablet and quite good looking too. The all-black chassis is delicately rounded at the rims, measures a compact 10.39 X 6.99 X 0.35 inches, and weighs 1.3 pounds making the device reliably portable and comfortable to hold.
The tablet, which is chiefly composed of high-grade-plastic, bears a nice, rubbery feel at the back imparting strength and resilience to the device. Ports and functionalities pertaining to micro HDMI, micro USB, front-facing camera, rear camera, headphones, power, volume, light sensor, and even a magnetic Pogo Pin charger reside neatly on the tablet’s exterior. Little flourishes like the frontal grille speakers are nice but some users may be deterred by the sizable bezel surrounding the screen.
The 10.1-inch display is the tablet’s trump card: a highly outfitted Super PLS TFT touchscreen with a remarkably lucid 2560 X 1600- pixel resolution. Moreover, the display also touts a 299-pixel per inch screen density, 16:9 widescreen functionality, and a capacity to render 16 million hues. The viewing consequences are, expectedly, brilliant with superlative vibrancy, content emphasis, and display angles. For added protection, the screen is sheathed by durable Corning Gorilla Glass. The capacitive touch operation, too, is commendable with multi-touch gestures being fully supported.
The Nexus 10 ships with a significantly potent 1.7GHz dual-core ARM Cortex (A15) central processor bolstered by a Samsung Exynos 5250 chipset. A MaliT604 graphics processor and 2GB RAM are also on board making the tablet an exceptionally sprightly machine with applications and multitasking being processed with consummate ease.
The entrenched Android 4.2 Jelly Bean interface is exceedingly fluid, intuitive, and boasts several fresh features such as gesture typing, Miracast linking, quick settings, High Dynamic Range (HDR) operation, lock-screen widgets, Google Now, and extended camera settings.
You can choose between 16GB and 32GB internal storage options; regrettably there is no inbuilt facility to install external memory.
The tablet facilitates a host of connectivity options like dual-side NFC, Bluetooth (3.0 with A2DP), dual-band Wi-Fi, USB (2.0), assisted GPS, SNS integration, push email, and HTML browsing. However the absence of 3G and LTE linkage are definitely demerits.
The Nexus 10 also embeds a commodious 9000mAh Li-polymer battery that, as Google avows, ought to sustain 7 hours of internet surfing and 9 hours of movie viewing comfortably.
Cameras and Multimedia
The Nexus 10 sports a capable 5-megapixel rear camera (with LED flash) rendering a top resolution of 2592 X 1936 pixels. Aspects like autofocus, touch focus, geographical tagging, and face detection are also included altogether resulting in good quality photographs. The camera also engenders 1080-pixel clips at 30 frames per second. The 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera is adequate.
The fully-featured music player is first-rate and boosted by the tablet’s terrific audio output.
You would do well to form a ‘nexus’ with this $399 tablet!