Google Nexus 10 review

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Published 
16 Jul 2014
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Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
319
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A brilliant tablet with a wonderful screen and an even more wonderful price. Only a middling battery life holds the Nexus 10 back

Specifications

10 in 2,560x1,600 display, 603g, 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5, 2.00GB RAM, 16GB disk, Android 4.2

When Apple introduced the famed Retina display to the third-generation Apple iPad, it far outstripped what the competition could do, either on tablets or even in desktop monitors. In fact, it took almost a year for a real competitor to turn up, with Google and Samsung to joining forces to produce the Google Nexus 10.

The tablet has now been out for some time, since late 2012, and though we still like it, the fact its hasn't been replaced by an updated model is surprising. It may be old, but it's still not bad, prices have fallen considerably since launch and you can pick one up now for around £220.

Google Nexus 10

We simply can't do the screen justice here, it's really quite astoundingly sharp

The Nexus 10 isn't as lovely to behold as the iPad, but we still like it. Instead of metal, the Nexus 10's chassis is built entirely from grippy rubber-coated plastic. The black chassis is curvier than the iPad's, and the bezel around the display is broader as well. At 603g, it's 49g lighter than the iPad, which makes it very comfortable to hold. We've no problems with build quality, and the fact the glass on the front is Corning's tough, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass is another big bonus. The Nexus 10 feels like it would survive a drop better than the iPad.

Google Nexus 10

Not as classy as the iPad but better than Samsung's recent own-brand efforts

It isn't short on features, either. Around the edges you'll find Micro HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone output and a Micro USB port. You can only charge the Nexus from scratch with the included charger, but it can be topped up via USB if you leave the charger at home. Wireless connections, meanwhile, can be made via Bluetooth, NFC or dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. There's GPS, a 5-megapixel camera with flash on the rear and a 720p webcam on the front. The main camera takes pretty impressive pictures, but composing shots using an unwieldy tablet is never easy. The only thing missing is a memory expansion slot to add to the Nexus' 16GB (or 32GB) of storage.

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