Google Nexus 10 review

A brilliant tablet with a wonderful screen and an even more wonderful price. Only a middling battery life holds the Nexus 10 back

23 Oct 2014
Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
319
inc VAT
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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The tablet has now been out for some time, since late 2012, and though we still like it, the fact is it has now been superceded by the Nexus 9. Google and HTC's 8.9in tablet packs the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, and is one of the fastest Android tablets around, making the Nexus 10 feel very outdated. Google has even removed the Nexus 10 from the Play store, but just because it's old, it's still a competent 10in tablet - particularly as you'll be able to load Android Lollipop onto it as soon as Google releases it. Apart from the smaller Nexus 7, there are no other Android tablets that can say the same thing. 

Although you'll have to shop around to find one, Nexus 10 prices have fallen considerably since launch and if you can find one new you can pick it up for around £200. Otherwise, it could still be worth hunting one down second hand if you want to see what Android Lollipop feels like without buying a high-end smartphone or tablet.

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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