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Google Nexus 10 review

Fast, sleek looking and full of custom Android features
Tue Dec 04 2012, 15:12

Product Google Nexus 10
Specifications 10in 2,560x1,600 resolution 299ppi screen, 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processor, 16GB internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera with HD 1080p video, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, microUSB port, HDMI port, Samsung connector port, headphone jack, nine hour battery life, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 264x177x8.9mm, 603g
Price From £319

GOOGLE ENTERED THE TABLET MARKET earlier this year when it released its ultra-affordable Nexus 7

The tablet became an instant success, offering buyers quad-core processing power, an HD display and Google's cutting edge Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system for a meager £159.

Following on from the Nexus 7's strong sales the internet giant set its aspirations higher, taking aim at Apple's shiny top end Ipad with its following Nexus 10.

Design and build
Visually the Nexus 10 looks very different than the Nexus 7, boasting a design that makes it unmistakably Samsung built.

The Nexus 10 has rounded corners and a slightly curved back that make it look similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Aside from its black colouring, the only big visual difference we noticed is that the Nexus 10 doesn't feature the Note 2's metal trim. Instead the Nexus 10's chassis is entirely made of polycarbonate.

Google Nexus 10 back

To our surprise we found that the Nexus 10 still feels solid and well built despite its plastic casing. In fact, having used the Nexus 10 we're fairly sure it could survive the odd bump unscathed. This is mainly due to the slightly rubberised finish of its chassis, which makes the Nexus 10 feel slightly shock absorbent, though not to the extent that we dared to drop-test it.

Another advantage of the rubbery finish is that it helps make the tablet feel comfortable in the hand. This is helped by the Nexus 10's light weight. Despite being slightly longer than the 241x186x9.4mm new Ipad, the 264x177x8.9mm Nexus 10 is far lighter. Testing the two tablets, we found that the 603g Nexus 10 feels lighter in the hand than the hefty 652g new Ipad.

On the outside, the Nexus 10 features microUSB 2.0 and HDMI ports, along with a headphone jack and a proprietary Samsung connector port.

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