We covered the Nexus 4, the 7, and now it’s time to go ahead and talk about the Nexus 10. In our traditional fashion, we staggered the review to catch any type of updates that might have come out. Bleeding edge tech definitely has its share of bugs, we have to admit — we’ve been dying to cover the Nexus 10. Google has really outdone themselves with this tablet, but we figured that we’d give you a full review. Catching technology after it’s had a chance to “age” also gives you a break on the price, but you’re still going to find that full retail value exists for the Nexus 10 in most cases.
Let’s go ahead and start with the obvious: this is a 10.1-inch panel with a stunning 2560×1600 resolution. You might remember that resolution first with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The tablet itself is manufactured by Samsung, which isn’t a bad partnership.
You’ll fight a 5MP camera that can handle 1080p recording, along with an LED flash. Sorry tech fans, we know you’re tired of LED flashes but it looks like they are definitely here to stay. Nothing we can really do about all of that. There’s two physical controls — the volume rocker and a power/lock button. However on the left of the tablet edge you’re going to find micro-USB and a headphone jack (3.5mm). There’s a pogo pin connector and micro-HDMI along the bottom. We really find ourselves excited about micro-HDMI, which means that we can beam our stuff to a bigger display — like that 60″ flat screen you picked up on Black Friday or as a totally sweet Christmas present.
The speakers really carry this tablet, and there’s also another camera — this time 1.9MP that’s capable of 720p video recording.
As far as connectivity goes, it’s only Wi-Fi. There’s some talk about expanding this to actual cellular tech, but it’s not coming anytime soon. There’s support for b/g/n, but no ‘a’. I guess it’s time for the 802.11a people to upgrade already.
You have some power under here — a 1.7GHz chip, which has dual-core configuration even though it could easily go quad-core in the future. There’s a dedicated GPU along with 2GB of RAM. You can go with either 16GB or 32GB storage. It’s not expandable, so if you really get worried about space — go with the 32GB.
GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC also fill in for you, which isn’t a bad thing either.
We had to really jump back to the display. It really is a thing of beauty. There are a lot of pixels involved in a small 10.1-inch LCD panel. Certainly more than HDTV would have, and that’s at 1080p. The display is incredibly sharp — graphics pop, and text is very sharp. The user interface practically begs you to navigate it.
The brightness of the display doesn’t go as high as other devices, but it’s definitely good enough. The Nexus 10 is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, which makes it very durable.