Messaging

The keyboard on the Google Nexus 10 is very accurate and responsive, there's never any delay when typing and unlike the Nexus 7 it features haptic feedback to provide more of a tactile sensation. Another new feature of the keyboard is 'gesture typing'.

This works a lot like 'Swype' - an app which has been available on certain handsets for a while now. Specifically it lets you slide your finger across letters to create words rather than typing them. It's surprisingly fast and intuitive and for our money it works at least as well as Swype. There's also a fairly accurate voice option, which lets you speak what you want to type - although it's not accurate enough for us to have full confidence in it.

Google Nexus 10 keyboard

However you choose to enter text, the keyboard also does a good job of predicting what word you're trying to enter and auto-correcting any mistakes.

It's a big keyboard too, meaning that it's easy to hit the right key and as a result mistakes are rare to begin with. Despite the size there's still plenty of screen visible with it open, both in portrait and landscape. As always with Android if you don't get on with the keyboard there are plenty of alternative options available from Google Play.

Google Nexus 10 settings

The settings screen can be accessed either from a button on the notifications screen or from its own dedicated icon and as the name suggests this lets you tweak all the various options on the Google Nexus 10. For the most part it's identical to the settings screen on any other Android device, with options for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, display, storage, privacy and more.

Google Nexus 10 Daydream

However there is a new addition in the form of 'Daydreams'. This lets you set up a custom screen saver whenever the tablet is docked or charging.

There are options for a clock, photos from your gallery, moving colours or, perhaps most interestingly, stories from sources you're subscribed to on Google Currents. It's a minor feature and you may prefer for the screen to just turn off when plugged in (which is still an option), but it's a nice addition if you want it.

All in all the Google Nexus 10 is slick, fast and powerful. The current version of Android combined with top flight specs make it almost as smooth to operate as an iOS device.

It's almost as intuitive as well, but with an added layer of customisation available if you want it, making it suitable for both those new to tablets and the more tech savvy. It boots up in around 17 seconds and shuts down in around 14, times which are fast enough to make it a convenient device to use even just for a few minutes at a time.

Browser

The only way to connect to the web on the Google Nexus 10 is via Wi-Fi. We had originally expected and hoped that a 3G version might turn up, but unfortunately it's MIA.

On the Wi-Fi front what you get specifically is dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. It also supports Wi-Fi direct.

Google Nexus 10 Browser

Browsing on the device is lightning fast, with text and image heavy full desktop sites loading in around 5 seconds. With the screen's 2560 x 1600 resolution pages look crystal clear and rarely need zooming at all. If you do decide to zoom in you can do so with a pinch or a double tap, and none of the shine is lost, with everything just as crisp and clear as when it's zoomed out.

Scrolling on the browser is generally fast and smooth, letting you glide around pages with ease and making it very fast to navigate. We say generally because surprisingly there were a few occasions where it seemed a bit jerky (namely content-heavy sites), but never enough to spoil the browsing experience.

Google Nexus 10 browser menu

The Google Nexus 10 comes with the Chrome browser, which is one of the best mobile browsers around and not a million miles away from the desktop version.

The top of the screen contains the address bar, which you can tap on to type an address or search query. There's also a microphone icon at the right hand side of it, which lets you use voice search.

To the left of the address bar there are forwards and backwards arrows, allowing you to move backwards and forwards through pages that you've visited. There's also a refresh button to reload the current page.

A star in the address bar lets you quickly bookmark pages while an icon at the far right lets you open new tabs, view your bookmarks, share the current page or access the browser settings screen.

Google Nexus 10 browser settings

The settings screen in turn has most of the options you'd expect, from auto filling in forms, to which search engine it should use, as well as options to save passwords, block pop ups and more. There's no Flash support, but in practice we didn't really miss it - although you will currently butt up against the lack of support until HTML5 video becomes more prevalent across the web.

If you have more than one tab open these will all be visible at the very top of the screen and you can switch between them with a tap. You can also open or close tabs from here, so there's no need to delve into the menu.

Google Nexus 10 bookmarks

Bookmarks are shown as thumbnails and from the bookmarks menu you can see your most visited sites. If you enable syncing between devices you can also view and access tabs that are open in Chrome on other devices.

It's all very straightforward and intuitive but there are plenty of other browsers available for download if you don't get on with Chrome.

Whichever browser you use, the Nexus 10 is one of the best tablets on offer for web browsing. Pages are crisp and clear, they can be displayed in their full screen glory without the need to zoom in and sites load very quickly.