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Google Nexus 10 review

A great value full size tablet with only a few minor shortcomings

Our Verdict

The Nexus 10 may be getting on a bit, but if you want a full size tablet that doesn't cost the earth you'll get a full HD display and powerful processor - there's no expandable storage or SIM option though.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 2560 x 1600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Powerful processor
  • High-res screen
  • Android 4.2

Against

  • No 3G/4G option
  • No expandable storage
  • Muted colours for media

The Google Nexus 10 was only announced around a week ago but in many circles it had been anticipated since the announcement of the Google Nexus 7. After all, if Google was entering the tablet field directly then how could it resist the potentially very lucrative 10-inch market?

And here we are, just a few short months after the Nexus 7's launch and Google is taking the fight to Apple, going head-to-head for tablet supremacy.

Google Nexus 10

It's not going to be an easy fight for Google; the iPad has always been in a league of its own and has a serious head start, but Google isn't entering the fray unprepared.

At $399 for the 16GB model the Google Nexus 10 is $100 cheaper than the equivalent iPad 4, which is $499. In fact, $499 is what a 32GB Nexus 10 costs. Once again, it's $100 cheaper than the equivalent Apple tablet, since a 32GB iPad 4 will run you $599.

Google Nexus 10 review

Don't think that just because it's relatively cheap it's not a premium powerhouse device. With a retina-searing 10.05-inch 2560 x 1600 Super PLS display, it's even higher resolution than the latest iPad, with 300 pixels per inch against the iPad 4's 264ppi.

That makes it the highest resolution tablet in existence. With a display that beautiful it's reassuring to know that it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 2 to keep it in pristine condition.

It's no slouch under the hood either. With a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM it should have no problem keeping pace with the fastest Android devices. It comes with Android 4.2 out of the box and being a pure Google tablet, it will be one of the first devices to get the next version of Android, keeping it up to date and future proofed for as long as possible.

Google Nexus 10 review

It's the same tactic used for the Google Nexus 7 - produce top end hardware at the lowest price possible to get people buying. It's even learned a few lessons from the Nexus 7, as this time is isn't bothering with a cripplingly small 8GB model and making a 32GB version available from day one.

Early sales of the Google Nexus 10 have been extremely promising. Despite the slightly higher price tag compared to other tablets on the market, the Nexus 10 has sold out on Google's Play Store on multiple occasions, with buyers clearly entranced by the super high resolution screen and larger dimensions.

Right now, the Google Nexus 10 is Wi-Fi only, but if you want 3G or 4G you might not have to wait too long, as the Nexus 7 has just been made available with 3G, so we expect the Google Nexus 10 will follow suit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali T604
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyNexus 10
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourCharcoal Grey
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A15
Screen Size25.4 cm (10")
Screen Resolution2560 x 1600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)603 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyPlane to Line (PLS) Switching
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height177.6 mm
Width263.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeWQXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-P8110
Product NameNexus 10 GT-P8110 Tablet
Product LineNexus 10
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P8110HAEXAR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationPowerful 10" tablet from Google

Nexus 10 is the newest tablet from Google. With the world's highest resolution tablet display, all new multi-user support, immersive HD content and the best Google apps - Nexus 10 has something for everyone.

Built for speed

Nexus 10 was created in partnership with Samsung and comes with a blazing fast dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor and advanced MIMO WiFi, giving you web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than normal WiFi.
Package Contents
  • Nexus 10 GT-P8110 Tablet
  • AC Adapter