Google Nexus 10 South Africa

The Good
  • Excellent, vibrant screen
  • Vanilla Android 4.2
  • First-class specs for budget price
The Bad
  • The device’s charger can’t keep up with battery drain during games
  • No removable storage option
  • No 3G/4G version available
The Verdict
★★★★☆

Like it’s smaller brother, the Nexus 10 offers top-end specs at a mid-range price. The only real negatives of the Nexus 10 are the limited storage capacity of 32GB max coupled with the lack of 3G/4G.

R6,499.99
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Nexus 10 [Review]

Google’s Android operating system has already achieved dominance in the smartphone world, and the company is looking to do the same with tablets. It started its ambitious road toward tablet dominance with the all around amazing Nexus 7 device, featuring a 7-inch screen, and it continues that journey with its ten-inch Nexus 10 offering. The device is larger, offers an excellent screen, and comes with the same great features that consumers have come to expect from devices with the Nexus label.

Google Nexus 10 Design

The Nexus 10 tablet is well designed, and it looks like something that might be found on Apple’s Cupertino campus on any given day. The vibrant screen is surrounded by a thick black border, with a sleek back and keeps the tablet thin and light. That thin and light construction shouldn’t be overlooked by consumers, especially because this tablet features a ten-inch screen that can easily weight down otherwise lightweight devices.

Volume controls are placed on the side of the Nexus 10, and a 3.5mm headphone jack is included for listening to music privately or gaming without disrupting other activities going on nearby. Those controls are hidden well, though, to emphasize the otherwise clean design of the tablet.

Features

Without a doubt, the most eye-catching feature of the Nexus 10 is a Google app that the company has decided to call Photo Sphere. The app uses the built-in camera to capture 3D images of the world around the tablet. This is unlike virtually any other app included with any other tablet on the market, and it’s a seriously cool feature that will rope in new customers with all kinds of interests. When considered alongside the extremely affordable price tag for this tablet, it creates a much higher value proposition than many competing models on the market.

On top of this feature is Google’s commitment to “vanilla” Android user experiences for those who purchase its Nexus line of devices. There are no overlays or tweaks here. Instead, a plan Android experience allows for constant updates, smooth operation, and a perfect user experience.

Unfortunately, Google decided to limit the maximum storage on the Nexus 10 to 32GB and with no expandable memory capabilities this might prove too restrictive for users that have become accustomed to the larger storage capacity of a top-end iPad for example. On the upside, being tied into the Google environment, the Nexus 10 obviously integrates well with cloud-based storage via the Google Drive, which offers another handy 5GB of emergency storage.

Hardware

Google’s flagship tablet device is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor that is paired with a robust 2GB of RAM. That makes the Nexus 10 snappy in virtually every setting, which is a great benefit in light of Android’s “true” multi-tasking environment. Wireless connectivity is provided by 802.11 a/b/g/n, though 802.11ac is left out of the mix for now. All told, it’s a very fast experience that comes close to the Apple A6 experience on the latest iPad.

Software

Google’s Nexus line is famous for including plain Android, instead of the overlays and enhanced user interfaces found on phones by the likes of Samsung, HTC, and many others. For this reason, the tablet should be considered a developer powerhouse. It’s also a great buy for those who are concerned about receiving regular Android OS updates from Google in the future.

The user experience on the device is really great, though very different from competing tablet models. It will take some getting used to, but navigating the various settings and home screens will come naturally in no time. One thing to note is that most apps are still designed for mobile phones, with no tablet version available. This makes it feel as though the Nexus 10 is just a really, really big phone, a lot of the time.

Display

A high DPI display is included with the Nexus 10, making it easy to read large blocks of text for long periods of time. The screen can easily show off HD video, and displays a more vibrant set of hues than many competing displays on other tablet models. Of note to those weighing the differences between the Nexus and tablets from other manufacturers is that the Nexus features a higher resolution even than Apple’s Retina iPad display. With that kind of readability, even long hours of reading and working won’t cause stress headaches or blurry vision.

Conclusion

The Nexus 10 is a capable tablet that is held back only by the lack of expandable storage and no support for 3G/4G connectivity. Otherwise, the Nexus 10’s hardware and features are seriously attractive for those who count themselves among the growing Android community in South Africa.

The Good
  • Excellent, vibrant screen
  • Vanilla Android 4.2
  • First-class specs for budget price
The Bad
  • The device’s charger can’t keep up with battery drain during games
  • No removable storage option
  • No 3G/4G version available
The Verdict
★★★★☆

Like it’s smaller brother, the Nexus 10 offers top-end specs at a mid-range price. The only real negatives of the Nexus 10 are the limited storage capacity coupled with the lack of 3G/4G.

R6,499.99
Buy Now

Comments

  1. Vanilla? Jellybean actually. A little worrying when the reviewer is not aware of the operating system.

    • Top10Reviews says:

      Hi Phil

      The “vanilla” refers to the fact that the version of Android on the Nexus is unskinned, the “4.2” identifies the version which you quite rightly pointed out is Jelly Bean…

  2. The review refers to the limited storage, but nowhere in the review is the maximum current storage mentioned. If one goes back to the top 10 tablets review, the storage is mentioned but the processor is now referred to as a quadcore, whereas in this review it is a dual core.
    Similarly with the Nexus 7 in the top 10 tablets review, it indicates that it has both front and back cameras whereas the Nexus 7 only has a front camera.
    You need to quality control your articles, else they have little meaning.

    • Top10Reviews says:

      Hi Rob

      Whilst we do try and maintain high levels of accuracy in the reviews and spec tables, unfortunately sometimes individual reviewers allow an error to sneak in – thank you very much for these observations and apologies about these!

      We’ve amended the tables and updated the review to explain the storage issue in more detail….

      Thanks again, Top10Reviews

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