Feeds
85%
Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

The purest, most affordable 10in Android yet

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Why would you buy a tablet other than an iPad? Obviously, some don’t care for Apple’s locked-in system and others like the way users can dig more deeply into the workings of Android. Good enough reasons, sure, but the truth is that until the day dawns when a tablet is of comparable specification, but substantially cheaper than the iPad, most customers will stick with Apple.

Good morning, Google Nexus 10.

Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

Google's Nexus 10 Android tablet is yet another collaboration with Samsung

The price difference between the latest 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad and a comparable Nexus 10 is substantial – £399 for Apple’s fondleslab and £319 for Google’s Samsung built model. And the Nexus 10 is no cheap knock-off either. The 10.1in screen, for starters, is actually higher-resolution than Apple’s much-trumpeted Retina display, or even a Full HD TV screen. The processor here is powerful, the RAM generous and the design is up to snuff too – it certainly couldn't be mistaken for an aluminium encased Apple product.

Indeed, this tablet looks like it could – finally – be a contender for the title of iPad killer. Build quality is good, for a start. The rubber back is there for comfort, as are the rounded corners and curved surfaces – there’s barely a straight line in the whole machine, apart from the screen itself. It’s designed for landscape use primarily. It’s a little longer than the iPad but it’s narrower, thinner and lighter.

Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

Docking pins on side for accessory use, but no micro SD storage expansion

The display is gorgeous: bright, vivid and achingly pin-sharp. Which is all very well but there’s no point to it if it knackers battery life. And since Android is known for draining battery life through too many background programs running, say, that could have been a possibility. Happily, though, the Nexus 10 runs pretty much as long as an iPad, that is around 9 hours in my experience, a good deal longer than the 7 hours claimed.

Even so, turning the screen to full brightness meant there was a noticeable hit to battery level, something you're more likely to notice with extended use, such as watching a movie. Video playback, by the way, with a high-definition source, was impressive. While initially jittery when the file opened, playing Transformers: Dark of the Moon continued smoothly and flawlessly. Incidentally, the Nexus 10 has support for a number of mainstream codecs including MP4, H.264, DivX and WMV.

Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

Viewing is geared mainly for landscape use

Movie buffs also take note – the sound on this tablet is way better than on rivals, thanks to the long, front-mounted stereo speakers running down the short edges. On the iPad, for instance, it’s easy to muffle the sound if you’re holding the tablet on the edge or back. Here, there’s no problem, it comes booming out, loud and clear.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Next page: Vanilla Jelly Bean

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.