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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

The purest, most affordable 10in Android yet

Vanilla Jelly Bean

If you’re a fan of OS overlays, there isn't one here – this is pure vanilla Android. Version 4.2, which is Jelly Bean. Still, since some OS skins feel like they get in the way or are an excuse for adding bloatware, this is no bad thing. Indeed, overlays can slow update cycle for phones and tablets which vanilla machines get immediately, particularly those made by Google.

Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board, just the way Google made it

Another omission, and one you may feel more keenly, is the microSD slot. There’s no expandable memory here, which is a shame, so you’re stuck with the capacity you paid for, just like iPad users. This tablet is Wi-Fi only although, unlike many tablets without a cellular connection, it does include GPS. This is of limited value if you’re planning to use the gadget as a galumphing satnav if you haven’t downloaded maps when you were in a suitable hotspot.

Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

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Cameras on tablets are never a great idea since it’s hard to hold a big slab of glass and plastic still for long. However, the 5Mp sensor here is not bad, and the Google camera software is excellent, with neat features. For instance, a long press on the screen brings up a dial of configuration options including flash, white balance and shutter adjustments. You’re still better off with a camera, mind.

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AnTuTu results and Homescreen

Other useful software tweaks include a quick settings menu, which appears when you swipe down the screen from the upper right (upper left still gives you the familiar window shade). Here you’ll find icons for brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, battery level and whether auto rotate is on or not. Since locating settings in Android is one of the things you need on a frequent basis, the link to full settings here is very useful.

Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

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