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Google Nexus 10 review

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

Google Play is your one stop shop for apps and games on the Google Nexus 10 and it now boasts over 1 million applications.

Of course it also doesn't have the quality control and approval process of Apple's store, so a number of those apps will be totally useless, but that still leaves hundreds of thousands of genuinely worthwhile ones.

Navigating the store is easy, with everything split into categories and you can also just search by name if you know roughly what you're looking for. Purchasing apps is easy too, as you simply register your bank details with Google and then you can buy and download anything in a couple of taps.

If you've already got an Android device you can also ask the Nexus 10 to sync with your account and automatically download any apps that you've previously purchased.

Google Nexus 10 review

In terms of apps, as opposed to games, Android fares pretty well against Apple. Thanks to being such an open system there are many types of apps that you won't find at all on iDevices, such as new launchers, plug-ins that let you customise the lockscreen or notifications bar, new keyboards and more.

As a general rule if there's something you don't like on the software side, or something you wish you could do, there'll be an app to fix it. It can be very liberating and lets you set up your Nexus 10 exactly how you want it.

You're not even limited to using Google Play to find apps as there are several other stores around as well. There's a lot of overlap in apps between the stores of course, but they're not identical.

There aren't all that many apps on the Google Nexus 10 out of the box though. Other than the various media apps, it comes with a Calendar, which of course can be synced with your Google calendar and supports reminders.

Google Nexus 10 review

There's also a calculator, a clock with a stop watch and timer, and a gallery (which syncs to your Google account - so any pictures you take on your phone can be viewed on your tablet and vice versa). Then there's the standard selection of Google apps - Maps, Navigation, People, Earth and Google Plus.

Plus of course you get the Gmail and Email apps that come with most Android devices. These are quick and easy to set up - in fact Gmail sets itself up, you can get push notifications for new emails and reading and composing emails in either of them is a breeze.

Where Android doesn't fare so well is games. Don't get us wrong, there's a huge selection available, but it's dwarfed by what's available on Apple devices and thanks to the huge number of different Android devices with different specs, many game developers are reluctant to develop for the platform.

Unfortunately it's a situation that's not likely to change for the foreseeable future, so if you plan on playing a lot of games on your tablet, an iPad should always be your number one choice.

That said playing games on the Google Nexus 10 is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Once again the stunning screen really helps, allowing Android games to quite literally shine.

Google Nexus 10 review

However, its 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM is beginning to show its age of late and some of the 'busier' games in terms of on-screen action (Danmaku Unlimited being one of particular note) do cause the odd jitter here and there.

Time being unkind to the hardware was none so evident as when playing EA Sports' FIFA 14, in which the pixelated players somehow conspired to be even slower than the real-life versions.

Despite these gripes though, drops in frame rate are generally few and far between and the gaming experience as a whole is one that will see the casual gamer right.

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