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Last Updated: December 16th, 2012

Over the past couple of years, Android tablets haven't really lived up to their full potential. We've seen multiple "game changers" or "iPad killers" come and go - yet the landscape has remained the same; that is, not very good. Further proving this, the best selling Android tablet of all time isn't an Android tablet at all - it's a Kindle. The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD have been selling like hotcakes, but that really has nothing to do with Android - it's all about Amazon services. Until the Nexus 7, a "true" Android tablet had yet to really make a splash in the market.

When Google first unveiled the 7-inch slate back at I/O 2012, we were all unsure how the market would react. After the first reviews started hitting the web, however, it was clear: Google had a winner on its hands. Since then, shipments of the N7 have increased every month, with nearly a million units sold in September '12. However, the biggest problem with Android tablets is, and always has been, the lack of apps optimized to run on the larger screen. The Nexus 7 almost made this a non-issue, because phone apps scale up and look quite nice on its 7" display. Still, as Apple kindly pointed out during the iPad Mini announcement, the tablet app ecosystem for Android is light-years behind that of the iPad.

Enter the Nexus 10, which is, in my opinion, a much bigger bet for Google than the Nexus 7 was. The N7 tested the waters. It let Google know that users really do want good Android tablets. Still, the Nexus 7 didn't compete with the iPad - it was put in place to go toe-to-toe with the Kindle Fire/HD. The N10, on the other hand, is Big G's statement to Apple. It says "no, you're not the only one who can build a solid tablet. This market is still open - and we're here to play ball." At the same time, it also rallies developers - which are the most critical aspect of this whole plan. If the devs don't show up to build apps suited for the 10" screen and expand the ecosystem, then it's all in vain. The Nexus 10 is, without a doubt, Google's way of grabbing the bull by the horns. The playground is open, and the game just got real.

The big question, though, is not simply whether the Nexus 10 is really enough to edge out the iPad, but if Google can finally get developers excited about Android tablets.

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Specs

  • Display: 10.055" 2560x1600 (300 PPI) IPS with Gorilla Glass 2
  • CPU: Dual-Core Exynos A15
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB (no microSD card slot)
  • Cameras: 5MP rear, 1.9MP front
  • Ports: microHDMI, microUSB
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi (MIMO), Bluetooth, NFC
  • Battery: 9000mAh
  • OS: Android 4.2
  • Dimensions: 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm, 603g (1.33lbs)
  • Price: $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB)
  • Availability: November 13

The Good

  • It's a Nexus. This is by far the best thing about this tablet. As a Nexus, you know it's going to be supported by Google longer than most other devices. And if you're the moddin' type, there will be plenty of support from devs in the ROM community, too.
  • Amazing build quality. I tried really hard to find a flaw in the build of this tablet. But I couldn't. It's top-notch - everything is super-solid.
  • It's fast. Like faaaast. Even during "heavy" multi-tasking sessions, it never skipped a beat. It can easily switch from game to email to Chrome at light speed - no stutters, slowdowns, or hiccups. And the 2GB of RAM keep apps alive longer, so switching between programs is always quick.
  • Dat screen. The display is simply amazing. Text is insanely sharp, viewing angles are incredible... really, most everything in general just looks better. Once you've seen this display, you'll see pixels in places you didn't notice them before on other devices.
  • Speakers on the front. I have little doubt that Google built this tablet with not only reading in mind, but also watching movies / TV shows and listening to music. The speakers on the front of the Nexus 10 sound better than those on most laptops, and they get quite loud.
  • Android 4.2. Sure, it's only an incremental update from Android 4.1, but it is faster, smoother, and brings some awesome new features like PhotoSphere, the Swype-esque keyboard, multi-user accounts (tablets only), quick settings, and more.
  • The hybrid UI. This is the first 10" Android tablet to use the hybrid UI that was first introduced with the Nexus 7, and it's nice. The seamless experience across devices is definitely a huge benefit, and the overall layout just feels more polished than the previous tablet UI.
  • MicroUSB charging. Because proprietary chargers suck.

The Bad

  • Unsupported applications. I'm not sure whether it's because of Android 4.2, the super-high res display, or both - but I ran into a lot of issues with app support. Some didn't launch at all. Some did, but didn't render correctly. Others launched and looked fine, but didn't work correctly. I'm sure this is only temporary, but it's something you'll have to deal with at the beginning if you plan on buying this tablet early on. 
  • Some things look like crap. So the beautiful screen? It's a double-edged sword. Like the above mentioned point, most apps aren't made to scale up to this resolution... yet. So, expect to see some artifacts here and there.
  • It's too big. OK, I admit it - this one's more subjective than the rest, but I'd be remiss to not mention it. The 10" form factor is just big, clumsy, and uncomfortable. With that said, this particular tablet is more manageable with one hand than most of the other 10-inchers out there, but I still found it to be more cumbersome than I'd like.
  • The hybrid UI. Another doubled-edged sword. While I'm a big fan of the hybrid UI (especially on 7" devices), it's a bit weird on larger devices. The experience will likely be different for those who've never owned a 10" Android tablet before, but there's definitely an adjustment period for those who have. As I mentioned in my initial impressions, muscle memory kicks in and you'll be tapping in blank spaces trying to open the app tray or navigate back. Speaking of, the navigation buttons in the center are a bit awkward, as it's a stretch to hit them with your thumb while holding the device by either side.

Build Quality and Design

As I said in my initial impressions posts, the N10 is solid. Like, I feel like I could take it outside and play baseball with it solid. As soon as you pull the tablet from its box (and remove the plastic wrapper, of course), the quality is apparent.

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On the front of the device, you'll find a 1.9MP camera, stereo speakers on either side of the display, and a subtle notification light at the bottom very similar to the one on the Galaxy Nexus. The bezel is about 3/4 of an inch thick at its widest point, and it's much more subtle in person than in pictures. I actually really like width of the bezel, as it allows the tablet to easily be held in one hand in both portrait and landscape without covering any of the screen.

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Around the edges are all the switches and ports: power and volume along the top, microHDMI on the right, magnetic pogo pins along the bottom, and microUSB and the headphone jack on the left side. Nothing particularly interesting about this arrangement, but I will say that I really like the placement of the microUSB port, as it allows for easy charging without rendering the device totally useless or making it awkward to hold.

The back is the real standout feature of the device's physical design, as it's coated in a very soft rubbery-plastic that feels almost like leather. It definitely adds a feeling of quality, and is absolutely fantastic in the hands. It's not cold and slippery like aluminum, nor does it feel cheap and flimsy like typical plastic. It's slightly grippy, which allows you to hold the unit with less "force," leading to less wrist fatigue. It also makes it easier to hold the device in your hand palette-style without fear of dropping it. At the top of the backside, surrounding the camera, is a thin plastic piece that looks and feels identical to the back of the Nexus 7. This piece is also removable, which reveals two small magnets on either side for accessories, like covers, for example.

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The tablet feels pretty well-balanced when holding it, especially in landscape mode. During our live Nexus 4/10 Q&A someone asked if it feels "top-heavy" when holding it in portrait mode. At the time I said "no, it feels pretty balanced." After spending more time using the device in portrait, though, I've had a slight change of heart. It does feel slightly top-heavy (where top = where the camera is); this makes sense, because that's also the thickest part of the tablet (the "bottom" is the thinnest). But, that means if you hold it on the camera side while in portrait mode, it should cause less wrist fatigue over time.

Display

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Where hardware is concerned, this is what sets the Nexus 10 apart from all other tablets. Its insanely high 2560x1600 resolution gives it an unprecedented 300 PPI, which is the most of any tablet currently on the market (for those wondering, the retina iPad has a 264 PPI). And it is beautiful.

First off, it's an IPS display, so color reproduction is pretty decent. The blacks aren't quite as dark as you'll get from something like SAMOLED, but none of the colors are overly saturated, either. Compared to the Nexus 7, the colors are nearly identical, though blacks tend to be a little lighter on the N10. Also like the N7, the higher the brightness, the more washed out colors become. In this respect, the display is pretty typical.

What isn't typical, however, is the sharpness. Since this tablet has double the resolution of most 10" Android tablets, there is simply no comparison. At all. The jump from 1280x800 to 1920x1200 with the ASUS TF700 and Acer A700 was a pretty big one - the difference between the two was immediately noticeable, and the full HD displays looked fantastic in comparison. The difference here is just as dramatic - once you see the N10's display, you'll see pixels on the TF700/A700's displays where you didn't notice them before. So, if you don't plan on replacing your existing 10" tablet with an N10, I'd advise against even looking at one. It'll ruin how you see your current tablet forever.

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The sharpness of this display becomes really apparent during one of the most common tasks on any tablet: reading. Fonts look absolutely incredible on the N10 - every dot of an "i" and every curve in an "s" looks silky smooth, both on the web and in Play Books/Magazines. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: looking at Play Magazines really is comparable to reading a print magazine. It's incredible. Looking at magazines and books on the Nexus 10 actually makes me want to read more, because the experience is so nice.

Software

As you probably already know, the Nexus 10 is the first Android 4.2 tablet. This incremental Jelly Bean update brings a new interface to the 10" screen, though it'll feel very familiar to anyone coming from 4.0 and above - and that's exactly what Google was looking for. Unity. Familiarity. Ease of use. And you know what? They got it. I could hand this tablet to anyone who owns an Android phone and they'd be able to find their way around no problem, regardless of how tech savvy they are. That last bit there is the important part. Take someone with any Android phone and give them an older Android tablet - you'll watch them fumble around for a while trying to figure out what's going on. That's no longer the case.

Of course, there are many, many users who don't agree with Google's decision to unify the user experience by changing the interface. That's understandable - many people just don't like change. Heck, I was skeptical of this interface before I got the Nexus 7. Now I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything - but does that feeling diminish with the Nexus 10?

Sort of.

Notification Area and Quick Settings

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Note: you can't actually pull the notification and Quick Settings shades down at the same time.

Let me start with what I like about this interface. First off, I love the notification area. I think it's far more intuitive and useful than the old notification section in the lower right hand corner of other Android tablets - it shows more information in less space, makes the Settings menu more easily accessible, and it's just all around cleaner. Plus, I really like the smaller battery and clock in the upper right corner - they're much more minimal than in the former tablet layout. Then there's the new Quick Settings menu. While this may be a new addition to phones, it takes the place of very similar quick settings-type area on Honeycomb+ tablets. In the old-style notification area, if you tapped the "settings" icon, it opened a section where you could toggle airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Auto-rotation, display brightness, and notifications. At the bottom of this section was the actual link to the Settings menu. It really didn't make much sense.

Now, instead of having one area that houses both the "quick settings" area and notifications, there are two separate areas - one for notifications (on the left) and another for the Quick Settings menu (on the right). These two shades operate independently of one another; accessing one will close the other. Here's the kicker though: Google has made the QS area more useful than the previous version, but not as useful as it could be. How's that you ask? Let's first take a look at the old vs. new side by side:

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Left: ICS "quick settings" area; Right: Android 4.2

You should notice here that there are actual toggles for Airplane mode and notifications in the "old style" QS shade. With the new one, though, I expected basically every entry to be a toggle. That's not the case at all, as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth actually take you into their respective entries in the Settings menu. I don't understand this action - 99% of the time when I tap Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, I just want to turn them off, not go into Settings. It just doesn't make sense. There's already a link to Settings in the QS area, Google - we don't need two more. It's redundant, not to mention a complete waste of time. This little peeve aside, though, I really like the separated notification and quick settings shades. I find it far more useful  this way, as each area has its own dedicated function instead of one area trying to do multiple things like in previous iterations.

New to the Quick Settings area is the "user" link. On phones, this icon actually serves little purpose, as it just shows your email and G+ information. On tablets, however, this is where you'll be able to jump from one user account to the next. Unfortunately this feature isn't yet available on my review unit, but Google expects to send out an OTA before sales begin on November 13th that will activate it. Once that happens, expect a full write-up specifically about this unique new feature.

Navigation Bar and App Tray

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Now let's take a look at the bottom part of the main interface: the app tray and navigation bar. Like the notification and Quick Settings shades, this area is a whole new beast on a 10" tablet. Again, though, it's all too familiar for those with ICS/JB phones or the Nexus 7.

Because of this change in button placement, you'll probably have to reevaluate how you use a 10" tablet. I'm sure most people hold a 10" device in landscape mode with their hands flanking either side - you can still do that with the N10, but be ready to stretch when you want to navigate back, go home, hit the multitasking button, or launch the app tray. What's even more bizarre here is that you'll likely use your left hand to go back and your right to hit the multitask button. Home and the app tray are in the center, so you can use either hand to tap those. This creates a disconnected feeling compared to older Android tablets, Where it was possible to navigate with just the left thumb and the app tray was always opened with the right.

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As a result, I've adjusted how I hold the tablet. Instead of putting the sides into the palms of my hands, I actually hold it with my fingers. This allows me to stretch and use my thumbs in the center of the screen when I want, or my index fingers on either hand at the top of the display if I choose.

To me, this is actually more ergonomic than the old layout. Allow me to explain. Holding a 10" tablet with my palms wrapped around the edges actually caused me to adjust my hands when I needed to reach the center of the screen for whatever reason. Holding it the way I described above, I can now reach everywhere on the screen without having to adjust my hand position. However, the grippy-ness of the back of the device helps me keep a solid hold on it with just my fingers; I tried the above-mentioned hand position on the TF700 and continuously thought I was going to drop it. It's clear that Google really took to time to think about things like this when designing the Nexus 10.

New / Improved Apps: Daydreams, Clock, and Keyboard

Aside from these changes, the rest of the user experience on the homescreen is a familiar one: widgets are in the app tray, long-press to change wallpaper, etc. That doesn't mean Google was finished changing things, though - there are small differences here and there throughout Android 4.2, starting with a new feature called Daydreams.

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For all intents and purposes, Daydreams is a screensaver. When the N10 is docked or on a charger, you can set Daydreams to go into action, displaying the clock, photos (in "frame" or "table" layouts), info from Currents, or colors, which is basically just a bunch of... colors. Honestly, it's a pretty useless feature, but I'm sure some users will find pleasure in watching their tablet do things when they're not using it to do things.

Google also decided to revamp a couple of oft-used apps, namely the clock and keyboard. We'll start with the former, as it got an entirely new face, as well as a handful of new features.

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On previous versions of Android, the clock app was probably the simplest of all stock offerings. Launching it brought up a large clock laid over the existing wallpaper, with a link to alarms. Simple, but lacking in so many areas. The new clock brings a new interface and more features - basically, it's a new app altogether. When you launch the app, it displays the time and date on a dark gray background. It's very clean and minimal. On the bottom - directly above the navigation bar - are three options: alarms, world clocks, and an overflow menu. Inside of this menu you'll find options for night mode, settings, and help. Within Settings are options for the style of clock (digital or analog), a toggle to show the local time, and several alarm tweaks, including when to silence, length of snooze, and volume.

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Back on the main clock screen, a quick swipe to the right reveals something that Android has long needed as a stock feature: a timer. This works exactly as it should - enter a time to countdown and hit start. Done. Simple and effective. On the other side of the main clock interface is a stopwatch feature, which also includes lap functions and sharing capabilities. Ron went into great detail about the clock app in his Nexus 4 review, so if you want to know more about it, check that out.

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While the new clock app is useful, I have one major complaint: it looks like crap on this big screen. It's beyond clear that it was designed specifically for phones, and it just scales up for the N10's display. This actually really bothers me. As I stated in the intro, I think Google built this tablet to get developers excited and interested in the 10" form factor; however, the fact that they can't even code their own clock application to display appropriately on the larger screen is troublesome. This is not the way to get anyone excited about a platform, as many will likely follow that lead and continue to build apps that will just scale up and look awful. If that's how things are going to continue to be done, then the entire decision to make a 10" Nexus is a bust. Plain and simple. No one needs or wants giant phone apps blown up on an even bigger screen - they want apps that make good use of the increased real estate. The fact that the iPad has 275,000 iPad-optimized apps should be a testament to that.

That aside, Google also revamped the keyboard in Android 4.2 to include gesture typing, similar to Swype. I want to get this out of the way right now: I don't like Swype on my phone. Can't stand it, actually. However, this swiping action to type on the N10's big display is fantastic. Normally, Thumb Keyboard or SwiftKey are among the first apps that I install on a new tablet, mostly because typing on the full-size keyboard is cumbersome and annoying at best. The new gesture-based keyboard changes that, however, as gliding your finger across the keyboard is both faster and more comfortable. Again, I'm not sure that I'll really appreciate this on a phone, as that keyboard is easy enough to use with two thumbs. On the larger screen, though, I love it.

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I found the prediction to be pretty spot-on; maybe not as much as SwiftKey, but I didn't find myself backspacing very often at all. Ultimately, the best thing about this keyboard is that it's exactly like the stock keyboard, but with the addition of gesture typing. This means that, if you hate swiping, you don't have to. It's purely optional and works exactly like the existing keyboard does if you choose not to use it. I dig that.

There are also some other subtle changes throughout, like a new animation when switching through apps with the multitasking button. Previously, the MT button simply opened the list of currently running apps; now, however, you get a nice little zoom out animation - one that matches the zoom in when you select an app from the MT list now. Sure, it's little, but those are the sort of things that add polish to an OS.

Like multiple user accounts, lock screen widgets aren't yet available and will be rolled out in an OTA before the official release. Once the new software hits my Nexus 10, I'll update this review.

Update: Here is an in-depth look at multi-user accounts.

Performance

Form factor, build quality, OS tweaks, and an amazing display are all great, but their value is also moot if the performance isn't there. This is, by far, the thing that can most easily make or break a device - when interacting with any digital device, we all want the fastest response time, best performance, and least amount of lag possible. Devices like tablets are meant to enhance our lives, and if they perform like crap, they become more of a frustration than a pleasure. Fortunately, the Nexus 10 is nothing short of buttery smooth and lightning fast.

From the minute the Nexus 10 landed in my hands to the time this review was published, there wasn't a single time it even hinted at slowing down. No lag. No stuttering. No waiting. No crashes. Just pure, eye-melting speed and responsiveness. Even Google Now - an app that has been notoriously slow since its release - launches pretty much instantly.

Swiping through homescreens is crazy fast and fluid, it launches apps instantly, and load times are drastically shorter than on other tablets. Thanks to the 2GB of RAM instead of the typical 1GB, it multitasks like a boss, too. Launching programs that haven't been opened in hours is pretty amazing - they pop up as if they were never closed (mostly because they haven't been). It's fantastic.

Gaming is also a beast on this tablet (so long as the game runs in the first place, but that's another story altogether). I've experienced pretty long load times on games like Asphalt 7 in the past, but that simply doesn't happen on the Nexus 10.

The performance is amazing, everything is fast and fluid. I honestly don't know how many other ways I can say it.

If you like benchmarks, I've run some of those, too. As always, these should be taken with a grain of salt. But if you like numbers, these are for you.

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AnTuTu has actually become my all around "go-to" benchmark. It tests the CPU, memory, graphics, and I/O performance. If I could only install and run one tool to give me an overview of device performance, this would be the one. With that said, these tests are far from a die-all-end-all.

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CFBench

This is one of the newer benchmarks to hit the scene, but coming from a respected developer like Chainfire, it's always a good one to keep on hand. It specializes in multi-core benching.

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GeekBench

Geekbench has recently worked its way into my arsenal of benchmark tools, and I've come to like it quite a bit. It's designed to specifically test the CPU and memory, so it's all about raw performance. One thing I really like is that you can upload the results and share the results with the world. See, look here!

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GLBench

This one is all about GPU performance. It has a variety of tests to put the GPU through the ringer, but I stuck with the Egypt 2.5 Offscreen series.

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Vellamo

Browser benchmarks. And lots of them.

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AndroBench

One of the biggest issues that has plagued owners ASUS' Transformer series is the poor I/O performance. AndroBench tests exactly that, so you'll know if the N10 suffers the same problems (hint: it doesn't).

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So, here's the thing with most of these benchmarks: they don't tell the whole story. In fact, they don't tell most of it. The bulk of them are pretty weak, and if you judge this tablet entirely on the numbers you see above, then you're selling it short. Very, very short. The performance is there, no question about it. The benchmarks may not show that, so you'll just have to take my word for it - I promise I wouldn't lie to you.

Battery Life

One of the first things that I, and many others, thought after hearing about the crazy display of the N10 is, what is that going to do to battery life?! I'm happy to report that it doesn't negatively impact battery life at all, really. Since there isn't really a benchmark to dictate what qualifies as "light use," "medium use," or "heavy use," it's hard for me to objectively quantify how good the battery life really is. I can say this much, though: I have used many, many Android tablets. When a device can't sit idly on my desk for 12 hours without dying, that qualifies as awful battery life. When it goes overnight and only loses 5-9%, I call that "not bad." When I can use it for several hours of web browsing, gaming, emailing, and the like, and still have battery to spare, then I'm pretty happy with that, too. So, here's my average day with the Nexus 10 during the review process (all of these numbers are estimates):

  • Web browsing/social networking/Working in Evernote: 2 hours
  • Gaming: 1 hour
  • Benchmarks, messing with things, picking through menus, etc: 2 hours
  • Streaming music: 3+ hours (in the background)

And at the end of the day, I would still have roughly 30-ish percent left. That's about as clearly as I can paint the picture of battery life - I think that, in order to be objective about battery life, you have to be pretty subjective. Yeah, I just blew your mind.

To sum up battery life in a sentence: if you kill the N10's battery in a day, you're probably using it too damn much. Go outside or something. Without the tablet, of course.

Camera

At this point, everyone who has read one of my past tablet reviews knows how I feel about rear cameras on larger devices: I find them pointless. And they're usually crappy, so I wish manufacturers wouldn't even add them at all. But they do.

Then there's the N10's camera. Turns out that tablet cameras don't actually have to suck! I guess some manufacturers just put awful cameras on them on purpose, though I'm not sure what that purpose is. This camera is actually pretty good.

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Let's take a closer look at the software, though, because it's new. Newer than the 4.1 camera, anyway. And it has new features.

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Instead of cutting off part of the screen for the camera controls like in previous versions of Android, the 4.2 camera utilizes the full screen. If you want to change settings, just tap anywhere on the display and drag to the option you want to tweak - it's just like using the lock screen. You can also access this options menu by tapping the flash icon up in the top right, at which point it will "sticky" in the center of the screen (first screenshot below).

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In the bottom right corner is where you can change the mode: camera, video, panorama, and the all-new Photo Sphere. Since this is really the big new feature for the camera app, let's skip the fluff and focus on that.

First off, Photo Sphere is cool. Really cool. In fact, David thinks it's going to change pictures on the internet forever. And it easily could. PS takes a page from the book of panorama and it expands on that, allowing you to effectively capture a 360 degree image of your surroundings. Of course, there's a bit of a learning curve.

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In order to get a sphere that looks just right, you'll have to spend some time getting used to it. Images have to lined up pretty dead-on. And it doesn't work worth a crap indoors. I'm not really sure why you'd need a sphere of your house, so that really shouldn't be much of an issue; it's pretty clear that the intended use case for PS is capturing the world outdoors, anyway.

Once you get used to creating spheres, this is a really neat feature. It really captures all of your surroundings and allows other people to be pulled into the image. One of the best things about these created spheres is that G+ already has native support for them. Create a sphere, upload it to G+, and everyone in your circles will be able to watch it. Like a video. It's awesome.

Conclusion

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So here we are, at the end of the review. There's a good chance that you skipped the bulk of it and jumped to the bottom for the final words. If you actually read through the entire thing - good for you! If you didn't, however, and then you ask a stupid question in the comments that has already been answered in the review, I will ignore you. Forever. So, just go read the whole thing. You'll be glad you did, because then you'll know basically everything about the Nexus 10 that I do after having used it for the past week. You'll be an expert without even picking one up. You're welcome.

But I digress. The Nexus 10 is a great tablet, no doubt. It has at least doubled the height of the bar for 10" Android tablets across the board. It will undoubtedly be the benchmark from which all other Android tablets are judged. The screen is amazing. Performance is fast, fluid, and stable. The build quality is top-notch. If you like 10-inch tablets, then you'll probably love the Nexus 10.

But then there's the question of apps. If you plan on buying the N10 right out of the gate on launch day, expect issues with app compatibility. Be ready for ridiculous blown-up phone apps that may or may not make you gag. Possibly even vomit in some circumstances. Don't say I didn't warn you.

On the other hand, this could be the device to finally make developers open their eyes and say "you know what, people really do want tablet-optimized apps! Let's make some!" And then the world will be good, people will stop complaining, and Apple will have one less thing to hold over our heads. That, of course, is the ideal situation. It's hard to say whether or not it will actually turn out that way. Here's to hoping.

That's not the only question you have to take into consideration with this tablet, either. There's another big one: what are you going to use it for? Reading? Surfing the web on the couch? Email, social networking, or gaming? Hate to be the one to break it to you, but the Nexus 7 is more than capable of tackling those particular tasks not only as well as the Nexus 10, but ever better in some cases. Why? Because those are all relaxed activities that you'll likely be doing in your down time. Thus, you want to be as comfortable as possible when doing them. And the fact is, the N7 is just easier to hold, and more comfortable in one hand. Because of the smaller form factor, gaming is also much better on the Nexus 7, too - reaching the center of the screen isn't much of a stretch there. On the N10, though, expect a thumb workout.

But maybe you like the 10-inch form factor. Maybe 7-inches is just too small for you. Or maybe you want a tablet to use for work - documents, spreadsheet, or other text entry. For that, the Nexus 10 is pretty perfect. Ultimately, here's an ideal scenario: Nexus 7 for gaming, casual reading, and social networking. Nexus 10 for "serious" web browsing and getting work done. But there's a chance you're not going to want to spend $600+ on a pair of tablets that will do the same thing you can already use your computer for. Then you have to make a decision.

For me, the choice is clear: I'd buy the Nexus 7. If I need to work from my tablet, I can. It's not ideal, but it's not broken, either. In my opinion, the benefits of the Nexus 7 simply outweigh those of the Nexus 10. That's not to say the N7 is better at everything than the N10, because it's not. I'd rather watch movies on the Nexus 10. If I'm going to spend an ample amount of time editing documents, I'd rather do that on the Nexus 10, too.

At the end of it all, though, there's no denying that Google has a winning tablet here. If it can get the developer support it deserves, then it will change the game forever, which would be amazing. Still, right now, that's a big gamble to make.

Note: This review is just the beginning of our Nexus 10 coverage. Expect a full write-up after Multi-User support is added, and possibly  a head-to-head comparison with ASUS' high-res tablet, the TF700 (Infinity).

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans

    no such thing as "to big" unless your actually really small.. lol

    • GraveUypo

      really? want to buy a 32" tablet?

      • GazaIan

        A 32 inch tablet, or a great way for a family to interact together one one device.... Hungry hungry hippos re-imagined

      • Deltaechoe

        HELL YEAH

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        i kinda do now, yeah :)

  • tanknspank

    Would've been cool if Google tried to make a 10 out of the picture with it sideways and face forward on the front like they did the with the 7.

    • adi19956

      Was trying to think of how they could do that. Awesome idea!

    • Jays2Kings

      Not a bad idea. Now how to make a nice-looking 4 on the Nexus 4.

      • tanknspank

        corner to corner across box, half of screen is on while side of device runs along edge of phone? I can picture it but can't explain it haha

  • GraveUypo

    The hybrid UI.

    that's not a plus in my (and lots of other people's) opinion.

    • http://twitter.com/BroMonty Joe Montgomery

      That's why he put it both sections.

      • GraveUypo

        oh, true. i didn't notice that lol

    • vitriolix

      Have you used it or are you just guessing?

    • Deltaechoe

      And this is why android is awesome, if you don't like to use the hybrid UI then you can load a custom launcher over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Jackson/100004573751319 Robert Jackson

    Two other competitively priced tablets become available in November through a new site called TabletSprint -- that stack up against the new Nexus 10 & iPad for nearly half the price -- One model is the Novo 10 Captain by Ainol electronics, a tabletmaker which received a CNET/CES 2012 "Tablet of the Year" award for another tablet they produced earlier this year - The Novo 10 Captain offers a Quad Core processor and an impressive 1920x1200 Liquid Crystal 10.1" screen (like iPad Retina display) and will retail for about $269 and feature an advanced 10-Point Multi-Touch, HDMI with 1080p (HD) output to a TV, Dual Cameras, Bluetooth, WiFi, Built-In GPS, a Micro-SD Memory Card Slot, a Micro-USB port, a Strong Battery (10,000 mAh), Android 4.1 O/S and Google Play access (400,000+ Android Software Apps). A similar model is also available in November that's produced by another Asia firm, Ramos Technology, the W30-HD for $319 - which also has many of the same features, Plus 3G built in that works with any GSM carrier (AT&T & T-Mobile) -- Certainly worth checking out and comparing at TabletSprint --

    • Kenny O

      I don't think I could buy a device that says "ainol" right on the front. And that site looks awful sketchy.....

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      geeee i wonder if you work for them.....hmmmmmmmmmm

      • Kevin C

        Not only that but sure the price may be cheaper but what kind of horror story is it going to be if something happens and you need to have some warranty work done on it or send it in for repairs??? I would rather pay the little extra and get it from the G store or directly from a place like Best Buy or Future Shop etc..

    • marcusmaximus04

      I'm not sure that a 1920x1200 LCD(IPS or just TN?) 10.1" screen deserves the "like iPad Retina display" note. You're talking about a significantly lower resolution on a bigger screen.

    • NicholasMicallef

      Yeah who doesn't want to get Ainol! ... electronics...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      This area of the post is generally reserved for comments regarding the post itself, not blatant advertisement.

  • Erik Patrón Coral

    I read from start to "Storage: 16GB/32GB (no microSD card slot)"

    • Bariman43

      The tech community's fetish with MicroSD cards is extremely disturbing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        agreed, too many horror stories of sd cards losing your files. People need to move on

        • Erik Patrón Coral

          maybe a lot of them are just stories, cause it never happened to me, SD cards works just fine. And like every storage device it have a life time and need some cares. If Google makes an alternative external storage, then i will forget about SD, but completely remove it?, that's clearly an error.

        • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

          Nobody is saying have your stuff on SD and nowhere else. With on-device flash memory it's the same thing. What if the flash memory on your device gets corrupted or dies? What if it gets bricked? There are also horror stories of cloud services going down, like the recent hugh Amazon outage, and even some cloud *backup* services, which loses data and owners only finding out when their local storage dies and they realized their backup was gone too. In the Apple space, this story is pretty common with iCloud and its predecessors.

          Having an SD card actually helps to mitigate such situations, especially if you use it as a backup device. One of the rules of backup is storing multiple copies in different places. With SD cards, you have 3 - cloud, device, microSD. With no removable devices, you're down to two. How is NOT having an SD card something that can prevent horror stories?

      • Erik Patrón Coral

        For me an MicroSD is a need, there is no acces in all Google cloud services here in Mexico, no Google Music, books, etc, and data plans are expensive and bad. Also i need an external place to put my backups when i change my ROM and do any other task that requiere a System backup.

        • deltaechoe

          It's called an OTG cable, google it

          • Erik Patrón Coral

            Yeah beacuse i want to have a thing hanging from my device to get more storage, praticity, Google it.

          • Cheeseball

            He suggested using an OTG cable for your "...i need an external place to put my backups when i change my ROM..." dillema.

          • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

            Try dangling a USB flash drive (or external HDD if that's your thing) and receiving a call, strapped to your arm while jogging, or stuffed in your jeans pocket.

      • mesmorino

        The fetish is not with MicroSD cards, the fetish (if you can even call it that) is with flexibility and more importantly, FREEDOM. You know, freedom to put your data wherever the hell YOU want and if you suddenly decide to change phones or tablets or you want to pass data onto someone who isn't invested in "the cloud" (or more likely simply hasn't got access), or even more likely when YOU haven't got access, you still have your stuff.

        It's a fetish in the same way that removable batteries are a fetish, and even there we don't mind so much if they actually make the non-removable batteries beefy. Similarly, if they actually made internal storage something worth considering then fewer people would mind.

        • Erik Patrón Coral

          fanboys attacks blindly to people who dares to express a lack or an error in a product of his beloved company. Happens with Apple and happens with Google too. I love Android and Google's services but people needs to be objective always.

          • abhisahara

            Not attacking or something. Just sharing as a developer. For some perks you have to shun something. Regrading this tablet its really on the edge of nearly impossible to manage the external sd card for the multiple user accounts. It will be barrage of folders and partitions on sd card to maintain all the different profiles. But yeah for oe user really sd is required. Infact i too want a sd card but can use OTG for on and off. Buying it nevertheless ;)

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            This is a point that's overlooked too often. An SD card would be an absolute disaster with multiple user profiles.

          • Erik Patrón Coral

            Yeah but that feature is not even present in Android, Google doesn't even have figured out how to address that yet, but they removed the SD slot for a problem that is not even present yet, because android is for one user, you dont have a login system, or a personal folder or nothing like that and a cellphone it's a PERSONAL device. So why do i want to have a login screen in my cellphone if its just mine? or why do i want another person to take my cellphone if i use it all day?, i think that was just an excuse from Google. Maybe it works with tablets because you can share it with other people and you dont need it all day.

      • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

        Backing up Erik's point, for *many* of us it's a need. I've personally almost filled up my 32GB card in my 16GB SGS2 with MP3s because I spend about 4hrs on the commute each day, and I don't like having to swap music in and out like I had to with an iPod. Streaming is not really an option because in my country we don't get great wifi coverage, so it's 3G/4G or no data for you. Telcos have also recently implemented data caps while retaining the same monthly prices, while "compensating" us with extra SMSes (who still uses these that much nowadays?!) Not to mention, why keep something on the cloud and stream it each time you need it when you can keep it on your device at all time at a low cost, with the added advantage of conserving battery power?

        A number of my friends and colleagues have also filled up their 64GB card. And sometimes it's not just about music. Many uses their SD cards for photographs, HD videos taking. Some of us use the SD card to backup apps and data for instant restoration. Some custom ROMs (which is one of the benefits Android have over other OSes) now allow you to store a copy on your SD card, and flash it while on-the-go via recovery, no tethering to ADB or ODIN required. There are lots of uses for a removable SD card. It's not a fetish, it's something that makes our life so much easier, gives us so much more deciding power on how to use our "smart" devices to suit our lives, rather than the other way around.

  • steve

    How well can i use this as a laptop replacement?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Depends on what you want to do with your laptop.

      • steve

        taking notes,veiwing pdfs,ppts,browsing.

        • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

          even my touchpad running cm9 is great for most tasks like this, so i would say this should be great for your needs. please note that i've also gotten a nice bt keyboard as well.

          i don't do much with powerpoint, but for notes i like freenote, and ezpdf is the best pdf reader i've used.

    • http://profiles.google.com/peter.farac Peter Farac

      The keyboard is the best part of my infinity and it already has a HD screen that isn't too different from this one. There are problems with the infinity, but the dedicated dock keyboard with amazing battery life are enough to beat out the nexus IMO. It's really useful as a laptop replacement.

  • Lennatron

    The good news is Electronic Arts is already on their game giving Sims Freeplay support for the Nexus 10 and 4. Lets hope more developers take a similar approach.

    • Tomi Golob

      I dont want more Evil developers!

  • Deltaechoe

    Trying to sell my tf201 to get this bad boy, hopefully google or samsung will throw out a dock for it too

  • Bojan Gutic

    Alright, so I know y'all said no lag ever, but can you do us a favor?

    Open up chrome, visit theverge, and see if there's lag then. That site bogs down every device I've ever used...

    • reverend_house

      That's Chrome still being slightly pants on ARM based devices...

      • marcusmaximus04

        I have no idea what you're saying here, but now I'm imagining a guy wearing chrome pants.

  • F

    What is web browsing like? Is it basically like browsing on the nexus 7, only higher resolution? Is portrait browsing usable, or do you need to pan a lot?

  • Yo-Yo-Ma

    I cannot wait for the 13th. My wife and I will order a 32gb unit at the first available opportunity. That is unless they become available in stores the same day like the N7 was.

    • Carlos

      I think it will most likely be available in stores. Droid life or some other Android site posted pictures of the n10 on a Walmart shelf.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ejsu28 E.J. Su

    I think 10" is too big for me, I really wish there's a 8" or sub 9" Nexus tablet with this kind of screen resolution and an active digitizer support. Google built the pen support into the OS, what better place to showcase it than on a Nexus tablet?

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      if this thing had pen-input, i'd be all over it. that's the only thing making me consider the note 10.1.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ejsu28 E.J. Su

        Exactly my thought, even though I prefer something a little more portable, but this thing without a pen is a deal breaker for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1102976830 Chris Ford

    You saw what happened to my son when he stood on the edge of that bridge. There's no way I'd put something breakable up there. :)

    Great review. Thanks for making me want one more thing that I can't have for Christmas.

  • Alex Flynn

    Having a wide screen is not an issue with TasKarou! Its actually pretty awesome

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

    Good review except for the part about it being too big. Wrong. Just wrong.

    Yes you admit that's subjective but to me that means it shouldn't be in the highlights of a review. Unless it's super heavy and has massive bezels it I don't think it's too big. 7 is too small for me and it doesn't make sense for me. I thought I would like the portability, but really I don't ever take it anywhere because it's not portable enough, or big enough to go out of my way to bring it somewhere.

  • Adam Buchwitz

    Very good review. I really liked the break down of daily use for the battery life section.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    I don't understand, why doesn't Google just pay or send their own developers over to assist others to make tablet compatible apps. (Kind of like what they did with CNN when the Xoom launched)

    • Brian Inglut

      I bet when we see that update before lauch it will address most of the software complaints in these articles. I mean it sounds like that Google didn't have enough time to complete 4.2 and hopefully this update will address most of googles own app problems.

  • nsnsmj

    As always, great review. You guys go more into detail than some of the bigger tech sites out there. Even when I don't agree with everything you might say, I'm still glad you take the time to talk about pretty much everything a device has to offer.

    This is easily the best site for Android news and information.

  • http://twitter.com/kev_martin Kev Martin

    Strange that the WiFi and Bluetooth quick settings don't toggle. In 4.1 on my SGS3, I've found a short press will toggle and a long press will go into the full settings for that setting. I hope they fix that in the final release as I use both quite often.

  • Darklordxnew

    I commend your SSID, Good Sir.

    Buckethead is an *amazing* guitarist.

    • Scott

      Mine is called "hackme" =)

  • Shlomo Levi

    don't see gps??? no gps no deal, except toaster

  • yoss

    For the moment I'm happy with my TF300 but there's an itch I can't scratch when I see the TF700 and now the Nexus 10 xD

  • Droid Burgundy

    Great review but you hit the nail on the head with your remarks about the N7 vs N10. I can only afford 1 device... it could be a new ultrabook, n7 or n10.. clearly;y the N10 is the least likely choice then!

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    Cameron, I just want to say that I love the personal voice flair you use in your posts. It's closer to a conversation than an information dump, so it keeps it entertaining.

    • Tomi Golob

      Aww,is it love ??

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Thanks!

      • Colton Walker

        Question, Cameron (incredible article, BTW) while you're here- how does the sound compare to, say, the ASUS TF300? How does it compare to other specific tablets? I'm thinking of selling my Transformer but I'm not 100% sure yet.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Since the speakers are on the front, everything is far more audible than the TF300, 201, and 700. They actually get pretty loud, too. I could easily watch a movie or listen to music without the *need* for a Bluetooth speaker.

          • Kookas

            They're also bigger and stereo, so I'm guessing the sound quality is substantially better too?

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            Stereo speakers have to be a lot further apart than on this tablet to be noticeable as stereo. Better than iPad speaker location though so points for trying.

  • jamaall

    Dat screen!!

  • Matthew Fry

    I suppose it's *pretty good* that it performs like the S3 but with 4 times the pixels... I was just hoping it'd be at the top of the benchmark heap at release...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Not that I fully subscribe to benchmark results, but I think the benchmarks may be skewed by the fact that Cameron's N10 is not running release-ready software. It will supposedly be updated on the 11th, two days before launch, at which point I'm sure we'll see more benchmarks.

      • Deltaechoe

        There's also the possibility that the manufacturer's code their overlays to specifically perform well in known benchmarks too. Benchmarks don't exactly translate into real world performance perfectly.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Right. I generally disregard most benchmark results in favor of performance I can see when I actually USE the device, but still I'd bet the results will change for the N10 and N4 once release firmware hits.

      • Jake

        The nexus 10 is dual core cortex A-15 . You cant expect it beat current A9 by far .
        However , in the review it keep emphasize " BLAZING FAST , CRAzy fast , SMOOTH"
        so it should be ok if the benchmark isnt top .
        After all , the benchmark doesnt indicate real life performance .

        • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

          I see lag compared to an iPad 4.

  • http://twitter.com/alexeiw123 Alexei Watson

    do you know if it has a smart wake magnet built in for covers, like the nexus 7 does?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Good question. Let me check.

      • http://twitter.com/alexeiw123 Alexei Watson

        thanks, I'll check back again later

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Yep, it sure does. Along the top, beside the FFC.

          • http://twitter.com/alexeiw123 Alexei Watson

            awesome!

  • SkookumPete

    What is this multitask menu of which you speak? Android has a Recent Apps list, but it is just that. It has nothing to do with whatever apps are currently loaded in RAM or "running".

    • SkookumPete

      Just to clarify, since I see some thumbs down: the article states, "Previously, the MT button simply opened the list of currently running apps". This perpetuates a common misunderstanding of how Android works. Most apps become idle when pushed into the background, and Android may remove them from memory. Even when cached in RAM, such apps are not "running", i.e. using the processor. In any case, the Recent Apps list is not tied to Android's memory management, with one exception: if you swipe an app off the list, and that app is idle and cached, it will be removed from memory.

  • hot_spare

    Not quite impressed. GPU should have been more powerful considering the resolution. Too much battery drain when the SoC is heavily utilized. No wonder they scaled it down from 2.0 to 1.7. Is it still running the GPU @ 533MHz? try to figure why the Fill rate in GLbenchmark is showing so low? ARM (and also Samsung) mentioned that @ 500MHz it should be be like 2-2.1 GPixels/S. The GLbenchmark results look so wonky.

    It's useless comparing it to Asus because of the slow-as-molasses NAND and sub-par Tegra3 SoC. If you want, compare it against iPad3/4 which makes it an even comparison. Why would you want to compare against any Tegra device when it is a well-known fact that Tegra is the worst among the all major SoC vendors:

    1] T2 came without NEON support when it's every competitor had it.
    2] T3 came with a pathetic single channel memory controller
    3] Still using 40nm, and useless gimmicks like 4+1 core.
    4] Worst among all present GPU (about 1/4th of iPad4 GPU).

    Combined with the worst possible (prove me wrong) NAND in a device and outdated T3, it doesn't even make sense to compare them. It's like comparing N4 against GNex. Compare it with iPad4 if you want something constructive. There is nothing wrong in admitting iPad is the benchmark in tablet market. Comparing against Infinity will make N10 look good, but it's useless. Common people (not geeks or XDA junkies) will compare iPad vs N10. Infinity is not the major competitor.

    • http://dldx.org Durand

      iPad benchmarks should be included but to be fair, there are big differences between them. The much larger resolution means that framerates are naturally slower as the GPU has to draw more pixels. I still plan on buying it though as I don't plan on gaming much, which is really the only use case where faster CPU/graphics matter. If I was doing serious work, I'd use my laptop.

    • PinkFloyd

      But, where the iPad beats the N10 in graphics performance (GPU), the Nexus 10 compensates in CPU performace!
      It actually triplicates the iPad's CPU performance!!!!

      Look at the iPad's Geekbench scores:

      http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=new+ipad

      Look at the N10's:

      http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=nexus+10

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        No it doesn't. Check the Anandtech benchmarks.

  • http://dldx.org Durand

    Most detailed review on the Nexus 10 online, by far. Thanks a lot!

  • John O’Connor

    classic - "if you kill the N10's battery in a day, you're probably using it too damn much. Go outside or something."

    • defred34

      Except that Engadget's highly reliable battery life score is a meagre 7h 30m. This guy just goes on 'feeling'....his battery life score is not scientific at all.

      • John O’Connor

        I will give you that. Considering I am a power user I could easily kill a phone or a tablet within 7 hrs. Given his usage scenario, I can say that it is accurate. In my use case or yours, probably not. But I'm not your average daily user.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        Highly reliable? Give me a break, man. They loop a video until the thing dies. That's hardly real world use.

        • dcchambers

          It's certainly not real-world use but it is able to give a good comparison to other tablets!

  • Derik Taylor

    I love my N7 and I have no reason to upgrade right now...

  • defred34

    "Launching programs that haven't been opened in hours is pretty amazing - they pop up as if they were never closed (mostly because they haven't been)."

    Ok, don't bash me on this, but I wanna put forth a valid fact. My iPad 2, which has 512MB of RAM, can resume my Real Racing 2 game from where I left off (or NFS MW...anything basically) days after I leave the tablet idle. My 1GB Tegra 3 tab (and any other Android device I used before)....don't dream. Even leaving the tablet idle for 45 mins will make the program shut down.

    Can anyone have an explanation as to why? The Android tab has 2x the RAM and is supposedly a 'multitasking' device unlike the iPad.

    • Tomi Golob

      Only a mind-branded idiot would bash you for such a legitimate question... well,simply putt, Android is not so optimized. But also that iOS pauses all background processes,Android "pauses" only only some...that is why you can DL stuff with multiple apps on Android and it wont pause DL-ing when switching apps maybe...not sure

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        iOS does not pause all background processes. If a developer wants that to happen they can but they can also have some process threads running.

        • Tomi Golob

          So why didn't they use this feature? +1 for educating me

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      Android and iOS use different types of multitasking models. Android's is more flexible in some ways but has the disadvantage of requiring more memory. Still, it requires much more memory than it really should.

      The problem is that Android has been, from day one, a rushed project. Google and Android OEMs were at a severe timing disadvantage against iOS from the beginning. Any reasonable person can look at the Android 1.0 concept and see how it was clearly inferior to the original version of iOS, and this persisted until 2.2 when it became sort of a "1.0" product.

      It was only with 4.0 or some might say 4.1 that Android began to reach maturity. There's still a long way to go, especially in some areas, such as memory management. If 4.1 can be so dramatically faster than 4.0 through software tweaks alone, it's probably a safe assumption that there are many other areas that can be improved. Taking a look at the Android bug tracker certainly gives me this impression.

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        Very well put and most people are completely unaware of everything you said. I would add that using a JVM on a mobile device also extracts all sort of performance and resource penalties over native code such as Objective C.
        Also open source doesn't help Google because they don't allow contributions to the Android source. In fact most of Android does not meet the standard definitions of open source.

    • Brian Inglut

      I think its more of an app problem than android. The app has to be coded correctly to be put in memory to come back too. I find this inconsistency with many games also but some games work fine. So I would think that the devs are not using the proper coding to allow the app to sit idle in the background while you switch to another activity. So if you have a problem I would contact the dev because it should be possible as many other games do this succesfully

  • Tomi Golob

    Do you know what I will do? Im going for a smoke;) random stuff

  • http://profiles.google.com/nigelnaughton nigel naughton

    Another AWESOME, honest review from AndroidPolice. I love the way you guys mix the tech with sarcasm and wit. I always look for your reviews to be the ones I share with friends.

  • abhisahara

    Me likes - "....No one don't needs or wants giant..." :)

  • Mapekz

    Tell me 'other reasons' is a jab at MG Siegler. :P

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    > developers open their eyes and say "you know what, people really do want tablet-optimized apps! Let's make some!"
    Aye-aye, sir! Proceeding to upgrade all my lousy desktop portstablet-optimised apps.

  • luxandroid

    Great review! But i miss a comparison of the size (against other tablets), it appears to be very wide. Best greetings from Luxembourg

  • defred34

    I'd have gotten the Nexus 10 if it came with a what is to me a more-than-adequate 1280x800 (or well, if you really need more, then 1920x1200) screen resolution. Its current one is unnecessarily packed with pixels.

    The adverse effects of all this is that too much of the CPU and GPU is used to power the screen, leaving little else for games and high-performance tasks. Of course, all this won't be apparent anytime soon...but I betcha by mid-2013, every other device that comes with an A15 will perform better than the Nexus 10 as a result.

  • riza mr

    I am new to this site and what I noticed
    Most of the tech sites are so biased and they dont write negatives on There premium devices
    (You know what i mean right!)

    But AP tells the truth

    You know what i mean right :)
    So sorry abt my poor Eng.

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

    great news about Google's innovations. in other news, Apple patented the rounded rectangle...

  • YoniMR

    Cameron, THANK you so much for your review! very profound and very well detailed!

  • Shlomo Levi

    it still LG m.b it better than huawey, m.b. not. but it not price for LG

  • Nick Tsiotinos

    Excellent review. I have the Nexus 7. It is very portable and easy to hold. My only issue is reading newspapers and magazines. 7" is too small to be able to read these publications comfortably and I have to do a lot of zooming in and out. It sounds like the Nexus 10 is going to be perfect for what I need. Cheers!

    • Steven Pickle

      Yeah that's been my only complaint with the nexus 7 so far. Magazines and comic books just dont work as well as on a 10". Can't wait to get the Nexus 10!

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Come on guys, I JUST convinced myself I didn't need this.

    Also, for your next article on this, please review how well it holds up playing baseball!

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Question: This or the Note 10.1 ? (I know... I just read your review of the Note yesterday... eek, is it really that bad? The big seller for me was the s-pen)

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I'm curious why you give the nod to the 7 for gaming. The back/home/etc buttons usually aren't used in games, so I would've thought the screen, performance, and speakers would give this one an edge.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Because the N7 is just more manageable. It' not just better than the N10 for gaming, it's better than basically all other 10" tablets. The form factor is nearly perfect for that, in my opinion.

  • rickneworleansla

    I didn't like the idea of carrying a 7" tablet and a phone everywhere. I really wanted the Nexus 7 but it is too big for a pocket. The 7 will work at home but I really wanted the bigger screen for the web. My 10.1" net book can easily seem too small to view some pages. I decided to buy my Galaxy Note phablet which is the perfect size to carry with me everywhere, IMO. Now I can also have a 10" for the couch at home. The best of both, almost perfect. My only complaint is the lack of SD slot. I don't like being forced to use online storage! I just don't get it. : (

  • Aku

    gota check this out in person....sounds promising

  • Adrian Meredith

    Is there any possiblity of seeing a video of it running games, nfs most wanted runs like crap on my prime. I'd be interested in seeing how it compares

  • Brandon Watkins

    awesome review, thank you!

  • bluevoodo

    Dont know why every single review I've read talk trash on the rear camera, it looks pretty decent.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      But.... I didn't trash talk it. In fact, I said "this camera is actually pretty good."

      • bluevoodo

        Yes! I think we're misunderstanding, before your review everything else led me to believe it was a bad camera, but the pics you posted look pretty alright to me.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Ah, got it. My fault.

    • jcStrabo

      Does it really matter how good the camera is? I own a iPad 2 for 1.5 years now and I used the camera on this thing about three times. And all these were during the first few days of excitement when you try everything. Using the camera of a tablet is pretty awkward to be honest. Also, you look like the biggest dork on the planet.

  • jcStrabo

    I agree with you that the 10" tablet isn't a ideal size. This tablet with 8.5" (maybe 8.9") and it would be the perfect tablet in my opinion. The Nexus 7 is just a bit too small to be suited for all tasks, the 10" (iPad in my case) just too big to be portable or comfortable to hold for longer periods of time (the slippery, cold aluminium with it's rather pointy edges doesn't help in this case either).

  • Simon Belmont

    Wow. Extremely detailed review.

    Makes me want to grab an N10, but I just snagged a 32GB N7. I'll stick with my HP TouchPad with CM10 for my larger tablet needs.

  • Simon Belmont

    By the way, what battery monitor app is that? The one that is ongoing in the notification area.

    It reports the amount of battery life left in actual days, hours, minutes. I'd love to know.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It's Battery Widget Reborn.

      • Simon Belmont

        Thanks, Cameron. I appreciate the quick reply.

        Great review, by the way. I look forward to seeing your updates after the OTA for multi-user drops.

  • http://twitter.com/vandelay_art Marc R.

    Tempted to get this, would be a pretty good upgrade from my Acer A500 :)

    Question, though, why did Google decide not to make the N10 Tegra 3 like they did with N7?

    • Timon Krammel

      Because the Tegra 3 wouldn't be able to power a screen resolution like that. Actually probably no chip besides the 5250 would be able to do so. Man I'm getting tired of those 'why no quadcore *cry*' comments...

      • http://twitter.com/vandelay_art Marc R.

        Oh I wasn't crying because it was't quadcore, was just curious, but that makes sense. :)

  • http://twitter.com/VoxCuriosa Chr Borchgrevink-V

    Great review! JR Raphael has pointed out that the killer feature which was announced, Miracast, is not available after all. Any info on this?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      If I had to guess, I'd say it will be coming in the same OTA that will bring Multiple Users and lock screen widgets.

  • http://www.androidgeek.it Luka

    Ok this is my question, hope isnt a dumb one: how does render dvd ripped movies on a screen so high res?

  • Me OpenId

    wow, that was lame. First of all, the Kindle Fire IS an Android Tablet, dumb ignorant. Also "We've seen multiple "game changers" or "iPad killers" come and go - yet the landscape has remained the same". No its not the same, now Android has 40% of the tablet market.

    You should stfu instead of spreading your ignorance.

    • Simon Belmont

      First off, you don't have to be crass to get your point across. Insulting the review's author is just pointless.

      It is an Android tablet, but people don't use it as such. They use it as a purely media consumption device. The only people that use it as a tablet are rooting it and installing CM10 or something. Android is making large gains in the tablet arena, though, and Apple is obviously afraid of this if they pushed out the iPad Mini to compete with 7 inch tablets when they thought it would be a non-starter 2 years ago.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Cam, I just thought I'd throw in a comment to theorize a couple of reasons rear-cameras are so frequently included in tablets.

    The first is actually a non-reason. Manufacturers know that by not including certain features, people will whine and complain; just like web browsers, calculators and alarm clocks, people simply expect to open the box and have these things. OEMs know that people don't plan to use their tablet to take a bunch of pictures, but that people will buy that first tablet and one day will actually need to take a picture with it, and they will distinctly remember that they couldn't. Just look at the huge outcry over the lack of a camera in the original iPad.

    The second reason is a little bit more valid, QR codes. I know it's not a heavily used thing for most people these days (thanks to remote install from the Play Store), but I still find opportunities to use them. I don't rely on them often, but it's really been very annoying to me that I can't scan QR codes on my Nexus 7 to shortcut to an app install. Without an NFC chip on my laptop or a camera on my phone, the only way I can bring up an app in the Play Store is to manually search for it.

    Are these great reasons to include a camera in every tablet? Hell no.
    Is it worth the $0.25 that it costs to stuff in a garbage camera sensor so they can add a checkmark on a feature comparison chart? Everybody is doing it, so maybe it is.

  • Elias

    I'm really concerned about graphics performance. I'm worried there's no GPU able to handle even current-gen games at this resolution on full quality. For web browsing this should be the perfect tablet, but I guess that's not for those who like heavy games with graphics on max. Would you please report on gaming performance?

  • john

    excellent review with a lots of details !!!!!!!!!!!thank you

  • john

    can you please tell us about the charging how long toke you to recharge the tablet or you have any complains about it , some other sites saying its takes very long. thanks alot!!!!!

  • TyCo

    Excellent review! Question: does this device support an OTG cable to plug in accessories (drives, game controllers, etc)

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      It should, that's one of the things that is more or less guaranteed to work with Nexus devices. OEMs can remove support, and there are a few things that may not work if the OEM does something screwy with the USB connection, but you're pretty safe on both accounts with this tablet.

  • mwchoclabs

    Has anyone tried a standalone disk with wifi for increased storage solution?

  • a.s.patra

    do it supports external hdd via usb? can it be possible to type multilingual in this tab?

  • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

    I don't think this is a very good or realistic review and I typically like the reviews here more than any other Android site.
    I have both a Nexus 10 and iPad 4. I've used both iOS and Android since the beginning of each and manage Android and iOS app development at a very large well known company.
    I do not find the build quality to be equivalent. iPad wins. Much more solid. The break off back on the Nexus 10 is not a good feature.
    iPad has better service and support. Nobody beats Apple at this.
    iPad wins on screen. There is no discernible difference between the two resolutions and ppi but there is a noticeable difference between contrast and color which is much better on the iPad 4 (and 3). God forbid Samsung ever calibrate their screens...
    iPad also wins handily on performance. Check the Anandtech benchmarks. In GPU there is simply no comparison.
    No 3g or 4g on the Nexus 10.
    Read any Android forum and you will find lots of quality control complaints. Lots of crashing too which is a known issue that has still not been fixed.
    The high res display app situation on Android is simply terrible. Even with this device its going to take awhile for that to improve. iPad is years ahead in quality and selection.
    In short unless you just really want an Android tablet there is no reason to choose this device and its many, many, shortcomings over an iPad 4. Yes its $100 cheaper because Google is selling them at cost but its not worth it.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02jPkg5AhEc Eduardo Especial

      "I've used both iOS and Android since the beginning of each and manage
      Android and iOS app development at a very large well known company."

      TRANSLATION: I brown-nose Apple so I can keep getting my perks.

  • Ronald A. Geiken

    A real screw up in Nexus 10 that might have been a deal breaker for me if I had known about it ahead of time. When you have to enter text without some guardian app, the internal keyboard appears and when you try to type with the Bluetooth keyboard, it will not take the text right away. there is a delay to it, and sometimes the internal keyboard keeps coming back even though you want to use the Bluetooth external one. Jelly Bean should offer an option that you can use the internal keyboard, but if you want to go to an external one, it will block the internal one. If you want to do a lot of typing, the internal keyboard is too slow and clumsy, and if you try to use the external keyboard without some app blocking the internal keyboard, it will keep putting up the internet keyboard. There are several programs that will apparently eliminate the duel between keyboards, but that seems like it should be a function of Android to stop the competition and allow you to use the one you want. Right now, that is my main bitch about my Nexus 10 tablet. Also sometime different programs respond differently on this. Come on Google, you are better than that. If I were asked about the Nexus 10 right now, I would tell somebody to just buy a good Samsung or an i Pad. I was going to get a Nexus 7, but now I think that I will just buy a good Samsung 7 inch Tablet instead. I still can't believe with all the Incantations of Android that something like this slips through.