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Following on from the success of the budget priced Asus Google Nexus 7, Google have released its first full sized tablet to rival market leaders such as the iPad and the Samsung pair of the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Galaxy Note.
The Nexus 10 is manufactured by Samsung (and not Asus as the title of this product suggest) which is somewhat surprising seeing as two of the devices it is competing with are Samsung devices. On the flip side, buyers will at least know that they are buying a device made by a company with a history of designing sleak top of the range tablets.
Whats in the box?
Although the box for the Nexus 10 is quite bulky, there isn't a great deal inside. The tablet itself fills the entire surface of the box but the only other contents are the mains charger and USB cable, leaving a lot of unsued depth which could have been reduced dramatically with better packaging. The box itself it quite vivid, showing off the tablet on the front with a description of the key features on the back. Anyone reading these features cannot fail to be impressed with what the tablet professes to offer.
A tour of the Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is very similar in design to the majority of other tablets on the market. With dimensions of 10.39 x 6.99 x 0.35 inches (compared to the iPads 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37) you quickly get a feel for the size of this device. The Nexus also includes standard connectors around the edge, namely a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB connector for charging. Where the Nexus scores highly against it's competitors is the inclusion of a HDMI port which means that your on-screen content can be transmitted onto your HD TV which is great for viewing photos or streaming movies. The final buttons on the Nexus are the volume controls and the power button which are placed strategically so that they can't be accidentally knocked whilst operating the tablet.
Switching on and navigation
The first thing you will notice after turning on the Nexus is how brilliant the display is. With a resolution of 2650x1600 and a density of 299 pixels per inch, the display on the Neus is one of the finest, if not the finest ever seen on a tablet to date. In order to use the Nexus, you will need to unlock it from the lock screen. If no security has been enabled, you just need to swipe to do this. If you want to make the device more secure you can opt to enter a lock pattern or even use face recognition to unlock the device.
Being a Google product, the Nexus is running the latest version of Android, 4.4 Kit Kat. This is a vanilla version of Android which means that it is not running additional bloatware such as HTC's Sense or Samsung's Touchwiz interface. The impact of this is massive and means that the Nexus is far more responsive than any other Android tablet on the market.
As is traditional with Android, you can make use of several home screens which can be filled with programs, widgets and folders. This is where Android has always had the edge over Apple who elect to give you a list of program shortcuts instead of any widgets.
As you would expect from a top of the range device, the Nexus is extremely responsive and navigation through the menu system is slick and effortless. This is aided by Google's project butter which makes for smooth interaction with any device running the JellyBean software.
Web browsing on the Nexus is straighforward using the Chrome browser however flash support is not installed by default. If you require this you will need to download it from the Google Play Store or switch to a browser with native flash support installed by default. The browser is extremely fast although it does tend to get a bit sluggish when you have 10 or more tabs open.
One of the major advantages of Kit Kat over it's predecessors is the inclusion of Google's new search tool, Google Now. Google Now is Android's answer to Apple's Siri and to be honest, it blows it out of the water. Google Now will learn what you like doing, where you go and when you go there. Based on this information it will present you with cards just before you need them which will give you important information. For example, Google Now will know that you leave work at 5pm each evening, Monday to Friday, it will also know the route you take home and will automatically tell you how long the journey will take and where the hold-ups will be. On a Saturday and Sunday (assuming this is your working pattern) Google Now will not tell you this as it knows you don't work these days.
Google Now can also interrogate your calendar and email and give you reminders about events from these sources. Google Now comes as standard on the Nexus 10 and can be launched either by saying 'Google' in the voice activated search or by holding down the home key for a couple of seconds. As well as Google Now providing intuitive information, you can also ask it questions by voice or by text.
I'm hooked, where can I buy?
Currently the Nexus 10 is only available directly from Google. To order, go to the Google Play Store on your PC and type Nexus 10 into the search box. The price from the 32Gb version is £389.99 with a further £9.99 for delivery. I ordered my Nexus 10 at 7.30 on a Thursday night, it was dispatched on the Friday and I received it on the Monday which I was impressed with. The Nexus 10 was delivered by TNT and a signature is required which could prove troublesome if there is nobody at home during the day.
Up until 2012 there hasn't really been an Android table tot rival the iPad. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Note 2, this gap has slowly decreased and now with the introduction of the Nexus 10, Android have surpassed Apple in a big way. While Apple fans will undoubtedly disagree, the Nexus 10 can do everything that the iPad does in a far superior way. Add to this the ability to install widgets, have multiple user profiles (in the same way as a PC) and you'd be hard pushed to consider anything else. With a price £80 cheaper than the iPad, the Google Nexus 10 makes sense as far as your wallet is concerned also. This device comes highly recommended
A version of this review also appears on Ciao UK
25,7 cm (10,1) 2560 x 1600 Pixel / Corning Gorilla Glass 2nd 1,7 GHz Exynos Dual-Core-CPU / 5,0 Megapixel camera 1,9 Megapixel Frontcamera / WiFi only / Bluetooth / NFC / 32 GB interner Speicher / 2 GB RAM / Mikro-USB, Mikro-HDMI, 3,5-mm-Kopfhöreranschluss / Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)