Google Nexus 10: Dazzling Display, Great For Work & Play
I praised Google's first Nexus-branded Android tablet, the 7-inch Nexus 7 as the "best bang for the buck of any tablet available" in my last review. Last month, Google began shipping its first 10-inch Nexus, so I wondered, does it follow in the footsteps of its smaller sibling?
One tablet for work and play
To find out what the Nexus 10 could do, I loaded it up with more than 200 Android apps for device management, communications, productivity, news, weather, e-books, multimedia steaming, games, and more. The screenshots below show 32 different apps running on the tablet. You can find an extensive tour of my 50 favorite Android tablet apps on my blog.
Wide Range of Apps Running on the Nexus 10
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The bottom line
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At $400, the Nexus 10 strikes a good balance of features, performance, and cost. You can save money by going with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 or Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, but you'll miss out on the Nexus 10's super-hi-res 2560x1600 screen and its substantially-higher performance.
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The other option would be Samsung's high-end Galaxy Note 10.1, which edges out the Nexus 10 in some respects performance-wise, but lacks the Nexus 10's glorious display. I've used both tablets simultaneously for several weeks, and though I like the Note 10.1 a lot, the Nexus 10 has won me over with its more pleasing look and feel and more up-to-date OS. Also, I'm not particularly interested in Samsung's innovative handwriting input and multi-windowing apps. Call me old fashioned, but on my tablets I'd rather type and talk, than scribble and scrawl!
Google's new Nexus 10 Android tablet pushes the 10-inch tablet market envelope in numerous ways, not least of which are its dazzling 2560x1600 (300ppi) IPS display and its slim/light/comfortable design. It's a great choice for both work and play.
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