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Review Google Nexus 10 Tablet

Felix Sold (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/23/2012

High-end meets budget. Google throws down the gauntlet and challenges Apple and Microsoft with its new offering. The Nexus 10 offers up-to-date hardware and a high-res 10.1-inch screen for a price starting of 400 Euros ($530). Is it the perfect gadget for the living room?

For the original German review, see here.

Despite the canceled launch event, Google caused a big sensation by introducing its new Nexus lineup to the technology world on 29th October. Besides the better equipped Google Nexus 7 (made by Asus) that features 32 GB of memory and a 3G module for 300 Euros and the new Nexus 4 smartphone (made by LG) that sports a 4.7-inch screen and which is more or less available for a price starting at 300 Euros ($400), the company in conjunction with Samsung also introduced the new high-end Nexus 10. The 10.1-inch PLS screen features a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and provides a pixel density of 300 dpi. A dual-core SoC from Samsung, 2 GB of working memory and either 16 or 32 GB memory capacity also belongs to the configuration.

But we will need to mention a couple of glaring misses: A model featuring a 3G or LTE is currently not available and a card reader for inexpensively expanding the memory capacity is not installed. But the tablet made by Samsung dubbed the GT-P8110 comes with the latest Android 4.2.1 operating system, aka Jelly Bean. Google and Samsung set standards with a start price of 399 Euros (or about $530 RRP). Apple's iPad 4 costs 100 Euros more in this configuration. We checked the Nexus 10's qualities and compared it with its two strongest competitors on the market.

Case

The chassis is made of black plastic
The chassis is made of plastic
Workmanship, feel & stability are good
Workmanship, feel & stability are good

The casing of Google's Nexus 10 makes a good first impression. The chassis is based on polycarbonate and both the rear and the sides sport a pleasant rubber coating. Overall, the tablet looks very basic and modern due to the casing's black parts. It is inevitable that fingerprints are soon seen on the device's front and back. An accompanying microfiber cloth is almost a must for cleaning on the go.

The stability is very good. The tablet can only be twisted marginally with higher force. We did not notice any unusual noises that often characterize bad workmanship. In terms of feel, there is a natural difference between the Nexus 10's rubberized back and the aluminum unibody of Apple's iPad 4. In the editor's opinion, the feel of the test device is more appealing than that of Google's Nexus 7. It makes a very solid impression of stability on the user.

With dimensions of 264 x 178 x 8.9 millimeters (w x d x h) and total weight of 603 grams, Google's new tablet is within the usual range for this size. Apple's iPad 4 is thicker with a height of 9.4 millimeters and somewhat heavier with a total weight of 652 grams (8% difference). The specifications of Microsoft's Surface RT featuring a 10.6 inch screen only differ slightly.

Connectivity

Memory card readers are "just confusing for users" - at least according to a Google director.  Such a declaration would have been expected from Apple. But does a card reader really have to be installed? The option of either 16 or 32 GB (net: 27.26 GB) internal memory should suit most users. On the other hand, a micro SD card is much cheaper and provides a certain degree of flexibility. Although a reader is not a must have, the Nexus 10 has to accept a deduction in the field of connectivity.

Besides the audio jack, a micro USB port for synchronizing and charging the tablet is found on the left. Samsung incorporates a micro HDMI port on the other side. The tablet can be connected to the user's TV via a conventional HDMI cord and the corresponding adapter (approx. 7 Euros/$10). Last but not least is some focus on the lower edge. The device can also be recharged by connecting it via a magnetic Pogo pin. A dock for the Nexus 10 is not yet offered in Google's Play Store.

Left: Micro USB, 3.5 mm stereo jack (audio)
Left: Micro USB, 3.5 mm stereo jack (audio)
Right: Micro HDMI
Right: Micro HDMI

Software

The biggest advantage of the nexus devices is the unmodified Google Android operating system (Vanilla Android) with immediate updates on release. In this case, Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean is installed. Users with a device from other manufacturers have to wait for months for an update since specific UI modifications have to be intricately ported. The unchanged version's performance is also impressive. The system runs extremely smooth on Google's Nexus 10.

Compared with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version provides many improvements. Among others, widgets on the lock screen, a revised camera app featuring a 360 degree panorama and increased security (malware scanner from third-party apps outside Google's Play Store).

Android 4.2.1: Widgets on the lock screen
Android 4.2.1: Widgets on the lock screen
Security features in the system settings
Security features in system settings

Communication & GPS

GPS Test
GPS Test

There are various options for communication. The integrated Wi-Fi module will likely be the most used. It supports the transmission standard 802.11 b/g/n. Moreover, data can also be transmitted via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC (near field communication). Files and contacts can be shared with other Android devices via Android Beam. Paying on the go via NFC is still in its infancy in Germany and is not available everywhere. Currently, there is no Nexus 10 featuring a UMTS (3G) or LTE module available.

We checked the tracking function via the application "GPS Test". Tracking the primary location only took 12 seconds. The overall accuracy fluctuated between two and twelve meters, which are acceptable rates. As long as the navigation application does not require a mobile data network, Google's tablet can also be used as a big navigation system in the car.

Cameras & Multimedia

The Nexus 10 features a primary camera of 5 megapixels (2560 x 1920 pixels) for snapshots. The quality is acceptable, but you should not expect too much. Compared with Apple's iPad Mini, the Android pictures are especially appealing when using the digital zoom. There is less noise in a direct comparison, although the quality decreases visibly. Of course, tablets cannot compete with the high-quality cameras from Sony and other established manufacturers. Video recordings in the 1080p standard at 30 frames per second (fps) is possible for this device, and is fast becoming a standard feature for a device in this segment. The front-facing camera of Google's Nexus 10 features 1.9 megapixels (720p) sensor and is sufficient for video chat.

In terms of multimedia, the test device supports all standard image, audio and video formats. Content can be purchased directly from Google's Play Store or transferred from the user's computer. Fans of high-resolution 1080p videos will soon find the 32 GB memory capacity to be severely limiting since one file can have a size of several gigabytes. 16 GB is enough for smaller 720p files or movie streaming from the Play Store. The basic media player programs are preinstalled. Other applications are available in the Store and most can be downloaded free of charge.

Nexus 10: 5 megapixels
Nexus 10: 5 megapixels
iPad Mini: 5 megapixels
iPad Mini: 5 megapixels
Sony NEX-5R: 16.1 megapixels (18mm)
Sony NEX-5R: 16.1 megapixels (18mm)
Nexus 10: 5 megapixels (50%)
Nexus 10: 5 megapixels (50%)
iPad Mini: 5 megapixels (50%)
iPad Mini: 5 megapixels (50%)
Sony NEX-5R: 16.1 megapixels (35mm)
Sony NEX-5R: 16.1 megapixels (35mm)
Nexus 10: 5 megapixels (100%)
Nexus 10: 5 megapixels (100%)
iPad Mini: 5 megapixels (100%)
iPad Mini: 5 megapixels (100%)
Sony NEX-5R: 16.1 megapixels (55mm)
Sony NEX-5R: 16.1 megapixels (55mm)
Google Nexus 10 front-facing camera: 1.9 megapixels
Google Nexus 10 front-facing camera: 1.9 megapixels
Apple iPad Mini front-facing camera: 1.2 megapixels
Apple iPad Mini front-facing camera: 1.2 megapixels
A modular USB PSU including the cord and EU plugs
A modular USB PSU incl. cord and EU plugs

Accessories

Only the most necessary accessories are found in the box. These are a modular USB PSU, a USB cord and plugs for European sockets. Google does not yet sell accessories for the Nexus 10. However, there are hundreds of third-party products on the Internet and can often be used universally.

Warranty

Samsung includes a 24 month warranty period on materials and processing flaws. Only 6 months are given on expendables and the included accessories such as the built-in battery or charger. The repair service requests in Germany are processed by the partner company Datrepair situated in Flensburg.

Games

The integrated ARM Mali-T604 graphics unit ensures a good gaming performance. It is an OpenGL 3.0 and DirectX 11 capable component for ARM SoCs (system-on-a-chip) with up to four cores. Google's Nexus 10 did not exhibit any problems with sophisticated 3D games like ShadowGun or Need for Speed in the gaming tests. Overall, the device has pretty powerful hardware which will satisfy most, if not all tablet gamers.

 

Demanding games like ShadowGun are no problem for Google's Nexus 10
Demanding games like ShadowGun are no problem for Google's Nexus 10
Raging Thunder is a simple racing game for your spare time. Need for Speed is its elegant equivalent.
Raging Thunder is a simple racing game for spare time. Need for Speed is its elegant equivalent.

Input Devices & Controls

Entering text is performed using the virtual keyboard that is faded in depending on the application or presetting. The QWERTZ layout is very generously sized in the landscape mode. The ideal blend of convenient handling and visible content above is available in the portrait mode. The big shift keys on the left and right stand out. A new feature of Android 4.2 is text inputting using a method very similar to the very popular “swipe” method employed by many devices using third-party tools. This feature is ultimately a matter of taste.

The controls via the capacitive multi-touchscreen are very satisfactory. Several fingers and gestures are detected without problems and taps are implemented immediately. Other navigation is performed via three virtual Android icons that are permanently visible at the lower edge. A bit of the available user interface is consequently sacrificed. Apple has implemented a physical "Home" button for years and waives on digital navigation components.

Virtual QWERTZ keyboard in landscape mode
Virtual QWERTZ keyboard in landscape mode
The keyboard is smaller in portrait mode
The keyboard is smaller in portrait mode

Display

Glossy 10.1 inch screen featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels
Glossy 10.1 inch screen featuring 2560 x 1600 pixels

Google enters the high-res tablet category with the Nexus 10. The glare-type, 10.1-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (WQXGA), and is protected by a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 and surpasses the "Retina" screen of Apple's iPad 4 (2048 x 1536 pixels, 264 dpi). The Surface RT's 1366 x 768 pixels is almost obsolete in comparison. 4 megapixels and a pixel density of around 300 dpi were calculated based on the Nexus' resolution and screen size. The single pixels are not visible. The 16:10 format is noticed positively when rendering movies. The black bars are very narrow in contrast to the iPad 4's 4:3 screen's where the bars are much wider.

Notebookcheck.com in landscape mode @ 2560 x 1600 pixels
Notebookcheck.com in landscape mode @ 2560 x 1600 pixels
1600 x 2560 pixels
1600 x 2560 pixels

We start our measurements with the brightness which we ascertained using Gossen's Mavo Monitor tool. The screen achieved an average brightness of 389.2 cd/m². The highest reading was 419 cd/m² which adds up to a maximum brightness difference of 54 cd/m². This deviation is not seen in practical use. The illumination rate of 87 percent is not exceptional and puts the tablet in the middle of the pack. Apple's iPad 4 and Microsoft's Surface RT are handily beaten in this segment.

401
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
380
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
377
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 419 cd/m²
Average: 389.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 419 cd/m²
Black: 0.58 cd/m²
Contrast: 722:1

Black is reproduced without any visible gray cast due to the low black value of 0.58 cd/m². This also results in a high contrast ratio of 722:1. The aforementioned Nexus 10 competitors make a better impression with these rates. Black looks more saturated and the contrast is superior. Apart from the hard facts, the color reproduction and the focus are compelling.

Outdoors
Google Nexus 10 outdoors

The glossy Gorilla Glass is unforgiving in outdoor use. Reflections can never be completely prevented. However, the given brightness is more than sufficient in a shady place or on the couch in the living room. The content is always legible. It could get difficult in a light flooded room or direct sunlight in some situations. Then the seating position has to be changed when necessary.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles: Google Nexus 10

The PLS (plane-to-line switching) technology developed by Samsung has several advantages. This derivative of the IPS (in-plane switching) technology consumes less power and is viewing angle independent. The reference picture does not show color deviations, inverting or fading even at very acute angles.

Performance

Samsung's Exynos 5250 dual-core SoC at 1.7 GHz
Samsung's Exynos 5250 dual-SoC with 1.7 GHz

The heart of Google's Nexus 10 is Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual 5250 SoC with a clock rate of 1.7 GHz. This chip is a dual-core component based on the ARM Cortex A15 and is built using the 32 nanometer process. An ARM Mali-T604 graphics unit from the "Midgard" architecture, which features up to four cores is also included in this bundle. In addition to the main component, the tablet contains 2 GB of working memory and up to 32 GB of storage memory capacity.

Using the free application "CPU Spy", we checked the SoC's clock rate. The chip is 95% in deep sleep and only clocks with 200 MHz in idle. During load (Stability Test), the clock rates hover around 2/3rds and occasionally maxes out at 1.7 GHz.

CPU Spy: Idle
CPU Spy: Idle
CPU Spy: Load
CPU Spy: Load

The system test GeekBench 2 is the first hurdle in our benchmark course. This tool is available for various operating systems. The Nexus 10 beats Apple's iPad 4 in this benchmark. The iPad only wins the stream test with a marginal lead of five percent. Although Huawei's MediaPad 10 FHD has a similar price, it scores up to 50 percent worse than our sample in most tests.

Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit
Total Score (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
2591 Points ∼18%
Apple iPad 4
1768 Points ∼12% -32%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
1209 Points ∼8% -53%
Integer (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
1794 Points ∼12%
Apple iPad 4
1330 Points ∼9% -26%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
1000 Points ∼6% -44%
Floating Point (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
3916 Points ∼22%
Apple iPad 4
2262 Points ∼13% -42%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
1793 Points ∼10% -54%
Memory (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
2480 Points ∼28%
Apple iPad 4
2053 Points ∼24% -17%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
940 Points ∼11% -62%
Stream (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
968 Points ∼10%
Apple iPad 4
1012 Points ∼11% +5%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
442 Points ∼5% -54%

Legend

 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad 4 Apple A6x, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620, Vivante GC4000, 8 GB SSD

The Nexus 10's higher performance is seen in the comparison with Huawei's tablet. There is a clear advantage of 39 percent in AnTuTu Benchmark v2. This looks different in Smartbench 2012. The Nexus 10 only has a lead of five percent. Apple's iPad 4 participates again in Linpack's multi-thread calculation. The device from Cupertino is miles ahead of the competition with 654 MFLOPS. Its advantage over Google's Nexus 10 is an awesome 244 percent.

AnTuTu Benchmark v2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
13315 Points ∼54%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
8071 Points ∼33% -39%
Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
3504 points ∼34%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
3318 points ∼32% -5%
Linpack for Android - Multi Thread (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
189.94 MFLOPS ∼8%
Apple iPad 4
654.29 MFLOPS ∼27% +244%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
92.268 MFLOPS ∼4% -51%

Legend

 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad 4 Apple A6x, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620, Vivante GC4000, 8 GB SSD

The ARM Mali-T604 graphics unit was put through AnTuTu's 3DRating benchmark. The Nexus 10 is beaten by Apple's iPad 4 in the normal calculation using the device specific screen resolution. The average refresh rate is 13.5 fps with a score of 3764 points. In the off-screen benchmark with a fixed resolution of 1024 x 2048 pixels, the Nexus 10 takes a 51 percent lead (2881 points @ 9.9 fps).

The Nexus 10 has to admit clear defeat in the tried and tested GLBenchmark 2.5. The difference to the PowerVR SGX554MP4 graphics in Apple's tablet is 19 percent (36 vs. 43 fps) in the off-screen measurements. Huawei's MediaPad 10 FHD featuring a Vivante GC4000 GPU cannot keep up in the 3D tests.

Antutu 3DRating
--- (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
3764 Points ∼33%
Apple iPad 4
6458 Points ∼57% +72%
1024x2048 Off-screen (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
2881 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad 4
1425 Points ∼49% -51%
GLBenchmark 2.5
Egypt HD Fixed Time (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
22 fps ∼37%
Apple iPad 4
37 fps ∼62% +68%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
18 fps ∼30% -18%
1920x1080 Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
36 fps ∼7%
Apple iPad 4
43 fps ∼8% +19%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
12 fps ∼2% -67%

Legend

 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad 4 Apple A6x, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620, Vivante GC4000, 8 GB SSD

 Microsoft's Surface RT steps into the ring in this browser benchmark. The Nexus 10 clearly wins the latest revision of Google's V8 benchmark with 2964 points. However, we have to point out that the benchmark, operating system and browser come from the same company. Microsoft's tablet, using Internet Explorer 10, scored much lower 796 points (73 percent difference).

The smallest possible result is significant in the independent Java script benchmark Sunspider version 0.9.1. Apple's iPad 4 wins the test with a result of 895.3 milliseconds and beats Microsoft's Surface RT (997.5 milliseconds) as well as Google's Nexus 10. The test device lags 33 and 26 percent behind the two stronger rivals respectively.

Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
1345.7 ms * ∼13%
Apple iPad 4
895.3 ms * ∼8% +33%
Microsoft Surface RT
997.5 ms * ∼9% +26%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
2079.8 ms * ∼20% -55%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
2964 Points ∼16%
Apple iPad 4
1661 Points ∼9% -44%
Microsoft Surface RT
796 Points ∼4% -73%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
1183 Points ∼6% -60%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
2254 points ∼31%
Apple iPad 4
2495 (min: 2479) points ∼35% +11%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
1736 points ∼24% -23%

Legend

 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad 4 Apple A6x, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Microsoft Surface RT NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 32 GB SSD
 
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620, Vivante GC4000, 8 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

The internal flash memory also plays a part in the overall system performance. The storage device achieves good transfer rates of 99.53 MB/s (read) and 20.02 MB/s (write) in AndroBench 3. The Nexus 10 also convinces in the random tests.

Compared with the smaller Nexus devices from the current range, the big tablet takes a gigantic lead. A difference of 50 percent and more are recorded in sequential read operations. The Nexus 4 smartphone is only at an advantage in the Random Read 4KB (+17 percent). Altogether, it is a compelling performance that the internal memory gives.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
99.53 MB/s ∼56%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
41.84 MB/s ∼23% -58%
Google Nexus 4
49.7 MB/s ∼28% -50%
Google Nexus 7
16.87 MB/s ∼9% -83%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
20.02 MB/s ∼35%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
7.32 MB/s ∼13% -63%
Google Nexus 4
13.97 MB/s ∼24% -30%
Google Nexus 7
5.22 MB/s ∼9% -74%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
10.35 MB/s ∼49%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
7.56 MB/s ∼36% -27%
Google Nexus 4
12.14 MB/s ∼58% +17%
Google Nexus 7
4.76 MB/s ∼23% -54%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Google Nexus 10
1.27 MB/s ∼40%
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
0.57 MB/s ∼18% -55%
Google Nexus 4
1.07 MB/s ∼34% -16%
Google Nexus 7
0.28 MB/s ∼9% -78%

Legend

 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620, Vivante GC4000, 8 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 4 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 7 NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 8 GB SSD

Emissions

Temperature

The waste heat that the hardware produces is discharged passively via the case. The tablet gets lukewarm at most during light use (Office). This corresponds to the rates highlighted in blue in our table. The temperatures increase during load (app: Stability Test), but are acceptable. The rear gets noticeably warmer in the center. The fingers however do not touch this area in the landscape mode, but cannot be avoided in portrait mode. The rates are impressive for a device in this category.

Max. Load
 30.3 °C32.7 °C32 °C 
 28.9 °C32.2 °C32.3 °C 
 29.6 °C38 °C36.7 °C 
Maximum: 38 °C
Average: 32.5 °C
27.4 °C41.3 °C37.9 °C
28.9 °C32.2 °C33.1 °C
29.2 °C32.6 °C31.7 °C
Maximum: 41.3 °C
Average: 32.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C | Room Temperature 18.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Strategic: Stereo speakers beside the screen
Strategic: Stereo speakers beside the screen

A tablet is a multimedia device. Google and Samsung have the right idea with the speaker. The speakers are located on the screen's left and right in landscape mode and provide real stereo sound. The speakers in Apple's iPad Mini are good, but their positioning at the bottom edge does not make sense. The sound from the Nexus speakers is good. Trebles are rendered clearly and the speakers do not produce distorted sound at maximum volume. Bass and low ranges are reproduced faintly. Peripherals can be connected via the 3.5 mm stereo jack or micro HDMI port.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The component's energy consumption rates create the basis for a good battery life. The biggest power consumer is the 10.1 inch screen, and the power draw is particularly high at maximum brightness. Google's Nexus 10 consumes between 3.7 and 9 watts in idle. Samsung's SoC only clocks at 200 MHz in idle (deep sleep). A comparison with Apple's iPad 4 and Microsoft's Surface RT shows that these devices consume less power under Office use. The difference between the iPad and Nexus is 30 percent at the lower end (2.6 vs. 3.7 watts).

The consumption rates during load hardly change with 9.4 watts at most. Google's Nexus 10 can outperform the others in this scenario. Microsoft's Surface RT consumes 10.6 watts at the peak (13 percent difference). Apple's iPad 4 consumes roughly 33 percent more power with a maximum of 12.5 watts.

Another factor for a good battery runtime is the incorporated battery. Samsung relies on a lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 22.75 watt hours in this tablet. Apple installs a much bigger, 42 watt hour battery in similar dimensions

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 3.7 / 8.4 / 9 Watt
Load 9.2 / 9.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC-940

Battery Life

We start the measuring the battery life in different scenarios with the maximum runtime. This is simulated by reading a text at minimum brightness. However, the Wi-Fi module is enabled in this device category since it is a web-based script. The tablet lasted for approximately 17 hours. Apple's iPad 4 with a larger battery managed over 21 hours. The 15 hours of the comparable Microsoft Surface RT is easily surpassed. The other extreme is the load test (Stability Test) using maximum brightness and enabled mobile technologies. A full charge was drained after 3 hours and 32 minutes.

The Wi-Fi surf test at a standardized brightness of 150 cd/m² is realistic. A different website is opened every 40 seconds. The runtime of nearly 11 hours makes a good impression. It was still 6 hours and 27 minutes in maximum brightness. Using the same settings for movie playback, the battery lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes (H264 - 1080p using the VLC Player Beta from Google's Play Store).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 10min
WiFi Surfing
10h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 32min

Verdict

Google Nexus 10
Google Nexus 10

Google and Samsung have launched a strong product in the market that is available for just 400 Euros ($530) dubbed the Nexus 10. At least, when it is not sold out. The slim casing featuring a rubber coating is very satisfactory and the unadulterated Android OS version 4.2 and a two year warranty make a positive impression. The connectivity is limited due to the lack of a card reader. Also a version with 3G or LTE module for mobile Internet access in our opinion is much needed to be competitive.

The driving force of Google's Nexus 10 is certainly the high-resolution PLS screen featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The touchscreen makes a good impression in both the test and the general user experience. The use of Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 layer is a bane during outdoor use. The tablet's performance is compelling although Apple's iPad 4 was faster in many benchmarks. Android, iOS or Windows 8? This choice is a matter of personal preference.

In addition to the good battery runtimes, it was the stereo speakers' positioning and the screen that convinced us that this would be a good companion device. The produced sound could nevertheless be more balanced. All in all, a well-designed tablet that will quickly receive the newest software updates from Google is great. Google's Nexus 10 is a great alternative to Apple's iPad 4 and Microsoft's Surface RT in terms of price. We give the Nexus 10 a big thumbs-up.

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In Review: Google Nexus 10 Tablet
In Review: Google Nexus 10 Tablet

Specifications

Google Nexus 10

:: Processor
:: Memory
2048 MB, on-board
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 2560x1600 pixel, capacitive, multi-touch, PLS, 300 DPI, RGB Real Stripe, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, WQXGA, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
32 GB SSD, 32 GB
:: Connections
Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Sensors: accelerometer, digital compass, brightness sensor, gyroscope, barometer, A-GPS & Glonass, Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, charger connector for magnetic Pogo pins
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 263.9 x 177.6
:: Weight
0.603 kg Power Supply: 0.092 kg
:: Battery
22.75 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 9.000 mAh, integriert, 3.75 Volt
:: Price
499 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rückseite: 5 Megapixel (2.560 x 1.920 Pixel), 1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (FHD, 1080p), 30 fps, LED, Autofokus - Vorderseite: 1.9 Megapixel (1.280 x 960 Pixel), 1.280 x 720 Pixel (720p), Speakers: stereo, tablet, modular PSU with EU plugs, USB cable, documentation , Google Chrome, Google Currents, Google Earth, Gmail, Google+, Google Play Store, YouTube, 24 Months Warranty, model: GT-P8110, NFC

 

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The picture quality of the tablet's front-facing camera is acceptable.
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13315 points in the latest AnTuTu benchmark for Android.
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GeekBench 2 records impressive 2591 points.
The transmission quality is not affected by the adapter.
The transmission quality is not affected by the adapter.
The corresponding adapter for a normal HDMI cord costs 7 Euros here.
The corresponding adapter for a normal HDMI cord costs EUR 7.
An external monitor can be connected via micro-HDMI.
An external monitor can be connected via micro HDMI.
The device made by Samsung is dubbed the GT-P8110.
The device made by Samsung is dubbed GT-P8110.
Google's tablet is delivered with Android 4.2.1 out of the box.
Google's tablet is delivered with Android 4.2.1 ex-factory.
The first information is found on the plain packaging.
The first information is found on the plain packaging.
Only a black model is offered at market launch.
Only a black model is offered at market launch.
Workmanship, stability & feel make a good impression.
Workmanship, stability & feel make a good impression.
The tablet is slim at 8.9 mm and only weighs 603 grams.
The tablet is slim with 8.9 mm and only weighs 603 grams.
The back features a rubber coating for good grip.
The back features a rubber coating for good grip.
A textured, plastic inlay adds a nice accent.
A textured, plastic inlay adds a nice accent.
Information and the specified logos are beneath that.
Information and the specified logos are beneath that.
A micro-USB and audio port are on the left.
A micro USB and audio port are on the left.
The 3.5 mm stereo jack for connecting headphones.
The 3.5 mm stereo jack for connecting an on-ear headphone.
Google does not include accessories for the magnetic Pogo pin.
Google does not include accessories for the magnetic Pogo pin.

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Pro

+Agreeable feel, workmanship & stability
+Comparatively slim and light
+Micro HDMI & NFC
+Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Vanilla)
+24 month warranty
+Generous (virtual) keyboard
+Application and graphics performance
+High-res & bright PLS screen
+Stereo speakers' position
+Good battery life
 

Cons

-Moderate connectivity
-No model with 3G or LTE module
-Memory expansion not possible
-Camera modules could be better
-Very reflective Gorilla Glass 2

Shortcut

What we like

The good performance of the incorporated components, the fast Vanilla Android (4.2.1 Jelly Bean) and the stereo speakers' positioning.

What we'd like to see

The option to inexpensively expand the memory using a card reader and a Nexus 10 model featuring a 3G or LTE module.

What surprises us

The given overall bundle around the high-res, 10.1-inch screen featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels at an attractive price. The best Android tablet to date (?)

The competition

The Nexus 10 does not need to fear competition from Samsung. Google's smaller Nexus 7 is the portable counterpart from Asus. Cupertino puts a strong rival into the mix with the iPad 4. Choosing the operating system is a personal preference. New to the battle for the crown are Windows' 8 tablets and Microsoft's Surface RT.

Rating

Google Nexus 10
08/05/2013 v3
Felix Sold

Chassis
92%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
50%
Weight
98%
Battery
97%
Display
87%
Games Performance
45%
Application Performance
72%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Add Points
89%
Average
81%
90%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Felix Sold, 2012-12-23 (Update: 2013-06- 6)