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Google Nexus 10 preview

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Google has unveiled its first 10in Nexus tablet, simply called the Nexus 10. Manufactured by Samsung, the key feature of the Nexus 10 is an impressive PLS screen with a resolution of 2560x1600.

Google Nexus 10 preview

The Nexus line of products has traditionally focussed on software innovation and while that's still true in the case of the Nexus 10, its hardware is very impressive. The highlight is obviously the display. Google calls the 10in screen a "true RGB real stripe PLS" panel, which is a fancy name for a super PLS screen. PLS is a Samsung display technology that claims to offer higher brightness and better viewing angles compared to IPS screens.

Forgetting the technical terms, all you really need to know is that the Nexus 10's screen has a resolution of 2560x1600. Google claims it is the "highest resolution tablet on the planet". Both the resolution and the pixel density of 300dpi are higher than Apple's latest fourth generation iPad, so you can expect the Nexus 10 to display super crisp text and impressive colours.

[Slideshow: Google Nexus 10 - Hands on with new tablet]

The design of the Nexus 10 is also interesting. Google describes the single piece of plastic construction as a "soft-to-the-touch frame" but says a lot of work went into making the device as thin and light as possible. The Nexus 10 is just 8.9mm thick and weighs only 603g, so it's both thinner and lighter than the iPad. Google also says that the physical shape of the Nexus 10 is specifically curved to fit your hands.

Google Nexus 10

The Google Nexus 10 has impressive specifications. The tablet is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor, has 2GB of RAM and will come in 16GB or 32GB variants. There's a quad-core Mali T604 GPU, too, so the device has been designed with games and other graphically intense apps in mind. There's no memory card slot, however, which means you won't be able to add to the internal memory that's on-board. There's also no 3G or 4G connectivity, so this is a Wi-Fi only device.

The Google Nexus 10 comes with a 9000mAh battery, which Google says will last up to nine hours of video playback or 500 hours of standby time before needing a recharge. We'll be keen to put this figure to the test as a high resolution screen at this size traditionally affects battery life.

The Google Nexus 10 has a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera for photos and video capture. There's also two NFC chips (one on the front, one on the back), front-facing speakers that are built into the bezel, and a micro-HDMI port for connecting the tablet to a television or projector. A magnetic pogo pin charger is included on the bottom of the Nexus 10, but it's not yet known what accessories it will be compatible with.

New Android software is always a highlight of any Nexus product release and the Nexus 10 is no different. Google has added a number of new features to the latest version of Android, 4.2. The most notable is the ability to create specific user accounts with personalised home screens and apps. There's also a new gesture typing feature on the keyboard that replicates Swype, enhancements to the Google Now personal assistant and support for HD magazines in the Google Play Store.

Google Nexus 10

The Google Nexus 10 will be available for purchase online from Google's Play Store from Tuesday 13 November. The 16GB model is priced at £319 while the 32GB model will retail for £389.


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Bob said: Wait for the Windows Surface Pro It will feature the full version of windows that will run all the normal windows programs just like a laptop except its a tablet

SanTang said: What is the displays brightness in nits I have found nothing on this Will it be as bright as the ASUS Transformer Infinity at 600nits Or will it be in the 400 range like the iPad

manofsan said: Which tablet is powerful enough to be a laptop replacement Ive heard that the ASUS Transformer series is indeed powerful enough to replace laptops especially with the keyboard dock How does Nexus 10 compare to Transformer

Bob said: Nexus 10 Windows RT or Ipad Which oneI think that it is a good time to buy atablet due to the current influx of new offerings however I think there is atough decision that has to be made well at least for me anyway There are nowthree fantastic tablets on the market that are just as good if not better thanthe leading tablet which is the ipad Now even though there were very goodtablets before these such as the Samsung tab 101 these three brands now allhave a folio of products that all link up with each other whereas beforeapple was one of the only ones who created a single IOS and OSX platform thatlinked well throughout their line of products however these new competitorsnow do the same We have the android platform on the Nexus 7 Nexus 4 and thisNexus 10 The Apple IOS on iphone ipad which works well with the OS on macFinally we have the Windows RT OS on the new Lumia 920 and the Surface TheSurface pro will be a fully functional version of windows 8 So which one to choose The android platform offers the most freedomwith customization optionsThe IOS has the most appsWindowsWindows does not of yet have an advantage thatis obvious to me other then having a great tablet at the moment however due towindows 8 looking exactly the same on desktops and the fact that it soon is tobe installed on many millions of home computers I believe that windows maygrow to become advantageous in this tablet quest This will be due to the factthat people will be able to bring with them most or all of the functionalitythat the original Windows OS is offering them at home on the Surface tabletSo the Surface may be the one who will eventually become the winner andultimately gain the largest selection of applications as a result of theWindows 8 OS being on billions of new home computers and laptops So this is why I believe that the decision isquite hard for someone who is looking to invest in a tablet at the moment I amnot saying that any one of these will disappoint and I am sure that which everone I choose will satisfy my needs though I would like to have the tabletwhich is going to get given more app support in the long run as I believe thatthe apps make up the bulk of the usefulness of a tablet If I had to choose mydecision today based on the current market situation between these threetablets I would either choose the Nexus 10 or more likely the ipad due to thenumber of apps even though I believe the Nexus 10 is definitely the bettertablet But I have a feeling that the windows tablet will take the crown in theend and the more useful features will end up on that tablet due to ever-risingpopularity and familiarity of the platform This is one theory I dont know why I havewritten this I think its just because I need some advice and guidance on atablet to buy because I am looking to buy one and I am having a tough decisionP

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