I unboxed my Nexus 10 two weeks ago, and I’ve been using it for the last fifteen days. So, I’ve decided to write this blog post to share my first impressions,
First, the resolution is great!
I was trying few days before the sibling Nexus 7 to see the difference between the 7-inch and the 10-inch tablet and I still was hesitating.
One of the main reasons I chose the Nexus 10 is its resolution. As soon as I turned it on for the first time, I was impressed by its mind-blowing 2560×1600 resolution! When I started surfing the web and checking my next reading to see how sharp the display was, clarity was then my first satisfaction. Thanks to the 300 ppi pixels density which made the display so sharp.
Good for watching videos!
As a passionate web and mobile developer, I’m used to watching videos of conferences, meetups and large-scale tech events held elsewhere in the world where I can’t be :-/
And now, I have a good video experience using this tablet. Putting Speakers on both sides of the device seems to be a great idea! The sound is also pretty good; there’s no distortions.
Google also said that it’s going to be powerful with its Dual-core A15 of CPU and Quad-core Mali T604 of GPU and I noticed that it truly is. I’m not a gamer but I tried a Rockstar game called Grand theft Auto. It was loading very fast, but I would have preferred it to be as smooth as the Nexus 4 I tried three days before. The Nexus 4 provides a much better gaming experience, but let’s say the Nexus 10 is also great for gaming.
Hangouts and video conferences.
I really appreciated the 1.9 MP front facing camera which I used a lot for hangouts and video conferences. There’s also a camera on the back with LED flash. But I’m not the kind of guy who takes pictures using a 10-inch tablet 😀 So, I won’t be using it much. I prefer my smartphone, which is more appropriate and easier to use for photo-taking.
What could be improved?
Even if my initial impression was good, I noticed a bit of slow down when there are multiple tasks running. This could be improved.
Comparing to the iPad, even if the Android ecosystem is providing multiple applications, It’s not at the same quality level. However, we’ll certainly get more stability and quality in the next few months. The first version of the iPad faced the same problem. It’s more about time and maturity.
Some more things …
- The Nexus 10 also offers an interesting battery life for a so high resolution display, I consider 3 days of normal use as being a good performance for the quality it provides.
- The Jelly Bean 4.2 with its multi-user support allows you to personalize everything.
- Ice Cream Sandwich and previous versions of Jelly Bean users should be familiar with the display.
- I was not familiar with the notifications and connectivity features on the top right and left of the screen, but I liked them.
- And finally, what you pay for is really what you get!
This blog post shouldn’t be considered as a detailed review or a technical analysis of the Google Nexus 10 tablet. A lot of interesting and smart guys have shared much more detailed reviews. People who are still hesitating about their next tablet and those who want to know more about the Nexus 10 should check “Google Nexus 10 Review” by MobileTechReview.