Google Nexus 10: What to expect

With the success of Google’s Nexus 7, it’s no surprise the search engine giant has moved up the size scale.

As Google’s Nexus 10 about to hit the shelves, we take a look at what to expect from the new larger tablet.

Manufactured by Korean firm Samsung, it is entering a very crowded market to take on the likes of the full-size iPad, Samsung’s very own Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Microsoft Surface.

But it is going into the battle for consumers’ cash with a whole lot to offer. The 300 pixels per inch on the Google Nexus 10 make it the highest resolution tablet display out there at the moment. That’s the sort of resolution you would usually see on a 30 inch computer monitor. If you compare it with the iPad, that has 264 pixels per inch.

As most pictures on the internet simply don’t have that level of resolution, they do start to look a bit blurry when viewing some websites. But, for gamers and movie fans, the Nexus 10 is a delight.

As more and more movies are released in HD, the Nexus 10 comes into its own, especially when you consider that the stunning picture quality is teamed with dual front-facing stereo speakers which provide great on-board audio.

There’s also wireless display support, which means the tablet can interact directly with your HD TV.

Powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Nexus 10 is smooth, fast and fluid, with multitasking being a particular strength.

Another advantage of the new Nexus 10 will be fast upgrades as Nexus devices get their software within a week or two directly from Google.

Battery life is impressive too, with Google promising nine hours of non-stop video streaming or seven hours of continuous web browsing.

Storage could, however, be an issue as you’re stuck with what you buy – there’s no SD card for external storage. King of the internet Google will, understandably, be putting the focus on cloud storage when it comes to its devices.

If you’re going on looks alone though, it doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal of Apple’s iPad. The Nexus 10 is sleek and smooth, feeling solid and sitting nicely in your hands with its rounded style. But it has none of the elegance of the iPad.

The price is sure to be a driving factor, at £319 for a 16GB model or £389 for the 32GB version. The iPad, for example, starts at £399 for a 16GB version.

With the momentum very much with the 7-inch market, the new Nexus 10 may struggle to win over consumers who have the likes of the new iPad mini or Kindle Fire HD on their wish list.

But John Lagerling, who is Google’s director of business development for Android, said the 10-inch category was previously “overpriced and underpowered” and Google wanted to see what it could do.

He said Google had chosen to work with Samsung because it was “in a good phase match on a high-end display, which is exactly what we wanted to do at a low-cost.”