The Google Nexus 10 was released to much fanfare back in November 2012. It was a successor to the wildly popular Nexus 7. Many wondered if it could be the tablet which finally was a competitor to the Apple iPad. I purchased a Nexus 10 tablet by Google back in November 2012. I expected the tablet would meet my needs for a high-performance computing device that would be portable and big enough. Here are my findings after the first two months.
As mentioned in my previous post, the Nexus 10 comes with Android 4.2 – also known as, Jellybean – and either 16 or 32 GB of storage for a starting price of $399. I purchased the 32 GB version for $500 and since added a case from i-Blason, which included a stylus. Samsung custom-built the 10” tablet to Google’s specification in a similar manner to Asus building the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
My first impressions have remained positive. This is a solid tablet with exceptional build quality and performance. Since purchasing the tablet, I find I use a computer much less often at home. Web browsing, emails, and my social networking can all be done quite adequately on the device.
Since I found my 7” tablet too small to really work with, I was hoping the 10” form factor would fit my hands and habits better. I was correct. For the most part, I use the tablet in portrait mode, with the ever-excellent Thumb Keyboard as the input method of choice.
It would seem necessary to get a physical keyboard, but I am not hindered at the moment without it. Many expect Google or Samsung to come out with an integrated keyboard similar to the one available for the Microsoft Surface that can be attached using the now-empty pogo port.
The one thing holding back full usage on the device without a physical keyboard is the inability to run certain macros. for example, in editing a spreadsheet, a user often will use a keyboard shortcut. This proved difficult. Even with Thumb Keyboard allowing for a CTRL + Key combination did not work.
Between Google Play and the Amazon App Store, there are more than a sufficient number of applications to ensure productivity and leisure. The majority of day-to-day tasks can now be accomplished on the tablet. This includes web browsing, email, and writing. Even some remote work can be completed from the tablet.
Most photo editing can now be completed on the tablet. Here’s an example of an image in Photoshop Touch before…
Another useful feature is the ability to transfer both Amazon and Barnes & Noble books to the device. The Kindle app is first-rate.
Reading on the 10” tablet is perfectly comfortable. Holding the tablet in portrait orientation makes the Kindle or Nook app stand out and books easy to navigate. The tablet has a very smooth feel and the rubberized backing makes gripping flawless.
In conclusion, the Nexus 10 is a first-rate device that will satisfy all but the most demanding computing needs. For day-to-day tasks, the tablet is able to accomplish all required functions. The Nexus 10 is supurb at web browsing, document editing, social network updates, and even gaming.
This is an excellent tablet at the right price.
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