Google Nexus 10 Reviews, Specifications & Features

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The Nexus 10 inherits the smaller design quirks of any Android 4.2. That being said, the Nexus 10 benefits them anyway. It has no bloatware, no unnecessary tools or display attributes (think of the utterly unsuitable icons in Motorola's Blur interface or the now unbearable whistling notification sound on Samsung Galaxy devices). The whole operating system seems to meet the promoted vision of Google. Here are a few attributes of the Nexus 10 that they will not tell you about in the TV adverts (for better or worse). The device is not perfect, but no tablet on the market is (at least at the moment).

# Android integration

Google Nexus 10 is able to run on Android 4.2.1. To the operating system, which in comparison to the first jelly bean iteration 4.1, seems a little immature in some respects. Android 4.2 brings the familiar layout of Android SmartPhones to control the operating system. This brings several changes: Android now owns the 10-inch rigid dockbar for apps that is visible on any home screen. In the middle of the dock, there is a button called the App Drawers that was formerly in the top right. The control buttons are “Back”, “Home” and “Multitasking” are now placed below the middle, while they were on the bottom before. The search bar along with the Voice Search has moved: While previously a small part of the screen in the top left was occupied, the search bar now sits rigidly at the top and takes 70 percent of the screen width.

# One handed improvements

Google has no trouble making layout changes to the Nexus 10, to the point where usability is sacrificed in favor of an apparently desired uniformity in the operation of Android. With 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7 this change is less important, but with the operation of larger devices it has made them easier to carry and use whilst holding it in one hand. Almost all important controls to interact with the home screen are now moved to the center of the screen, making one-handed use a lot easier.

# Odd volume controls

The sound volume keys at the wrong way around with the Nexus 10. If you press left whilst in portrait mode, the system volume decreases and vice versa. In landscape mode, this may be useful because then the pushing direction corresponds to the on-screen volume. In portrait mode, the volume, however, is again contradictory: If you press up, the volume goes down.

# Multi user functions

The device has multi user functions, which allow it to switch between the accounts, basic settings and home screen apps. Unfortunately, the icons for switching accounts are placed on the lock screen. So if you want to unlock the device using “Face Unlock”, you have to hurry before the Face Detection function is terminated and the device activates its own account (similar to an administrator account on a desktop computer), which is unfortunately quite annoying.

# Fewer Tablet apps for the Nexus 10

Apps made ??on the Nexus 10 have problems because many developers do not create apps that are adapted to tablets. Good tablet apps are in the Play Store still not nearly as abundant they are in Apple's App Store, but currently at least, the trend shows that more and more developers are upgrading their apps accordingly.

# Net surfing

Surfing the net makes the Nexus 10 fun again, the Chrome browser behaves almost like its desktop counterpart, and also the performance when zooming or scrolling is hardly distinguishable from a home PC.

# Performance

The Nexus 10 is the first Android device (and according to the current Samsung Chromebook second ever) in which lies an Exynos chip of the fifth generation. The Exynos 5250 features two CPU cores with ARM's new Cortex A15 design; it is over-clocked to 1.7 GHz and is accompanied by a powerful ARM Mali-T604 quad-core GPU. 2 GB RAM that is also stuck in the device.

Can the state-of-the-art chip technology be used to offset the fact that in the SoC (System-On-a-Chip) only two CPU cores are used instead of four over-clocked ones? In large part, yes.

The Nexus 10 is caught between the hitherto highest performing dual-core CPUs, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, and the devices with quad-core Tegra 3 SoC. Off-screen graphics benchmarks of the Exynos 5250 have surpassed the performance values ??of Tegra 3 (in some cases even quite significantly).

On the home screen, the performance of the Nexus 10 is usually very good. Stuttering only occurs when using complex Live Wallpaper. In graphics-intensive games you have to live with the fact that the Nexus 10 runs at the lower ends of the liquid playability, such as that required for “Need for Speed ??Most Wanted”, GTA 3 (Grand Theft Auto for those over 40yrs old) can run with low graphic settings, and thankfully it gives you the opportunity to internally change down the game resolution used. With a setting of as much as 75%, GTA then ran extremely smoothly.

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