Nexus 10 is set for sale this 13th November. This latest tablet from Google is also running the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. With price set at $399 for 16GB version, this is going to be another hit from Google. It is going to be the first tablet to feature multi user environment. Other Android tablets upgraded to Jelly Bean will also get this feature. But it is first introduced in Google Nexus 10. How does the hardware perform ?
Specs and performance
Inside, the Nexus 10 packs Samsung’s Exynos 5 system-on-a-chip, which features a 1.7GHz ARM v7 Cortex A15 dual-core processor, along with ARM’s Mali T604 GPU. It also has 2GB of system memory—double what practically all other Android tablets available today have. The extra memory can help with multitasking and with handling graphics.
In our lab’s benchmark tests, the Nexus 10 performed well on most but not all of the tasks we set for it. It scored the highest of any tablet on Geekbench, dramatically outpacing Nvidia Tegra 3-based tablets; and it came out noticeably ahead of the fourth-generation iPad. It performed respectably in our HTML5, SunSpider, and Web page load tests, scoring among the top performers. And it was the best Android tablet on our GLBenchmark 2.5.1’s Egypt Classic and Egypt HD Offscreen tests, turning in frame rates of 34 frames per second and 78 fps, respectively. But the Nexus 10 scored lower than Tegra 3-based tablets on AndEbench’s native test, though it bested the competition on the Java test.
The Nexus 10 performed well on our battery life tests, too. It lasted 8 hours, 55 minutes while playing back a high-definition video on continuous loop, at a brightness of 200 nits. That’s about one hour longer than the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity; a half-hour longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; and the same as Microsoft’s Surface with Windows RT. The third-generation iPad’s lasted 10 hours, 46 minutes.
However, the biggest advantage lies in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean:
The Nexus 10 is the first Android tablet to ship with the latest Android 4.2 software, which falls under the same Jelly Bean title as 4.1, which was the first manifestation of Google’s internal ‘Project Butter’ drive to improve the not just the look of Android, but its ‘feel’.
Both Jelly Bean updates show how far Android (now five years old) has come as an operating system for tablets, whether you’re using fairly basic software features, or customising your homescreens to suit your needs with widgets.
There’s some new stuff in Android 4.2 that will go down well, too. Support for multiple user accounts will be a big deal: a recognition on Google’s part that in many cases, 10in tablets are shared between several people in a household. The feature wasn’t yet enabled in the software build on the review device, though.
Wireless display support is also a welcome inclusion if you’re keen to sling entertainment from your tablet to your big-screen HDTV – if you have the relevant adapter.
It’s Android’s equivalent of Apple’s AirPlay + Apple TV combo, and plays into the increasingly-heard view that TVs may not need to get smarter after all: as long as they’re connected, the smarts can reside in the device in their owner’s hands.
Gesture Type is an interesting one: the ability to type by dragging your finger between the letters of a word, as pioneered by Swype, and recently introduced in rival SwiftKey too.
It works well, but I suspect it will be more useful on smartphones for swipe-typing one-handed. On a 10in tablet, I still felt more comfortable typing two-handed in the traditional style. On a screen where one thumb can reach from ‘Z’ to ‘P’, it makes more sense.
With 4.2 Jelly Bean update, Android OS have come a long way from a smartphone centric design to smartphone and tablet hybrid design. The OS now works well on tablet, as well as smartphone. Right now, it is the best Android tablet you can buy on the market.