October 21st 2012 5:19 pm

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A compelling package that falls a bit short

72

Google's latest reference tablet packs an amazing resolution, but ultimately fails to distance itself from the competition.

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Critic reviews

8.1
24 reviews
  • Features
    8.1
  • Display
    9.0
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Ease of use
    8.2
  • Storage capacity
    6.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Durability
    8.9

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9.1
43 reviews
7.0
Engadget Nov 2, 2012

With average performance in most areas and sub-par battery life, it's relying on that incredibly high resolution and fresh Android build to set it apart. Sadly, neither is enough to distance this tablet from the competition.

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8.0
CNET Nov 2, 2012

The Nexus 10's superior design and swift performance make it one of the best Android tablets to date. We expect post-launch updates from Google to make it even better.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 2, 2012

If you are a Google account holder and Google product user, then you really should think about picking this device up.

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8.0
Wired Nov 2, 2012

The pure Android 4.2 software combined with the stellar internals and the awesome screen make it vastly better than any other big Android tablet before it. It’s clearly the best 10-inch Android tablet you can buy right now. If only we had some apps to spice it up.

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8.0
Gizmodo Nov 2, 2012

For watching videos, browsing the web, viewing images, and casual gaming, this is simply the best tablet out there, and at $400, it’s a good deal cheaper than the iPad. That said, gaming fanatics may want to drop the extra cash on a ten-incher with a quad-core processor, or sacrifice screen size...

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8.0
Computerworld Nov 9, 2012

Google's Nexus 10 is a standout tablet with a lot of good things going for it. It has a gorgeous HD display with superb front-facing stereo speakers, excellent performance and outstanding battery life.

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8.0
AllThingsD Nov 29, 2012

If you’re not tied to Apple’s ecosystem, the Nexus 10 provides a great tablet experience, and one that I would certainly recommend.

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7.0
Ars Technica Nov 11, 2012

If any tablet hardware is going to be able to drive these changes [universal apps], the Nexus 10 (and the Nexus 7) is it, but as we've seen with the failed Android Update Alliance, Google's efforts to steer the wider Android ecosystem with light touches haven't always borne fruit.

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6.0
PC Mag Nov 13, 2012

The first 10-inch tablet from Google, the Nexus 10 is gorgeous, but even at the latest Android version (4.2), the software still feels like a beta test.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 9, 2012

With the combination of competitive pricing and some impressive specs, the Nexus 10 is the tablet to beat at this price. If it's an Android tablet that you're after, it's definitely worthy of consideration.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 2, 2012

For browsing and multimedia playback, the Samsung tablet is ideal, but early-adopters will have to wait for it to work its magic on developers before the Play store begins to catch up with apps worthy of the Nexus 10′s abilities.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Nov 2, 2012

Google has made the right calls in term of aesthetics and industrial design, while Samsung was able to bring the best hardware to the game. The display is beautiful and the system has enough muscles to handle any media you throw at it.

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9.0
CNN Nov 2, 2012

The Nexus 10 is a solid entry into the category, with excellent hardware and a stunning screen.

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9.0
T3 Nov 2, 2012

On first viewing the Samsung made Google Nexus 10 impresses in almost every department. It’s slim, light, and tactile, cheaper than the iPad and boasts a peerless screen and mesmerizingly good operating system with some cracking updates.

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9.0
TechRadar Nov 6, 2012

The Google Nexus 10 is clearly a brilliant tablet. It's got top-end specs at a mid-range price; that alone makes it deserving of attention. Add to that a generally stunning screen and near faultless performance and it really does start to look like an iPad beater.

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9.0
Android Central Nov 12, 2012

The Nexus 10 is the best 10-inch Android tablet, period... Add in the Nexus software experience, and you have the complete package. The drawbacks are there but they are very few and are quickly outweighed by the positives.

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9.0
phoneArena Nov 21, 2012

Now that the bar has been established at what a $400 tablet can offer, the Nexus 10 can sit and ride out the remaining couple of months left in the year as being the jack of all trades in the tablet realm.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Feb 5, 2013

There’s no doubting that the Nexus 10 is currently one of the very best tablets on the market. Its gorgeous screen, super-smooth operation and wealth of features combine to produce a tablet that, at last, fully showcases what the Android platform is capable of when applied to tablets.

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8.0
The Telegraph Nov 12, 2012

As an inspiration - or a bargain - it’s hard to beat. And while it lacks the pizazz of an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab or Note, it also offers everything most users will want from a tablet.

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7.0
Los Angeles Times Nov 2, 2012

All in all, the Nexus 10, which you can order online Nov. 13, is a solid tablet and very good deal at 16 GB for $399 or 32 GB for $499. Anyone who gets one this season will have received a great present, but if you can afford spending an additional $100, the iPad may be the way to go.

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10
Expert Reviews May 10, 2013

A brilliant tablet with a wonderful screen and an even more wonderful price. Only a slightly below-average battery life holds it back

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8.0
HotHardware Nov 21, 2012

The Google Nexus 10 offers an excellent screen, top notch specs and a competitive price. Android 4.2 is a legitimate tablet OS, however, app support remains the biggest issue. Still though, if you're in the market for a 10" tablet the Nexus 10 is absolutely worth a look.

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9.0
USA Today Nov 6, 2012

The arrival of the Nook HD and Nexus 10 — on top of all the other slates out there — means consumers have two more excellent tablets to choose from, both big and small.

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10
Kilroy Kilroy

I am happy to report this device lands near or at the top of the heap as far as premium tablet computers currently available. I was initially reluctant to purchase the Nexus 10 after reading a few early reviews before the release date. These reviewers turned out to be biased. Even the benchmarks...

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9.0
nhmacusr nhmacusr

I mulled over my choice of a tablet for a really long time. I had a spec spreadsheet going with all of the manufacturers in this class. After a lot of going back and fourth I settled on either the iPad or the Nexus 10. Things that swayed me toward the Nexus 10 rather than the iPad GPS - You...

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10
pjh123 pjh123

This is a great device! I compared this to the Asus Transformer Infinity and ended up picking this one mostly due to the higher resolution screen. But I also like that it will always be the first to get the latest version of the Android OS. I've been extremely please with the performance too....

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10
BigEars528 BigEars528

Other than how hard it is to put down, I love this device. My only complaint is with the keyboard, but that can be remedied with either a new virtual or physical keyboard. Love it to bits, tempted to complete the set with a nexus 4, Google has done an amazing job with 4.2

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9.0
boobay boobay

I have been enjoying my Nexus 10 for about 3 weeks, now. The only issue has been charging, which is not that big of a deal. The device has been running for 3 days with casual use. If I use it all day, it'll be dead within 9 hours. Primarily, I use it as a giant remote to my Raspberry PI, playing...

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10
tuodrage tuodrage

The good: Display, vanilla android, updates from google, zippy, front facing speakers. Best tablet experience ever. The bad: charge time, chrome browser could step it up some, large bezzels ( just knit picking now) The bottom line: had it for a year, just got the new nexus 7... I still find that...

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9.0
AndrewOid AndrewOid

The Nexus 10 is a very capable, versatile and attractive device. Though I have an original Kindle, a second generation Nexus 7, and just recently an Asus VivoTab M80, this is the tablet I use everyday, primarily for reading, for keeping a journal, and sometimes for checking movie trailers. It...

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