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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Features At the risk of sounding like a broken record, tablet optimized app selection is lacking. HDMI out is a plus. good
  • Display Beautiful high res screen, not much else to say. great!
  • Battery life Battery life seems very short, about 6-8 hours. Even worse it takes at least 2 hours to charge when it's completely drained. so-so
  • Ease of use Navigating Android is easy enough, especially if you're already familiar. Regular system lock ups and reboots knock this to a 4. good
  • Storage capacity The 16 GB model is plenty for me, but I can understand complaints that no 64 GB model is offered. good
  • Design and form factor I'm a big fan of the grippy material covering the back and the tear drop shape. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Lighter than an iPad, easy enough to carry around, or throw in a bag. great!
  • Durability I've dropped it a few times and it's still flawless. Screen is virtually scratch proof. great!
Detailed review
I was very excited about the Nexus 10 and researched for weeks before I bought it at launch. I'm sad to say that it didn't quite live up to my expectations, and it's mostly the software's fault. The regular hiccups and stalls that plague Android are still present in the Nexus 10, despite the promising hardware. Add to that regular system crashes (prior to 4.2.2, they seem to have fixed it now) and generally poor battery life.

I'm still using mine pretty regularly however, and I'm more or less pleased with my purchase. Considering it's a Nexus device, we'll be well supported on the software front, but I do resent feeling a little bit like a guinea pig. I've also noticed beautiful tablet optimized apps are slowly trickling onto Google Play.

I think the Nexus 10 deserves an 8.5 overall but since there are no decimals I guess I'll have to round up.