Google Nexus 10 Tablet - WANT WANT WANT!

A look at the Nexus 10 android tablet from Google / Samsung

We've long been Android fans here at Framework Towers (although we love Apple's devices too!)

Whilst I've been really happy with the numerous Android phones I've had to date ('and killed' says Tom) the Android-based tablets (can I coin a portmanteau and call them AndTabs from now on??) just haven't hit the spot for me.

I really wanted to fall in love with the Acer Iconia A500 last year, but it just wasn't on the same playing field as the iPad 2. Even if I ignored the poor build quality and tactility, the poor screen resolution and lack of support for the H.264 codec (iPlayer HD amongst others) from the Tegra 2 chipset made it a flawed offering to me.

I've had a play with colleagues' Nexus 7 and it's getting there, but the size and screen resolution (dpi of 240) still prevents it being a true iPad alternative.

I've not been able to get my hands on a pre-release Nexus 10 yet, but reading the specs and vicariously enjoying the reviews of others has got my juices flowing big-time for an AndTab for the first time. Roll on Tuesday 13th November!

There are some really exciting features; for me the two big-ticket items are the screen and the pricing..

It's a 10" diagonal Gorilla super AMOLED glass screen with a native resolution of 2560 x 1600. My wonderful Hazro 27" desktop monitor can't match this (a mere 2560x1440) - the dpi with such high resolution and small size is 299 which exceeds the current iPad's 264.

The pricing is very much in the Nexus 10s favour - £319.00 for the 16GB model and £389.00 for the 32GB model. The 32GB model actually undercuts the 16GB iPad by £6.

Some other interesting features is support for multiple users; the absence of this on both AndTabs and iPads has long been an irritation from me - finally some recognition from the manufacturers that these devices are often used in the home by more than one person.

I'm really hoping I can add separate log-in for my disturbingly tech-savvy kids (all under 10) that locks down the ability to purchase new apps either via Play or in-game - some expensive lessons have already been learned!

Some more specs include

  • OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Chipset Exynos 5250
  • CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15
  • GPU Mali-T604
  • Dimensions 263.8 x 177.8 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight 603 g
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
  • Dual side NFC
  • CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Video 1080p@30fps
  • Secondary (face-facing!) 1.9 MP

The only downside for me - Google aren't taking pre-orders :(

Scribbled by Ian

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