Sunday, November 11, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Nexus 10 is in a different league

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is set to enter a whole new segment with its Nexus 10 which is 10 inches in size and is priced higher compared to the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4.

The Nexus 10 has been manufactured by Samsung and will be sold directly by Google for $399 for a 16 GB version and $499 for a 32 GB model.

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JR Raphael, who reviewed the device on Computer World, said that the Nexus 10 has the look and feel of a Samsung tablet.

"The device has a plastic-based construction that comes across as more utilitarian than premium. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a significant difference from the sleek and metal-centric approach used by products like Asus's Transformer Pad Infinity and Apple's iPad."

"The Nexus 10's casing has a rubberized sort of feel that's pleasant to the touch; the tablet is easy to hold and never feels like it's slipping out of your hands. At 1.3 pounds and a 0.35-inch thickness, the device is relatively light and thin, too -- more so even than Apple's latest offering, which comes in at 1.44 pounds and 0.37 inches."

Raphael says that the best feature on the Nexus 10 is its face which has a display of 2560 x 1600 pixels and resolution of 300 ppi, the highest on any tablet currently. Compare it with the iPad which has a display of 2048 x 1536 with a resolution of 264 ppi.

The Corning Gorilla glass is sharp and watching high definition movies on it is a good experience.

The only negative is the Nexus 10's built-in auto brightness feature, which I found to be rather erratic: Regardless of where I used the tablet, the screen's brightness would randomly fluctuate every 30 seconds or so, even when I was holding the device perfectly still in stable lighting conditions. This seems to be a consistent issue with Samsung-made mobile products, said Raphael.

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