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Google Nexus 10 - Browser, Apps and Camera

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis



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Google Nexus 10


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Google Nexus 10 - Browser

Being a vanilla Android tablet, the Nexus 10 only comes with Google’s own Chrome browser preinstalled, although you can of course download any of the two dozen or so alternatives from the Google Play store. Chrome is pretty slick to use and impressively fast to load web pages too. Indeed, comparing the Nexus 10 side by side with the Transformer Prime, web pages load much, much faster – though to be fair that could well be due to the Prime’s widely documented deficiencies with regards to Wi-Fi and web browsing as much as the Nexus 10’s blazing speed!

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The Nexus 10's dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor makes light work of navigating web pages.

Once you’ve got a web page open, the usual pinch-to-zoom gestures can be applied and work well with pages scrolling quite smoothly, with only the merest hint of stutter when moving around a fully enlarged page. One feature of Chrome that we rather like is that when trying to tap on a specific link within a cluster of options, the browser automatically opens up a magnified window so as to make it easier to select the right one. Likewise, long-pressing on a link gives you the option to open it in another tab, or to copy/save the link address. Should you want to go incognito, then there’s an option for this too, once activated Chrome won’t store cookies or any other data from the pages you visit in your browser cache.

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One area where Android has a big advantage over iOS is that it lets you place 'widgets' like these news readers on your home screens, saving you the trouble of having to open the app itself up.

So far, so good. However Chrome isn’t by any means perfect, and while it is possible to import your Chrome bookmarks from your desktop PC to your Nexus 10, the process can be a bit tricky the first time you try and do it. Go here for a full tutorial on how it’s done. There’s no Flash support in Chrome either, and the latest (indeed final) version of Flash isn’t preinstalled on the Nexus 10 either. It’s not a huge problem though as it’s possible to side-load the final 10.1 build directly from Adobe’s website (remember to check the Unknown Sources box in the Security settings first) and then install a Flash-compatible browser from the Google Play Store – Firefox and Opera being two that support it.

Google Nexus 10 - Apps

Whereas early Android tablets used to come in for a fair bit of stick for both the quantity and quality of apps available to them, the situation has changed quite markedly for the better in the past twelve months or so. Yes, it’s certainly true that the iPad has many more tablet-optimised apps, and for those that primarily intend to use their tablet as a gaming console then the iPad offers many more games than Android does. However with the launch of the revamped Google Play store in the spring of 2012, Android tablet users now not only have an increasingly large and varied selection of apps to choose from, they also have a much more user-friendly place to go and find them.

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The Google Play store had a much needed facelift last year, and is much better stocked now too.

Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated newsreader app or a high definition calendar widget to decorate your home screen with, chances are you’ll find what you want in the Google Play store. In addition to apps, Google Play also offers a very well stocked selection of movies, music, books and magazines. Should you want to, you’re also free to install apps that allow you to browse rival digital stores – for example the Amazon MP3 store, or 7Digital – but as a one-stop shop Google Play is actually pretty good, offering plenty of things to fill your Nexus 10 up with. Speaking of filling things up, it’s worth noting that the Nexus 10 is non-expandable in terms of memory, and with all the operating system files to account for you can expect to have around 27GB left over for your own use on the 32GB model.

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Google Currents takes web content and presents it in a magazine-like format that's ideal for tablets.

One further thing to bear in mind that we already alluded to on Page 2 of this review is that the Nexus 10’s high resolution display can make apps that haven’t been optimised for a high-definition tablet screen look pretty ropey. This is especially true of those apps that have been designed specifically for smaller-screen Android smartphones; while the Nexus 10 is perfectly able to re-size them to fit the extra screen space, the end results are akin to something from the PlayStation One in terms of graphical quality.

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Taptu enables you to browse all the latest headlines from your favourite news sources in one place.

In terms of performance, the Nexus 10’s dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processor, Mali T-604 GPU and 2GB of RAM make light work of running apps – even graphics intensive 3D games such as Dead Trigger. One issue we did experience though, is that the back of the tablet can get quite hot along the top, just to the right of the camera/flash where the CPU/GPU is located. This only happens when running CPU/GPU intensive applications – for example the aforementioned Dead Trigger. If you’re just reading your emails or browsing web pages it’s unlikely to be an issue. Searching online we see that this does appear to be something of a known issue. Switching the tablet off or putting it to sleep cools it down pretty quickly, but really we’d prefer it not to get quite so hot in the first place.

Snapseed is a great little app that allows you to spruce up your otherwise drab tablet images with.

Google Nexus 10 - Camera

The Nexus 10 comes fitted with a 5MP camera and LED flash on the back, while a 1.9MP front-facing camera takes care of video calls and suchlike. By way of comparison, the Nexus 10’s rear camera offers exactly the same resolution as the iPad 4, but doesn’t quite match the 8MP camera found on the back of the Transformer Prime Infinity. The Nexus 10’s front-facing camera, meanwhile, is slightly more resolute than the 1.2MP iPad 4’s, but a fraction less so than the 2MP front-facing camera of the Infinity.

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Used at wideangle, the Nexus 10's 5MP camera is capable of grabbing acceptable snapshots.

Of course, numbers can only tell you so much and the bottom line with regards to the Nexus 10’s cameras is that they’re fine for taking the odd non-critical snapshot or eBay listing image with, but can’t really match a dedicated digital camera for overall image quality. Likewise, it’s also entirely possible that the smartphone in your pocket will take just as good – if not better – a picture than the Nexus 10 will. Image quality isn’t that bad when you’re shooting at wideangle in good light, however the moment you activate the digital zoom, or when used in poor light, image quality takes a big knock in quality. Activating the Nexus 10’s digital zoom to its 4x maximum results in truly terrible image quality, so avoid this altogether if possible.

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Use the digital zoom and image quality soon goes downhill. This is 2x – the max is 4x.

In terms of available features, the Nexus 10’s camera is a fairly basic affair; with the standard automatic mode supplemented by an assisted panorama stitch mode (that helps you to stitch a collage of individual images together) along with a one-touch panorama mode where you hold the shutter button while sweeping the tablet in a certain direction. There are no built-in digital effects, although of course there’s no shortage of apps available on Google Play for precisely that sort of thing. Should you want to record HD video footage then you can do this too. Keeping the tablet still produces acceptable results, however should you try and pan across a scene then the end result tends to be quite juddery – even if you move the tablet quite slowly.

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The assisted stitch mode is a fun way to create 'high-res' panoramas, but it's not all that accurate.

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The one-touch panorama mode is easy to use and gets pretty good results.


November 5, 2012, 6:23 pm

What's the point of this me-too "preview"?
You've just re-hashed a press release.

"Trusted Reviews" not "Trusted we read the press release too".



November 5, 2012, 7:37 pm

"It won't cause Apple fans to abandon ship. . ."

I think this isn't quite true. I'm sure there are *some* Apple fans that might consider switching considering the higher resolution, lower price, and added flexibility provided by the Nexus 10. However, if you said something like "It won't cause those Apple fans that are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem to abandon ship", I think that'd be more accurate.

I used to own a first generation iPad. I sold it and switched to the Nexus 7. I'm never going back to an Apple tablet.


November 6, 2012, 4:45 pm

@PheasantPlucker Agreed. The recent gluttony of re-worked press releases aren't exactly bathing this reviews site in glory. How many frivolous Apple 'news' stories recently?! Especially when they have to them stick them in the 'Reviews' section. The 'back-end limitations' line is too long in the tooth now. As is the inability to log in with FF. Grrrrr TR, please sort these niggles out.


November 6, 2012, 9:16 pm

@PheasantPlucker, @ElectricSheep. I may be in the minority with this opinion, but I'll share it anyway - I use sites like TrustedReviews to give me information on tech/gadget news, not just reviews, so I have no problem with previews. Okay, this isn't a review, it's a distillation of the press release with some opinion thrown in - but it does openly state it's a preview, so surely that's okay? IMHO, I still think TR is the best tech/gadget site out there, despite it's foibles.

Martin Daler

November 7, 2012, 3:32 pm

Maybe they should not call it a Preview, when it is, as you say, essentially a re-hashed press release. The 'News' section would be a better home for this kind of stuff - that is where I would expect to find press releases - assuming they are at least newsworthy. Like you, I like to be kept informed, therefore I look for a clear demarkation between value-added editorial and simple news reporting, or even PR/advertorial.

When you are called TrustedReviews it does you no good to dilute your reviews proper with this sort of nonsense.

As to logging in using Firefox, I can log in no problem, but it is very irritating that TR does not allow you to remain logged in beyond the browsing session, or even allow the browser to remember the login details. It's not like they are a bank.


November 7, 2012, 5:58 pm

Any news about a cellular 3G/4G version?
Next year ?

Actionable Steps

February 6, 2013, 1:07 am

I love how youre giving it a 'con' about connectivity. Are you joking? the iPad can only connect Apple hardware so by comparison this thing is a godsend!

Polly Ripley

February 6, 2013, 3:47 am

I'd guess it's a case of apples and oranges - they're comparing it to other Android devices rather than the iPad in this regard. Although I must say as much as a micro sd slot would have been welcome, the fact that for a small additioal cost you can access media from a USB stick makes this a huge step up from the very limited Nexus 7. So I was pleased to read that.


February 6, 2013, 12:09 pm

You can access media from a usb stick from the Nexus 7 too using an app from the play store.


February 6, 2013, 12:15 pm

sorry its actually the same app Nexus Media Importer - been using it for 6 months - Makes the N7 very un-limited in my view...

Polly Ripley

February 6, 2013, 11:21 pm

It's the first I've heard of it - no reviewer has mentioned it so far. Thanks for the heads up. Being able to access a larger song library from a USB stick is very helpful (although not as convenient as a micro SD slot). That still doesn't address the lack of HDMI output though. Is there any way to connect it to a TV that you know of?

Matt Green

February 7, 2013, 4:02 pm

Yes, it has a micro HDMI port


February 7, 2013, 5:49 pm

She's talking about the Nexus 7 in that instance - which doesn't have HDMI or MHL. That's something Google need to address the next time they refresh the N7. It's the only reason anyone would consider a Kindle over a Google 7 inch tablet.


February 15, 2013, 9:25 am

This just doesn't look like £300-400 worth of product. It looks like a thick lump of inelegant plastic.Whatever others may say, Android really is a miss-mash of competing styles and layouts that don't seem to gel together well.

I'm sure, at a technical level this is the superior device to an iPad, but when you compare the two it's a no brainer. Most people are going to buy the iPad.

Michael Parkes

February 26, 2013, 6:26 pm

My only problem with this unit is it's made by Samsung. Besides myself I know 3 people who have purchased Samsung products only to have them die shorty after warranty deadline. My 30 inch monitor died 3 times, twice under warranty. If they had stuck with Asus it would be a no brainer, for me at least.


March 12, 2013, 5:51 pm

I am one of those that has abandoned the Apple empire for the freedom of the Android world.

Nick Jones

March 16, 2013, 4:08 pm

My Nexus 10 is brilliant & there is no problem with the software after the latest automatic update. I'm an ABA fan, "Anything but Apple"!

id ,

March 22, 2013, 6:30 am

get out of here , you keep complaining . in fact , you're not the one who invented any of these . go get a life !


April 20, 2013, 5:37 am

It's the first I've heard of it - no reviewer has mentioned it so far.
Thanks for the heads up. Being able to access a larger song library from
a USB stick is very helpful (although not as convenient as a micro SD
slot). That still doesn't address the lack of HDMI output though. Is
there any way to connect it to a TV that you know of?


April 21, 2013, 3:29 am

I'm browsing from an iPad 1 that is now constantly crashing and next to useless unless just casually browsing or checking email. It's a perfectly good piece of hardware that's been rendered obsolete so they can make more money. I'm switching to android and not looking back. GFYS apple.


April 22, 2013, 7:29 pm

Here is my review on Nexus 10 by Google.

Poor battery life. Takes day to charge. If you use it and charge at the same time it won't. Or will do, but very, very slow.

Screen / Color.
This high PPI (300) doesn't make any difference you can see.
Totally agree with CNET pro reviewer: Where the iPad beats the Nexus 10 is in black level, contrast, and color accuracy. The Nexus 10's blacks just aren't as deep nor its whites as bright as they should be, and its colors aren't as full.
Colors are poor, not contrast.

No so many apps to install.

You will be surprised but Google will charge 15%

Customer Service.
Awful experience. Tried to reach them for an half an hour, then lost another 30 min in transfers to hear Dean a poor informed, without any customer service skills Google representative. Then I spoke to his manager Matt K. who is more unprofessional than Dean. I guess this is how you get the carrier in Google Customer Service department.
Well this dude even could not tell me where it says in my receipt about 15% restocking fee. Before he said he's "pretty sure". I can say they pretty crooks.

The restocking fee is just another way to rob you on selling bad product to resell this product again!

Google do the good product and change your Customer Service bots to the new ones.

Bottom line: check it first, compare to other devices. Remember you won't be able to return it and get the full refund, if you just opened the box.


June 25, 2013, 9:08 pm

That seems awfully ignorant. You're going to swear off of Samsung (largest tech company in the world, mind you, and for good reason) because they eat different food than you?

There has to be more to the story. My family has owned a tremendous variety of Samsung products over the last 3-5 decades and I can't come up with any issues with any of them, from an early 80's TV that STILL WORKS to my Galaxy S4 to my sister's Refrigerator. The Koreans have learned from the Japanese in recent years and have started pumping out a lot of quality products (and cars).


July 19, 2013, 12:54 am

Nexus 10 has serious battery flaw. When the power is fully used, which can happen extremely fast on the huge screen, we average less than 4 hours, the tablet can crash internally and is unusable until ...... 14 hour charge and google support has instructed me to insert the power cord at the exact moment pressing the power button for 30 seconds. This caused my Nexuxs 10 to reboot, but without battery power it can still not start. Waiting now 14 hours of charging to try again. Meanwhile, Google is allowing me to buy another unit and pay for shipping back their defective device. I am Developer who has purchased 7 google devices, but I am treated like all other customers BADLY. This product is defective. The simple fact that you can not restart from a power cord makes it unusable in emergency situation. Other 10" tablets have the same flaw, but it is no excuse for BAD ENGINEERING - BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE - BAD DEVELOPER SUPPORT. Google does not have a telephone number for Developers and when emailing responds with a message "We are too busy to Answer" Google is become one the most arrogant companies in the computer Industry, after Microsoft, and Apple.

Paul Yew

July 21, 2013, 6:13 pm

The Google Nexus 10 has a micro HDMI port on its right side... you can definitely connect it to a monitor or TV screen.


August 9, 2013, 1:34 pm

Hey, I do have the similar issues and experiences I am little lucky than you victim of one Piece.

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