Test: Google / Samsung Nexus 10

December 19 [Wed], 2012, 18:59

While on October 29, the Nexus 4 was a little feature Google ads, nobody missed the first tablet 10 "Samsung in partnership with Google. Because the new tablet from the Korean manufacturer and search engine offers a 10 "screen with a resolution of 300dpi, doing better than the Apple iPad 4 Retina display.

Shipping Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google's new tablet has the latest news as the support of multi-user widgets on the home screen or the famous Butter Project, which streamlines the user interface. But Google did not stop in so good way since the Mountain View company offers from 399 € in its 16GB WiFi.

While the mode of Android tablets and smartphones is quad-core, you might be surprised by the choice of Samsung and Google to integrate a "simple" dual-core. However, it should put things in their place because it is still a Cortex-A15 and after use, there was not much to complain about since the load is perfectly plus resolution record of 2560 × 1600.

For a dark tale of cost, you will have no option 3G/3G + / H +. Now, you never know, maybe the duo Google / Samsung will offer a day like the duo Google / Asus announced that, at the same time that Nexus 10, a Nexus 7 3G. Note the presence of the GPS while the tablet is only WiFi. This may seem trivial for Android users, but I remind you that the WiFi models of the iPad and iPad mini does not offer unfortunately no GPS!

The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Battery side of the packaging, I must say that Google is not in the original since found in a box like the one in the Nexus 7 tablet, USB cable for syncing and charging and obviously AC charger. Found beside an instruction manual for a first grip. And no, the packaging is not as "tight" as the Nexus 7. For the record, during the summer release of the Nexus 7, Asus had the good sense to provide packaging so tight that some had difficulty opening the box, presumably to prolong the pleasure of unpacking.


It is all a matter of taste, but for my part, I do not like the design of the Nexus 10, proposed by Google and Samsung. Once in hand, it goes a little better, but I have a little trouble with this well-rounded design. We thus note that apart from the screen, the Nexus 10 offers no straight line edges are slightly curved. For cons, I was pleasantly surprised by the finish. Used plastic from Samsung, I do not expect to find this finish "soft-touch" and mat. Nice in hand, it has the advantage to grab a bit your pants to prevent him from slipping off your thighs when you use it in a meeting. By cons, attention to dust more easily remain on the Nexus 10 Nexus 7. For the rest of the design, she is wearing black and silver designs it changes or other with a silver border. It's pretty funny because we note in the design of family resemblance with the Galaxy Tab from Samsung.

Side weight, the Nexus 10 is part of the average with 603g. With its 16/10, it is well in hand and I found it pleasant to use with weight evenly distributed, better than some of its competitors. With its "soft-touch", it seems it could be anti-shock, it is not at all, not at all the case.

We thus find in the front 10 "screen with a resolution of 2560 × 1600, two speakers, one left and one to the right of the screen HD. Because it's Android 4.x Stock, there is no physical or sensory buttons. The video camera is obviously at the top of the screen when you hold the tablet in landscape mode and offers a resolution of 1.9 Megapixel. As for the Nexus 7 and because it is a Google product, it should be noted that the tablet Google makes no mention of a mark on the front, by cons, we appreciate the notification LED at the bottom of the Dell Latitude E4300 screen .

At the back, there is therefore the back mat "soft touch" with the Nexus logo in the middle and Samsung bottom. As I have already said, it is very pleasant to touch. Otherwise, the top of the tablet when you hold it in landscape mode, you will find the top 5 Megapixel camera with flash. In the demarcated by the NPC, you also have a two microphones tablet.

On the high side are two volume buttons and the power button and / or standby. On the left spine, you'll have a Micro-HDMI output, while on the right spine, there will be a mini-jack 3.5 mm and Micro-USB port for sync / charge. It ends on the lower layer which offers the second microphone and a connection for the arrival later a dock.

HD screen and Sound

With Inspiron 1520 PLS LCD panel (IPS is LG, PLS is Samsung) and a diagonal of 10 ", the Nexus 10 offers an impressive resolution of 2560 × 1600 with a density of 300dpi, which is better (I mean resolution) than its direct competitor in the wonderful world of tablets, the Apple iPad. Android will ensure display of 1280 × 800 viewable surface, a bit like the iPad's 1024 × 768 display while the native resolution is 2048 × 1536.

Quite honestly, on tablet, Nexus 10 offers simply one of the best screens on the market and with a price starting at only € 399. If I put it in first, it is thanks to its resolution that blew me away. Needless to say, the user interface, text and other icons are a diabolical subtlety. In addition, the management of Android fonts, everything is perfectly clean, even in non-optimized applications. Remember, this was not the case with the arrival of the iPad Retina, we had to wait for updates to applications to take advantage of the Retina display.

Because it is not an AMOLED screen, contrasts not compete with those on the screens of Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2. By cons, for color fidelity is much better without achieving the best on the market. For cons, I noticed a rather low luminosity compared to the competition. Note that I speak Vostro 1310 Battery of the maximum power.

For sound, a bit like the BlackBerry Playbook, I find pleasant having the speakers in front and not in a slice or back. Suddenly, everything seemed clearer, stronger. Obviously, if you want better sound, external speakers, headphones or earphones are your friends ...

Use, Performance

After testing 4 and Nexus Nexus 7, I think we did a tour of Android 4.2. It should be noted some subtle changes on the tablet of 10 ". On Nexus 10, you will have the right to two task bars, one for notifications that you will descend from the left half of the screen and the other with the shortcut WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.., Since the right half of screen. It is not much in itself, but it is quite pleasant to use.

On the Nexus 4, I did not specifically used the famous "Gesture Keyboard." Well, on a shelf, it's still much more convenient to do everything with one finger to try typing with both thumbs. Finally, there is the multi-user on the Nexus 10 which will enable you to have multiple users on the tablet. This is stupid, we already know Windows 8 and Mac OSX, but for a tablet of 10 "most often meant remained at home, it is not worse!

The inspiron 6400 battery performance side, I will admit that I was a little scared. While running the latest Android with quad-core processors, Google and Samsung have chosen a dual-core processor at 1.7 Ghz A15. In theory, an ARM Cortex-A15 is supposed competed with the current quad-core market. And fortunately for us, this is the case since I had no desire to run the latest games like Need For Speed: Most Wanted or my applications daily. While HTML5 side, the Nexus 10 is average, it's the pure side 3D Samsung tablet fared better.

Autonomy, the AFN and Visio

Well, quite honestly, I did not specifically dwelt on the APN device. This is a simple camera 5 Megapixel and even if the target is bright, it is not backlit sensor. So, it is far from that proposed recently the iPad mini, iPad and iPod touch. It's a shame. In addition, we note that the APN board will not allow you to make HDR function simply disappeared while it is present on a Nexus 4 for example.

For the video part, it is with a resolution of 1.9 Megapixel you can make Google Hangouts or Skype HD. No worries particular that side, but on the other hand, it is a bit the current standard.

Towards Dell Inspiron 1720, with 9000mAh battery and with normal use of the internet, movies, games and some music, I held a little more than 8 hours. It is far from references, but it's still not bad when you see the screen. Note that the cooldown was pretty fast, especially when compared to an iPad Retina. On the other hand, it is via USB, expect a good few hours to fully recharge the beast.


After an impressive 7 with Asus Nexus, Google now offers its shelf 10 "in partnership with Samsung. Without the price / quality ratio of the shelf Taiwanese Nexus 10 is conspicuous by its screen and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The problem somewhere, comes from the fact that there is not yet enough to justify a dedicated applications tablet 10 ". Both applications do not interfere stretched on a tablet 7 "However, it becomes annoying on a shelf 10" viewable area with all that lost.

With the Inspiron 1721 Battery , he remains the advantage of being a Nexus, which assures the future updates quickly. But in our opinion, it is not enough to stand out from the competition. It is time that Google starts to differentiate tablets smartphone applications and applications to enable the development of shelves 10 ". Because in the end, it is not so much competition that can scare the Nexus 10, but Google's way of not sufficiently emphasize applications dedicated to tablets.


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