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The Samsung Nexus 10 is easily one of the finest tablets on the market and this can be noticed as soon as the device is turned on. The vibrant colors shown on the display and the beautiful definition rivals the Retina screen found on the third and fourth-generation iPad. It's cheaper price tag also makes it a bit more appealing for customers looking for a high-end tablet and don't want to shell out $500 for a Wi-Fi iPad.
The Nexus 10 features a 10.1-inch Super PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 2560 x 1600 resolution. This gives the tablet an impressive pixel density at 300 ppi. This is definitely the main selling point of the Nexus 10. The screen is arguably the best in the tablet market. Specification numbers and the actual screen helps one see that Samsung and Google have set a new standard for slates. Apple is certainly hard at work trying to find a way to one-up Samsung with the next generation iPad. And even with the more powerful display, the Nexus 10 never has overheating issues that the third-generation iPad sometimes has.
The Samsung Nexus 10 is also one of the fastest tablets on the market with its dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos 5250 processor and 2GB RAM. Every task can be performed with great speed and it blows away other high-end slates such as the Galaxy Tab 2, third-generation iPad and Galaxy Note 2. Paired with the latest build of JellyBean, the Nexus 10 is one of the smoothest Android devices on the market.
The Google Nexus 10 comes with Android 4.2 JellyBean pre-installed. This is probably the best marriage of hardware and Android available. The software runs extremely smooth on the tablet and looks fantastic. The layout is simple and easy to use for anyone who is somewhat familiar with Android, and even those who are used to other platforms. The device can be upgraded to Android 4.2.1 and has an advantage over other Android tablets since it will always be one of the first to receive software upgrades thanks to its Nexus label.
The 9000 mAh Nexus 10 last pretty long with a full charge. With minimal use, it can even last over three days. The device's display and ultra-fast processor do not tax the battery in ways that other high-end specs do on other tablets and smartphones.
The Nexus 10's exterior definitely could hinder someone from being interested in purchasing it as it doesn't differ enough from previous efforts made for the slate market by Samsung. Its outer shell is made of plastic and despite using lighter material, the device is still quite heavy. It is certainly not as sleek and sharp as the iPad and definitely could use a slimmer body if Samsung decides to create another model. Exterior design is easily one of the Nexus 10's weakest points.
Aside from its high-end specs, the Samsung Nexus 10 is also a bit more affordable than the newest 16GB iPad, which costs $499 Wi-Fi only. Customers can save $100 and pick up the Nexus 10 for $399. However, the only drawback with the Nexus 10 is that there is no LTE model currently available. So even though the Wi-Fi model is cheaper, the LTE option is simply not there, hurting the overall appeal of the slate.
Samsung should consider continuing this line and adding LTE connectivity. Other than that, the Nexus 10 is perfect for consumers looking to purchase a high-end tablet and don't have the need for a carrier connection.