November 11, 2012, 8:41 PM — Google's Nexus devices tend to stand in a league of their own, thanks both to their pure Android software experiences and market-disrupting price models. With its new Nexus 10 tablet, available November 13, Google is expanding its reach into the realm of 10-in. tablets.
The Nexus 10 is a bit different from Google's past efforts. The tablet, manufactured by Samsung, enters a realm that's already crowded with noteworthy contenders -- and its price, while certainly low, is nowhere near as eye-catching as what we saw with the recent Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 devices.
Google's Nexus 10 tablet
The Nexus 10 will be sold directly by Google for $399 for a 16GB version or $499 for a 32GB model. So what's it like to use, and is it worth the cost? I've spent the past several days living with the tablet to find out.
Body and display
In terms of design, the Nexus 10 feels very much like 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. (Of course, the iPad is more expensive, with a 16GB model costing $499. The Transformer Pad has a higher starting price, too, but it's actually in line with the Nexus 10's higher-end offering: $499 for a 32GB tablet.)