Google Nexus 10 deep-dive review: Android, supersized

An in-depth look at where Google's new 10-in. tablet shines -- and where it falls short.

By , Computerworld |  Consumerization of IT, Android, Android tablets

So how real of a problem is it? Well, it's all relative. In terms of objective measurements, Google doesn't release numbers about the percentage of "tablet apps" vs. "phone apps" within its Play Store. Android apps aren't really classified separately like that in the first place; rather, apps that are properly coded to Android 4.x design standards can scale up from one form to another without issue. (Very few Android apps have separate phone and tablet editions.) If they're designed well, they'll also incorporate additional UI elements -- multiple on-screen columns, for example -- when a larger screen size is detected.

Based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence, I'd say it's probably fair to conclude that iOS has more apps that are optimized for the tablet form at this point. It's also fair to say that Android's collection of tablet-optimized apps is rapidly expanding -- and there's no shortage of sharp-looking selections to be found.

Pretty much all of Google's applications -- Gmail, Maps, Google Docs/Drive, YouTube, Google Calendar, Google+ and so forth -- look fantastic on a 10-in. device, as you'd expect. Popular note-taking apps like Evernote and Springpad are fully optimized for the large-screen form, as are video-streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus. You can find plenty of tablet-friendly office suites, communication tools, multimedia programs, reference utilities and news and weather applications, too, not to mention resizable, interactive widgets that live and function right on your tablet's home screen.

At a Glance

Nexus 10

GooglePrice: $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB)Pros: Unaltered Google Android 4.2 software; guaranteed fast and frequent future upgrades; fantastic HD display; good stereo speakers; excellent performance; outstanding battery lifeCons: Limited internal storage; no option for external storage; less premium form than some high-end tablets


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