Computing

Nexus 10 Hands-On: A Tablet You Can Split With Everyone

There are few bad things to say about the Nexus 10 — maybe one or two. The rest is good. Very good. It’s plain and fast and nice and doesn’t weigh too much. And now you and your roommates and mum can share it. Lovely.

Look and Feel

  • The Nexus 10 is your standard Samsung Black Rectangle Thing. That’s fine. It shouldn’t bother anyone anymore. Samsung lost the trial to Apple, let’s all move on.
  • It’s a fine weight — I can imagine reading a magazine or book for any standard duration without fatigue, and its edges are comfortable.
  • The screen is marvellous — really, really, really crisp (and with a 300dpi display, that’s no shock). Colors are fantastically bright and clear. Text is sharp. This thing would be a joy for reading and watching.
  • That said, HD magazines from Google Play are so large that the Nexus 10 still chugs a bit when trying to flip through pages — which, unlike a book, is something you’ll probably do frequently.

Using It

On the Nexus 10, Android 4.2 gives you multi-user login. Like any full computer, you’ll have an admin user who can then create as many separate accounts as you want, with their own customised settings, apps and inboxes. This might sound small, but think about it! This tablet, out next month, is expensive (16GB for $469; 32GB for $569). But if you’ve got roommates or a family, you can split that cost and share the thing. Or, if you’re flying solo, this obviates the need for any… uhh, well, I guess you can use my tablet if you really need to check your email moments of social tech suspicion. Just set up a guest account and let anyone do their thing, as long as they don’t steal the tablet.

The Nexus 10 is unremarkable, other than it’s terrific cleanliness. Android 4.2 has no stupid skins. It’s pure, refined Android. And if you want an Android tablet, you’ll get the most Android Android tablet there is. This is nice.