Egad! Nexus 10 nearly outperforms iPad [Boston Herald]
(Boston Herald (MA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 15--The Nexus 10 could be an iPad killer. It comes so darn close I can almost taste it.
But it's not quite there yet.
In some ways, Google's new 10-inch tablet is better than the iPad. The grippy, rubbery body is more accessible than the hard-as-a-rock iPad. I don't feel as if it will shatter like fine crystal if my kid drops it on the floor. By contrast, I'd like to cover the iPad 4 that I use in layers of protective bubble wrap. It's a relief not to feel the same compulsion with the Nexus 10.
Another huge plus: The speakers are conveniently positioned on the front edges, so they face you when you watch a movie or video. The audio thus puts the iPad to shame.
What's more, the Nexus 10 is just as "resolutionary" as the iPad. Technically it's got higher resolution than Apple's so-called Retina Display, but it's imperceptible. The picture quality is a draw. That's the biggest compliment a tablet screen could get at this point.
Android continues to perfect its operating system, and the results are increasingly clean and intuitive. Combined with apps that are as good, if not better than what iOS offers, you've got yourself an excellent user experience in the Nexus 10.
However, there's a downside. The Nexus 10 I tested was not as zippy as I've come to expect from the iPad. I used it on the same wireless networks that I connect the iPad to every day, and there's no doubt the Nexus was slower. Searching for apps and movies on Google Play often prompted the screen to say it was "loading." Indefinitely. Google Chrome and Firefox crashed more times than I could count. There were times when I wished for a ctrl+alt+delete option. My guess is Android will push out some bug fixes for this soon. But for now, if you're easily frustrated by glitches, try the Nexus 7 or the iPad.
Still, with its incredibly reasonable price starting at $399, $100 less than the iPad, the Nexus 10 is a solid addition to the world of top-shelf tablets. Anyone who wants a rugged tablet with a great media viewing experience will be pleased. Equip this baby with 4G LTE and I'm sold.
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