Google Nexus 10 Tablet: 10 Reasons to Buy It

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Google Nexus 10 tablet is finally available, giving tablet buyers a chance to try a mobile device that doesn't have an Apple logo on it.

It won’t be long now until Google launches its Nexus 10. The company plans to offer the 16GB tablet on Nov. 13 for $399 in its Google Play store. Already, reviews are coming in discussing some of the device’s bright spots and shortcomings. Like every other slate on the market, including Apple’s iPads, the Nexus 10 isn’t perfect, reviewers say. However, it might be a worthwhile buy for at least some customers.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to discuss some of the Nexus 10’s highlights. Although it’s not as powerful as Apple’s fourth-generation iPad and lacks the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service that customers would have liked to have seen, the Nexus 10 offers some nice features that can’t go overlooked. Plus, it’s being offered by Google, which immediately lends it a bit more credibility in tablet shoppers’ minds than a Barnes & Noble or Vizio model. Simply put, the Nexus 10 might actually have some nice things going for it.

So, let’s take an in-depth look at the Nexus 10 and highlight some of the features that make it a worthwhile choice for some consumers.

1. It has a bigger screen than the iPad

At its iPad Mini event, Apple touted the vastly increased screen real estate customers get with the 7.9-inch slate compared with those running with a 7-inch screen. Given that logic, wouldn’t Google’s 10-inch Nexus 10 then beat the fourth-generation iPad in terms of viewable space? Those who want a bigger screen and the ability to see more of a Web page or video might want to opt for Google’s tablet.

2. Who can take issue with that price?

Google’s Nexus 10 costs $399, making it $100 cheaper than Apple’s comparably equipped WiFi-only iPad. Better yet, Google’s slate is only $70 more expensive than Apple’s low-end iPad Mini. Given that spectrum, Google’s Nexus 10 looks awfully appealing.

3. It’s a natural choice for Android devotees

There are many customers out there who only like the default versions of Android. For those folks, the Nexus 10 is an ideal choice. The tablet runs the standard Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), complete with an improved interface and multiple user support. Other vendors deliver Android versions that are modified from the default option. Google doesn’t. And for many folks, that’s a good thing.

4. More pixels per inch than the big iPad

Google was quick to point out that its Nexus 10 comes with more than 300 pixels per inch, besting the iPad’s 264 pixels per inch. What that means is the Nexus 10 will theoretically deliver better video and image quality than Apple’s option. Whether customers will be able to see a major difference, however, remains to be seen.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...