It's been a long time, but it's finally here. Google's big answer to the iPad—the tablet that created an entire market—has officially arrived. And it's bringing a better-than-retina screen, curves and serious speed.
Its name is Nexus 10, and it's $100 cheaper than the iPad. Learn all about it here.
Looking at the specs, it seems that the Nexus 10 can be a more than worthy big tablet contender. The screen is sharper than the iPad, running at a whooping 300 pixels per inch. It's a tablet that has the potential to change the marketplace, just like the Nexus phone started the trend that eventually forced an iPhone design change.
This tablet has a lot power: a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos processor. The whole tablet is made by Samsung. The chip includes a quad-core GPU inside, which will be make that super-dense display fly.
It has 2GB of RAM, which is is more than you'll find in most comparable tablets. There are 16 and 32GB models.
The screen is a 10-inch 2560x1600 better-than-retina display. That's extremely sharp for a tablet of this size, over 4 million pixels. It surpasses the iPad, which only has 264 pixels per inch. The Nexus 10 is 300 pixels per inch. It's also better than its closest competitor, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD.
The device comes with microUSB and microHDMI ports, plus Wi-Fi. No news on 3G or LTE support yet.
Like the iPad 4, this one has two cameras too: a 5-megapixel sensor on the back, so people can look like a douchebag taking photos like their iPad counterparts.
On the front it gets better than Apple's tablet: 1.9 megapixels.
The Nexus 10 has two front-facing stereo speakers, which in theory will give you a much better listening experience than the iPad.
Google claims that the battery gives you nine hours of video playback. That's not as good as Apple's advertised battery life: up to 10 hours. But battery life is notoriously hard to pin down based on what companies say; we'll have to wait until we try it out ourselves.
Ready for multiple users
Unlike the iPad—and like Microsoft Surface—the Nexus 10 can be shared among different family members. Thanks to Android 4.2, people can easily set up different user accounts, and switch between them instantly from the lock screen.
AirPlay-like video transmission technology
The Nexus 10 also supports Miracast, which allows you to transmit movies, television shows, and anything else on your screen to any television with a wireless adapter.
You can learn more about all of Android 4.2 features here.
It's lighter than the iPad, at only 1.33 pounds (604 grams) compared to the iPad 1.44 pounds (652 grams)
Price and availability
The price is perhaps the most surprising aspect: $400 for the 16GB, $500 for the 32GB model. That's $100 cheaper than the iPad. Amazing when you consider how much better the specs are, and continuing the trend—which had all but disappeared these last few years—of Apple being outgunned on the price tag.
It will be available on November 11, in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.