Google Nexus 10 – the New High Res Tablet King

Google Nexus 10 – the New High Res Tablet King

The new Nexus 10 by Google
Amidst the turmoil caused by the Sandy super storm Google was able to reveal yesterday several new products including the highest resolution tablet ever announced – Nexus 10 as well as a new Nexus 4 smartphone and a new version of its operating system – Android 4.2.
 The tablet war is heating up and Google is finally releasing a true competitor to the iPad (now into its 4′th incarnation). The Nexus 10 announced yesterday was manufactured for Google by Samsung with impressive specs that seem to best the most recent version of the iPad on (almost) every aspect.
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The following is a basic breakdown of the main features of the Nexus 10 and how they fair against the most recent iPad.
· Display: 10 inch (iPad has 9.7 inch).
· Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels (iPad has “only” 2048 x 1536 pixels).
· Pixel density: 300 dpi (iPad has 264 dpi).
· Processor: Dual-core A15 – 1.7 GHz (iPad has Dual-core 1.3GHz A6X).
· Memory: 2GB RAM (iPad has 1GB RAM).
· Storage: 16GB/32GB, microSD expandable (iPad has non expandable 16GB/32GB/64GB versions).
· Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 – but no built in 3G/4G (iPad has WIFI only version and version with 3G/LTE and Bluetooth 4.0).
· Battery life: 9 hours (iPad has a listed 10 hours of video play time).
· Connectors: microUSB, microHDMI (iPad has the new Apple 9-pin dock Lightning connector).
· Price: 16GB – 400$, 32GB – 500$ (iPad – 16GB – 500$ Wi-Fi / 629$ LTE 32GB – 600$ / 729$ LTE 64GB – 700$ / 829$ LTE).
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So there you have it. On paper at least, the Nexus 10 beat the iPad on every aspect but wireless connectivity (however most people can manage without 3G/LTE on their tablet by teetering from their smartphone).
Defintly the most interesting part of the Nexus 10 is the new display. With an unprecedented 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution the Nexus 10 is not just the new king among tablets, it’s also one of the highest resolution displays of any mobile consumer device currently on the market (the new MacBook Pro 13/15 inch Retina has the same resolution but cost 4-5 times as much).
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Currently on of the biggest uses for such a high resolution is going to be watching high resolution images (high definition videos cap at 1080p or 1920 x 1080 pixels – far less than the 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution of the Nexus 10). Actually the Nexus 10 resolution is equal to about 4 MegaPixel image – still a far cry from the full resolution of most modern digital cameras (which take 12,16,24 MegaPixels and even 36 with the new Nikon D800), but still significantly higher than most existing displays can show.

Google “Ask me anything” clip – showing the new Nexus 10 and Nexus 4

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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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