Google Nexus 4 and 10 review roundup tells all

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 4, 2012

Google unveiled the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet recently, which gave the brand some claimed innovations to promote their new products with. When it comes to the Nexus 10 it has apparently taken the display crown from Apple for highest resolution, and the Nexus 4 smartphone aims to deliver the best of Google in your hand, but how good are these new gadgets really? We aim to find out by tracking down some diverse reviews to give our readers insight from different perspectives.

Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 review roundup – you can see a couple of videos in our earlier article if you prefer something visual, which take a quick look at both the Google Nexus 10 and 4, or you can see how the Nexus 7 and iPad mini take some damage in a video seen here. To see a collection for reviews for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 look below.

NBC delivered their Google Nexus 4 review a couple of days ago and point to strong hardware with great specs, a good mobile OS, but the reviewer feels bitter about the lack of Verizon Wireless as a carrier option. The Verge points out that Google’s Nexus 4, in partnership with LG, is “almost” perfect and their review has to be one of the most detailed we’ve seen online. You can see a breakdown of their review scores by topic in the image below, which clearly shows that the Nexus 4 seems to lack in the call quality category.

Laptop Mag has performed a number of tests and benchmarks for Nexus 4 performance, which score the CPU, graphics, and a few other areas. They found the Nexus 4 to be one of the best smartphones for a “pure Android experience“, which is backed by an impressive 2GB of RAM and 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Even though the review stayed mostly positive, they did state that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still more “innovative“.

Google’s Nexus 10 tablet – if you’re looking for a review to explain the finer details of the new 10-inch tablet from Google, then you certainly come to the right place. The Nexus 10 delivers Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box, which is aided by an average Exynos processor clocked in at 1.7GHz and an impressive 2GB of RAM. Gizmodo aim to find out how good the Nexus 10 tablet really is in their review, which they point out could depend on price and how much gaming you want to do. It seems that mobile gamers might need to consider other options.

ZDNet also offer a Nexus 10 review that takes a look at the pros and cons, and reveals a user rating at 6.2/10 that compares to their editors rating of 8.5/10. The reviewer notes the build quality, impressive screen, good audio, and high specs with a low price, but states that Nexus 10 cons include a lack of business features, lack of 3G/LTE connectivity, and the fact that Android lacks apps designed for tablet use.

For us the best Google Nexus 10 review has to be found here, on Engadget, which is due to the insight given during their review. They explain how good/bad the hardware is in writing and on video, see the hardware video review below our article, and found the specs to be pretty average at the $400/$500 price range, although it does seem the Nexus 10 is relying on the claim of worlds best display to help create sales.

When Engadget looked at the Nexus 10 battery life you get to see how it performs compared to a long list of other tablets, which includes the new iPad mini, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7/10.1, Pantech Element, and a number of other devices. Take a look at the full review via the above link, and feel free to let us know what you think about the Nexus 4 and 10 in the comments below?

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  • Lack of Micro SD on the nexus is not an issue as of such. It supports “Usb on the go” therefore get a microusb>USB and add you usb disk to it and you have additional memory on the go for those times your on the road, the great thing is it even supports up to 3TB 🙂 & the battery issue is not a problem either, there is two screws that seal the battery compartment which can easily be removed. In my opinion its a bargain for such specs and it undoubtedly the phone of the year. Thanks to biased propaganda (such as this one) the average consumer has been led to believe LTE is necessary to do the lightest of browsing yet LTE is just an emerging technology and still has years to go 🙂

  • ReadTheDamnReviews

    Verge is talking about missing LTE, that is the reason for low score on call quality. Won’t matter a thing in Europe. So taking that into account their total score becomes 9.

  • kiayriarkadasim

    wow you’re quoting articles without reading them? Josh in his review says the call quality of N4 is amazing. the 6 is because it doesn’t have LTE.

  • The discrepancy between the low score for ‘Reception/Call Quality’ and the comments (‘call quality and reception was excellent’) on The Verge Nexus 4 review looks to be because the include the lack of LTE in this category, so marked it down for this.

  • RossVoorhees

    Stupid that they didn’t use the quad core Exynos processor in the 10. That would have been a home run.

    • Justin W

      They are using an Exynos 5250 dual core Cortex A15, which is more efficient and probably faster than the Exynos 4412 quad core.

      • RossVoorhees

        I was referring to the quad core variant of the Eagle chipset (A15)

  • the verge clearly states call quality was excellent but they grade it low…I call bs on that

  • The verge states that call quality was good in their actual article but they don’t grade it well seems a bit misleading

  • Wi Chri

    Two other tablets become available in November through a new site called TabletSprint – which offer some impressive features and stack up against the iPad and the Google Nexus 10 inch tablets for nearly half the price and are worth comparing — One model is the Novo 10 by Ainol electronics, a tabletmaker which received a CNET/CES 2012 “Tablet of the Year” award for another tablet they produced earlier this year – The Novo 10 offers a Quad Core processor and a pretty amazing 1920×1200 Liquid Crystal 10.1″ screen (like iPad Retina display) and will retail for about $269 and feature an advanced 10-Point Multi-Touch, HDMI with 1080p (HD) output to a TV, Dual Cameras, Bluetooth, WiFi, Built-In GPS, a Micro-SD Memory Card Slot, a Micro-USB port, a Strong Battery (10,000 mAh), Android 4.1 O/S (Jelly Bean) and Google Play access (400,000+ Android Software Apps). A similar model is also available in November that is produced by another Asia firm, Ramos Technology, that’s called the W30-HD, which also has many of the same features, Plus 3G built in that works with any GSM carrier (AT&T & T-Mobile) and is expected priced at $319. One of the first places that carry these models in the U.S. so far is at TabletSprint — which also offers a few nicely priced, quality 7-inch tablet models.

  • liam

    The big issue with all of these reviews is that FINAL FIRMWARE HASN’T BEEN RELEASED. Battery life, performance, and stability will all go up when they release the final build.
    How do I know this? The phone has amazingly good specs but it is consistently slower than a lower end SoC in its family. Also, reviewers were clearly using different builds since results were varying so much (look at battery life, or linpack, for instance).

    • EXACTLY what I’ve been thinking about for a long time…in benchmark tests the nexus 4 scored lower than the optimus g which as the EXACT SAME specs and runs on ICS!!!! i don’t understand why reviewers are not taking that into account………….

  • User reviews are meaningless as the device isn’t out…

    Also, the Verge score the Nexus 4 low in connectivity because there is no 4G radio. To a lot of people, that’s relevant, but it’s also irrelevant to a lot, too! 🙂