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Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Hands On Videos: Will You Be Buying?

Eric McBride
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When Google cancelled their Nexus event due to dangerous weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy, nobody expected them to out the devices on their official blog. The bad news for us is that AndroidPIT wasn’t able to go and get hands on time with the new Nexus devices. The good news is that a few lucky people were able to get some hands on time with Google’s new toys, and were nice enough to take pics and a few brief hands on videos of the Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The question is now: Will you be buying one?

Before we get to these videos (courtesy of Engadget), here’s a quick spec rundown for both devices:

LG Nexus 4:

  • Screen 4.7” 1280×768 (320ppi)
  • WXGA, HD IPS+
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Size H: 5.27 in (133.9 mm)
  • W: 2.7 in (68.7 mm)
  • D: 0.36 in (9.1 mm)
  • Weight 0.31 lbs (139 g)
  • Cameras Main: 8MP BSI sensor, 1080p video
  • Front: 1.3MP, 720p video
  • Memory 8GB or 16GB (formatted capacity will be less..no expandable memory)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz (Adreno 320 GPU)
  • RAM 2GB
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Power Wireless charging (use any Qi-compatible charger)
  • 2,100 mAH Li-polymer battery
  • Android Jelly Bean (4.2)
  • Price - $299 for 8GB, $349 for 16GB
  • Availability - November 13th (in selected markets)

If you want to see more pictures of the device, you can refer to our article here. Here is a brief hands on video of the Nexus 4, courtesy of Engadget (Youtube link here):

Samsung Nexus 10

  • Screen 10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi)
  • WQXGA, HD PLS
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Size W: 10.39 in (263.9 mm)
  • H: 6.99 in (177.6 mm)
  • D: 0.35 in (8.9 mm)
  • Weight 1.33 lbs (603 g)
  • Cameras 5MP (main), 1080p video
  • 1.9MP (front), 720p video
  • Memory 16 GB or 32 GB (formatted capacity will be less...no expandable memory)
  • CPU/GPU CPU: Dual-core A15 Eagle (Exynos 5)
  • GPU: Mali T604
  • RAM 2GB
  • Dual-side NFC (Android Beam)
  • Micro USB
  • Micro HDMI
  • Battery 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Price - $399 for 16GB, $499 for 32GB
  • Availability - November 13th (in selected markets)

More pictures can be found in our article here. Here is a brief hands on video of the Nexus 10. Thanks again to Engadget for sharing their hands on time (Youtube link here):

As much as I really like both devices, the Nexus 4 personally isn’t appealing for me at this point in time. It reminds me too much of my Galaxy Nexus from looks (this isn’t a bad thing..I just like looking at my phone and knowing it’s something new and exciting!), and although it runs much better hardware, I prefer my Note 2 due to the big screen, microsd slot, and its already amazing hardware.

The Nexus 10 is VERY tempting, but there are 2 BIG things that turn me off about it: 1. No expandable memory. With all that insane hardware, I would play LOTS of games on this beast, and no expandable memory means no data2sd mods for expanding my memory. That being said, the 32GB model is something I really have my eye on. 2. Why in the name of all that is holy is the freakin thing running a phone UI??? Why the step backwards in Android 4.2? I mean yeah..I could root it, adjust the DPI, and get the tablet UI back, but I just don’t get why Google would take this software route.

So after seeing the specs, price, and some hands on vids, what do you guys think? I know many are upset that the phone doesn’t have LTE, and I also have read that many had hoped for a 32GB model at $449. That being said, these are both very impressive pieces of hardware. Will you be picking one of these (or both) up?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Picture credits: engadget.com

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  • Hans H. Oct 30, 2012 Link

    I'll get both!
    And unlike the author, I think this "fitted" UI works better when you think of a nexus portfolio! So, basically using all three devices is going to feel and work the same.
    I think that's a plus. Considering my girlfriend who's fine with my Galaxy Nexus
    and her Nexus 7, UI-wise, she found herself a bit lost using my Galaxy Tab.
    Also, I totally get why there's no SD or LTE.
    SD Cards works too much against Googles UserExperience concepts.
    So, SD isn't good when it comes to consistency.
    Well, my opinion
    :-)

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  • Anna F. Oct 30, 2012 Link

    I might be picking the Nexus 4 up once there is a 32 GB model (and I'm sure there will be). I really don't care about LTE because it's not an option in my country anyway (stuck on 3G but that's fine). The lack of a microSD card slot could be a potential problem though.... I take a great amount of photos annually and I'm afraid even 32 GB of storage wouldn't be enough for all my games, photos, videos and music....

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  • Dogukan Oct 30, 2012 Link

    Um, why is the Nexus 4's back conpletely glass? Didnt Google learned something with people breaking their iPhone 4's back? Glass is the stupidest thing that can be on a phone lol. I expected better out of Google. Nexus 4 is a complete dissapointment to me. Gimmicky 'wireless' charging, no Sd, no removable battery.
    I was going to buy the Note 2, but its obvious that we will see Exynos 5 in Note 3 and S4 so I' ll wait a little longer for those.

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  • Anna F. Oct 30, 2012 Link

    @Dogukan WHAT?! "ALL GLASS"?? You gotta be kidding me! No way Google would do that! Even Apple realized their mistake and gave the iPhone 5 an aluminum back!

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  • ljhaye Oct 30, 2012 Link

    Over here in the USA LTE is a big deal, matter of fact carriers like Verizon will NOT carry any phones that cannot access their LTE networks. So Nexus 4 will have limited options here. Plus LTE is faster than Wi-Fi so once you taste it you will never go back to 3G. Over here even if your carrier has the Nexus 4 you'd never buy it as the technology is outdated going into 2013.

    Matter of fact if the device doesn't have a real cellular data (LTE) option it will have a hard time generating sales as the carriers are the biggest sellers of tablets over here in the state. So the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will not be challenging the iPad nor the iPad mini over here. I'd honestly say they are DOA. Its a big deal because the window for Android tablets is closing fast. When the Surface pro comes out that will be the tablet many will gravitate towards and android will simply stay as a phone OS and not a platform OS

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  • Dogukan Oct 30, 2012 Link

    @Anna F. Yeah just look at this video at 04:15.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=TR&v=66-4uMQqerA&noredirect=1

    They are saying that the center frame will protect the glass but I dont know about the protection when the device is falling down on the asphalt.

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  • Anna F. Oct 31, 2012 Link

    @Dogukan I hope it really does protect the back... I have to admit though, that after watching the video I'm pretty much sold. When they release a 32 GB (or maybe even 64 GB??) Nexus 4, they can have my money.
    My problem now is, which tablet should I buy? I want a tablet that can almost replace my crappy laptop and can still run great games so I was considering the Transformer Pad TF300 but the Nexus 10 is just INSANE! What an incredible resolution! And it has Samsung's new processor and the fact that it ships with Android 4.2 (multiple users!!) out of the box is such a huge bonus because my dad would like to borrow my tablet but I don't want him to have access to all my stuff! But the Nexus 10 doesn't have a keyboard dock so it can't successfully replace my laptop....
    I hope the TF300 get's the 4.2 update.

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  • Isaac Wass Nov 11, 2012 Link

    @Anna F. If you're willing to spend some good money and you want something to replace your laptop, have a look at the Asus transformer book.

    with an i7 processor and windows 8 OS, it is the perfect hybrid of the main form factors of tablets and computers; work and play.
    Asus have managed to combine the two in a seamless, elegant and simply beautiful device that will blow your mind, having tried and tested one myself for a day or so i could not find a single fault, despite trying my hardest, everything about it is simply astonishing and to back up the incredible looks and usability it has 628GB of storage, much more than any basic tablet, couple that with windows 8 and you get an unrivaled experience like no other.

    Definitely worth a look, its truly incredible.

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  • Anna F. Nov 11, 2012 Link

    @Isaac Thanks a lot for the recommendation! But although the Transformer Book packs some INSANE hardware, I was looking for something more portable that runs Android. Nothing against Windows 8; I simply prefer Android. Also, the Transformer Book doesn't appear to be available for purchase yet but I bet its price is as insane as its specs... Unfortunately, due to the economical crisis this is not a good time to give a lot of money for a tablet/laptop.

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  • Isaac Wass Nov 11, 2012 Link

    Personally, I believe that the lack of SD card slots on the range of nexus devices is not as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be, as Samsung proved with Kies air on the Samsung galaxy sII, transferring files to a bigger memory space (eg laptop) is as simple as clicking download.

    I think that in today's society people are either too used to Apple's large storage capacities or are simply too molly-coddled by the likes of HTC and all the other phone manufacturers putting SD card slots so they can match Apple's storage options, when in reality Apple doesn't need matching.

    With the technology of today, people should not place their deciding factor on the amount of memory a phone has as it is too easy to transfer files in a matter of seconds, whether it is to a Dropbox folder or to Google's cloud network it doesn't matter as it is possible.

    What consumers should realize is that the nexus 4 out dates the iPhone 5, the screen has a far better resolution, the PPI is nearly equal, however not relevant, with the super IPS panel and such a high resolution this screen has blown Apple out of the water, the phone runs on a Quad Core S4 Snapdragon processor, has a 4.7 inch display, the ability to take 360 degree immersive photos and can charge wirelessly, yet again android devices have shone through and succeeded at beating Apple at their own game.

    For too long apple has been the self-anointed king of the smartphone world yet since day one they have been challenged, and beaten, the iPhone 4s was Apple's way of trying to keep up, not get ahead.

    Apple lacks the ambition of companies such as Google, Samsung and even HTC, these companies strive to deliver the most personal UI they can whereas Apple dumb it down and hand us a rather plain, rather vanilla version of what yesterday's consumers wanted.

    Google have made a good choice with the range of nexus devices, i own the nexus 7 and aim to own the nexus 4 and 10, with the hopes that they are even half as good as the nexus 7, yet i know they will be and i shall be astounded by Google's innovation yet again.

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  • Anna F. Nov 11, 2012 Link

    lsaac, while it's true that transferring data has become extremely easy so anyone can transfer Gigabytes worth of photos from their phone to their laptop, what if someone wants to have these photos on their phone for whatever reason? I for one don't wanna transfer my photos to my PC (I back them up of course) because they're memories and want to have them on my phone so that I can show people and view them whenever I want. A device's storage is - for me - a deciding factor when I'm in the search of a new phone, tablet etc.

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