Monday, October 29, 2012

Nexus 10 $399 to $499

Google bags the launch and announces its new hardware anyhow:
Hurricane Sandy can’t hold Google (GOOG) down, as the company has just gone ahead and unveiled the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet even though its press conference was canceled. Nexus 4 specs include a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 1,280 x 768-pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone starts at a shockingly affordable $299 without any contract or subsidies, and it will launch in the United States on November 3rd.

The Samsung (005930)-built Nexus 10 tablet sports a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display with a pixel density of 300 PPI, a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos chipset, 2GB of RAM, NFC and a 5-megapixel camera. Pricing starts at $399 with 16GB of storage and tops out at $499 for the 32GB model, and both will launch on November 3rd alongside the Nexus 4.
Not quite as aggressively competitive as I'd thought, but it doesn't sound bad at all.  I'm just hoping that they got the fragile screen issue from the Nexus 7 resolved.



Anonymous JartStar October 29, 2012 2:21 PM  

Hmmm... we ordered the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. It is a little smaller than the Nexus 10, lower res, and $100 cheaper. It would be tough call if I wasn't a Prime Subscriber.

The iPad mini specs are a joke.

Anonymous Josh October 29, 2012 2:22 PM  

Three hundred bucks unlocked?


Anonymous rycamor October 29, 2012 2:46 PM  

OK, that's very cool. We have the phone, and the large tablet, but what is the smaller tablet pictured in between?

Anonymous Josh October 29, 2012 2:49 PM  

Never mind, its hspa only, no lte.

Anonymous raggededge October 29, 2012 3:27 PM  

Josh, do you mean no lte unlocked? I think that there will be an LTE version for Verizon and Sprint.

Anonymous raggededge October 29, 2012 3:51 PM  

Never mind, you meant the tablet, not the phone.

Anonymous Josh October 29, 2012 4:14 PM

Anonymous raggededge October 29, 2012 4:23 PM  

My wife has the current Nexus model on Sprint and it does have LTE. However, updates are slower to come out. I fully assume that the Nexus 4 will have LTE on Verizon and Sprint, it just won't be unlocked, which makes it useless to many users.

Anonymous raggededge October 29, 2012 4:27 PM  

Shit, I should just shut up already. Looks like no LTE at all for the Nexus 4. That's just idiotic.

Anonymous Josh October 29, 2012 4:30 PM  

Did you read the link I posted?

Google has said there won't be any lte for the nexus 4

Anonymous raggededge October 29, 2012 4:33 PM  

I did read it and some other info. The Nexus S came out with no LTE and then 6 months later a Nexus S 4G version came out with LTE. But, that doesn't look like it will be the case this time around.

Anonymous Noah B. October 29, 2012 4:41 PM  

That's pretty good. I was looking at getting an ASUS tablet, but these specs are better overall. Twice the RAM, dual core processor instead of single core, and 2560x1600 display instead of 1920x1200, for about $100 less. OTOH, the ASUS has twice the storage at 64 GB and has an 8MP camera.

What sucks about any of these is the data plan (which I probably won't end up buying.) I haven't been able to find one that doesn't seem like a ripoff.

Anonymous rho October 29, 2012 4:46 PM  

I wonder why they're not including SD card slots on these things.

Anonymous Noah B. October 29, 2012 4:49 PM  

Oops, that ASUS I just mentioned has a quad-core CPU.

Anonymous Josh October 29, 2012 5:15 PM  

What sucks about any of these is the data plan (which I probably won't end up buying.) I haven't been able to find one that doesn't seem like a ripoff.

Smartphone plus tethering.

Problem solved...problem staying solved...

Anonymous rycamor October 29, 2012 5:19 PM  

I just got my wife the Toshiba Excite tablet for $400. Lower resolution than the Nexus here, but quite good enough for movies and most general stuff, and has a quad-core CPU. Battery life is quite impressive. Honestly, who needs 2560x1600 on a 10-inch screen? You'd have to get your nose 10 inches from the screen for it to make a difference. And I'm willing to bet you pay for that high resolution on the CPU/battery end of things.

The only downside I've seen to the Excite is some glitchiness with the camera app.

Another thing I noticed using a tablet for the first time: they're not as comfortable as you might think they would be. Holding that thin, heavy metallic thing with rounded edges is kind of a pain. In their eagerness to out-Apple Apple, they have made everything too sleek. It tends to slip through your hands and fall in your lap or on the floor. These things should be made with non-slip backings and ridges for grasping, but I guess that doesn't look sleek enough. In fact, they should be made with a nail-hole at the top so you can hang them on the wall easily.

Anonymous Deckard October 29, 2012 5:24 PM  

I'm just glad we got past the Nexus-6 problem

Anonymous Noah B. October 29, 2012 5:31 PM  

"Smartphone plus tethering."

Yeah, but still...don't you pay through the nose if you actually try to move any significant amount of data, like watching Netflix on your tablet through your phone? Every data plan I've used has some major problems.

What kind of plan do you have?

Anonymous Good Will October 29, 2012 6:06 PM  

Try MetroPCS. Unlimited Everything for $50.

Anonymous Josh October 29, 2012 6:09 PM  

Sprint has unlimited data

Anonymous ridip October 29, 2012 7:25 PM  

The problem with Sprint for me is their lousy bandwidth and every time I talk to someone that uses Sprint it's very compressed and hard to understand.

I'm not just bitchin' here I'm currently doing the which-smartphone, which-tablet, which-provider dance. I have AT&T's old unlimited plan in an area with 4G available, but they are expensive to start with and tethering is extra.

Blogger Nate October 29, 2012 11:44 PM  

My take on the samsung in exactly like my take on the iPhone 5. Both companies had a chance to slam the door on Blackberry... and neither took advantage of the opportunity.

RIM may still shoot itself in the foot... but both Google and Apple have given them the chance to do so.

Blogger Nate October 29, 2012 11:45 PM  

oh... and Sprint's network sucks balls.

Big Red. All Day.

Anonymous TheVillageIdiotRet October 30, 2012 6:25 AM  

I'm waiting for the iPad with wings?

Flying pussy,
Flying internet.
both terrifying and intriguing at the same time.


Blogger Hamilton October 30, 2012 2:13 PM  

Can't believe the Nexus 4 has HSPA+ only. LTE is awesome and the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 prove that you can manage battery life on LTE now that the technology is more developed.

Perhaps Google was thinking of international sales in countries without LTE. Those sales should be through the roof. After all, it's a DAMN fine phone for $300 off-contract.

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