Google’s launch party may have been canceled but clearly they decided to go ahead with the announcement. They’ve posted on their blog today with new details about the upgraded Nexus 7, the new 3G model, and the Nexus 10.
The Nexus 7 will be available next month with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile. Retail for this model will be $299, which means the 3G connection only adds $50 to the price. That’s not bad, not when you compare it to a lot of other 3G-equipped tablets.
But the Nexus 10 is another matter. I wouldn’t touch that with a stick.
The Nexus 10 is pretty much the exact same tablet that all the leaks indicated. It has the higher-than-iPad screen resolution, runs Android 4.2 on an Exunos CPU with a Mali T604 graphics chip. The cameras are 5MP and 1.9MP, and this tablet also has front-facing stereo speakers, NFC chips on the front and the back of the tablet, HDMI out, and USB Host.
This tablet will hit Google Play alongside the new Nexus 7 on 13 November. Retail is $399 for the 16GB model, and $499 for the 32GB model.
It sounds great, but I wouldn’t get one. There’s no card slot, and leaving aside the issue of not being able to expand the storage, I know that the way I would use the Nexus 10would require one.
On occasion, I like to swap cards between my camera, tablet, and laptop. This is sometimes the fastest way to transfer files, and it’s generally something I only do while on the go and in a hurry. It ‘s better than having to yank out the cables, untangle them, and hook everything together.
The Nexus 10 has no card slot, so that’s just not possible. I might as well get an iPad.It’s only $100 and arguably has a better CPU.