Google Nexus 10

The Verge: True RGB Real Stripe PLS. That’s what Google calls the 300-ppi 10.055-inch 2560×1600 PLS LCD. First, I guess there were enough fake RGB displays out there to make the point of the Nexus 10 sporting real RGB. Second, I thought it ridiculous Google would specify the display with so many decimal places. Now I know why: With 10.1 inches the resolution doesn’t get to 300 ppi. With 10.055 inches the resolution hits 300.24 ppi.

The iPad mini is in trouble. The 7.9-inch IPS LCD sports a pixel format of 1024×768, and it costs US$329. The 10.055-inch Google Nexus 10 packs in 2560×1600 pixels, and it costs just $70 more (for the 16GB version). I am aware the display isn’t everything; what you do with the display is just as important. For instance, there are very few tablet specific Android apps that make use of all the additional pixels on a tablet. The Nexus 10 with 2560×1600 pixels will be a huge challenge. The iPad mini, on the other hand, has tens of thousands thanks to it having the same pixel format as the original iPad and the iPad 2. I get that, but the additional hardware you get for only $70 extra is tremendous: The Nexus 10 has over four million pixels compared to just 786K on the iPad mini. Come to think of it the retina iPad, which is $100 more than the Nexus 10, is also going to be a hard sell.

The Nexus 10 doesn’t have cellular modems, so far. If data connectivity is important to you and you need speed the LTE-capable iPad is your best option. If WiFi is good enough there is no other tablet that gets you more than the Nexus 10.

The hardware is top notch, the design not so much. I lean toward straight clean lines and the Nexus 10 doesn’t have a whole lot of those, except for the the display itself. The bezels look fat because of the curves and the overall look of the Nexus 10 look more like a toy and less like a technical tour de force. The Google Nexus 10 will be available Tuesday, November 13.