26-12-2012, 3:02 A.M., Wednesday — Similar to LG Nexus 4 and ASUS Nexus 7, Google’s Nexus 10 tablet is also facing some sort of “supply issues,” so it is understandable that re-sellers and retailers are taking advantage of the growing demand, low supply and also the limitation of Google’s online store that is still not accessible to some countries.
Our latest retail checks show that the Google Nexus 10 is still expensive online, in fact, it is already more expensive than the new Apple iPad 4 being sold in Apple.com online store. Apple’s online retail outlet sells the 16GB iPad 4 WiFi-only model for $499 each, while the most expensive is the 4G+WiFi iPad 4 with 64GB storage which sells for $829.
On eBay, the cheapest Samsung Nexus 10 tablet with 32GB storage is priced above $550, while the cheaper 16GB WiFi-only model retails for $400 to $500. For comparison, the Google Play Store is selling the Nexus 10 tablet with 16GB storage for $399 while the 32GB variant retails for $499.
At Amazon, the 16GB Nexus 10 tablet is sporting the price tag of $590 to $630 each, while the 32GB variant is priced above $700 at some re-seller pages.
Third-party online retail stores are also selling the iPad rival but a retailer based in the United Kingdom is claiming that the device is already sold out, and additional units will not arrive until next month (or should I say, next year).
Also worth noting is an online retailer in United States which posted the Nexus 10 backordered. Citing high demand, a source from the said retail is suggesting that additional units will not arrive until mid January 2013.
The Google Nexus 10 of Samsung is powered by a dual-core Exynos Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and Android Jelly Bean 4.2 for tablet computers which take advantage of the tablet’s larger 10-inch Super PLS TFT HD display with nearly 300 pixels per inch. Unlike the Nexus 7 tablet, the Google Nexus 10 is equipped with a 5-megapixel back-facing camera, apart from a front-facing 1.9-megapixel video chat camera.
The Google Nexus 10 currently competes with Apple’s iPad 4 which features Apple’s Apple A6X dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM and iOS 6 mobile operating system. The new tablet computer features a 9.7-inch display with more than 250 pixels per inch. Apple calls it Retina display, unlike the iPad mini with less than 200 pixels per inch touchscreen display.
The Apple iPad 4 also features a 5-megapixel back-facing camera, a front-facing video chat camera.
According to Google, its Nexus 10 tablet computer is “the world’s highest resolution tablet display” and accurately telling its customers that it features the “best of Google.” With the latest Android Jelly Bean OS, the Nexus 10 offers multi-user support, advanced native Google Maps application, smoother user interface with Android 4.2′s “project butter” and Google Now, the search engine giant’s new platform that competes with Siri of Apple.
Speaking of Apple, critics consider the iPad 4 as a “minor upgrade” from the iPad 3. The tablet computer features the company’s lightning dock port, the smaller port that rivals USB. The device also features the new A6X chip. According to Apple, the new chip found on the iPad 4 offers “twice the graphics performance without sacrificing battery life.”
Compared to the Apple iOS ecosystem, Google’s tablet PC market is still smaller, but is arguably expanding faster. The Google Play Store recently added movies, TV shows, books, magazines and music services, apart from expanding applications. Some apps are already updated to take advantage of the Nexus 10 and other Android tablet computers’ larger display.