We continue our Nexus 10 review with a look at the cameras, software and battery life.

Google Nexus 10 review: Cameras

If you don't mind looking a bit odd when taking photos with a 10in slab of glass and plastic then the Nexus 10 has a good-quality 5Mp rear facing camera with an LED flash. It can shoot video footage up to full HD 1080p quality.

There are a few simple settings within the camera app like exposure and white balance but you can go to town afterwards. The built-in editing software allows you to crop and tweak photos plus add Instagram style filters and frames. Like the Nexus 4, there is the new Photo Sphere mode for 360 degree panoramas.

The front facing camera can take still photos at 1.9Mp or shoot at up to 720p for tasks like video calling. It provides the kind of high-quality image you'd expect from a top-end tablet.

Google Nexus 10 review: Software

In the Android world, a Nexus device is a sure fire way to get Google's latest operating system. It also means you're top of the list for updates when future versions are released. This makes the Nexus 10 more attractive than other Android tablets.

See also: Add Flash to Android.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the latest version of the OS and the Nexus 10 has the pure vanilla experience which Google intended. Ie. Without the clutter and bloatware which other manufacturers can so often add on.

The user interface is fluid and has the familiar set of homescreens, permanent Google search bar and customisable app tray. You can setup the Nexus 10 how you like with app shortcuts, widgets and wallpapers.

Since Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there have been features such as expandable and actionable notifications, offline dictation and Google Now. These are all present in version 4.2, of course, and Google Now has new information cards like package tracking and hotel bookings.

Google Now on Nexus 10

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has a few new features, some especially handy for tablet users. The best is being able to have multiple users on one tablet. You can easily switch between accounts without having to log out and log in. Each has their own apps, widgets, wallpaper and layout.

The interface now has two pull down bars – swipe downwards from the left hand side of the screen and you get the regular notification bar, swipe from the right and you get a new quick settings bar.

Certain widgets can now be displayed on the lockscreen in a rotating carousel. This gets you information such as new emails and your calendar quickly but at the cost of anyone being able to view the content without needing to unlock the tablet.

A real boon of a feature is gesture typing on the keyboard. This means you can swipe around the keyboard with one continuous gesture for each word you type, spaces are added automatically. It's much easier and faster than typing on the large keyboard with one hand. Alternatively you can use voice dictation.

It's not all plain sailing, though. Previous versions of Android for tablets have displayed the navigation buttons – home, back and recent apps- in the bottom left of the screen and notifications in the bottom right. However, 4.2 shows the navigation buttons centralised at the bottom of the screen with no option to move them anywhere else.

Google Nexus 10 review: Battery life

The Nexus 10 has a 33.3Wh (9000mAh) battery which promises up to nine hours of continuous video playback. We've found the battery life to be outstanding, similar to that of the iPad.

With general every now and then use, the Nexus 10 will last at least a few days if not a week or two. Of, course if you use it solidly then you're going to need to charge it much soon. The point is, that device offers the kind of good battery life that you would expect from the high-end tablet.

Our colleague, JR Raphael from Computerworld US said: "I found the tablet's stamina to be top-notch; even with moderate to heavy use, I was often able to go a solid few days between charges."

On the next two pages, you can read JR's review of the Nexus 10.