The little reply is ‘no’. In fact, the 10-Inch Nexus hasn’t sold well whatsoever, by most accounts. It even sold less than the Microsoft Surface, a product thought by most industry observers to symbolize a considerable business disappointment.
Google haven’t confirmed any certified sales figures, but an analyst named Benedict Evans has extrapolated traffic data from Google Play and surmised that Nexus 10 UK revenues has been, at best, modest.
Stephen Schenck of tech website Pocketnow.com, analysed these findings in a recent blog, concluding that,
“The estimate rests on the Nexus 10′s unusual 2560 x 1600 resolution, giving it a screen size described by the OS as “xlarge” and a pixel density of “xhdpi”. Now, while Google hasn’t shared sales figures, it does reveal some Play Store statistics, and those mention that “xlarge xhdpi” devices – namely, Nexus 10s – account for 0.1% of total visits. Crunching that against current estimates for active Android devices in operation, and we’re looking at something like 680,000 Nexus 10 tablets in circulation”.
Any way you consider it, this can be a trivial purchaser response in comparison to the mighty sales accomplishment of the Nexus 7. However, Schenck goes on to say.
“There’s a lot of rounding and estimation there, and the real number could easily be closer to one million, but given that the Nexus 10 has been up for sale for five months now, it doesn’t sound like the tablet is any kind of runaway success. Could the Nexus 10 be the victim of under-promotion, or is the Nexus 7 just that much more compelling for many users?”
So what about the Google nexus 7? According to Brad Reed at BGR News, there are 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablets currently in use. That is a huge difference in sales when compared to the Nexus 10’s 680,000 models.
Despite the feeble sales, the Google nexus 10 was actually regarded thoughtfully by reviewers, while several criticized the display (in comparison with the Retina Display) and the apparent lack of decent apps that weren’t ‘stretched out’ versions of Android phone apps, most reviewers were actually rather cooperative. So, aside from the reasons already shown at this juncture, I’d be tempted to advise that Nexus consumers purely like better the smaller version. Perhaps Android is better fitting to 7 inch tablets?
Vincent Chang, of CNet’s Asian website, put forward a reasonable hypothesis last month.
“They are more affordable than models with larger screens. These smaller, lightweight tablets can also be held easily with one hand. Even Apple has a smaller version of its iPad, despite Steve Jobs’ dismissal of 7-inch tablets in 2010. Of course, the official word from Cupertino is that the 7.9-inch iPad mini is not the same as a 7-inch tablet”.
For my part, I think he is certainly onto something. Regardless of the motives following this Google nexus 10 sales fall, the answer to your title is subject to absolutely no doubt.
The Google nexus 10 hasn’t been anywhere near as victorious as its 7″ cousin.