The Asus Zenpad Z10 is a great midrange tablet that takes a lot of the great features of the older Z8, tweaks them slightly, and polishes it on a larger screen. The two tablets are incredibly similar, so feel free to check out my review of the Zenpad Z8 tablet if I miss anything here. The Z8 is also a smaller, cheaper variant for people who want a tablet that's more portable and easier to use.
Thinking of purchasing an Asus ZenPad Z10? Let's take a closer look at some of the key features.
From the outside, the Asus ZenPad Z10 looks quite similar to the Z8. Much of the design language is similar to that of the most recent iPads, from the camera placement to the choice in navigation. The 9.7" screen is a perfect size, however, and with the svelte metal body, the Z10 is an absolute joy to use. It's heftier compared to most tablets at this size, but that's primarily due to the larger battery and sturdier shell. It only comes in one color though, which is disappointing. For some fashion, consider slipping on a tablet cover.
The display is easily one of the best features of this device. The colors are amazing and the contrast is spectacular, regardless of the brightness level. The resolution comes in at 2048 x 1536, which is just a tad above 2K, and sports a 178° viewing angle.
Under the hood, the Asus ZenPad Z10 is zippy and quick. The hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor makes excellent work of any task, game, or video, and from what I experienced nothing gave this tablet a stutter or hiccup. The 3GB of RAM is okay for a smartphone but rather underwhelming on a tablet. Regardless, navigating the UI is smooth.
Tablet cameras across the spectrum are generally pretty bad and mostly tacked on as an afterthought. The rear facing camera is alright, but photos come in oversaturated with inaccurate colors. The 5MP front camera takes decent selfies, however, it suffers from much of the same problems as the rear camera with additional problems.
Another major issue is the software. Running the incredibly outdated Android KitKat with the heavy ZenUI skin on top, several questionable decisions have been made. Android veterans might find some confusion here, as certain features and settings have been moved, changed, or gotten rid of.