Hands-on with two-thirds of the new Nexus family

NEXUS 4 smart phone
NEXUS 4 smart phone
NEXUS 10 tablet
NEXUS 10 tablet
Sharx Security SCNC2700W indoor WiFi IP camera
Sharx Security SCNC2700W indoor WiFi IP camera
Sharx Security SCNC3605 outdoor WiFi IP camera
Sharx Security SCNC3605 outdoor WiFi IP camera

Google's answer to the Apple iPhone 5 is the Nexus 4 smart phone, which is built for Google by LG. It has a quad-core processor, a crisp 4.7" (320 ppi) display, 8MP camera, and wireless charging.

The unit also features the latest version of Android 4.2 ("Jelly Bean"), and an onboard camera that includes Photo Sphere, which lets you create a stunning 360-degree experience by taking shots up, down, and every other direction.

Android 4.2 also includes features like Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type. It also adds support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on your Miracast-compatible HDTV.

The 16GB version of the Nexus 4 is available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract. The handset is also available unlocked and without a contract on the Google Play Store. If you want to use the phone with AT&T, the price is $299 for 8GB for $349 for 16GB.

The Nexus 4, unfortunately, currently does not support 4G LTE on AT&T, nor is it compatible with Verizon Wireless or Sprint's networks. The unit is dazzlingly good Android phone, but in major metropolitan areas, owning one means you will be stuck in the slow lane. For more information, visit Google.com.

The Nexus 10 tablet, built by Samsung, is Google's answer to the 4th generation Apple iPad.

Forget the iPad's Retina display. Google claims the Nexus 10 tablet has the highest resolution tablet on the planet with a 10.055" display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi). The new tablet also features a rear-facing camera with flash and a powerful battery that will furnish up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.

What makes Nexus 10 truly unique, however, is the fact that it is the first truly shareable tablet. With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen. Family members can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores. T

The Nexus 10 tablet is available in the Google Play Store in the U.S. The 16GB model lists for $399. The 32GB model sells for $499, and rumor has it that you will soon be able to purchase the 32GB version at more than 2,000 Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. For more information, visit Google.com.

A pair of first-class IP cameras, built by engineers, not marketers

Sharx Security makes wireless IP cameras that have the ability to display live streaming video on computers as well as smart phones. Cameras like there are awesome for baby-monitoring or keeping a watchful eye on jobsites, weekend camps, or pets.

The VIPcella series' "moonlight mode" color night vision produces high-quality video at night with minimal lighting. The camera also has a powerful automatic infrared light source for black and white night vision in total darkness.

The cameras have both wired and wireless network connectivity. Each is completely self-contained with its own built-in Web server that can be accessed via the Internet without requiring third party Web sites or paid subscriptions.

Access from outside the home network requires Internet service. Otherwise, all that's needed is a wired or wireless router. Automatic setup for remote viewing requires a recent model router with the UPnP feature.

The SCNC2700W indoor WiFi or wired Ethernet model includes a motion detection DVR, audio and night vision up to 20 feet in total darkness. The camera is available in white or black and has an MSRP of $399.95. If you order during the holidays, the price is only $299.95.

The SCNC3605 outdoor WiFi or wired Ethernet model is weatherproof and also includes motion detection DVR, audio and infrared night vision up to 45 ft. in absolute darkness. The camera lists for $499.95, but if you order during the holidays, the price is only $399.95.

Both cameras function as standalone DVRs for motion detection or continuous video using a MicroSD memory card (included with the SCNC3605). Recording time ranges from 1 hour/GB to almost 100 hours/GB based on selected video quality.

I stumbled on these cameras while reading online reviews for a competing product. Purchasers of Sharx Security IP cameras were so pleased, so satisfied, that I had to see for myself. It's clear from Page 1 of the owner's manual that this is a company run by engineers, not marketing types. The setup information is thorough, yet surprisingly easy to follow.

Both cameras come with 30 days unlimited free email tech support and up to 30 minutes of free telephone support during the first 30 days after purchase. The tech support staff promptly answers emails, follows-up, and provides unbelievably useful information. If you are looking for first-rate IP cameras, look no further. For more information, visit SharxSecurity.com.