Google Nexus 10 vs iPad 4 tablet comparison review

The latest challenger to Apple's iPad has arrived in the form of Google's Nexus 10, made by Samsung. Updated on 28/01/13.

Unlike the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 is a direct competitor with the iPad and deserves one of our comparison reviews. We've spent a good deal of time testing both devices.

Google will be hoping to outdo the iPad with the Nexus 10 so here's how the two tablet heavyweights stand up to each other.

See also: Google Nexus 10 preview.

See also: iPad 4 review.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Price

After the budget friendly price of the Google Nexus 7, it's no surprise that the Nexus 10 is cheaper than the iPad.  The Nexus 10 starts at £319 for the 16GB model while the equivalent iPad costs £80 more at £399.

The price gap is slightly bigger for the 32GB models – a gap of £90 with the Nexus 10 at £389 and the iPad at £479.

Google Nexus 10 tablet

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Dimensions

The two tablets are similar in their weights and measurements. The Nexus 10 is 178 x 264mm compared to 186 x 241mm; however it is thinner at 8.9mm against 9.4mm.

If weight is important to you, and it probably is, the Nexus 10 is the lighter tablet. It weighs 603g while the iPad tips the scales at 652g.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Screen

Both these tablets offer large screens. The iPad's still the classic Apple 9.7in but the Nexus 10's is marginally bigger at 10.1in. Since its third generation, the iPad uses a 2048 x 1536 Retina quality resolution. However Google has trumped this with 2560 x 1600.

Apple iPad 4 Retina screen

When you crunch the numbers the iPad's display is impressively detailed with a pixel density of 264ppi. The Nexus 10 beats the Retina quality, though, with a whopping 300ppi.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4:  Processor and memory

With high res displays, the processor is an important element here. The iPad 4 has an Apple A6X dual-core processor with quad-core graphics. Our benchmarking app tells us that it's clocked at 1.39GHz and the test results were impressive so check out our review for more details.

Google has gone for a similar setup with an ARM Cortex A-15 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a Mali T604 GPU (up to quad-core). We haven't had the Nexus 10 in yet but look out for our review for benchmarks. On the memory side of things the Nexus 10 has twice that of the iPad 4 at 2GB.

In the GeekBench 2 test the Nexus 10 defeated the iPad 4 with a score of 2505 against 1769. However, the iPad 4 beat the Nexus 10 in our other two benchmarks.

The iPad 4 managed 854ms in the SunSpider JavaScript test while the Nexus 10 recorded a time of 1329ms.

In terms of graphics, the Nexus 10 achieved 27fps in GLBenchmark and iPad 4 reached 39fps.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Storage

Sticking with tradition, the fourth generation iPad comes in three storage capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with no expansion available via a card slot. Google has opted for just 16GB and 32GB models, also without a microSD card slot.

Apple iPad 4 camera

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Cameras

On the photography side of things the Nexus 10 and iPad 4 have a similar setup. Both have a 5Mp rear facing camera and front facing webcams. The Nexus 10 has a slightly higher rating for the front facing camera at 1.9Mp compare to 1.2Mp.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Connectivity

Connectivity on the Nexus 10 consists of 802.11b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, near-field communications (NFC). Physical ports consist of microUSB, Micro-HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack and a magnetic 'Pogo' pin charger.

Apple has fitted the iPad with 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Physical ports consist of the usual 3.5mm headphone jack and Apple's Lightning connector.

A big difference is that the iPad comes in a Wi-Fi + Cellular data model which supports 4G LTE connectivity in the UK.

Google Nexus 10 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Software

Software is an area where these tablets distinctly vary. The iPad runs on Apple's own iOS and the Nexus 10 tablet runs Google's latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean.

See also: iOS 6 review.

See also: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean FAQ: What you need to know.

Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4: Battery

The iPad 4 has a 42.5Wh rated battery compared to 33.3Wh on the Nexus 10. Apple promises the usual 10 hour battery life when browsing the web over Wi-Fi. Although Google hasn't specified a battery life, The Telegraph reports a slightly lower figure of nine hours.

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Google Nexus 10: Specs

  • Screen: 10.1in diagonal, 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution (300ppi), WQXGA, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Memory: 16GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less), 2GB RAM
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • CPU/GPU: CPU: Dual-core A15
  • GPU: Mali T604
  • Cameras: 5Mp (main), 1.9Mp (front)
  • Battery: 9000 mAh Lithium polymer
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, Magnetic Pogo pin charger, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam)
  • Size: 264 x 178 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 603g
  • Screen: 10.1in diagonal, 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution (300ppi), WQXGA, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Memory: 16GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less), 2GB RAM
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • CPU/GPU: CPU: Dual-core A15
  • GPU: Mali T604
  • Cameras: 5Mp (main), 1.9Mp (front)
  • Battery: 9000 mAh Lithium polymer
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, Magnetic Pogo pin charger, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam)
  • Size: 264 x 178 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 603g

OUR VERDICT

The iPad 4 and Nexus 10 are similar tablets with large high res screens. Key differences include the price, storage options, connectivty and software.

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