Is The Nexus 10 Better Than The Fourth Generation iPad?

    October 30, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Apple fired a shot across Google’s bow last week with the reveal of the iPad Mini. The company even went as far as directly comparing its new mini-tablet to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. Google fired right back on Monday with the Nexus 10, a new 10-inch tablet that just might beat the recently upgraded fourth generation iPad at its own game.

Droid Life created a handy comparison chart between the two devices that stacks up each device’s respective specs side-by-side. There are some differences that shoppers will need to take into account as we head into the holiday shopping season.

Nexus 10 Better Than Retina Display iPad

Let’s start with the Nexus 10’s main selling point – the display. The Nexus 10 has a resolution of 2560×1600 which puts it a hair above the iPad’s 2048×1536 retina display. Both displays are going to look gorgeous no matter how you look at it. Android and Apple fans will tell you one is better than the other for a variety of reasons, but know that you’re getting a quality display out of either device.

Beyond display, performance is where things really matter. The new iPad features an A6X dual-core processor that Apple claims is twice as fast as the A5X that powered the third generation iPad. The Nexus 10 is powered by Samsung’s top of the line Exynos 5 A15 processor. Both of these processors are extremely powerful, but we’ll have to wait until benchmark tests come out to declare a definitive winner.

For now, many iPad games and other applications may run better since they are built specifically for the iPad. A lot of Android apps are built specifically for smartphones and upscaled for tablets. Google needs to get Android developers to start making apps specifically for tablets if they want to compete on a fair level with the iPad.

Everything else is pretty similar across both tablets except for price and network abilities. The Nexus 10 will only have a Wi-Fi option at launch whereas the fourth generation iPad can take advantage of LTE networks for mobile communications. Of course, going the LTE route jacks up the iPad price to $629 for the 16GB model.

Going with Wi-Fi alone, the Nexus 10 also presents the better deal. A 16GB Nexus 10 will run you $399 whereas the Wi-Fi 16GB fourth generation iPad costs $499. At that price, you could get the 32GB Nexus 10.

Chances are you’re going to be shopping for a tablet this holiday season. As far as 10-inch tablets go, the iPad 4 and Nexus 10 are the best you can get. You can’t go wrong with either one. It’s either going to come down to price or the quality of apps when deciding between the two. Go with the Nexus 10 if you want a cheaper tablet that has the potential to outperform the fourth generation iPad. On the other hand, you should go with the iPad if you want a large collection of apps that are built with the retina display in mind.

  • Jake

    apps built for ICS forward on Android run the same despite screen size. That was a big push when ICS was introduced. Making it easier for developers to build one app and not the supposed “upscale” Apple fanbois and fanboi tech writers like to say. I think that point is void for the most part now.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      That’s true, but I think apps built specifically for iPad outshine their counterparts on Android. It’s not a deal breaker in my book, but I’m sure some consumers will care about it while shopping for gifts.

  • Buckus Toothnail

    Hilariously off-base and biased article for Apple.

    The Nexus 10 display not only has a MUCH sharper and clearer screen than the iPad 4, with 300 pixels per inch compared to the iPad 4’s 264, it also has 30% MORE RESOLUTION.

    How can the Nexus 10 having about almost a THIRD more resolution than the iPad 4 be considered “a hair above”?

    Either this “writer” is he is on the take from Apple, has been dictated to by his bosses taking Apple advertising money, or is plainly and woefully inept. Sadly, I suspect probably all three.

    Another important detail that this “writer” not only didn’t just gloss over but completely failed to MENTION is that the Nexus 10 has DOUBLE the amount of RAM of the iPad 4.

    The Nexus 10 has 2GB of RAM compared to the iPad 4’s measly 1GB. This makes a WORLD of difference on how fast apps will run on each tablet. To fail to mention this important point while writing a “comparison” article is more than pathetic to say the least.

    Also, the whole “Android is fragmented” and “Apple has more apps” argument is so dated and debunked that even the most ignorant Apple fanboys has stopped making it, except obviously for “Johnny come lately” here.

    Apple may have “more apps” if you count the thousands of junk apps that were launched with the first iPad that no one has downloaded for years now, but if we’re talking about current apps that people actually USE, Android is easily on par with IOS if not exceed it.

    Fact is, more people are using Android than IOS. You really expect anyone to believe that any first-rate developers would develop solely for IOS and ignore the larger Android market? Give me a break! The more you make these outrageous claims the more you out yourself as biased and clueless “writer”.

    Not surprisingly, this entire “article” is junk, written by someone that doesn’t have a clue about computing, tablets or anything else. If someone is reading this article actually looking for a honest and factual comparison, it’s best to look elsewhere and in legitimate publications.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      It was never my intention to have bias towards any one company. Even more, I have always been an Android user and never once owned an Apple product.

      You are right about the RAM. That was an oversight on my part, but I did have my reasons. The Nexus 10 will be more than capable of running any and all apps thanks to its increased RAM, but will it really make a difference when most Android apps are built for lesser machines as well. The app might run faster, but it will not have any remarkable improvement over any other device running the same app. Apps built specifically for the Nexus 10, however, will probably look and perform amazingly well.

      As for Android vs. iOS development, developers are only now starting to developer for Android in earnest. For the longest time, Google was nowhere near as good at monetizing the Google Play platform. It’s getting better and the Nexus 10 will have plenty of apps available for those who go that route.

      I will say that I wish Apple was paying me to write nice things about Android, but that might be counter intuitive to their business interests.

      In the end, I tried to say that both products are equally worthy of your purchase. Most will only buy one and I tried to lay out exactly what you would be getting from each one. I will either be getting a Nexus 7 or 10 this year, but I don’t think somebody going for the iPad will get anything less out of the experience.

      • Mike

        First of all, I’m an Android fan but also a fan of great hardware. Zach, nice response to a nut-job poster named Buckus. Try to have an open mind Buckus. See the positives of both sides even if Apple is a bunch of pretentious d-bags.

        I agree that the extra gig of RAM is nice to have but will probably not provide much improvement in real world use. Like Zach says, the apps won’t individually take advantage of the RAM because devs simple can’t design their apps to and even if they could, they won’t. Buckus is exaggerating a lot regarding the RAM…and the screen resolution. Ah yes, the screens on these tablets! The clarity on both screens is great and I’m sure you won’t be able to distinguish between pixels on either one. We already know this about the iPad. There seriously will only be a slight hair of a difference between them unless you hold the tablet absurdly close to your face.

        When Buckus says more people are using Android than iOS, I believe this is very false when we’re talking about tablets, especially if you categorize the e-readers as such and not as tablets (especially the newer ones that appear to be very hard to root & rom).

        As far as apps, yes most new apps come out for both OS’s but a lot of them do rather suck on high-def Android tablets (like my recently sold TF700 1920×1200), while their counter-parts on iOS were obviously designed with the iPad 3’s resolution in mind. It’s unfortunate really because I really wanted to love my Transformer Infinity.

        So no, Buckus, Zach’s article was not hilarious, or off-base, or bias towards Apple. It was unbias, smart, brief, and honest. Your reply to it, however, was riddled with exaggerations and poor grammar. And you were bitching about stuff that Zach didn’t even talk about like the fragmented OS versions (which only Android newbs suffered from because they were too scared to root and rom their phones/tablets) and Apple having more apps (which they actually do, but that’s besides the point).

        Buckus, please flame elsewhere. Your bias towards Android is bordering on obsession from the looks of it.

  • Mike

    I am also trying to be unbias with Apple & Android. I have denounced Apple for years because of their locked-down dumbed-down approach to everything. While that is a great strategy for the masses of non-techies (females, old people, rednecks, hipsters), it is maddening for people like me. Jailbreak provides relief from some of the walled garden that “is there for your own protection”. Apple does have great hardware, so it’s hard to not want to buy their stuff. However, I have managed to stick with Android since the OG Droid. I got my Galaxy Nexus within the first 5 minutes of its release and have loved it. Android is superior for a phone OS.

    With that being said…I just sold my ASUS TF700T because the apps just aren’t that well-made for high-res tablets. Plus, apps that force you to use portrait mode aren’t so hot when you’re docked all the time with the sweet-ass ASUS dock. I went to the dark side and ordered an iPad 4 figuring it would be the best hardware on the block for awhile at least. Then the Nexus 10 was announced with the A15 chip. I am pretty sure it will beat the iPad 4 in some CPU tests and the Mali 604 will probably best the A6X GPU in some tests. However, the apps are just better on iOS, which saddens me to admit. As long as jailbreak comes out for the iPad 4 in the near future, I’m sure I’ll keep the iPad 4. I see they’ve jailbroken iOS6 already, tethered-mode, so that gives me hope. Maybe next holiday season, there will be a stronger coalition of devs that design Android apps with 2560×1600 in mind. In the mean time, I will be enjoying my iPad 4 even if I have to free it from the shackles that bind it (and me).

    ps. You know what would be cool? If Apple released a version of the iPad/iPhone that let you customize things like the keyboard and desktop and add widgets, but offer zero support on the device. Maybe they could cut $50 off the price too since they wouldn’t have to support it. Pffft, what am I saying? That will never happen…

  • micky

    End of the day, the value of a tablet should not be based on just the hardware spec. It is the combination of the hardware, OS, and the applications. Microsoft won the battle for PC era when Apple had better OS and hardware. So end of the day, what averaged consumer perceive is the usage of the device. How many apps, and games are available on the tablet.

    Google’s decision on giving out OS for free helped them getting good diversity of the hardware in the market. However, it also hurts them because of hardware fragmentation. It is simply unmanageable for app developers to test their applications on these devices when resolution and hardware capability are all different. Not until the day that Android settle on standard hardware like the PC world (INTEL/AMD) and standard LCD resolution, consumers on Android will suffer. Also, the app developed for these platform will be sub-optimal.

  • stevepyrate

    Sometimes I throw up.