Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4

Just in time for the holidays, two of the hottest tablets on the scene right now, the Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad 4, are undoubtedly vying for supremacy in the highly competitive tablet market. Surely, it’s going to be a battle for the ages with these two titans...
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12. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

King nexus

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I wonder of the zombies in America realize that there are tablets available that are cheaper and better than an iPad...

16. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nexus 10 is awesome...with exynos5 its very powerful...only its gpu is less powerful than ipad4's...SGX554 is more powerful than Mali-604. Probably Mali-658 will be able to outpace SGX554.

20. oister85

Posts: 512; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

No don't even bother I pad is the only one that exist here

21. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I own a nexus 10 and its awesome !!!

22. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Nexus display win : more natural yet crisper display.(am sayin coz i have one) Nexus battery win: better battery life than ipad4 Nexus/Android big win vs stale ios Over nexus 10 is amazing, i bought it 2 weeks ago and am just lovin it... Just hope it did LTE though...

23. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012 As for me, since I already got a GS3 with JB, I bought myself an iPad. Variety is the spice of life, unless you're a iSheep or Fandroid.

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

GREAT REVIEW!...........Great review, and it seems only a matter of time before android wipes apple of every excuse for NOT buying anything other than android...... Heres to the Nexus :)

43. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

You can get a nexus 10 and wait 2 years to get half of the ipad's tablet optimized apps, or you can get the iPad, and enjoy it ;)

27. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Android on a tablet is just CRAP : unoptimized apps for nor the screen size or the resolution, wasted space, dropped frames, even the very few optimized apps look like crap compared to the android version. twitter or facebook are just examples. Also the screen resolution makes apps have tiny buttons or gaves have tiny controls like angry birds that needs a stylus to press on play and a magnifier to view the score. the 16/10 aspect ratio isn't great : In landscape it's too wide, in portrait it's too tall and narrow, just weird. And yeah it's great to have a better resolution than the ipad but it's not the only thing : saturation, brightness, contrast are better on the ipad, also it's got a flickering issue ( and i have proof ) : And let's not forget samsung's legendary build quality : . So yeah i agree that android is GREAT on phones, infact i LOVE the Nexus 4. But if you want a tablet, the iPad is the way to go : it looks better, it performs alot better,it's got better graphics, it's got 275K+ apps optimized for it's screen and most of them for it's retina display, it's built better, it's got up to 64Gb of storage and LTE, and it's amazing for gaming thanks to what developer have done or media consumption thaks to it's rich app, itunes, ibooks stores... the nexus 10 is cheap, ugly, unoptimized, sluggish... In short : the iPad 4 is ALOT better!

53. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Optimized apps on Ios are more-though there are more for XGA res. than this retina one Also android apps scale better on tabs-even WVGA ones work on my friends device eith 1280*800 resolution(1/4th of nexus here, but still now we have FHD screens on phones too!) I don't know how you got this wierd idea about aspect ratios, maybe we have to wait till Apple themselves get this(like they did for the iPhone lol!) LTE I dont know why you require that on your tablet Btw the majority of the world still doesn't have that in their respective countries Developers are obviously more for android, and they produce equal/better apps at cheaper price(Vice City was released recently for most platforms, noticed the price difference?) Build quality seems to be a matter of personal taste-i for one liked the S3's design over the One series(though the Xperia range trumps both!) In short : the Nexus 10 is ALOT better!

28. truckdriver

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

I definitely give the win to the nexus 10, but in my friend has the nexus 10 and in my opinion it lacks a nice sleek design. This may not be a problem for you, but it is for me. Otherwise I would definitely recommend the nexus 10


Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 2012

I found myself disagreeing with something. 2 things actually. If I'm not mistaken, the front facing camera on the Nexus 10 is a 1.9MP shooter, you liars. Also, the screen is not a 16:9 aspect ratio, it is a 8:5 aspect ratio. Get your specs straight. Just compare it to a device that actually has a 16:9 aspect ratio -- the Microsoft Surface, and realize how wrong you are.

32. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

AS I quote you here "Even though they’re capable of playing high definition videos without a single hiccup, the 16:9 aspect ratio of the Nexus 10 display makes it the more ideal candidate – even more when there’s some conversion needed to get 1080p videos onto the iPad 4." Now try reading a news article or a book with a 16:9 aspect screen and see just how difficult it can be over the Ipad 4. Also check those true colors with a collimator between the 2 and I'd be willing to bet the Iapd 4 colors are more accurate. Next how about trying to check the edges of letters and see which is less jagged or pixled. I'm sure both tablets are great but each has the strong points and each has there weak points. The largest weak point with android tablets are the apps, I'm unsure what apple did to keep aspect ratios the same from the Iphone to the Ipad but what ever they did it just works. I waited on Google to release there tablet in stores but they didn't so on Black Friday I bought the Ipad 4 and no I'm not an Apple fan but they do have a few things they did do right and coming from the xoom there's just no comparison between the two tablets.

33. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Again, let me point out the "BIAS" : Where is the MS Surface tablet in this comparison ??

37. AlexWII

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

Ipad4 is (today) the best choice... Ok for $100 less you can have a "similar" powerfull tablet... but without optimized applications... So you will have to wait one or two years before Android apps on tablet catch up IOS tablets applications... mean that in two years your Nexus 10 will be totally obsolete !!! So if you want to buy a tablet for using it NOW... pay a (little) more and buy an IPAD4... If you want to buy a tablet cheaper than the Ipad4 just for saying.. hey i have a cheaper tablet than iPad with same technical capabilities... you will be wrong because you will have a nice / powerfull tablet... but without good apps... Mean that you will finnaly pay a lot. The Ipad4 is today simply the best tablet (regarding technical capabilities and applications).

39. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

build quality and design = ipad 4 the rest = nexus 10 all the way

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm actually partial to the Nexus 10 in terms of design/build. Yes, the iPad does use quality metal, but it's a bit too slippery for my tastes, I rather enjoy the grip of the Nexus 10. Also, the iPad is too blocky and feels kind of awkward to me, while I like the curves of the Nexus 10. That's just my opinion though.

42. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

How about tablet optimized apps??? LTE ??? Faster GPU and better gaming??? 64 GB of storage ??? Rich multimedia stores ( itunes, ibooks...)??? Check your facts before posting...

47. versechoruscurse

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

Tablet optimized apps. Fair enough. LTE? Fair enough. Faster GPU - Show me a benchmark, otherwise no dice. 64GB of storage. Can iPad do USB OTG? This is a major win for Android. Rich multimedia stores. I've had no issue with Google Play. You should really take a look at the competition before posting.

55. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Faster GPU : check anandtech 64 GB of storage : the nexus 10 requires root for using USB OTG, and can you install apps on it??? Rich multimedia stores : it's a fact : have you seen an artist saying a song is " available on google play "??? iTunes has been there for a while and has more content worldwide, unlike google play witch is already limited in the US, while in olther countries they don't even have Play Movies & Tv shows and barely got Play Music...

45. tggoulart

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

i like more the ipad 4 because the optimized ipad apps

46. eddo85

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

i really would love to see this super high resolution on a nexus 7 :)

54. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Nexus 7+?

48. creampiër

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I love girls

49. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Is the aspect ratio of Nexus 10 really 16:9? If it is, that's great since I watch movies and youtube on my tablet most of the time, if not surfing the net. Does it support USB OTG? And lastly, does it support .wmv, .avi, and .mts video formats as well as SRT files for subtitle? I love watching movies in my Note2 with subtitles. Please answer anyone, if it does, I'm going to buy it over iPad4 even if in my country, they costs the same($500).

56. LanaAdorable73

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

I NEED HELP!!!! What should i pick nexus 10 or apple ipad 4 i don't know which o to choose ;((((

57. Dylanator

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

It was a good review but I feel there were some things that are off... First off you wrote that both devices have a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.. But actually the Nexus 10 has a 1.9 megapixel camera.. Secondly, you mentioned the lightning connector on the iPad and compared it with the micro USB slot on the Nexus 10, but that is misleading because you have left out the pogo connector on the Nexus 10 which is supposed to charge much faster than the USB connector.... Thanks for the review Richard (commenting via Nexus 10)

59. nrupesh

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Nexus 10 has 1.9mp front camera and iPad 4 has 1.3mp.

60. rzfoxify

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

so you say thAt nexus 10 has a better battery results and that the ipad can work only one day of normal usage by single charge, but how my ipad live with 30-35% all warking day? it's so lool, ipad is very very and very survivable and has a batter battery life then nexus 10

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