There’s an acrid battle ensuing between Apple and Android users regarding which 10-inch tablet rules the roost: The iPad 4 or Google’s flagship Nexus 10. Here’s a feature-by-feature analysis of the two main protagonists:
Looks and Construction
The Google Nexus 10 is a neatly constructed tablet employing high-quality plastic and exuding a nice all-black look. The tablet sports a portable 10.39 by 6.99 by 0.35-inch frame and bears a 1.3-pound carrying weight. Key external controls comprise a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port, front-facing camera, rear camera, headphone jack, light sensor, and a magnetic Pogo Pin charging port.
The iPad 4, inarguably, steals the honors in the design department. Its polished aluminum chassis, the color scheme, the robust build, the seamless integration between the screen and the casing, the tactile feel of its physical buttons – all radiate class and finesse. The tablet is boosted with the addition of the patented Lightning connector but is hindered by the absence of a dedicated HDMI port. The device is also a shade heavier at 1.45 pounds.
The Nexus’ 10.1-inch display is the tablet’s standout feature: an extremely advanced Super PLS TFT touch display with an amazingly clear 2560 by 1600-pixel resolution. Besides, the screen embeds a high screen density of 299 pixels per inch screen density and carries a 16:9 widescreen attribute. The result is supremely lucid visuals, vibrant hues, and enviable detailing.
The iPad decidedly relinquishes its hitherto-held display superiority. But you still get a significantly vivid 9.7-inch IPS Retina screen sporting a 2048 by 1536-pixel resolution along with an impressive screen density of 264 pixels per inch.
Operating System and Convenience
The Nexus 10 embeds Android’s freshest Jelly Bean (4.2) interface that is exceptionally quick, intelligent, and comes with numerous novel facets like gesture-based typing, Miracast connectivity, rapid settings control, High Dynamic Range (HDR) functionality, lockable screen widgets, enhanced Gmail, Google Now, and exhaustive camera controls. Connectivity merits include an enhanced Chrome browser and NFC options while demerits include the lack of 3G and LTE, which the iPad provides.
The iPad 4 ships with Apple’s latest iOS 6 that lacks the sheer comprehensiveness of Jelly Bean but is markedly easier to operate with given its simplicity and intuitiveness. Moreover, the iPad beats the Nexus in the area of tablet-specific apps thanks to Apple’s exhaustive online resources.
Hardware and Battery
The Nexus 10 comes with a 1.7 GHz dual-core ARM Exynos Cortex (A15) CPU, a Mali (T604) GPU, and 2GB RAM rendering swift operations and smooth multitasking. Internal storage choices cover 16GB and 32GB options but there is no external memory provision. The tablet contains a powerful 9000-mAh-rated battery that can sustain 9 hours of video watching.
The iPad 4 embeds a 1.4 GHz dual-core (A6X) processor and a RAM of 1GB making the device as adept as its rival. Here too there is no external memory on offer but the internal memory tops out at 64GB. The battery life, however, is weaker than that of the Nexus.
Cameras and Music
Both tablets feature commendable 5-megapixel rear cameras with a host of facets. The Nexus offers an LED flash and enhanced photo options like the 360-degree function – but loses out to the iPad’s more lucid and detailed imaging ability as also in the sphere of camera noise. The iPad also wins in its capability to engender 1080p video clips. The music players on both devices are equally proficient.
The Nexus 10 is around $100 cheaper than its rival but – ultimately – it’s up to you to decide which the better device is.