iPad 4 vs. Nexus 10: Specs Shootout

On Monday, Google unveiled the larger version of the Nexus 7 tablet – the Nexus 10 to compete with Apple’s full-sized iPad, which has been dominating the larger tablet market.

The Nexus 10 comes with a stunning 10.055-inch display with 2560-by-1600 resolution,  a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor with 2GB RAM, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and lots more.

Google has also priced the Nexus 10 aggressively, the 16GB Google Nexus 10 is available for $399 and the 32GB model for $499, which makes it $100 cheaper than the iPad 4.

Apple seems to have preempted the move by launching the 4th generation iPad last week, which is essentially a tweaked version of the 3rd generation iPad, which comes with a faster 1.4 GHz A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, expanded 4G LTE support and the new Lightning port.

So how does Google’s Nexus 10 stack up against Apple’s iPad 4, which currently has more than 50% of the market share?

Here’s a comparison chart where we have compared the hardware specifications of Nexus 10 with Apple’s iPad.

iPad 4 vs Nexus 10: Specs Shootout

So if you were to forget about the operating system, ecosystem and user experience and go purely based on the tech specs, which one will you buy?

Update:

Comparison table updated to include the pricing details of 4th generation iPad Wi-Fi+Cellular models and also clarify that GPS is available only on the Wi-Fi+Cellular model in case of the iPad. Thanks everyone for the feedback.

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  • Rob

    How is this even a comparison? iPad 4 falls short on almost everything

    • barondebxl

      Lol i see you what youre saying but they are both great. But the nexus 10 is definitely the winner, those specs starting at 399? A no brainer for a smart person.

    • Private Joe

      Spec is not everything. Let say you have 2 computers to choose from, one computer comes with 2.4 dual-cores Core i5, AMD 6870HD GPU running Windows 7 and the other one comes with 2.6 Quad-cores Core i7, Integrate GPU(Intel 3000HD) running Windows Vista. Let’s assume you won’t be able to upgrade any of the hardwares, which one would you choose?

      • DylzEn

        Most fandroids don’t seem to get this.

      • Krastan Dimitrov

        Great example

  • http://www.facebook.com/AJNicho Andy Nicholson

    The Nexus probably..

    And, taking everthing in to account and as much as I want to go for the Nexus, I think they’ve missed a trick with the design. I much prefer Android’s operatin system compared to iOS but I just wish there would be some more native apps rather than upscaled crap

  • Matt

    The real question to me is, why do specs matter?

    I bet if you used either one of them you wouldn’t notice much of a difference aside from the OS experience provided.

    I don’t know why people make such a big deal over differences that are almost negligible. RAM is about the only significant difference I see, and I doubt the average user would notice. I also think that Apple’s OS is less ram intense, but that might be completely inaccurate now.

    To me, the difference between the 2 is OS choice. The build quality of tablets lately is making the actual hardware pretty close.

    • Hmmm?

      To a certain degree is does. One benefit is future proofing. Another is decrease in load times for apps and loading pages. I actually like the advancement in hardware because it allows for development of more robust apps. Seeing as how the A15 is around 40% faster than the A9 at the same clock speed I can only imagine how powerful this chip is. And I don’t understand your last sentence

    • mkimid

      2GB RAM,
      30% more pixels on screen (apple’s method)
      And 20% higher processor speed,
      BUT $100 less even Nexus support GPS
      anyway, iPad has much lower spec than Lexus 10.
      But, Still have more apps whaich as designed for iPad.
      Anyway, Softwars for Andriod has been grown very quickly,
      It is pretty difficult to say what is better now.

      • Private Joe

        Spec is not everything. Let say you have 2 computers to choose from, one computer comes with 2.4 dual-cores Core i5, AMD 6870HD GPU running Windows 7 and the other one comes with 2.6 Quad-cores Core i7, Integrate GPU(Intel 3000HD) running Windows Vista. Let’s assume you won’t be able to upgrade any of the hardwares, which one would you choose?

  • D4

    The front and rear camera’s have been put the wrong way round…

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Thanks for pointing it out. It has been fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/max53389 Max S

    Wow if this was out before I bought my iPad 3rd gen, I would have possibly went for the nexus 10. Save myself some money.

  • skibum-za

    The ipad prices are only the wifi version. Also only the cellular version has gps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.kostis.1 Thomas Kostis

    iPad will be faster for sure. And pixels per inch won’t be noticed . Screen quality may be diff u will have to see . iPad actually has apps while android has phone apps that are pretty bad . Even for a phone they suck never mind a high res tablet . Apple fanboy alert .

  • Fahim A

    Isn’t the ipad mini sound stereo too?

  • Facts

    You should compare the iPad WiFi, the prices you have are WiFi only

    with LTE prices are different:

    16GB $629
    32GB $729
    64GB $829

    iPad WiFi is not equipped with GPS, location Services only

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Thanks for pointing it out, we’ve updated the comparison table to reflect these details.

  • getme

    iPad mini have stereo speakers not Mono

  • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

    Nexus 10 falls short on exterior design and the number of apps tailored for the large screen. The inferior industrial design is kinda acceptable for that price, but the lack of tablet apps isn’t.

  • Amar

    if you observe the nexus display at bottom, the three navigation buttons and the black broad line covers 3% of the display. so it comes to width of 6.7 inch. So you have less display and less pixels u see on the screen. I believe this nexus 10 is not that good when u r playing with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/basseyebri.asuquo Bassey Ebri Asuquo

    As far as this market is concerned, there are only two competing tablets in the world – Apple iPad (whatever version it is) and “all the other tablets” combined. There is, therefore, no basis for comparison, Apple iPads would still maintain their preeminent position in the global market place, anytime, anywhere

  • Jesse

    I agree that this tablet is much better in every way. The OS is more computer like, meaning its not just an app storage device like the ipad, the specs are far better then any ipad as well. But the problem is, app developers don’t see that quite yet. I see android going the way of Alienware computers and windows 7, perfect for games and other useful programs. But, like when bill gates got all the computer manufacturers on his side, apple has done the same for app developers. So, for now, ipad is probably your best choice. In 1, maybe even 2 years? In see google getting mw5 full version on it Play store, and getting iron man 3 long before apple