Nexus 10 vs. iPad 4 – Price, Features and Specifications Comparison

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The Nexus 10 and iPad 4 are among the latest and top rated tablets, by their manufacturers Google and Apple, respectively.

They were both released around the same time, with their availability being officially declared in October 2012. As with all other Nexus and Apple devices, the iPad 4 tablet is being sold at a considerably higher price than the Nexus 10 tablet. You can check out some similarities and differences in the two much sought after tablets below. Both tablets have quite a few vital features that help one tablet to score over the other.

Design, Size and Weight

Equipped with a solid feel, the Nexus 10 features a plastic casing with rounded corners and more elongated, which makes it more comfortable to use in the horizontal position. On the other hand, just like other products by Apple, the iPad 4 has an anodized aluminum casing with a satin feel that gives it an elegant feel. Also with respect to size, the Nexus 10 is reasonably longer than the iPad 4 but is slightly thinner and narrower. However, surprisingly the iPad 4 is more bulky than the Nexus 4.

Verdict: Undoubtedly the Nexus 10 is a better choice when compared to the iPad 4, regarding the ease of holding in the hand, owing to its light weight.

Screen Display and Dimensions

Both the Nexus 10 and iPad 4 fall in the 10-inch display category although the iPad 4 comprises a slightly smaller display at 9.7 inches. The Nexus 10 tablet of Google features a super AMOLED PLS TFT capacitive touch screen while the iPad 4 encompasses an LED backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen that incorporates retina technology. The pixel resolution and pixel density of the Nexus 10 tablet is definitely way ahead of the iPad 4 tablet. While both screen displays feature light sensors and highly responsive touch commands, the Nexus 10 screen display encompasses an oleophobic coating, as against the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 scratch resistant glass in iPad 4. Despite the fact that the Nexus 10 portrays rich colors as well as clear and sharp displays, images, text and video are more vibrant and bright in the iPad 4.

Verdict: The iPad 4 wins over the Nexus 10 with respect to the above feature due to its ability to produce better appealing and livelier displays.

CPU, System Chip, Graphics Processor and RAM

The Nexus 10 and iPad 4 encompass the dual core Exynos 5 and the dual core Apple A6X system chips respectively. The Nexus 10 also features a clocking frequency of 1.7 GHz, while that of the iPad 4 is 1.4 GHz. Also, both tablets feature different graphic processors with the Nexus 10 and iPad 4 using the PowerVR SGX 554 and ARM Mali-T604 processors respectively. The iPad 4 has double the system memory of the Nexus 10 with 2GB RAM.

Verdict: While both tablets score equal points with respect to the CPU, system chip and graphics processor; the iPad 4 gains an upper hand with respect to the system memory.


Both tablets feature a 5MP rear facing camera with common features such as autofocus and geo-tagging. The iPad 4 offers additional features like back-illuminated sensor, face detection and touch to focus while the Nexus 10 supports night mode, digital zoom and panorama. With respect to the front facing camera, the Nexus 10 has a better camera with 1.9MP when compared to the 1.2MP of iPad 4. The tablets also encompass camcorders with same resolution. However, the camcorder in iPad 4 allows for digital image stabilization while that of the Nexus 4 does not.

Verdict: The Nexus 10 and the iPad 4 rank equal when the rear facing camera feature alone is concerned, but overall the Nexus 10 emerges victorious with its slightly better front facing camera.

Operating System Software

The Nexus 10 tablet functions on Android’s Jelly Bean operating system while the iPad 4 uses iOS 6 developed by Apple. Both operating systems can be upgraded to the next levels KitKat and iOS 7 respectively.

Verdict: With both operating systems proving to render equally good performance, it is a tie between both the tablets.

Storage and Memory

With respect to internal storage, the Nexus 10 tablet is available in variations of 16GB and 32GB. However, the iPad 4 tablet is obtainable in an additional option of 64GB. Both tablets do not have provision for a memory card slot, which makes it impossible for you to expand the memory of your tablet.

Verdict: With an extra option for internal storage memory, the iPad 4 is definitely a winner over the Nexus 10.

Battery Life

Both Nexus 10 and iPad 4 encompass Li-Polymer batteries with the Nexus 10 featuring a 9,000 mAh battery as opposed to the more powerful 11,666 mAh battery of the iPad 4. When both tablets are fully charged, the Nexus 10 provided nearly nine hours of multimedia playback while the iPad 4 could be used for a slightly longer duration of ten hours. However, there was a marked difference when the tablets were used for general use such as checking e-mails, playing games, web browsing and more. Under general use, the Nexus 10 tablet works satisfactorily for a couple of days on full charge while the iPad 4 tablet can be used for an extra day.

Verdict: Needless to say, with a more powerful battery and much better backup time, the iPad 4 scores better than the Nexus 10.


The most common connectivity options such as dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5mm headjack connector are available in both the tablets. The Nexus 10 tablet has extra connectivity options such as GPS, as well as the physical micro USB and HDMI ports and a magnetic ‘Pogo’ pin charger. On the other hand, the only additional connectivity port in the iPad 4 is the standard lightning conductor by Apple.

Verdict: The Nexus 10 gains an upper hand over the iPad 4 with a few additional connectivity options.


Like their predecessors, Nexus 10 and iPad 4 come integrated with Google Play and App Store. Both Google Play and App Store have almost as many as 700,000 apps for their respective tablets. However, Apple’s App Store has various other apps that are specific for tablets.

Verdict: With additional apps that are exclusively created for tablets, the iPad 4 takes over the Nexus 10.


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