Both Nexus 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 fall into the 10-inch category of tablets.
While Nexus 10 was designed by Google and manufactured by Samsung, the credit, for the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, tablet goes wholly to Samsung. Nexus 10 is available in black color and is considerably cheaper than the white colored Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. While the Nexus 10 tablet was officially announced in October 2012, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was declared a year later in September 2013.
Dimensions and Weight
Both Google Nexus 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have more or less the same dimensions with respect to the key parameters of length, width and thickness. Just like the size aspect, the tablets also have comparatively the same weight and feel equally bulky when held in hand.
Verdict: With respect to dimensions and weight, it is a draw between the two tablets. Both of them are on par in this regard.
With identical screen size, the major difference between the two tablets as far as the screen is concerned lies in the display technology used. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 incorporates the Super Clear LCD technology, the Google Nexus 10 utilizes the Super PLS TFT (True RGB Real Stripe PLS) display technology. There is also a massive dissimilarity in the pixel resolution of the two tablets. The Google Nexus 10 tablet features a decent pixel resolution of 2560×1600, as against the much lower 800×1280 pixel resolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. However, the tablets share almost the same pixel density with a marginal difference that is hardly noticeable. Even as both screens encompass light sensors, the screen of Nexus 10 is manufactured using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 scratch-resistant glass.
Verdict: With a scratch-resistant glass and a bigger pixel resolution, the Google Nexus 10, without any doubt, scores over the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
CPU Processor, Graphics Processor and RAM
Featuring an Exynos 5250 chipset, the Nexus 10 tablet comprises a dual-core A15 processor with a clocking frequency of 1.7GHz. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is equipped with an Exynos 4412 chipset that encompasses a quad-core A9 processor with a clocking frequency of 1.4GHz. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 features the Adreno 330 graphics processor, the Google Nexus 10 tablet consists of the almost just as powerful ARM Mali-T604 processor. Both the tablets also come loaded with dual-channel 2GB RAM. However, there are a few versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 available that feature 3GB RAM.
Verdict: The Google Nexus 10 portrays a slightly higher operating speed than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. However there is no remarkable difference in the speed between the two tablets and they can be considered to perform equally well.
Although both Nexus 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 function on Android, the Nexus 10 tablet operates on Jelly Bean, a later version of the Android OS; and can be upgraded to the latest KitKat version. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 relies on Ice Cream Sandwich that can be enhanced to Jelly Bean. In addition, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 incorporates the TouchWiz UI.
Verdict: The TouchWiz UI gives the Samsung Galaxy tablet an added advantage over the Nexus tablet, with its customization capabilities. But if you want a tablet that can be upgraded to Android’s most recent operating system, then the Nexus 10 is, without doubt, the best choice for you.
Internal Memory and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Google Nexus 10 tablets are available in two variants of internal memory options – 16GB and 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy tablet is also obtainable in a third version featuring 64GB of internal storage. There is no scope for expanding the memory of the Nexus 10 tablet while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet features a memory card slot that can be used to accommodate a memory card of a maximum value of 64GB.
Verdict: Without any doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is a sure winner, with the ability to expand memory on demand.
Like other tablets in the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Nexus 10 tablets, feature both rear-facing and front-facing cameras. The Google Nexus 10 tablet encompasses a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, as against the 8-megapixel camera with LED flash of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. While both cameras present common features, such as, autofocus, digital zoom, geo tagging and panorama; the Samsung Galaxy tablet is loaded with a horde of additional features that include face detection, white balance presets, burst mode, self-timer, smile detection and more. The front-facing cameras of the tablets are identical with practically no difference being noted in their functionality. Similarly, camcorders of both tablets share the same 1920×1080 (1080p HD) pixel resolution for video recording.
Verdict: Once again the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet scores over the Nexus 10 with respect to its better quality camera and additional features available.
The Samsung Galaxy tablet supports the latest Bluetooth version for connectivity options while the Google Nexus tablet uses an earlier version. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet features the Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options, as against the Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity option associated with the Google Nexus 10 tablet.
Verdict: This feature need not actually be considered as a comparison factor, when you are trying to make a decision regarding which tablet to buy. However if you do feel need to give this feature importance, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is a better choice.
The battery is not removable in either of the tablets. The Google Nexus 10 tablet is equipped with a Li-Polymer battery of 9,000 mAh that is more powerful than the Li-Ion 8,220 mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. While the Nexus 10 tablet provides you with nine hours of multimedia play time, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet offers seven hours of multimedia play time.
Verdict: Without doubt, the Google Nexus 10 tablet is definitely the leader as far as battery life is concerned, because of its longer lasting capability.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is equipped with a stylus for those who do not wish to use their hands to operate various apps and the keyboard. There is no stylus in Google Nexus 10.
Verdict: Once again, this is not a crucial factor to decide which tablet you must buy. But if you have a fancy for stylus, consider opting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
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