I am sure that the title for this article is enough to make any Apple Follower’s blood boil. However, if online reviews are to be believed then this statement could actually be true. As you are probably aware, the latest incarnation from Samsung and Google has been attracting praise wherever you turn. Having tried it out myself, it certainly is up there with some of the best tablet computers on the market. Some analysts are even predicting that it can even outsell the iPad 4, and that is a pretty bold statement to make! Let’s take a little look in depth at a comparison between the two products.
Of course, if this is really going to be an iPad Killer it needs to have sublime specifications. When you first take a look at the Nexus 10 you will most likely be blown away by the 2560 x 1600 resolution screen. For the more technical minded out there, this is a Plane-to-Line Switching Display, for the less technically minded this means it is brilliant! Underneath this, you have a Dual Core Exynos 520 Processor and a Malu-T604 GPU. To cap it off, there is 2GB of RAM. All of this add up to a pretty powerful tablet computer, and something that can certainly rival the iPad. In case you are not aware, the Google Nexus 10 runs on Jelly Bean 4.2, which is arguably the smoothest operating system that Google have release to date.
All of these specifications add up to a pretty smooth experience, whether you are viewing High-Definition Movies on your Google Nexus 10 or playing the latest blockbusting tablet game. With multiple viewing angles on the screen as well as top quality speakers, this is an experience that is worth writing home about.
However, in this day and age it isn’t all about hardware. For many tablet owners the look of the machine is ever so important, as well as the build quality. In some regards here the Google Nexus 10 falls far short of its competitor.
Samsung is one of the best manufacturers out there for smart devices, they always manage to pack quality into their machines. However, one thing they are renowned for is cutting back on the costs of aesthetics and build quality, and that ultimately leads to a plastic-looking device. Sadly, they have fallen into the same trap with the Nexus 10.
Don’t get me wrong, the Nexus 10 doesn’t look bad per se. However, when you compare it to the rugged metal exterior of the iPad 4 you can quickly tell that it leaves a lot to be desired. The same problem also seems to manifest itself in the flagship smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S3.
However, looks can be deceiving! As everybody knows, dropping an iPad of any description is never going to be an enjoyable experience. Many people have suggested that despite the ‘plastic’ feel of the Google Nexus 10, it does seem a bit more capable of standing up to a bit of rough and tumble. Drop the iPad from a height greater than a couple of inches and you should be heading off to that Apple store pretty soon to purchase a new one!
Third Party Accessories also seem to be key for the success of a tablet computer. As you are probably aware, Apple have recently shifted over to a new dock connector, and of course, no manufacturers have managed to catch up with the technology to release some products that are compatible with it. Whereas the Nexus 10 uses standard ports such as MicroUSB and Micro HDMI which means it is incredibly simple to find compatible devices. In my experience, Jellybean doesn’t seem quite so picky about what you connect up to it either, and that is always going to be a plus, particularly when it comes to Bluetooth devices.
It isn’t all rosy when it comes to applications for the Nexus 10 however. The Google Play market has exploded as of late, and it is fast catching up to Apple. However, one problem with the market is that there is a lack of table optimized apps. There are further problems caused by the fact that the Nexus 10 has such a beautiful display, and yet very few applications know how to utilize it properly. Reviews seem to have been quick to pick up on this, and it appears to be one of the most common complaints with the Google Nexus 10. Don’t expect this to change anytime soon either, we are still waiting for app designers to catch up with the Google Nexus 7, which had a ‘lesser’ display.
For most people, the operating system will be the deciding factor in their hunt for a new tablet. In my opinion, it really does depend on who is using the tablet. If you are after something which is fast, stable and simple to use then opt for the iPad 4. However, many people love a great deal more control over their devices, and in that case the Nexus 10 will be the one to go for. In my opinion, I would go for Android all the time as it really does resonate with me a lot, it is simple to use and the customization options are sublime.
If price is going to be more of a determining factor for you, then it is worth noting that the Google Nexus 10 is considerably cheaper than the iPad 4. That isn’t too bad as these are devices which are pretty much on par with each other, so this may swing it in favour of the Nexus 10 for some people.