Google Nexus 10 vs iPad 4th Gen.

Apple iPad 4th Gen.

Google Nexus 10

Before you wrap up that iPad 4th Gen. this holiday season, take a close look at the Nexus 10. It’s the latest full-sized tablet from Samsung and Google, and it edges out iPad in some key areas, including resolution and price.

Comparison Table

Google Nexus 10 Apple iPad 4th Gen.
Internet Connectivity Wi-Fi Only Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 4G
Display 10.1 inch, 2560x1600 pixels 9.7 inch, 2048x1536 pixels
Battery Life (untested) 10 hours 10 hours
Camera 5 MP rear, 1.9 MP front-facing 5 MP rear, 1.2 MP front-facing
Operating System Android 4.2 iOS 6
Weight (pounds) 1.33 1.45
Thickness (inches) 0.35 0.35
Available Capacity 16GB or 32GB 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB
Colors black black or white
Price from $399 from $499

Display and Dimensions

Nexus 10 is the first tablet to have a higher pixel count than iPad, 2560 x 1600 compared to iPad’s 2048 x 1536. Side-by-side, the pixel difference won’t be striking. Both tablets offer sharp displays, but watching movies on Nexus 10’s 16:9 aspect ratio (standard for video) is better than the 4:3 ratio on iPad. Overall, Nexus 10 wins the battle of displays. Each tablet is about 0.35 inches thick but the Nexus 10 is slightly lighter, at 1.33 pounds versus 1.45 pounds.


Nexus 10 will run the Android 4.2 operating system, the newest flavor of Jelly Bean, and iPad will run iOS 6. Each system is slick and fast and your choice here likely comes down to content preferences. Do you like Google Hangouts or Facetime? The App Store or Google Play? And if you already carry an Android phone or iPhone, staying synced and backed up through a matching tablet is always a plus.


Each tablet carries a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing camera for video calls. Both high-resolution displays allow for sharper detail when viewing and editing photos.

Battery Life

Ten hours of battery life on a single charge during regular use seems to be the standard right now for tablets. iPad hits this mark and Nexus 10 promises to match it.

Extra Features

Of course, Apple has the now famous voice assistant, Siri. While Google can offer alternative voice command apps, it also hopes Nexus 10 can separate itself with NFC or Near Field Communication. This feature allows you to queue up photos or other data and share it to another NFC gadget through touch or close proximity. Nexus 10 has NFC and iPad doesn’t.

Price and Options

Right now, Nexus 10 has two options: $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version, each Wi-Fi only. Google will likely add 3G/4G cellular support soon. iPad starts at $499. Claiming up the price scale, you’ll find iPad with the 4G cellular support right now and an additional memory capacity option at 64GB.

Final Word

Nexus 10 makes more than a great first impression, with a Retina-display-topping screen and an extra $100 savings when compared to the base model iPad. At the moment, Nexus 10′s biggest issue is lack of cellular support. Nexus 10 will be available for purchase on Tuesday, November 13th.

Whatever your choice, you can always get the cash to upgrade by selling your old tablet on Glyde.

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The Glyde Team