The iPad 4 is Apple's latest full-sized tablet, released at the same time as the iPad Mini. It brings modest upgrades to the iPad 3, most notably the A6X processor featured on the iPhone 5 and the redesigned Lightning dock connector. The iPad 4's biggest competition comes from the Nexus 10, Google and Samsung's latest attempt at designing a 10-inch tablet that could de-throne Apple's line of tablets. Here's how the two 10-inch tablet stack up when it comes to price, specs, features, design, hardware and software.
Price: Is Apple Worth More?
The Nexus 10 starts at $399 for 16GB and $499 for the 32GB version. The iPad 4 starts at $499 and goes up to $829 with plenty of price points in between.
Design: Apple's Forté
The iPad 4 features a 9.7-inch display with wide bezels and weighs 652 grams. It looks just like the iPad 3, sporting the same curved edges and aesthetic design including an aluminum black panel. It's a beautiful device that manages to look futuristic and sleek without having changed much from the original iPad released back in 2009.
Google's Nexus 10, measuring 10.1 inches across, is just noticeably bigger than the iPad 4. It also features a softer design, thanks to the rounded edges in addition to its rounded sides. According to Samsung, the design makes it easier to grip the Nexus 10. It also features a "soft-touch" coating.
The Nexus 10, despite it larger screen, is actually thinner and lighter than the iPad 4. Despite Google and Samsung's impressive design, the iPad 4 remains the most visually impressive tablet on the market.
Screen Display: Bigger Is Better
The iPad 4 features Apple's popular Retina Display LC multi-touch screen with 2048x1536 pixel resolution and 264 pixels per inch (PPI). This means an impressive visual clarity and sharpness as well as vibrant colors.
Despite the iPad 4's impressive screen, it's no match for the Nexus 10's display. Google's new tablet features a "Super PLS" LCD screen with 2560x1600 and 300 PPI. That means the Nexus 10 display is noticeably better than the iPad 4, so point for the Nexus 10.
Hardware: Google And Samsung Crush Apple
The iPad 4 features Apple's latest processor design, the A6X, which features a dual core clocked at 1.4GHz. According to Apple the new chip is twice as fast as the old A5X. Apple's new tablet also sports 1GB RAM, 32 nanometer semiconductor technology and a PowerVR SGX543MP4 quad core graphic processing unit. The iPad 4 starts at 16GB of storage, and also comes with 32GB and 64GB for a higher price.
The Nexus 10 boasts an ARM next-generation Cortex-A15 processor, the first of it's kind, which promises better performance than the rest of the competition, including Apple's A6X. It also features a fifth-gen dual core Samsung Exynos 5250 chipset that runs at 1.7GHz and 2GB RAm. The Nexus 10 comes in 16GB and 32GB storage models and cannot be bulked up via microSD.
There's no question that the Nexus 10 is more powerful than the iPad 4, though in all honesty the latest iPad offers more than enough processing power.
Software: The iOS vs. Android Battle Continues
The Nexus 10 tablet is one of the first devices to run Android 4.2, a significant improvement on 4.1 though both are called Jelly Bean despite rumors that Android 4.2 would be titled Key Lime Pie. Meanwhile, the iPad 4 runs Apple's latest iOS 6 software.
Deciding between these two programs is really a matter of personal choice. Both are solid, and comparable in many ways, which is why Apple is so relentlessly pursuing legal action against Android operating smartphone companies in court under claims of patent infringement.
The real difference is that while Apple provides a carefully constructed and cultivated mobile experience, Android offers an open source software that can easily manipulated by the tech-savy user. So if you enjoy Apple's devices you should stick with them, but if you wish you had more control over your smartphone or tablet Android may be the better choice.
Conclusion: A New Tablet King?
It looks like Google may have finally released a tablet that can outperform Apple in the market. The Nexus 10 is cheaper, bigger and more powerful than the iPad 4. Apple's key advantage is it's popular design and user friendly interface, but if you're not totally addicted to the iDevice ecosystem consider trying the Nexus 10. You just might like it.
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