Nexus 10 vs new iPad

A Nexus device is something that every Android fanatic will want to own. Google started the Nexus line with the Nexus One and have been releasing a new Nexus smartphone every year. So what makes it different from other Android smartphones? Well to start off, Nexus devices are the first to come out with new version of Android and these come with stock Android OS. Stock Android? Stock Android is Android OS without any modification from manufacturers. For example, manufacturers add their own custom graphical user interface (also called skin), which make the user interface of the device unique to each manufacturer. But this has a drawback; it basically lowers the performance of the device. So, we can say that Nexus devices are faster than its competitors. Apart from this, Nexus devices come with unlocked bootloader. Bootloaders are programs which kick starts your device, without a bootloader your device is just a paper weight. To avoid any accidental deletion or changes to the bootloader program, manufacturers restrict user access to it. So why is it unlocked in Nexus devices? Well, Android is basically opensource, which means developers can develop it further and to do so they need access to the bootloader program. So, because of this there is a lot of demand for Nexus devices from developers too.

At the beginning, Android was basically for smartphones. But over the years tablets with Android have also come out. This also led to the development of Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was the first tablet only version of Android OS.  But due to issues with the OS, Google decided to use a different strategy and introduced Android 4.0, which could be used on smartphones as well as on tablets. Galaxy Nexus was first to sport the new OS and was released November last year.

I think this was the time when some guy at Google might come up with the idea of a Nexus tablet. So Google along with ASUS introduced Nexus 7 in June this year, the first tablet in the Nexus family. It was the first device to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It sported a 7inch screen and had a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor. It was even dubbed “The iPad Killer”. It came with a price tag of $199, way cheaper than the iPad. But the problem was that the screen size of the Nexus was just 7 inchs. So what do consumers who want a 10inch Nexus tablet do?  Well, they can buy one now.

Google along with their Nexus 4 smartphone have launched Nexus 10, a 10inch tablet. The new tablet is built in collaboration with Samsung. Hence it online slots sports similar features as seen on the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung’s 10inch tablet. Here is why it could be another completion for the new 4th generation iPad.

Design

As I said before, the Nexus 10 sports similar design features as seen on Galaxy Note 10.1. The corners are bit curvier and larger speaker covers has been used. It is also missing the Samsung tag from the front which has been replaced by a LED indicator. The rear has a plastic rubbery strip with the same texture found on the rear of Nexus 7. The strip also houses the rear cam along with LED flash. The Nexus 10, unlike the Note 10.1, has ports and the audio jack situated on the sides. The power button and the volume rocker are situated at the top. Over all the design of the device is good and is different from iPad’s “rectangle with rounded corners” design.

Hardware

The Nexus 10 has a 2,560 x 1,600 display which makes it have a ppi of 300, which is more than 264ppi of the retina display on the new iPad. The new Nexus is powered by a 1.7GHz dual core Cortex A15-based Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU, whereas the competition, the iPad has a new 1.3GHz dual-core A6x processor . But dual core CPU on the Nexus 10 was totally unexpected, as everyone was expecting a quad core, similar to the one found on the Nexus 7.

The Nexus 10 has 2GB of RAM, whereas the iPad has just 1GB of RAM. It is the same case when it comes to the front facing cam too. The Nexus has a 1.9MP cam and the iPad has a 1.2MP cam. Both devices have a 5MP rear cam.

Battery wise, the Nexus has a 9000mAh battery which is said to last 9 hours. The iPad has a battery that last 10 hours. This is where the new iPad scores over the Nexus 10. Another area where iPad scores over the Nexus is cellular. The Nexus does not have a cellular version and is solely dependent on WiFi for internet access, whereas the iPad has a cellular version, for which you will have to shell out $130 more than its WiFi only version.

Software

The new Nexus 10 runs the latest Android 4.2. The new OS comes with some neat features. One of which i personally like is the multi-user login. This is something that is needed on all tablets, especially when more than one user is using a single tablet. The multi-user login will prevent others from accidentally deleting your files or resetting your game levels! It also brings in an enhanced Google Now and a better notification tray, among others. The iPad on the other hand runs the latest iOS 6. The iOS 6, unlike Android 4.2, has not brought in any major new changes over the previous iOS 5. But Apple might bring out some enhancements in future updates.

Pricing

Pricing wise the Nexus 10 is cheaper than the iPad. A 16GB Nexus 10 will put you back by $399 where as an iPad with the same storage will cost you $499.

Last Words

The new Nexus 10 is a must buy for any Android user and a good alternative to Apple’s new iPad. It could well be a tough competition for the new iPad. The only drawback, no cellular version of the device. Hope Google brings out one in the future.