iPad 4 vs. Nexus 10 and Apple ecosystem

By Daniel Chubb - Jan 30, 2013

It is true that a lot of people pay more for Apple not only for the better build materials but also for Apple’s ecosystem. Today we wanted to look at the iPad 4 vs. Nexus 10 in terms of specs, and also taking into account the system behind Apple that a lot of people are buying into. It is fair that over the years some people have built up a number of Apple products that work well together, and the iPad 4 would integrate nicely with your Apple TV, MacBook, iPhone, and other products that use iOS or Mac OS X.

Dedicated Apple fans say that new tablet shoppers need to look past the specs, when looking at the iPad 4 vs. Nexus 10, and to ignore hardware and display resolution. They point to the whole Apple ecosystem and App Store, which a large number of iOS users believe is ahead of the competitors, and some parents state “if you’re trying to find something for your kids, I wouldn’t recommended anything but iTunes“.

Apple iPad 4 and Google Nexus 10 features important to you – I can speak from personal experience that our son has preferred using the Apple iPad, now iPad mini, over our Nexus 7 but this doesn’t mean it is a better option for everyone. The fact is that certain functions are better for one person and then to another they will be totally irrelevant, so this is why you’ll always see one person trying to convince another that certain features are better, but they won’t always agree considering not all functions are important to another person.

What’s better for you, Apple iPad 4 or Google Nexus 10? We wanted to present the main differences between the 4th generation iPad and Nexus 10, which can be seen in the chart below that shows the differences in specs. Take a look at the difference when it comes to specs, and let us know which is better on paper in your opinion?

Apple ecosystem with iPad 4 and other iPads – It is fair to say that the 4th generation iPad has a better display than the iPad mini, which is due to the Retina display on the larger iPad, but the screen ratio has been kept the same and simplifies things for iOS app developers. The Apple ecosystem makes it easier for developers to support the iPad with dedicated apps, which is also helped by the fact that there’s a lot less variety than seen with Android tablets. The downside is that Apple seem to charge a lot more money for their products, which might be due to the fact that people are paying the money, so until that changes it seems Apple will always cost more.

Google Nexus 10 is the best of the bunch – you won’t be disappointed with your new Nexus 10 tablet, and while you’ll find a massive range of Android tablets to choose from that offer a nice choice for all budgets, this choice also causes problems when it comes to supporting these Android tablets with dedicated apps for a better experience. The Android SDK makes it easy to write apps that work on all screen sizes, but the problem is this isn’t happening right now, and instead you’ll find most Android apps are scaled up smartphone apps that lack the dedicated design for a tablet as seen with made-for-iPad apps.

Google’s developer resources certainly make it easy for devs to create dedicated Android tablet apps, but in reality there aren’t many apps built for the Nexus 10 display, or in fact most Android tablet displays. In time we hope more devs will care to make apps for Android tablets, rather than smartphone apps with the same layout.

We’ve included a couple of videos below that compare the iPad 4 and Nexus 10, so take a look and then hit the comments with your thoughts. You can also see a visual review of the Google Nexus 10 and LG Nexus 4 here, or some iPad 4 benchmarks in an article from earlier this week.

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  • bilbo

    I use both Android and IOS, I have a galaxy s2 which in my opinion destroys the iphone 4s and an original ipad which is far better than the other android tabs that I’ve used (arnova 10b g2 and hannspree hannspad which both have poor customizations of android.).

    I’m about to upgrade my ipad (as it’s a bit bashed now) to either a nexus 7 or Ipad mini and having had a play with both tablets, I’m currently leaning towards the nexus. Android used properly is easily as good as IOS.

    In the end both have their merits and faults it’s all personal opinion, does it really matter which one you use as long as it does the job for you?

    • Bea

      Actually I started out to get a new smaller tablet, I started with the Nexus, checked out the Samsung tablet, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, I surprised myself by getting the iPad mini, which I was not going to buy because we have iPads already. It’s a dynamite tablet. I love the 8″, it has better graphics and cameras than the iPad 2, and it outperformed the other small tablets that I looked at in the store. It’s well made and SO light and nice to use.

  • Bill Moore

    Wow. This was SO one sided I can’t even finish reading it. Why bother dude? Don’t call it a review. THIS.. is an ad for Apple.

    • Bea

      No being an Android user that just wants to read all things positive about anything Android and want all things about an IOS device to be negative is biased and one-sided.

  • mintslice

    People who have only used one thing will often say it’s better. That doesn’t mean they are right.

  • Sheraz Alvi

    There is a big difference in reading about stuff and actually holding it and using it. Just came back from the stores looking at all 7 inch available tablets. Had the money in my pocket to actually buy either the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. But alas could not feel that connection, that usability that fun which you get from iPad Mini or any iPads.

    Nexus speaker is too small you cant even hear things properly and the screen lacks the luster and feels like colors have been dimmed out.

    Kindle Fire HD is flimsy to use with very limited apps with a small screen which is much clearer then any other 7 inches. Yes the screen is more crisp then the Nexus through all the ppi and resolution and processor favour Nexus.

    Apple Mini on the other hand is again gives you that soul and that connection you just cant avoid it and one starts to understand how Steve Jobs’s energy is flowing through and you feel that passion that makes you buy it and every other thing feels like a compromise.

    • fanbois 😉 j/k. I always found the ipad and iphone stuffy. The sad truth is the N10 is a better device that doesn’t run enough device specific things to make it usable. I think I’ll buy the ipad3 because I need a tablet and then sell it in 6 months when the apps for the android start coming in. At least I’ll have 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus phone soon so I can have my cake and eat it too.

  • John

    Wow. What a vacuous review that really doesn’t say anything.

    • XyZ

      You don’t need “that doesn’t say anything” – that’s what vacuous means.

  • I’m a Mac mini, Iphone5, iPad, AppleTV 2nd gen owner and know iOS ecosystem very well. I’m planning to upgrade my old Ipad to the new one. Definitely iPad 4. I just love Apple, but I have to say, from what I read here and other places about Nexus 10, it is a great tablet, on par in my opinion with iPad 4 and if Android was my thing, Nexus 10 would be my choice. I only wish one day all Apple competitors improve their design and stop compromising on build quality only to undercut Apple on price.

  • Dan

    apple makes excellent products but there are two deal breaking points from their devices 1) Price, apple dont make their pricing competitive all their products are overpriced for one device be that a phone, tablet or pc
    (Although that is apples Marketing strategy exclusivity + usability)
    2) Software, although im not experienced using ios or mac os i respect their ease of use and congratulate them for introducing the older generation to wide use of smart phones BUT i am not a toddler or a computer iliterate war veteran Im technically capable and dont mind playing around with my equipment apple restrict their devices . I wont buy an apple device at the moment but i will recommend it to my nan

    • First point is invalid, There are tablets on the market that cost MORE than the ipad and the others while all have their own strong points none share the build quality or materials of the ipad. Phones are the same price (subsidized and retail) and even more in the case of the Droid Razr Maxx HD or Galaxy Note II.

    • Bea

      Inaccurate and condescending tones, which I am sure you meant them to be, are inaccurate and snobby. Android users say that they are superior in regard to using tech. That is laughable to start with, but add in the fact that 60% of the smartphones are some version of Android, which precludes the fact that 60% of smartphone users are technologically superior to people using any other platform.

  • Mary

    You know this is not just biased, this is outright deceptive ! You are liars. Most of the features you claim are e clusive to the google tablet have been on the iPad for ages. And syncing ? What syncing? When you mentioned iCloud backup. Wow that sure gets you places.

    • Jon

      Features that have been on iPad for ages like what? I can give you photosphere I guess, because that’s basically just panorama as far as I can tell and both platforms have had apps for that forever. But the rest seems more or less on par, if slightly stretched out. Apple has always provided fewer features than their competitors for a higher price tag. Even back before iPhones existed an iPod nano would run you $50-$100 more than an mp3 player with the same storage and more features. The rest of your comment doesn’t make a ton of sense when you don’t give it any context, but I’ll assume you’re talking about iCloud vs. Android sync/could options. Google provides a number of syncing and cloud options that rival iCloud quite easily. There are also a bunch of 3rd party cloud services that are available on Android and may or may not be on iOS (Can’t say for sure). So basically from where I’m standing, the iPad is a more expensive, more locked down, feature bare Nexus 10.

      • mintslice

        Photo Sphere is anything but panorama. Google did panorama before iOS 6!

      • Bea

        Photo Sphere had problems according to the reviews and the graphics performance suffers also.

    • Ben

      Why do Apple fans get so defensive? Read the specs, the android is a technically superior tablet, that’s all there is to it.

      If you enjoy what Apple offers as far as the interface and user experience goes, good for you, no one is stopping you and I am sincere when I say that Apple puts out great products and they’re very innovative.

      It’s really comparing apples to oranges when you think about the differences in the OS so don’t get all butt hurt about reviews. I’m really sick of Apple fans being so aggressive about this, it’s not a big deal, not everyone likes the same things AS THE ARTICLE SAYS.

      Move on, and don’t read the reviews if it makes you insecure.

      • The Nexus 10 is a beast and has great specs BUT you also must consider that specs do not equate to performance all of the time. Macs and IOS devices have always had less ram and clock speeds than their PC and Android counterparts because there is zero fragmentation (hardware and software were designed by the same company to work with each other wherein the competition must use resources in the background to identify and adjust for differing hardware, processors and screen sizes/resolutions).

        With all that being said; Android has come a LOOONG way and I actually considered the Galaxy Note II and Nexus 7 to replace my Iphone 4 and ipad 1. It was a tough call but in the end the fluid user interface of iOS won out and I have an iPhone 5 and Mini 4g on order. Next time around, with a little more polish I may end up in android.

      • Bea

        Read and listen to reviews that say the specs don’t mean anything, it’s how they perform that matters. iPad 4 performs better in many areas than the Nexus does. It’s attributed to the screen resolution using so much of the ram that it stutters, lags, and causes the graphics performance to lag. On most other points they are said to perform equally as well. We have a Nexus 7, I gave it to my son. I prefer using the iPad 4. If you like the Nexus, great! Enjoy your device and don’t insult me for enjoying mine. We have 5 kids so we have just about any device made available to use. The school system is using the iPad now, so there are a couple of iPad minis floating around here also. It’s a great device as well.