Google Nexus 10  vs Apple iPad Air 

New: Google Nexus 10 II vs Apple iPad Air (Nov, 2013)
Released November, 2012

Google Nexus 10

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Google Nexus 10
8.2 Out of 10
Its insanely high 2560x1600 resolution gives it an unprecedented 300 PPI, which is the most of any tablet currently on the market (for those wondering, the retina iPad has a 264 PPI).
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 10 vs Air


Processing power and speed

Nexus 10
iPad Air
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 10
iPad Air
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 10
iPad Air
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 10
iPad Air
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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nexus 10
iPad Air

Google Nexus 10 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 10  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 10 vs iPad Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 10
iPad Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 10
iPad Air

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 10
1,371 ms
iPad Air
1,808 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 10

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 10

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Significantly faster javascript execution 1,371 ms vs 1,808 ms Around 25% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More processing power 4,082 vs 1,480 More than 2.8x better passmark score
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1024 x 768 Around 5.2x higher resolution
Much better performance per dollar 6.95 pt/$ vs 1.91 pt/$ Around 3.8x better performance per dollar
Much sharper screen 300 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2.2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Much faster USB 572 MB/s vs 57 MB/s (USB 2.0) More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over a year later

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 10  vs iPad Air 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

We've already mentioned how jaw dropping the display resolution is, but it's worth noting that it has superb viewing angles too.
Nexus 10


8.2 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nexus 10  vs
iPad Air 
Size 10.1" 9.7"
Technology PLS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1600 1024 x 768
PPI 300 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.3 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Nexus 10  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.9 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 4.9 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 Micro USB USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 603 g 610 g
Size 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 7.5 hour 10 hour
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