Google Nexus 10  vs Apple iPad iPad mini 

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Released November, 2012

Google Nexus 10

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Google Nexus 10
8.7 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 March, 2011

Apple iPad iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 5
Front view of Apple iPad iPad mini
8.2 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 iPad mini


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

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 iPad mini

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 10

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 10
1,371 ms
iPad iPad mini
1,426 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Nexus 10
12.5 fps
iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Nexus 10
39.8 fps
iPad iPad mini
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 10

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 10

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Much faster graphics 12.5 fps vs 3.4 fps Around 3.8x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1024 x 768 Around 5.2x higher resolution
Significantly bigger screen 10.1" vs 7.8" Around 30% bigger screen
Much better performance per dollar 7.07 pt/$ vs 2.64 pt/$ Around 2.8x better performance per dollar
Much sharper screen 300 ppi vs 163 ppi Around 85% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.5 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.2) vs No Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 4.9 MP vs 0.92 MP More than 5.2x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS 5) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Higher resolution front camera 1.9 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 6.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Side view of Apple iPad iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad iPad mini

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Significantly longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 7.5 hour 70% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 10  vs iPad iPad mini 

The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad iPad mini

But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.
iPad iPad mini

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
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nexus 10  vs
iPad iPad mini 
Size 10.1" 7.8"
Technology PLS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1600 1024 x 768
PPI 300 ppi 163 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1 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 iPad mini 
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.9 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 4.9 MP 0.92 MP


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

form factor

Weight 603 g 589 g
Size 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 7.5 hour 12.75 hour
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