Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Google Nexus 10 

New: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs Google Nexus 10 II (Oct, 2013)
Released April, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
7.1 Out of 10
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE for Verizon is essentially the same tablet Samsung released earlier in 2012, only now with 4G LTE speed at its disposal.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
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Released November, 2012

Google Nexus 10

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Google Nexus 10
8.8 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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 2 10.1 vs Nexus 10

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Google Nexus 10 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 10  based on its performance, graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Value

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 Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs Nexus 10

geekbench Processor and memory performance

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 10
1,371 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Nexus 10
12.5 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Nexus 10
39.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 4.9 MP Around 65% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Back view of Google Nexus 10

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 10

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Much faster graphics 12.5 fps vs 0.9 fps Around 14x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much faster javascript execution 1,371 ms vs 2,198 ms Around 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly better overall performance 1,509 vs 273 More than 5.5x better geekbench score
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1280 x 800 4x higher resolution
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much sharper screen 300 ppi vs 149 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly better performance per dollar 8.15 pt/$ vs 0.43 pt/$ More than 18.8x better performance per dollar
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
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
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 9.7 mm Around 10% thinner
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Apr, 2012 Release date 6 months later

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Nexus 10 

6.0
8.0
It's bright and sharp and makes for very good quality video chat over Google video chat and Skype.
Nexus 10

6.8
7.7
It also supports 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC (near-field communication).
Nexus 10

7.0
8.3
Gmail has a great new scaling feature that lets you see the whole email at once and then pan and zoom around it, but there's so much real estate on a tablet that email width was never really an issue.
Nexus 10

8.0
9.0
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

Overall

7.4 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs
Nexus 10 
Size 10.1" 10.1"
Technology PLS LCD PLS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 2560 x 1600
PPI 149 ppi 300 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11ac
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.7 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs
Nexus 10 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 2 MP 1.9 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 4.9 MP

ports

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

form factor

Weight 588 g 603 g
Size 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm
Thickness 9.7 mm 8.9 mm
Battery life 7 hour 7.5 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
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