Apple iPad Mini vs Nexus 10

Vs Tony Crammond 20:50, 29 Oct 2012

We compare Apple's iPad Mini to the newly unveiled Google Nexus 10

Never ones to be overshadowed, Google has today unveiled further additions to its new tablet range and in the midst of a major meteorological event, no less. The Google Nexus 10 has flipped the bird to Hurricane Sandy and has been flung into the spotlight, taking a little of the attention from this quarter’s other huge launch, the Apple iPad Mini.

So, which one is worth your hard earned cash? Well, we’ve decided to put them head-to-head to see which one is the King of the New Kids.

Display

Apple has a reputation for giving its devices great frontage and the Mini is no exception. Offering a 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, the Mini’s display has an oleophobic coating to repel those pesky fingerprints and has a pixel density of 162ppi. It also boasts multi-touch input, allowing for greater manoeuvrability around web pages, menus and apps.

The Nexus 10, however, is in an entirely different league to the iPad Mini. It offers the same LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which, like the Mini, renders 16 million colours however it displays 2560 x 1600 pixels which gives it a pixel density which is almost double that of the iPad Mini.

Bigger and better definition? This rounds a knockout.

Winner - Google Nexus 10

Form

Google Nexus 10 - 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm,  603g

Apple iPad Mini - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm , 312g

As is often the case in this category, it’s very much a case of horses for courses; if you want a small device then the iPad Mini is the one for you. If you want greater screen real-estate then you’ll obviously go for the Nexus 10.

The iPad Mini is far more compact in all dimensions, and it weighs almost half as much as the Nexus 10 but given the fact that the Nexus 10 offers over 2-inches more screen, it’s no great surprise that it’s heavier.

Looks wise, there’s not a lot in it. Two sleek, minimal devices with a black bevel and pleasing curves, both of which have their own merits. We can’t place one above the other, it just depends what you want from your device.

Winner – Draw

Software

Both the iPad Mini and the Nexus 10 launched with the newest software available from their respective creators. The iPad Mini was released alongside Apple’s iOS6, which offers significant improvements to previous versions, including FaceTime over 3G, Facebook integration and more Siri functionality for users outside of the US.

It wasn’t without its pitfalls though and users reported problems with the new (and much feted at release) Apple Maps, with devices failing to recognise huge areas and dropping signal willy-nilly.

The release of the Nexus 10 marks a new Android iteration too, although maybe not the one that people had hoped for. The device is running on version 4.2, an updated Jelly Bean, which isn’t the tasty slice of Key Lime Pie that many users will have been hoping for but any update is welcome, especially when it’s got some lovely new hardware wrapped around it!

You’ll enjoy use of Photo Sphere, the new 360 degree photo software as well as Gesture text input akin to Swype, and improvements to the fantastic Google Now.

Winner - Draw

 

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