By Joe Levi | November 22, 2012 6:59 AM
Earlier we looked at the hardware of the Nexus 10 and compared it to the Nexus 7 and the Motorola Xoom. This time we want to dive a little deeper into the sibling rivalry between the “Brothers Nexi”.
The Nexus 7, as you might have guessed by its name, is a 7-inch tablet. It’s 4.72-inches wide, 7.81-inches tall, and 0.41-inches thick — and is designed to be held in portrait orientation.
The Nexus 10 is 10.39-inches wide, 6.99-inches tall, only 0.35-inches thick, and is designed to be held in landscape orientation.
The Nexus 7 weights in at 11.99-oz whereas the larger Nexus 10 packs on some weight, coming in at 21.27-oz.
Both tablets are built extremely well, though many have complained about the “cheap plastic” feel on the back of the Nexus 7. The Nexus 10 has a stripe of the same kind of stippled plastic running across the top, but the rest is made of an amazingly “grippy” plastic that’s going to help you keep a good grip on it. Both tablets feel solid and well-built.
Neither device has removable storage nor removable batteries, but the Nexus 10 resurrects the rear-facing camera — something the Nexus 7 doesn’t have.
Adorning the front of the Nexus 10 is a beautiful 10.05-inch display running at 2560*1600 with a pixel density of 300ppi. The Nexus 7 has 7-inch display which runs at 1280*800 with a pixel density of around 216ppi.
Many have complained about the color saturation and sharpness on the Nexus 7. To those who feel this way: buy a Nexus 10 — the screen is gorgeous!
Benchmarks and Performance
Powering the Nexus 10 is a 1.7 GHz dual-core Exynos 5 processor, compared to a 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 inside the Nexus 7. These two tablets are proof that more cores don’t always equate to faster performance — though we are comparing Androids to oranges due to the different speeds and processor architecture (we couldn’t say “Apples” here, could we?).
How do they perform? Let’s take a look at the benchmarks!
- Nexus 7: 3583
- Nexus 10: 4193
- Nexus 7: 10473
- Nexus 10: 8817
- Nexus 7: 3693
- Nexus 10: 3285
Sunspider 0.9.1 (lower is better)
- Nexus 7: 1680.0ms
- Nexus 10: 1358.7ms
- Nexus 7: 1438
- Nexus 10: 2454
That’ll do it for this comparison. If you’d like to see how the hardware stacks up against Android’s “first” 10-inch tablet, as we mentioned earlier, here’s that video comparing the Nexus 7, Motorola Xoom, and the Nexus 10.
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