Google Nexus 10 vs Google Nexus 7 (Video)

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”.

Just how does the brand-new Nexus 10 stack up to it’s older-little brother, the Nexus 7? Let’s take a look!

Build Differences

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

Smartbench 2012

  • Nexus 7: 3693
  • Nexus 10: 3285

Sunspider 0.9.1 (lower is better)

  • Nexus 7: 1680.0ms
  • Nexus 10: 1358.7ms

Geekbench 2

  • Nexus 7: 1438
  • Nexus 10: 2454

Wrap Up

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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Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.