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Google Nexus 10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700T

2012 seems to be the year of the budget tablets. Google Nexus 7 has reached 1 million units per month. Apple penetrated the affordable tablet segment with iPad Mini, Amazon launched Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble has introduced a new low-cost tablet.

Still, Google Nexus 10 is a pleasant surprise for the tablet market. A tablet secretly developed by Samsung and Google, with a display that amazes with its resolution and high-end hardware specifications. Nexus 10 comes to fight other 10.1 inch tablets, also with impressive specs and features: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and its S-Pen stylus and ASUS Transformer Infinity TF7007 with its dock-in keyboard that dazzles with its flamboyancy and battery life.

Before starting the Google Nexus 10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700T battle, let’s have a look at the technical specifications of all three tablets entering the competition.

Google Nexus 10 boasts a 10.1-inch Super PLS TFT display with a resolution of 2,560×1,600 pixeli (the biggest on the segment) protected by Conrning Gorilla Glass. The tablet is underpinned by a Exynos 5250 chipset based on two Cortex 15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz, has 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, plus a powerful Mali-T604 GPU.

Nexus 10 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while the connectivity features include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi direct, bluetooth 3.0, NFC, 3.5 mm jack, GPS and GLONASS. The 5 megapixel camera on the back packs autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and full HD video recording at 30 fps, while the 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera can record HD videos. The 10.1-inch tablet co-developed by Google and Samsung is kept alive a 9,000 mAh battery.

Google Nexus 10 weighs in 603 grams and has a profile of 8.9 mm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 packs a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, a unit that debuted on the more popular Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, helped by Mali-400MP GPU. Note 10.1 sports 2 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage expandable via using microSD card and a 7,000 mAh battery.

In terms of connectivity Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with WiFi in all standards, Blueooth 4.0, WiFi Direct, GPS, GLONASS and 3G (up to 21 Mbps). The 10.1-inch display has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi, and is manufactured using PLS TFT technology. Note 10.1 is 8.9 mm thick and has a weight of 600 grams, while running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The primary camera has a 5 megapixel sensor, with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, 720p video recording at 30fps. The secondary camera mounted on the front panel is a 1.9 megapixel unit.

Least, but not last, ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is the slimmest and the lightest tablet of the three, with 598 grams and 8.5 mm. It has an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, geo-tagging, full HD video recording support and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera with full HD support.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T sports a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ LCD display with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels protected against scratches by a Gorilla Glass 2 coating. The processor powering the tablet is a quad-core 1.6 GHz Tegra 3 unit with ULP GeForce graphics. Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T features 1 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of internal memor and microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB of extra storage.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ASUS tablet comes with WiFi in b/g/n standards, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3.5 mm jack.

That’s about all with the technical specifications of the Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T and I will have to mention that so far I only got my hands and messed around only with the ASUS and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets. Of course, I am looking forward to playing around the Nexus 10, as it’s a tablet that promises a lot, a tablet that is supposed to make the tech enthusiasts forget about the famous Apple iPad.

Google Nexus 10 Pros

The 10.1-inch Super PLS TFT display with 2,560×1,600 pixels is Nexus 10’s ace up the sleeve, the highest screen resolution on the market. Apple brags about iPad’s 2,0408 x 1,536 pixels Retina Display, ASUS was also doing well with its 1,920 x 1080 IPS screen. Now it’s Samsung’s turn to come with a display that outmatches the competition, and the display fitted on the Nexus 10 will definitely debut on other tablets of the South Korean giant.

The brand new Samsung proprietary processor manufactured on ARM Cortex A15 cores with dual-core configuration at 1.7 GHz and a powerful Mali T604 GPU that will definitely impress the reviewers and customers.

The Google Nexus 10 also comes with the biggest battery of the three, a 9,000 mAh unit and the powerful hardware configuration combined with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Vanilla will definitely bring a flawless experience.

The reasons mentioned above should be enough to make the Google Nexus 10 the most interesting and powerful Android tablet on the market. Unfortunately, there aren’t many in Google Play optimized for the amazing resolution. Nexus 10 also lacks 3G connectivity, but a 3G Nexus 10 would have cannibalized the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Pros

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Android 4.0.3 ICS plus the Value Pack apps that get the most from the stylus and the motion controls, that provide some of the Samsung Galaxy S3 experience, the flagship smartphone of the South Korean company that sold more than 30 million units since its debut in late May 2012.

Another strength of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, helped by 2 GB of RAM, and by the latest version of TouchWiz interface. It’s fast when it comes to browsing and launching apps.

There are a lot of internal storage options and you can also choose for 3G connectivity if you aren’t around a WiFi Hotspot.

The 10.1-inch with 1,280×800 pixels didn’t impress me, but it recognizes numerous pression points when using the S-Pen stylus hidden in the tablet’s case.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is a good all rounder. It has a nice display, is thin, and has a design that will make you fall in love at first sight. ASUS did an excellent job, but the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is not complete without the dock-in keyboard that brings a considerable improvement in battery life,

Even though ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T’s display is not even close to Nexus 10′ it outmatches the one of the Note 10.1, while the dock-in keyboard will transform it into an ultrabportable when in need. The hardware specifications are definitely worthy of the hig-end segment, and the ASUS user interface brings a smooth experience. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T does pretty well when it comes to web browsing, as well.


In my opinion the Google Nexus 10 is the winner, for its high-resolution display, because it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Vanilla, and because the software updates will arrive first on this device. ASUS Transformer TF700T comes second, as it sports a good display and because it comes with a dock-in keyboard, a true premium tablet. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 loses precious points because of its display.

  • Benmartin1974

    I had been thinking of ordering a galaxy note for ages. I read plenty of reviews and this one was helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my package last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure:

    • claudia

      can you use skype on galaxy note? I would like to buy one too

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      • nameofthewind

        Yes you can,

    • Andrzej Teterycz

      Is it possible to take a photo and make notes, sketch on it?

      • nameofthewind

        Yes pretty sure you can there is also ps touch for much better editing,

  • Eli

    I bought galaxy note 10.1 screen is good!! I can read normally and watch movies perfect!!!

  • disqust101

    Asus will quickly update the TF900, like they have with all their tablets (hands down the best in the space for updating – my Asus Prime has been updated to 4.1 Jelly Bean already). The only thing that the G10 has over the TF900 is better screen resolution. However, the 900 has an extremely bright screen that is needed for outdoor usage and in “real world” conditions, that matters much more than resolution. Other than that, the 900 wins on every point – lighter, thinner and vastly better overall design. Then add in the added functionality of the keyboard (and its huge additional battery life), and there is little reason to want the G10. If the TF900 had an Apple logo on it, the world would rave about how great it is.

    • samson

      Well that is true but the prime you have only has 1gb or ram

    • jesus

      I think you mean Tf700 right? and I disagree, I do love my Infinity but the metal they used on it for the case is ridiculously pliable. I have a Gumdrop Drop Tech case on mine and the the area around my charger port is constantly being bent down even with the case, it takes me a good 5-10 minutes of fiddling with the charger to get it to actually connect and charge.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is truely amazing despite the display (which is not bad). Featurewise probably the best tablet in the market because of the s-pen feature in a tablet

  • Review here is based purely on the specifications available from the respective developers sites. I find it a little odd that you are giving buyer recommendations on three tablets that you haven’t reviewed hands on yourself. We can all read about these tablets but why would I select one over the other from a usability point of view, based on this article?

  • AvidGardener3

    Interesting that you totally ignore the Galaxy Note 10.1’s best features. Can the Nexus and Asus take handwritten notes and keep them in a folder? Can they take a picture and write a note on it? Can you watch online video on half the screen and take notes or answer emails on the other side? I have a Note 10.1 and the original Note phone. I didn’t think I needed a tablet, but the Note phone was so awesome and the Note 10.1 was my phone supersized with additional features so I couldn’t resist getting it. I wouldn’t trade either of them for a multitude of Nexus’s or Asus or anything that starts with an i.

    • xxodisxx

      Actually you can, I just bought the tf300 and the first app I opened is NotePad. I went to type and thought about the sg10 feature and tried it. Yoh can jot anything down handwritten style and it will format on screen the condense into a lined format if you would like or free hand style. Hard to explain. My wifes dad got the sg10 yesterday and I played with it. Amazing machine, colors explode with saturation and it tends to focus text better but mine does the exact same thing save for the 1k points of pressure. Amazing machine but im happy with a transformer for 200 less.

      • lllbenjolll

        Notepad is not the same as how the s pen works. The s pen is like a real pen writing on a paper (the tablet’s screen). So if u have an ugly penmanship, u will see your ugly handwriting on the tablet. So if u can draw very well, then u get a beautiful drawing on your tablet. Plain and simple.

  • RegDawg

    Screen resolution doesn’t mean its better. The Nexus 10 and Asus Infinity is basically a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a faster processor and better screen. I owned a Tab 10.1 and it was a great tablet to play games, watch movies, surf the web but thats all you pretty much could do. Trying to use a stylus with the Tab 10.1 was horrendous. The Note 10.1 is designed specifically for a stylus but that wasn’t mentioned here. Most people want their tablets to handle everyday tasks (movies, music, emails, notes, etc.). The Note 10.1 is especially designed to do all the above, minus the high resolution screen which isn’t even noticeable to an average user.

    • nameofthewind

      I totally agree, that even still without the whooping multitasking features of the 4.1 JB update

  • xxodisxx

    You guys should really go to an electronics store and compare the toted sg10 features to other tablets. My wifes dad has the galaxy and I have the transformer. Same screen save for saturation. I can take hand written notes, hand write on photos, art etc. or hand write and it will convert to text or stay as fh. All kinds of simple but great formats and styles. It can do every feature his can. Asus just never hyped up their programs and instead went for touting invidia which is slowly becoming the Norm. His screen does seem more colorful but not any higher of a resolution. Unless you’re an engineer and absolutely need over 1k points of pressure the high price doesnt justify it with me imho. I have the tf300 and the screen is not dark wheresoever. I have to turn it down just to keep my eyes from burning. The best thing I think about the sg10 is the 2GB ram which will absolutely be future proof and I wish I had it, but it will take time for developers to fully utilize everything. Speaker placement is better on the sg10,, but in all honexty mine is way louder. Mine will drown his out being anywhere near it even though my speaker is on the back. I was gonna go with the tab2 but specs have been watered down. ps. The galaxy does not come with the s pen. He was kinda let down but since it is THE selling point, id assume they know people must have it and will charge a premium for it.

    • chad

      It absolutely does come with the S-pen. Everyone needs to quit posting bs about equipment you dont own or know about. Go out and use the equipment you are thinking of buying. Dont trust authors that are paid by the manufacturers for their reviews and dont listen to morons in the comments trying to defend why they bought something the author doesnt like. Go out and touch, feel and use and make your own decission on what works best for you.

      • lllbenjolll

        I hate reviewers’ reviews too. They always put the ipad on top. Android devices fight for the second spot. But most android owners review their tablets and smartphones so high. 4.5 to 5. Reviewers’ score 3.5 to 4 for most android devices. Ipads always score 4.5 by reviewers but by owners only 4.
        I read bout reviews to know bout features.
        Of the 3 tablets here, i would rate galaxy note 10.1 as first because of the s pen and 3g and phone functionality.
        2nd would be asus because of the docking station.
        Last would be nexus. 🙂

    • lllbenjolll

      S pen comes with the tablet. Hello!!! 🙂

  • herman

    I’ve owned a nexus 7, loved it. But it’s a toy compared to the note 10.1. It reminded me of a giant phone. Very few reviewers have used the products . He rates the nexus 10 better only because of the screen. Isn’t there more to a tablet than it’s screen.

  • jason

    does the GPS and mapping function ouside of WIFI reception?

  • joe

    sofware update ok on google nexus 10 but games update for the high resolution ……it’s other things more….