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.