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    Default Compelling reason(s) to choose Nexus 10 over iPad 4?

    I have now spent the last week searching, researching and reading more reviews and articles I can count trying to make a decision. My wife has decided to purchase a tablet for me for Father's day and has asked me which one I want, the iPad 4 or the Nexus 10. She has an iPad 3 and I really like it's format and screen. My dilemma comes from basically too much information...so many good points about both tablets and some bad points as well, that it makes it impossible to choose. Thus the question here. I figure you people will know best...

    I currently use an HTC One for my phone so I have some good familiarity with the Android OS. My previous phone was an iPhone 4S so I am also familiar with iOS.

    My use of either tablet will be primarily web browsing, reading ebooks with the Kindle app, some gaming, and also some video. I would really like to stream video from my home network server.

    Some good points for the iPad:

    1. Better battery life and faster charging.
    2. More accessories available.
    3. Less issues with component quality. (Light bleeding, random reboots/freezing.)
    4. Gaming performance is better.
    5. Build/design quality is superb.

    Some good points with the Nexus 10:

    1. 10.05 inch 16:9 display is better for video.
    2. Higher resolution display.
    3. Faster CPU, more memory for the OS.
    4. Ability to use OTG and a thumb drive to increase storage.
    5. USB charging.
    6. HDMI output.
    7. Non-tablet apps scale well with Android OS.

    Negatives of the iPad:

    1. Cost, although my wife is willing to spend the money.
    2. Video will have the black bars to make it fit the display.
    3. No OTG as best I can tell.
    4. Weight.

    Negatives of the Nexus 10:
    1. Reports of light bleeding and/or freezing/random rebooting.
    2. Slow battery charging.
    3. Portrait view reported to be not so good as Google intended it to be used in landscape view.
    4. Very few accessories available.

    I haven't found anything definitive that says I cannot access and view video from my PC on either iPad or Nexus so I am not sure if that is easily done.

    Thank you all for your detailed reasoning, and please, no flaming. I am sincere in this quest and am not a fan-boy of either OS. I just want the best.
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    Default Re: Compelling reason(s) to choose Nexus 10 over iPad 4?

    I'm not sure what you asking inasmuch as you seem to have pretty much adequately identified the pros and cons of both. It's going to come down to what you want, not what we tell you that you want or should get.

    My wife has an iPad 3, but I wanted an Android tab. There's a lot more opportunity for flexibility and customization, as you likely know. Plus I already was invested in Android apps on my Note 2, which may be a consideration for you already having a One.

    I have had no rebooting issues on my N10, although I do have moderate light bleed. This doesn't bother me much, though. I've had no problem with accessories -- I have two, the Moko genuine leather case and the Google book cover. I recommend both.

    The iPad display is a bit oversaturated color-wise for my taste. The N10 has a more natural look color-wise.

    I have Plex installed on my PC and use the Plex app for streaming video to my N10 from the PC. Works flawlessly.

    I also use the N10 in portrait mode all of the time. It works fine for books and magazines, and I do not find it odd in the least.

    Good luck with whichever you choose.
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    I am going to totally agree with JasW on plex. I have it on my WHS 2011 Server and it works great. It manages a large library of video, audio, and non protected TV shows for remote streaming. I will say it works with pretty much any mobile platform though so that doesn't push you in either direction.

    As far as the expandable storage I would also point out there are options like the Seagate GoFlex Sattelite drives that provide additional storage wirelessly to either tablet as well.

    You do seem to have it pretty well figured out.
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    I've had my Nexus 10 about 4 months and 5 days ago I was recently gifted an ipad with retina display. I have no allegiance to either product. Here are my thoughts. I am not tech savvy and I don't speak the lingo so in layman's terms.

    The Nexus 10 is lighter. It downloads apps faster. Loads Web pages much quicker. The external speakers are better. Some of the same apps are cheaper on Google play. The touch screen on the nexus is much more sensitive and responsive. I did have random reboots on my Nexus, but an update has taken care of that and it's been operating flawlessly since.

    So far after 5 days I've found that the ipad has better image quality. The battery life is phenomenal with super fast charging and yes you can find more accessories for an ipad.

    Still exploring, but I think everything in life has it's pro's and cons, so it's going to boil down to personal preference. Good luck.
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    I like playing video on the N10 via "Media house" using any player like "bsplayer" if it is from my Lan. Very fast. If you just want a video on your tv a cable plugs in. Don't know of anything that justifies the price difference to an Ipad, about $100.

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    Default Re: Compelling reason(s) to choose Nexus 10 over iPad 4?

    Better screen, specs, and no need for tablet optimized apps on the Nexus 10.

    Better battery life on the iPad 4 and that's about it. Unless you naturally prefer Apple stuff.

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    I buy a device I OWN it and i can do whatever i want with it. that why i bought a N10.

    I cant say the same for an ipad.
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    well you are on a nexus 10 board, so u know what the responses are going to be. I absolutely love it. 2 pluses i kind of took for granted when i was looking into getting one are 1) loud front facing speakers and 2) the rubbery feeling back.
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    Default Re: Compelling reason(s) to choose Nexus 10 over iPad 4?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_fro2000 View Post
    well you are on a nexus 10 board, so u know what the responses are going to be. I absolutely love it. 2 pluses i kind of took for granted when i was looking into getting one are 1) loud front facing speakers and 2) the rubbery feeling back.
    Don't forget to emphasize speakers as plural! The single speaker behind the iPad is just pathetic.
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    I've posted this elsewhere but if I could so it all over again I wouldn't get a Nexus 10. I'm an android fan but the Nexus 10 has been horrible. I've RMA'd once and I'm on the process of RMAing again.

    Each Nexus 10 has crashed all the time. It plays HDMI videos but is choppy and can crash the tablet. There's also considerable lag when connected via HDMI.

    Unless you are a dedicated Android fan I would get the iPad. The iPad just works.

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    Default Re: Compelling reason(s) to choose Nexus 10 over iPad 4?

    Since you currently own an Android phone, I think that'd tip the scale in the Nexus 10's favor. In addition to all the regular Android goodies, you get a tablet that has better compatibility with your phone. That's a HUGE factor.

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    Default Re: Compelling reason(s) to choose Nexus 10 over iPad 4?

    Quote Originally Posted by eronfaure View Post
    I've posted this elsewhere but if I could so it all over again I wouldn't get a Nexus 10. I'm an android fan but the Nexus 10 has been horrible. I've RMA'd once and I'm on the process of RMAing again.

    Each Nexus 10 has crashed all the time. It plays HDMI videos but is choppy and can crash the tablet. There's also considerable lag when connected via HDMI.

    Unless you are a dedicated Android fan I would get the iPad. The iPad just works.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using AC Forums mobile app
    You've had bad luck apparently. (Or else I and numerous others have had good luck.) I've never had crashing or rebooting problems. Also, while I personally don't use the HDMI output, I suspect the issues you've had there are related to your other issues. Also, the Lightning Digital AV Adapter that Apple sells (for $50!) is not exactly problem free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eronfaure View Post
    I've posted this elsewhere but if I could so it all over again I wouldn't get a Nexus 10. I'm an android fan but the Nexus 10 has been horrible. I've RMA'd once and I'm on the process of RMAing again.

    Each Nexus 10 has crashed all the time. It plays HDMI videos but is choppy and can crash the tablet. There's also considerable lag when connected via HDMI.

    Unless you are a dedicated Android fan I would get the iPad. The iPad just works.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using AC Forums mobile app
    Some of us want a device that does more than "just works", especially when we're paying hundreds of dollars. Bad luck with your N10 though, I've also had no issues with mine.
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    I've got an iPad 1 and a Nexus 4, but I'm considering getting a Nexus 10. Many iOS developers now offer iPad versions of their apps, which is nice not just because of the better look versus a blown-up iPhone app, but also because there are often additional features and a better user experience. Do Android devs do the same thing with their apps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoMoNexus View Post
    I've got an iPad 1 and a Nexus 4, but I'm considering getting a Nexus 10. Many iOS developers now offer iPad versions of their apps, which is nice not just because of the better look versus a blown-up iPhone app, but also because there are often additional features and a better user experience. Do Android devs do the same thing with their apps?
    Not usually. Android doesn't need tablet-optimized apps, the apps work just as well on a tablet as they do on a phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlDeMoNiClx View Post
    Not usually. Android doesn't need tablet-optimized apps, the apps work just as well on a tablet as they do on a phone.
    I'm surprised to hear that. For example, a videoconferencing and collaboration app on a tablet -- iOS or Android -- can have a riches UI and UX because the extra space means users can watch the speaking participant's video while viewing the document, whereas on a phone, you'd see only the doc.
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    I just purchased the N10 yesterday after I sold my Xoom while it still had some value. It's going back today. No complaints about performance or app behavior. Just that the thing was way awkward to hold and operate due to it's dimensions. Kind of odd since I didn't feel the same about The Xoom. Probably because the bezel was thinner which made it feel smaller. I also own an iPad and N7 but my iPad3 is a storage pig with all it's retina apps and games that have pushed the 32 gig storage to its limit. Though I hate the Apple OS as it is basically just an app launcher with pages of icons.....I call it prehistoric, the thing just feels right in the hand and is great for reading. 16x10 plus generous bezel space is real problematic in my view. Too bad because I like everything else about the tablet especially JB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burwil View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by xlDeMoNiClx View Post
    Not usually. Android doesn't need tablet-optimized apps, the apps work just as well on a tablet as they do on a phone.

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    Not true. For example, I have a Spider Solitaire game on my phone that I have always liked so I downloaded it to my Nexus 10. The cards are so tiny it is almost unplayable. Uninstalled it and found one that looks good on the tablet. The app has not been updated since 12/11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    Not true. For example, I have a Spider Solitaire game on my phone that I have always liked so I downloaded it to my Nexus 10. The cards are so tiny it is almost unplayable. Uninstalled it and found one that looks good on the tablet. The app has not been updated since 12/11.
    There are always exceptions. Of course, if an app hadn't been updated since 12/11 (I'm assuming that's Dec of 2011?) then it's obviously not getting dev support at this point anyway...

    Despite that, I do believe that in general "phone" apps for the most part do work just fine on Android tablets.

    To the OP, I'd honestly go with personal preference at this point.
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    I have to say that these questions about which is better and this and that will start to slowly fade away as time passes because the users of Android devices and iOS devices are starting to get more and more entrenched into the ecosystems that each company provides. So, unless you're new to this arena, you should start answering your question by looking at the device that's really going to support your desired setup.

    In other words, if you're an iTunes user and all of your music purchases were from the iTunes store, you have all your data backed up to iCloud and you love how everything syncs with your Macbook, then you may want to get an iPad. There's no shame in this choice even if you love some of the Android tablets better!

    On the flipside, if you don't use iTunes and you'd rather start using the features that you Google account has (which is everything Apple offers and more) and allow it all to sync between the Google Play store and all of your Android devices, then why would you get an iPad?? Who wants to be stuck with some purchases on your iPad and another collection of stuff on your Nexus 10? Maybe it's just me, but I like the centralized feel of having everything under one roof. The only thing "Apple" I kept after switching to Android was my Macbook, but that's because I still need a computer and I'm not too fond of what Microsoft is doing these days.

    There once was a time where specs really mattered and people would choose one side versus the other simply because of the selection of apps, but these days, the dust is settling and the lines are becoming blurred. We seem to be left with which one looks and feels better and who's ecosystem we'd like to live in for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    Not true. For example, I have a Spider Solitaire game on my phone that I have always liked so I downloaded it to my Nexus 10. The cards are so tiny it is almost unplayable. Uninstalled it and found one that looks good on the tablet. The app has not been updated since 12/11.
    Is a single app representative of the one-million-app Play Store?

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    I haven't downloaded from iTunes recently but last I checked alot of their music was protected. And since iTunes was the big boy on the block for so many years choosing between Android and iOS isn't such a simple matter. And I think Android big format tablets are going to struggle since the form factor is just messed up IMO. Landscape is good to look at and good for use as a monitor. Holding it in your hands... at least the big bezeled big screen N10... fail. Unless you have it mostly sitting on your lap for YouTube or other video apps. IMHO YMMV.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by burwil View Post
    I haven't downloaded from iTunes recently but last I checked alot of their music was protected. And since iTunes was the big boy on the block for so many years choosing between Android and iOS isn't such a simple matter. And I think Android big format tablets are going to struggle since the form factor is just messed up IMO. Landscape is good to look at and good for use as a monitor. Holding it in your hands... at least the big bezeled big screen N10... fail. Unless you have it mostly sitting on your lap for YouTube or other video apps. IMHO YMMV.....

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    That's your opinion, and others may share it, but a lot of folks feel the opposite way. I definitely prefer the 16x9 aspect ratio, even though I generally use my tablet in portrait orientation. I'm used to it. When I pick up an iPad, I usually think, "it's too square..."
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    Agreed. Though while pouring over reviews of the N10 yesterday I saw my concern was a common theme. Though to be honest alot of these people could already be iOS owners which would bias them. I'm just giving my take which is worth what I was paid in offering it. ;-)

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