Google Nexus 10 vs Asus Transformer TF701T: Tablet Battle

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January 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Google Nexus 10 vs Asus Transformer TF701T: Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back to this site!

A while ago, i just showed you one comparison review between Google Nexus 10 vs the latest-gen iPad Air 2.

Even though this Google’s tablet doesn’t come out as the winner in that review, there are some parts on this device that actually make it a better offering than iPad Air 2 – like its display, its fully-featured Android software and some other more.

That’s actually the reason why i’m still interested to compare Google Nexus 10 with another latest-gen device.

This time, however, this Google’s tablet is gonna taste the battle against one powerful tablet in productivity category.

The challenger for nexus 10 today is coming from Asus by the way – which is known mostly for its productivity-centric Transformer line – and it is also ‘on the same page’ with Google Nexus 10 in terms of hardware specs.

Okay then, without too much explanation, this tablet is Asus Transformer TF701T.

Google Nexus 10 vs Asus Transformer TF701T benchmarks and gaming performance

Just like my previous comparison review between Google Nexus 10 and iPad Air 2, both of these devices are also released in 2 different years – with Google’s tablet being released in late 2012, while Asus Transformer TF701T made its debut in late 2013.

So don’t be shocked if they both have different class of specs.

One of the most prominent differences found on these tablets is definitely on their processors - Asus Transformer TF701T is powered by Tegra 4 processor, while Google Nexus 10 is equipped with Samsung’s in-house Exnos 5250 dual-core processor.

Well, if you’re interested to see how these 2 tablets fare against each other in this review, especially in terms of gaming performance, then here you go, my comparison review between Google Nexus 10 and Asus Transformer TF701T.

Introduction

Asus has been mostly known for its productivity-centric tablets. And that’s shown perfectly on its wide range of models under the Asus Transformer Line.

Asus Transformer TF701T is no different. Just like all of its siblings, this device is focused mostly by the manufacturer as a pure productivity device, given its keyboard dock that comes packed with the tablet.

However, the most prominent sectors seen on this tablet are actually its processor and display – Tegra 4 quad-core processor and 2.5K display.

By seeing this hardware ‘profile’, you can instantly tell that this tablet is obviously one of the flagship models from Asus' tablet lineup in 2013. There’s no doubt about that.

It goes the same with Google Nexus 10 actually. Despite being released 1 year before Asus Transformer TF701T came out, this Google-branded tablet amazingly is still on the same level with Asus device.

It has a powerful processor and its display is also sporting the same exact 2.5K resolution.

So with that being said, then Google Nexus 10 is still relevant to be positioned in today’s tablet market, even alongside iPad Air 2.

This of course is really amazing because Google Nexus 10 was released back then around 3 years ago, compared to the latest-gen iPad Air 2 that just made its first debut a couple of months ago in 2014.

But the questions remain. With all of the high-grade specs and powerful performance found on both devices, which one between Google Nexus 10 and Asus Transformer TF701T that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one between that is a much better device in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for gaming?

Design

Compared to many of its siblings in Transformer series, this Asus Transformer TF701T is actually not such a huge departure when it comes to design.

So basically, it still looks pretty similar with many other Asus Transformer devices.

The device has round-shaped corners, the bezels around the screen are pretty thick, the rear-cover is made out of brushed aluminum materials and there’s also the keyboard dock to support it as a productivity device.

On the other hand, Google Nexus 10 is made out of Samsung’s usual plastic polycarbonate.

However, despite using plastic, the rear-case of this tablet impressively feels really solid and comfortable to hold – as told in Marques Brownlee’s review of this tablet.

Google Nexus 10
Google Nexus 10
Asus Transformer TF701T
Asus Transformer TF701T

Meanwhile, the entire design of this Samsung is mostly handled by Google, although there are still some influences of Samsung on some parts of this device – like the rounded rectangular looking design, which makes it look chubby, just like most of Samsung devices in 2012.

If there is one thing that makes it Asus Transformer TF701T more superior than Google Nexus 10, then it’s probably its keyboard dock.

So as a productivity-centric tablet, this device comes packed with its own keyboard dock, which Google Nexus 10 doesn't have it.

This is probably the main selling point of this device, besides its powerful Tegra 4 and 2.5K display of course.

Even so, the designs of both tablets are still good equally.

They may not be as great as the aluminum-plated iPads, but they’re still good as flagship devices.

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Google Nexus 10 (Samsung)Asus Transformer TF701T
10.1 inch Super PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
2560 x 1600 pixels (~299 ppi pixel density)
Android OS 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradable to 4.4.2 KitKat)
a Dual-core Exynos 5250 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15
2 GB RAM
Mali-T604 GPU
5 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
1.9 MP front-facing camera
No MicroSD card slot
16/32 GB Internal storage
No Radio
GPS
NFC
USB
Bluetooth
Infrared Yes
Non-removable Li-Po 9000 mAh battery
    Released November 2013
    Optional mobile dock with standard QWERTY keyboard and trackpad
    10.1 inchSuper IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen,
    2560 x 1600 pixels (~299 ppi pixel density)
    Quad-core 1.9 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 T40X Cortex-A15 CPU
    ULP GeForce GPU
    2 GB RAM
    Android OS 4.2 Jelly Bean
    5 MP rear-facing camera autofocus,
    1.2 MP front-facing camera (720p video recording)
    microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
    32/64 GB Internal storage

    No Radio, No GPRS, No EDGE, No SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11
    USB, Bluetooth
    Non-removable Li-Po battery (31 Wh)

    The hardware specs found inside these 2 tablets are of course not on par especially given that Google Nexus 10 was released around 3 years ago, as opposed to Asus Transformer TF701T that just got released in November 2013, which was 1 year ago.

    So between these 2 devices, it’s pretty obvious that Asus Transformer TF701T looks more promising in today’s standards than Google Nexus 10.

    Impressively, Google Nexus 10 is still on the same level with Asus Transformer TF701T on some of its sectors – like its screen, battery capacity, design, software and some other more.

    Google Nexus 10 comes packed with a 10.1-inch display sporting the 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels), a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor clocked at 1.7GHz per core, 2GB of RAM, Mali-T604 MP GPU, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.9MP camera on the front, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (can be upgraded though to Android Kitkat), 16/32GB native storage, NFC and a huge 9000mAh battery.

    Meanwhile, Asus Transformer TF701T as a newer-gen flagship, comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting the same 2.5K resolution just like Google Nexus 10, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 2GB of RAM, 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP rear-camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, a huge 31Wh battery (or equal to around 8100mAh battery if i’m not mistaken) and there are also some standard features like GPS, Java and more.

    Screen

    The display of both Google Nexus 10 and Asus Transformer TF701T are actually on par against each other. They both sport the same exact 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels) on the same 10.1-inch display.

    So when it comes to sharpness, of course both of these devices are really great equally. But that’s not it.

    According to some reviews i’ve seen on YouTube (like Chris from oode), the display of Google Nexus 10 is so gorgeous and it has outstanding color saturation, with colors popping out like crazy on the screen, especially when checking out some photos or videos that have prominent colors, like fruits, flowers or anything.

    However, the most interesting fact about the display of Google Nexus 10 – compared to Asus Transformer TF701T – is, this tablet was actually released back then in late 2012 – which was 3 years ago. On the other hand, Asus Transformer TF701T made its first debut in late 2013.

    So I think it’s really amazing to see how Samsung could come up with the display that’s even still on par with 2013-released tablets.

    In fact, Google Nexus 10 is still one of the tablets with the highest screen resolution on the market right now, even than the iPad Air 2.

    User Interface

    As a productivity-dedicated tablet, of course Asus Transformer TF701T comes with some important features related to productivity stuff.

    However, the UI of this tablet is not a huge departure from the stock Android UI, which has the standard homescreen, widget element and many other things, of course with some additions of features and tasks to support the productivity experience of this device, especially the ones related to its keyboard dock.

    Meanwhile, Google Nexus 10 is on the other side of the road.

    It comes with the stock vanilla Android UI based on the 4.2 Jelly Bean version (can be upgraded to KitKat by the way).

    So despite being manufactured by Samsung – which is known for its TouchWiz UI -, the entire experience of this tablet is handled by Google (sorry Samsung, back off please! you can keep your TouchWiz in your pocket!).

    But this is actually a good thing because this tablet is powered by a huge 9000mAh battery.

    So by using this stock Android UI without any significant customizations from manufacturer, Google Nexus 10 is able to perform much even faster and smoother, plus more efficient with the use of memory and battery, making its battery life last much longer even in heavy use.

    Besides, this Google’s tablet is sporting 2.5K display – which can be power-hungry.

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    When it comes to gaming performance, it’s no brainer that Asus Transformer TF701T is far more powerful than Google Nexus 10.

    And that’s mostly because its Tegra 4 quad-core processor along with a staggering 72-core GPU are just more superior against the dual-core Exynos 5250 and Mali-T604 GPU found inside Google Nexus 10, especially in terms of graphical performance.

    But even so, the gaming performance of Google Nexus 10 can actually be considered as good, even great, because it’s still capable to handle even the latest and most graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City, NOVA 3, Dead Trigger or Need for Speed Most Wanted, even in full highest graphics.

    But of course, for the latest game like GTA San Andreas, i have doubts this tablet is able to execute this game perfectly in full highest graphics.

    But the good thing is, you can always set its graphics to the low level in order to play it smoothly with no lag.

    This really contradicts with Asus Transformer TF701T.

    Unlike Google Nexus 10 that has problem running game like GTA San Andreas in full graphics, this won’t happen on this Asus tablet.

    All thanks to NVIDIA’s beast processor Tegra 4, accompanied with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, which ensure its powerful gaming performance.

    So besides the aforementioned games above, Asus Transformer TF701T is also capable to play even the most latest titles like Modern Combat 5 or GTA San Andreas, even in full highest graphics.

    In fact, even with its super high-resolution 2.5K display, this device has no problem at all to execute these games perfectly and in buttery smooth performance.

    But even so, Google Nexus 10 is still a good gaming tablet.

    It may be as great as Asus Transformer TF701T in terms of performance and graphical power, however, it’s still adequate to handle many heavy 3D games perfectly.

    But of course, if you want to get the one with the best gaming performance, then Asus Transformer TF701T is definitely your choice here.

    However, despite having powerful gaming performance, there’s still one downside found on Asus Transformer TF701T.

    And that is its overheating issue.

    Most of Tegra 4 tablets actually have this ‘overheating issue’ especially on their rear-cover. So when these tablets are deployed with some heavy stuff intensively – like gaming -, the rear cover gets really hot overtime.

    And this can be really annoying because everytime the device gets hotter, you will be forced to stop using it for awhile, in order to unleash the heat out from the tablet.

    Therefore, if you decide you buy this tablet, you must also prepare the budget to buy the external case cover to protect the rear-cover from touching your hands.

    Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Google Nexus 10 and Asus Transformer TF701T, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

    Cameras

    Both Google Nexus 10 and Asus Transformer TF701T come with the same 5MP rear-facing cameras.

    Meanwhile, on the front-side, Google’s tablet looks more superior with its 1.9MP camera, as opposed to the 1.2MP one found on Asus Transformer TF701T.

    In terms of quality, however, both tablets can still be considered as good, if not as great as iPad’s iSight camera. So if you’re into photography, you can still count on the rear camera on any of these 2 tablets.

    Battery Life

    On the sector of battery, Google Nexus 10 looks more superior than Asus Transformer TF701T simply because its battery capacity is a huge 9000mAh, as opposed to the 31Wh battery found inside Asus Transformer TF701T (or equal to around 8100mAh battery, if i’m not mistaken).

    And it’s probably true because besides having a much bigger battery capacity, Google Nexus 10 also uses the stock vanilla Android UI without any customizations whatsoever from the manufacturer – or in this case, Samsung.

    So even with its super high-resolution 2.5K display, i believe this device is more than happier to accompany you in full solid day on a full charge, of course in moderate use.

    The battery life of Asus Transformer TF701T, however, is also more than adequate to deliver an all-day-long battery life to users, also in moderate use.

    But of course, if you use any of these tablets to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all - like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, their battery life would drop significantly to probably just around 5 to 7 hours.

    Maybe less maybe more, depending on some other factors like screen brightness, the existing apps that are running the background, the use of live wallpaper and some other more.

    So bottom line, if you only use any of these tablets in your spare time, of course you can get a sweet all-day-long battery life out of them.

    My Personal Opinions

    So my final conclusion of this comparison review is, from all the things that i’ve been comparing from both devices, i think both Google Nexus 10 and Asus Transformer TF701T are equally great, especially as media-consumption devices and gaming tablets.

    However, if compared side-by-side head-to-head, of course i will choose Asus Transformer TF701T as the one with the better gaming performance than Google Nexus 10.

    And that’s mostly because its Tegra 4 processor and 72-core GPU are just too powerful compared to the dual-core Exynos 5250 processor and Mali-T604 GPU found on Google Nexus 10.

    Even so, both of these tablets are still great as gaming machines.

    However, despite having a less powerful gaming performance, there are still some great things to appreciate from Google Nexus 10.

    Some of them are 2.5K sharpest display, good quality cameras, stock Android software, huge battery capacity (which ensures to longer battery life, especially thanks to stock Android OS) and the design of this Google’s tablet is actually quite good, despite using plastic.

    But then again, Asus Transformer TF701T looks so much even better than Google Nexus 10 simply because the hardware specs inside this device are still on par and even outperform the ones found inside Google’s tablet.

    I mean, it also has the same 2.5K resolution on its 10.1-inch display, 5MP rear-facing camera, Android UI with some great productivity-related features and tasks, 2GB of RAM and also a huge 31Wh battery.

    Not to mention, this tablet also has microSD card slot for up to 64GB and keyboard dock, plus a more powerful graphical and gaming performance, which Google Nexus 10 doesn’t have them all.

    So i think this looks pretty obvious that Asus Transformer TF701T is a better tablet in the whole aspect than Google Nexus 10. Not just in terms of specs, but also in entire quality.

    However, that doesn’t mean that Google Nexus 10 really sucks compared to Asus Transformer TF701T. Well, that’s totally WRONG because Google Nexus 10 is still a good well-made device from Samsung.

    It has great rectangular looking design that feels really comfortable to hold (according to Marques Brownlee), it has good powerful gaming performance (thanks to Mali-T604 GPU), it has full-featured UI, solid strong battery life (thanks to 9000mAh battery) and pretty much everything about this device is just great overall.

    So at the end of the day, the final decision to buy any of these tablets actually will come down to your personal preference and needs as well.

    So if you’re looking for a productivity tablet with one of the best gaming hardware in town, then Asus Transformer TF701T is a great choice for you.

    Meanwhile, if you’re in the search for a pure media-consumption tablet with great display, powerful performance, good cameras and longer battery life, then Google Nexus 10 can also be a perfect option for you.

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