Battery Life: iPad Vs Nexus

People usually forget to consider an important feature in a tablet device – its battery life. A battery life dictates the actual performance of a device. Here we try to compare the last two generations of iPad, the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 against each other.

The test was performed by continually running a movie file on each tablet until its battery died. All these tablets are set to Airplane Mode and their respective brightnesses is adjusted to 150 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) or close to that number. Each movie was played through the tablet’s native default video players.

Considering the Operating System of the tablet devices, the iPad was  running on version 6.0.1 of iOS where as the Nexus 10 ran Android 4.2 and the Nexus 7  on Android 4.1.2.

In the final score, the iPad emerged  the winner. The latest iPad’s battery life lasted for 13.1 hours and the iPad Mini gives an impressive 12.1 hours battery life. Where as almost all Android tablets failed to last over 10 hours, only the Nexus 7 achieved 10.1 hours.

It is clear that the most impressive device in this group is the iPad Mini, though its screen is not good as the Nexus 7’s but still it managed 12.1 hours of battery life. That means it gives 2 extra hours of battery life while comparing with Nexus 7.

Have a look at this battery-testing result

  • iPad (4th gen) : 13.1 hours
  •  iPad Mini        : 12.1 hours
  • Nexus 10          : 8.4 hours
  • Nexus 7            : 10.1 hours
  • iPad (3rd gen) : 11.4 hours


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