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Aug 14, 2012

Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison


Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison
The tablet wars are no longer a two-horse race between Apple and Google.

Four days after Microsoft invited the press to Los Angeles (and after four days of Web-wide speculation as to why), on Monday, June 19, 2012, the company finally unveiled Surface.

Surface is a line of tablet devices running the company's next-generation Windows operating system and marks Microsoft's first foray into the ever-expanding tablet market. Yes, you read that correctly: Microsoft will be building and branding its own tablets, effectively competing with its own hardware partners such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo.

Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,ComparisonMicrosoft the company which was previously in the software sector is getting into horizontal integrations and stepping into a new side by bringing two new tablets in their range of product both named Surface but there is slight difference of OS between them, as one running Windows RT(formerly known as Windows on ARM) the lighter version of Windows 8 while the other Surface Pro catering the full desktop version of Windows 8.

While on the other side The latest Google Nexus 7's quad-core Tegra 3 processor delivers fast performance and a beautiful and responsive screen. Also, it's comfortable to hold and Android 4.1 brings a surplus of welcome additions. The lack of built-in expandable storage and omission of HDMI are disappointing, and the design follows the plain, black tablet mold. The top and bottom bezels are a bit too thick. With a beautiful screen, fast performance, a comfortable design, and overall great media options, the Nexus 7 is easily the best 7-inch tablet available and one of the top tablets on the market.

Now let the “Tablet” war begin between the Software Giant and the Search Engine king.


Surface RT
The first, running Windows RT effectively the "light" version of Windows 8 -- will launch in the fall, around the same time as Windows 8 does, and run on an as-yet-unnamed ARM CPU.
Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison

Surface Pro
The Pro will offer the full Windows 8 OS running on an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU (the same chips found in ultrabooks and other laptops).

Nexus 7
Quad Core 1.3Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 best for next generation of power-hungry games and apps

Screen Size and Display.

Surface uses a 10.6-inch optically bonded ClearType display. The screen's 16:9 aspect ratio (AR) is identical to that of an HDTV, so many of your favorite movies and all newer TV shows will run in full-screen on the tablet, with no stretching or letterboxing. Microsoft hasn't yet confirmed the resolution of the Surface tablets, except to say that the RT version is "HD" and the Pro version runs at a "full HD" resolution. Reading between the lines, that seems to indicate that the RT tablet will run at least 1,280x720 pixels (720p HD), while the Surface Pro will boast at least 1,920x1,080 pixels (1080p).

Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison
Where on the other side Nexus has 7 inch TFT active matrix - LED backlight. The 1,280-by-800-pixel display on the Nexus 7, while not up to the Retina's 264 pixels per inch, will deliver a crisper 216 pixels per inch (screen resolution 1280x800)to the Kindle Fire's 169. For consumers who like to read e-books on their tablet, the Nexus offers a sharper display.

Thickness and Weight

Surface RT
9.3mm thick and weigh 23.85 ounces
Surface Pro
13.5mm thick and weigh 31.85 ounces. Pro version will be slightly thicker, offer a more robust battery, and boast better peripheral support (USB 3.0 versus 2.0, DisplayPort, and an SDXC expansion slot) and twice the storage capacity of the RT version.

Nexus 7
10.41mm thick and weigh 12 ounces. This is mostly which is required for an e-book reader “light Weight”

Operating System

Surface RT
Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison
Windows RT operating system the "light" version of Windows 8, running only the Metro apps available through the Windows app store, it will include a version of Microsoft Office at no additional charge.
Surface Pro
The Pro will offer the full desktop version of Windows 8 OS.

Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with the latest incarnation of the Android OS, version 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean. Though Android 4.1 on the Nexus 7 is just as customizable as previous incarnations of the OS, the way it's presented here feels much more controlled and focused, and while a bit less intimidating to the uninitiated, it also feels a bit constraining.


Surface RT and Pro.
Front and rear facing "HD" cameras. Microsoft was mum on imaging details. That implies at least 720p image capture capability (which is merely 0.9 megapixels), but we're hoping for something at least closer to the multimegapixel resolution you find on middle-of-the-road tablets and smartphones these days.

Nexus 7
1.2-megapixel front camera sitting in the middle of the top bezel is the lone distinguishable feature.

Battery and Capacity.

Surface RT
31.5 watt hour battery, 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT
 Surface Pro
42 watt hour battery with storage option of 64GB and 128GB

Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison
9 hours of battery with storage capacity of 8GB and 16GB.


microSD, USB 2.0, Micro-HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennas

Nexus 7
No SD card, No HDMI output



MSRP: 200$

Other Noticeable Surface Features

Google Nexus 7 VS Microsoft Surface:Specs,Review,Comparison
         Surface for Windows 8 Pro will support digital inking, and during a demo at the conference the company demoed this by writing on the screen using a stylus and then zooming in on the writing, which still looks smooth without any of the "jaggies" you'd expect.
                 Thanks to the optical bonding process, there are no layers between the Gorilla Glass 2.0 and the display.
            If you took the keyboard attachment used by the Asus Transformer family of tablets and melded it with Apple's Smart Cover, you'd get the basic idea behind Microsoft's cover implementation for Surface.
               There will be two types of cover and keyboard attachments: Touch Cover and Type Cover. Like Apple's Smart Cover, the covers are magnetically attached to the edge of the tablet. Both types of cover can act as either a cover for the screen or as a full keyboard, with a two-button touch pad and buttons for navigating Windows' Metro UI. When flipped back, the keyboard automatically shuts off.
Microsoft certainly made it clear that typing on its cover-keyboards was just as accurate and enjoyable (and in the case of Type Cover, possible more enjoyable) as typing on a normal keyboard.


Microsoft Surface’s most impressive thing was not the specs, but the sheer attention to detail that went into building this product and the obvious effort put into integrating its features. It seems to be a truly impressive design and engineering feat. However, there are just too many important, unanswered questions. In which the most important is the price and the entire tablet PC sector have their glued to Microsoft for this.
   While on the other side Nexus 7 priced at 200$ is a fast competitive low priced tablet best suitable for E-Readers offering sharper display. Although it lacks in the feature with “Big Gun” Surface and the lack of SD card and HDMI is really disappointing.
   Microsoft is a far away winner in specs and design but the price for this “beautifully designed” tablet is going to be the Decider how big this machine is going to make. Previously it was rumored to be about 500$ but recently the rumors dropped down to 200$ (which is surely going to stir the market for other). 

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