Microsoft Surface RT  vs Google Nexus 10 

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Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.8 Out of 10
The tablet scored 922 on the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark (an excellent score) and it feels quite responsive overall.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
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Released November, 2012

Google Nexus 10

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Google Nexus 10
8.8 Out of 10
Its insanely high 2560x1600 resolution gives it an unprecedented 300 PPI, which is the most of any tablet currently on the market (for those wondering, the retina iPad has a 264 PPI).
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs Nexus 10

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus 10
10.0
BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Google Nexus 10 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 10  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nexus 10
10.0

Google Nexus 10 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 10  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs Nexus 10

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
Nexus 10
1,371 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Surface RT
1,751
Nexus 10
2,716

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
Nexus 10
39.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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Microsoft Surface RT

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Faster javascript execution 994 ms vs 1,371 ms More than 25% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Slightly bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" More than 5% bigger screen
Back view of Google Nexus 10

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Google Nexus 10

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Much faster graphics 12.5 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 3.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1366 x 768 Around 4x higher resolution
Lighter 603 g vs 903 g Around 35% lighter
Much sharper screen 300 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much thinner 8.9 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 35% thinner
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 4.9 MP vs 2 MP Around 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Smaller 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Nexus 10 

8.0
8.0
In general, high quality images abound as do rich typographic elements that set Windows 8 and Surface apart from the hit or miss presentation of Android and iOS tablets (and I love my Android tablets and greatly respect iPad apps for their quality).
Surface RT

7.0
7.7
It also supports 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC (near-field communication).
Nexus 10

6.0
9.0
We've already mentioned how jaw dropping the display resolution is, but it's worth noting that it has superb viewing angles too.
Nexus 10

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
Nexus 10 
Size 10.6" 10.1"
Technology OLED PLS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 2560 x 1600
PPI 147 ppi 300 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No No

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.7 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Surface RT  vs
Nexus 10 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.9 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 4.9 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 Micro USB
Hdmi support 1 HDMI 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 903 g 603 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8.9 mm
Battery life 8 hour 7.5 hour
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