Microsoft Surface RT  vs Google Nexus 7 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
6.8 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)
Released July, 2012

Google Nexus 7

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Google Nexus 7
7 Out of 10
Rounding things out, it obliterates its competition by donning a super skinny (0.41” thick) frame and lightweight (11.99 oz) feel in the hand.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs Nexus 7


Processing power and speed

BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs Nexus 7

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
Nexus 7
1,665.9 ms
Sunspider, which tests Java performance, logged a result of 1060 ms which is strong, but the more graphically-intensive PeaceKeeper returned a score of 337, which puts it way behind the iPhone 5 (907) and Samsung Galaxy SIII (680).
Surface RT | by TechRadar (Sep, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Surface RT
Nexus 7
My overall impression of IE10's browser speed was that it was sometimes fast enough, but I usually felt like I was waiting around longer than I would have liked to.
Surface RT | by c|net (Oct, 2012)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
Nexus 7
3.3 fps
GLBenchmark, as you might have guessed, is strictly about GPU performance.
Nexus 7 | by Android Police (Jul, 2012)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
Nexus 7
9.8 fps
CFBench is a community benchmarking tool that specializes in devices with multicore processors, and focuses heavily on generic computing performance, as opposed to GPU or R/W tests.
Nexus 7 | by Android Police (Jul, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
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Faster javascript execution 994 ms vs 1,665.9 ms More than 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Much bigger screen 10.6" vs 7" More than 50% bigger screen
Has a rear camera 2 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Marginally newer Oct, 2012 vs Jul, 2012 Release date 3 months later
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Much lighter 340 g vs 903 g 2.7x lighter
Longer battery life 9.8 hour vs 8 hour Around 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly smaller 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm vs 274.6 x 172 x 13.5 mm 2.6x smaller
Significantly thinner 10.5 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 25% thinner
Significantly sharper screen 215 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Nexus 7 

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

Most notably, they’re expanding into the multimedia content community, where they’re focusing on providing television shows, movies, books, magazines, music, games, and apps courtesy of Google Play.
Nexus 7

It also has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, GPS, and support for Google's NFC-based technology, Android Beam.
Nexus 7

It's still not as good as it could be; as ever with the Nexus line there's no microSD card slot, the screen, while generally strong, could do with richer colours and for games Android just can't compete with Apple, but for most users these will be irrelevant concerns, particularly given the price tag.
Nexus 7


7.4 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface RT  vs
Nexus 7 
Size 10.6" 7"
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1280 x 800
PPI 147 ppi 215 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No No


Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz


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


Surface RT  vs
Nexus 7 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 2 MP None


USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB
Hdmi support 1 HDMI None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 903 g 340 g
Size 274.6 x 172 x 13.5 mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 10.5 mm
Battery life 8 hour 9.8 hour
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