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
7.3 Out of 10
The solid build, kickstand, the associated rage of keyboards and big screen make it adept for both work and play, and it's the closest device we've seen to a true hybrid.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2013)
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Released July, 2012

Google Nexus 7

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Google Nexus 7
7.6 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

Performance

Processing power and speed

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nexus 7
10.0

Google Nexus 7 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

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
1,371 ms
Scrolling on the browser is generally fast and smooth, letting you glide around pages with ease and making it very fast to navigate.
Nexus 7 | by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Surface RT
1,751
Nexus 7
2,231
It can easily switch from game to email to Chrome at light speed - no stutters, slowdowns, or hiccups.
Nexus 7 | by Android Police (Nov, 2012)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
Nexus 7
12.5 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
39.8 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
Microsoft Surface RT

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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
Back view of Google Nexus 7

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Google Nexus 7

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Faster graphics 12.5 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 3.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Faster web browser 2,231 vs 1,751 More than 25% better BrowserMark score
Much lighter 340 g vs 903 g 2.7x lighter
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 4.1) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly sharper screen 215 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Smaller 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm vs 274.6 x 172 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.9 MP vs 1.3 MP More than 45% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Nexus 7 

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

8.5
9.0
Throw in its superb viewing angles and mighty strong brightness output, the Nexus 10’s display is easily visible in outdoor conditions with the sun bearing down upon us.
Nexus 7

7.0
8.0
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

6.0
9.0
Turn the Google Nexus 10 over and you'll find a big speaker at the top, along with the main 5 megapixel camera lens, which is also capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps.
Nexus 7

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

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 Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 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 7 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 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 None

ports

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 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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