Microsoft Surface RT  vs Google Nexus 7 II 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.9 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 July, 2013

Google Nexus 7 II

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Google Nexus 7 II
8.9 Out of 10
The 1,280x800-pixel resolution packed into a 7-inch display gives visuals like text and graphics a sharper look than what I'm typically used to seeing on most 7-inchers.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs Nexus 7 II

Performance

Processing power and speed

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

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Google Nexus 7 II 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7 II  based on its graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs Nexus 7 II

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
Nexus 7 II
1,177.1 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
Nexus 7 II
14.6 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
Nexus 7 II
40 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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Faster javascript execution 994 ms vs 1,177.1 ms More than 15% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly bigger screen 10.6" vs 7" More than 50% bigger screen
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Back view of Google Nexus 7 II

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Google Nexus 7 II

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Much faster graphics 14.6 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 3.8x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much lighter 290 g vs 903 g 3.1x lighter
Much sharper screen 323 ppi vs 147 ppi Around 2.2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much thinner 8 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 40% thinner
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 2 MP 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly smaller 200 x 114 x 8 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 3.5x smaller
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2.2x higher resolution
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date 9 months later

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Nexus 7 II 

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
8.4
The $270 32GB Wi-Fi model and $350 4G LTE version are even better values, especially compared with similar configurations of the iPad Mini.
Nexus 7 II

8.5
9.5
Featuring a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD display, it simply delivers the goods in the details department, as its 323 ppi pixel density is undoubtedly breathtaking for its screen size.
Nexus 7 II

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
Nexus 7 II 
Size 10.6" 7"
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1920 x 1200
PPI 147 ppi 323 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 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 II 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 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 1.2 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 5 MP

ports

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

form factor

Weight 903 g 290 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 200 x 114 x 8 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8 mm
Battery life 8 hour 7.25 hour
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