The 10-inch tablet space was pretty much dominated by the iPad, but that was until recently. With Microsoft’s latest Surface tablet making an entry into the competitive tablet market and Google announcing its own Nexus 10-inch tablet, things are getting pretty heated up in this segment too. Today we’re pitting the Microsoft Surface against the Google Nexus 10 to see which of the two would be a worthy buy for you.
External design: As far as first impressions go, both these tablets feature a unique design. However, with its slightly larger screen size of 10.6 inches and quirky colors, we can’t help but lean towards the Microsft Surface. The Nexus 10, on the other hand, sports a rather wide bezel outlining the screen which gives it an awkward look. However, switch on the screen and you will be convinced to switch sides. While Microsoft’s Surface tablet comes with a decent resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels and a special ClearType technology for extra sharp viewing, the Nexus 10 comes with a mind-blowing 2560 X 1600 pixel resolution display which is the best-in-class.
Tech specs: Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The Nexus 10 is an Android-based tablet while the Surface runs on Windows RT. The Microsoft Surface RT is powered by a quad-core Tegra T30 processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with an internal storage option starting at 32 GB; however, only 16 GB of this particular model is available for users due to the system partitioning. The strong point about the Surface is its USB port, with which you can easily connect it to devices like printers, etc., and unleash the power of Windows in such a small form factor. The Nexus 10 is powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. Comparing the processors, we know the Surface is more capable of handling heavy-duty computing and multi-tasking.
Camera power: The Surface tablet has 720p cameras, both in the front as well as in the rear. The Nexus 10 does better with a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera.
Price-tag: This is the one main area where the Surface loses out to the Nexus 10. Google has priced it quite competitively, starting from $399 for the 16 GB model. On the other hand, the Surface starts at $499 for the 32 GB model, and we think this steep price may turn quite a few potential customers away.