Difference between Microsoft Surface RT and Nexus 7

Key Difference: The Microsoft Surface RT is a tablet that features a 10.6-inch TFT HD capacitive touchscreen with approximately 148 ppi density. The screen affords the true 16:9 aspect ratio. However, the OS is not compatible with old Windows PC programs. The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer running Android 4.1 (also named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus.

The market for bigger, better and more able smartphones is increasing. People are getting bored with the regular phones that would just place calls or send text message, now the phones need to be able to do many other things to even be considered as a choice. The phone should allow the users to surf the internet, check e-mails, record their schedules, find things on the internet, understand their speech, etc. They have become less phones and more personal secretaries. Now, it goes even further and tablets have come into the picture. Tablets have the portability of a phone and the functions of a laptop. Some tablets even allow users to place calls. Microsoft, which was originally a Desktop manufacturer, has now shifted focus on creating smartphone operating systems, laptops, and even tablets. The Microsoft Surface RT was launched in November 2012.

The Microsoft Surface RT is a tablet that features a 10.6-inch TFT HD capacitive touchscreen with approximately 148 ppi density. The screen is pretty decent in terms of resolution and shows clear, sharp images. The screen affords the true 16:9 aspect ratio which matches most movies and shows, eliminating the black bars that pop up. The tablet runs on the Windows OS, but has a huge lacking feature. The OS is not compatible with old Windows PC programs such as VLC, Photoshop Elements, etc. This is one of the reasons for the tablet not being so popular even after the amazing design and other attractive features. In order to run the old PC programs, one would require Windows 8 with an Intel processor, which is offered in the Microsoft Surface Pro.

The device has a slab form that makes it look thicker and heavier than it actually is. The device is only 9.4 mm thick, same as the iPad; however, the slab form that has not been tapered towards the end makes it seem thicker. The tablet is a little heavier compared to other devices because of the extra inches on the screen. The device is quite slick, which makes it easier to grip but more prone to slipping through the fingers. The device comes with a built-in kickstand that helps it stay upright when placed on a surface. The device is covered in a VaporMg casing, which according to the company, makes the device scratch and water-resistant. The device also has an intriguing feature, which is a cover that doubles as a keyboard. The sleek and flat keyboard has an aesthetic appeal and is also productive.

On top of the device when facing front in landscape mode, there is an ambient light sensor along with the front facing 1.2 MP camera. On the bottom bezel is the Windows Home sensor that takes the user to the start screen or the last app accessed. On the right side of the device, there is a speaker grille, a Micro-HDMI port, a full USB 2.0 port, and the power port. The left side has an additional speaker grille, a headphone jack, and a volume rocker. The kickstand is said to be a bit difficult for some people, while other claim that the stand was pretty smooth and easy to access. Under the stand, resides the microSD port, while there are magnets on the bottom to attach the Touch and Type keyboard covers. The device also has a 1.2 MP rear camera, in case anyone would like use it take photos.

The tablet is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 and comes in 32 and 64 GBs variants. The device feature 2 GB RAM. The processor provides enough power to allow the swiftly shifting between apps and windows. The tablet supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.0, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a built-in compass, but no GPS. The device houses a 31.5 W-h battery that drained pretty quickly according to CNET. The main problem that comes with this device is that it is less of a tablet and more of an even more portable laptop. The design is obviously appealing, but in terms of features and price, maybe going for Microsoft Surface Pro.

Among the number of various companies launching phones based on Google’s Android, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner. The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet computer running Android 4.1 (named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus. It was the first tablet in the Google Nexus series and features a 7-inch (180 mm) display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and 8, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. The 8 and 16 GB models were Wi-Fi only, and the 8 GB was eventually discontinued. The 32 GB models are both Wi-Fi and 3G compatible. The Nexus 7 was marketed effectively as an entertainment device. The tablet has been designed with gaming purpose in mind and has received high resolution display and various sensors to make it the ultimate gaming tablet. The tablets has dropped the rear primary cameras in the tablet and instead focus on place a 1-2 MP front-facing camera for video chatting purposes. The company has also eliminated the Camera app, so users will have to download an app from third-party developers from Google Play. According to Techradar, the images from the camera were a little grainy, but video calling was seamless, with no lag during calls. The low price of the Nexus 7 makes it a good and cheap companion. The 32 GB is available for USD 199 from the website.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from the Microsoft website, Google website and GSMArena.com.

 

Microsoft Surface RT

Nexus 7

Launch Date

November 2012

June 2012

Company

Microsoft

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by Asus.

Size

274.6 x 172 x 9.4 mm

198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in)

Display

10.6 inches TFT HD capacitive touchscreen

LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

1366 x 768 pixels (~148 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)

Protection

VaporMg casing

Corning Glass

Weight

680.4 grams

340g (11.99 oz)

2G Network

N/A

GSM : 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

N/A

WCDMA :

850/900/2100

4G Network

N/A

N/A

GUI

Windows RT

Pure Android

CPU speed

1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

ULP GeForce

ULP GeForce

OS

Windows RT

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Nvidia Tegra 3 T30

Nvidia Tegra 3

RAM

2 GB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

N/A

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

32/64 GB

16/32 GB storage

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

None

Sensors

Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Ambient light sensor

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope,

E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, USB.

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

NFC (Android Beam)

32GB + Mobile data version only: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+

32GB + Mobile data version only: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

32GB + Mobile data version only: 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)

32GB + Mobile data version only: HSPA+ 21 Mbps

Data

WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

WiFi, NFC, USB

GPRS, EDGE for 32GB + Mobile data version only

Speed

-

HSPA+ 21 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth V3.0

USB

USB v2.0, USB Host support

Micro-USB

Primary Camera

1.2 MP

1.2 MP

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP

None

Video

720p @ 30fps

720p

Camera Features

Geo-tagging

Video-calling

Sound Enhancement

Two microphones, Stereo speakers

None

Audio supported formats

MP3/ WAV/ eAAC+ player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player

Video supported formats

MP4/ DivX/ Xvid/ H.264/ H.263 player

MP4/H.264 player

Battery Capacity

31.5 W-h

Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery

Talktime

-

-

Standby Time

-

-

Available Colors

Dark Titanium

Black

Messaging

Email, Push Email, IM

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes

Yes

Java

-

None

Additional Features

  • microSDXC card slot
  • Headset jack
  • HD video out port
  • Cover port
  • Built-in kickstand
  • 5-point multi-touch
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview
  • Windows Mail and Messaging
  • SkyDrive
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Bing
  • Xbox Music, Video, and Games
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Microphone
  • Magnetometer
  • Google Wallet
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: microsoft.com, androidheadlines.com

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