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Game of Tablets: Nexus 7, Surface and iPad

Game of Tablets: Nexus 7, Surface and iPad
This year must be the most exciting year ever for all those tablet fans scattered around the world. We not only have the new-gen iPad with its Retina Display, but also got to see the two other major tech companies (Microsoft and Google) unveil their very own products – the Surface and Nexus 7, respectively, and boy aren't they spectacular. Interestingly, though, it doesn't really seem that these three tablets are direct competitors. To a large extent, each of them targets a different group of users. Let's take a look at the cream of the crop in the tablet biz for 2012, and see how they differ from one another, and how they cater to the needs of their respective audience's needs.


GOOGLE NEXUS 7

Game of Tablets: Nexus 7, Surface and iPad
We'll start with the one that got announced most recently – the Google Nexus 7 by Asus.

The Nexus 7 is a cute tablet that stick with the 7” form-factor. Usually, tablet users tend to gravitate towards the bigger screens, but there's still much to love in a 7” screen, especially when you have in mind that it allows the device to be significantly smaller in size, and helps keep the cost of the product lower. If you'll be looking for an affordable, yet powerful tablet this year, there's some pretty big chance that the Nexus 7 will be the best choice with its unbeatable $199 price point.

With the Nexus 7, Google has managed to provide a very well-balanced product. Not only is it powerful on the inside, but it actually looks good on the outside too. It's certainly not anything mind-blowing, but it's worth its money.

So what will you be able to do with this $200 tablet? Well, pretty much everything that you'll be able to do with any other top-shelf tablet. Thanks to its quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, there's no doubt that the Nexus 7 will deliver an awesome user-experience. However, even though it'll have access to the immense app catalog of Google Play, one thing we can hope for is for developer to start optimizing and beautifying their apps to make them look and feel better on the 7” screen.

The Nexus 7 will be the perfect device if you are a newcomer to the tablet space and are still a bit hesitant whether or not you should get one, or you simply want a high-quality compact tablet. With its mod-friendly OS, the Nexus 7 will also be the perfect tablet for those users who are into customizing the hell out of their computers, as well as those who go to such extremes like installing custom ROMs and other software modifications.


MICROSOFT SURFACE

Game of Tablets: Nexus 7, Surface and iPad
Next up we have the Microsoft Surface, actually two of those, as there'll be a Windows RT Surface, and a Windows 8 Pro Surface. As usual, Microsoft takes a completely different route from Google. Instead of producing a device that is easy on the pocket, Microsoft has gone turbo-high-end, crafting the Surface using fancy materials and attaching a premium price tag to it.

One of the coolest things about the Surface tablet is that it not only has that expensive feeling when you hold it, but it actually looks great. It really shows that Redmond has put a lot of effort into the design of this thing, which will surely be appreciated by customers.

On the software side of things, the Surface will be just as impressive. With the costly Windows 8 Pro version, users will get a full-fledged PC, which will be able to run pretty much every Windows program available. That's one area where tablets like the iPad and Nexus 7 still can't compete. The software on the Windows RT Surface, however, will have a much more “mobile” feel, with a Windows 8 UI, but a much scarcer catalog of available applications. Obviously, developer support will be crucial to establishing the Surface RT as a prominent player in the tablet space.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be the obvious choice for professionals in need of a tablet, when it comes out. With it, you can take all of your work no matter where you find yourself at. The RT version of the Surface, on the other hand, will have to compete with the iPad and the other 10” consumer tablets. It does have a chance to be a winner because of the familiar OS, the fact that it's made by Microsoft, and its awesome appearance.


APPLE IPAD

Game of Tablets: Nexus 7, Surface and iPad
The new iPad is currently the only major tablet that's already launched this year. The Nexus 7 is expected to go on sale sometime this month, while the Surface RT should hit the shelves in the Fall, and the Surface 8 Pro – in time for the Holiday season. Naturally, this gives the iPad an edge, as it's the only big name tablet that consumers can get right now.

Apple is known for building beautiful products, and the new iPad is not an exception. While the Surface is also beautiful, it has this slightly more sophisticated, professional look to it. The iPad, on the other hand, goes for a more simplistic design philosophy, which is needed to make it as easy to approach as possible.

With iOS, the iPad currently takes the middle ground between the Nexus 7 and Surface, as it is far from a desktop experience, but has a lot of powerful apps that are perfect for content consumption, and can even get some semi-pro work done, when coupled with that glorious 9.7” display. The iPad is still the tablet of choice for most consumers, but the clash between it and the Surface RT will be a pretty interesting one, as potential users will no doubt consider the Microsoft offering as a worthy alternative.

Which one of these tablets do you think is most suitable for you and why?

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posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:33 14

1. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


All I see are Tablet, Pro Tablet, Toy...Why is the children's play thing in the running?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:37 8

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


gadget, machine, toy**

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:24 3

48. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I love gadgets and machines! and I already forgot about my toys since I turned 16..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:58 6

6. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


You are so jealous...Apple have over 2,5000 apps just for tablet....and they are toy right?
All three of them have there advantages....All of them are primes...

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:47 6

18. tuneslover (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


But how many of them serve business people, designers, engineers, programmers, animator, artists, doctors? You know....you still need a MacBook to develop software for an iPad but Windows itself is the world's most powerful platform.

So iOS is really a tiny little girl's toy to Windows.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:55 2

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...you still need a MacBook to develop software for an iPad..."

No, you don't. :)

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:24 3

31. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Yes, you do.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:49 3

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Can you prove your statement?
Because I can prove my statement! :)

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:37 2

51. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


I guess you can DEVELOP apps on other operating systems but there's no way you can publish it on the App Store. You need OSX for that.
Unless you hack something.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 05:49

52. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


But we were talking about development and it is POSSIBLE!

"...but there's no way you can publish it on the App Store."

I don't know about that much, but I think it is possible to.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:27

53. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


No there's no legal way of publishing apps on the AppStore. Positive about that.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:54

35. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


my Office coleage has a good comment on Ipads as a only thing called "chick magnet" you may have got the whole point

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:50

33. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes they are toy unless u can tell us all one real world software u can run on it that u run on MacOS or linux or windows if u dont have answer its a TOY like Nexus 7

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:53

34. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


u know its just a initial hype for end user when he sees a new product he gets intersted no matter if he/she needs it or not after a while u get bored of gadget and toys and u simply have to thow them in corner and at this point another ipad is out making u look more stupid to think ow the new one is out . on other hand Surface gives u ever lasting features i bet thoese who get the pro edition can eaisily live with it for years

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:25

49. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


yes, right, 24990 games and 10 biz/productivity apps..
so yeah..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 22:27

43. jimjam (Posts: 228; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Nothing wrong with toys! Especially when you don't want to do work on it.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:41 11

3. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I'll take all 3,please.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:50 8

4. Ray.S (Posts: 239; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Same here!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:58 3

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Since you are iPhone fan, take iPad other leave for us! :D

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:16 8

12. Ray.S (Posts: 239; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Never! I'm taking them all for myself.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:19 2

13. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Surface Pro for me with a core i7

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:27

50. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


same! i'll take all three, sell the iPad for high price and get myself an SGS3.. and i will have the best combo of smartphone, tablet and computer..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:51 3

5. fsnas (Posts: 87; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Windows RT Surface !

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:59

8. pistolashtc (Posts: 29; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)


All those tree tablets are great... I prefer the iPad... But i HATE the lack of MicroSD card slot!!!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:07 11

9. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


What's the point of an SD card slot when you can't have file access to it?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:56

36. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ow so u mean whts the point of IOS oww thats harsh people here are fregile u know like iphones

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 11:20 2

38. HTCFreak (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Lol, you are just a hater.
Drop an iPhone: shattered
Drop a SGS3: shattered
almost every phone is fragile, so that's why cases exsist --'

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 19:51

42. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


i drop an xperia active, and it didnt break...lol
hahaha

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:57 3

44. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Drop a Nokia 3310 : floor shattered

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:10 8

10. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Windows Surface with Intel CPU for productivity and programming.

Apple iPad for Photo viewing and basic gaming (i cannot use a joystick so i don't play serious game with this such as GTA3/Max Payne/Shadowgun).

Asus Nexus 7 for everything else. And has the best price/performance-features compared to the other two. And also has build in the most advanced Mobile OS.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:13 1

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Well said. :)

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:22

14. Ray.S (Posts: 239; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I think that "most advanced" is a very flexible term when it comes to a mobile OS.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:19 4

25. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Just bend it to the pure number of features, you will see that Android is at the top, thanks to the ultimate personalization level.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:42 1

17. Darkerm (Posts: 99; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Thumbs up for a great comment dude ;)
Yeah, Android is the most Advance Mobile OS and Nexus 7 has 4.1. most of all its cheap but heavy with Features.
I am an Android user (Xperia Neo 4.0.4) and I love everything about Android. So, Nexus 7 is the one I need.
BTW, I have PC for window so no need for a Windows Tab and I don't like Apple at all.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:59 1

37. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


well gaming is still better for surface imagine running call of duty black ops2, crysis3, any other PC comes to mind wht else is better .........hmm what angry birds yes limited but still fun.yet cannot match the full HD game of PC

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:09

45. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I would do basic gaming with the Nexus 7 and heavy gaming with the Surface Pro.. I want both of them!

that leaves the iPad nowhere in my "wants" list..

I always get bored with iPad.. don't know why..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:29 1

15. Gemmol (Posts: 441; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Imma get bash for this, since people do not like opinions, but if I could only choose one I would go with the Microsoft Tablet because it do more then the others, if they can have all the apps the ipad have, there would be no competition.....but if I was a rich person and I could afford all 3 I would not buy the Nexus tablet, it is a waste, I rather get a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Note 2 and then get the ipad since it have more apps then the all the stores, plus you can do more with it (please do not be ignorant guys we all know theres plenty of apps that are not on the android store that is pretty cool) and then get the windows tablet because it is actually a computer on the go.....if you have a galaxy note the nexus is not needed honestly that tablet is a waste of money....google need to work on making more tablet apps for their store, I just do not think any android tablet is useful, when it use regular phone apps....I have a galaxy note and I am not saying all apps are phone apps because from using my galaxy note I actually get to see the different interface tablet apps have from the phone apps, but theres still not enough tablet app and developers seem to work harder and faster in turning their IOS apps into tablet apps at a faster rate then android....but I wonder who fault is that

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:17 2

24. Nocturne (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Seems like you're a bit misinformed, will try shed some light.

In regards to Android the vast majority of apps work on both tablets and phones since ICS unified the two.

Therefore any issues with app the amount of apps available to Android tablets is just plain wrong, virtually anything all apps are available to both.

This also means that there are more apps available for Android tablets running ICS than their are for any iPad.

I have a laptop with windows 8 for Windows experience, an SGS with ICS for Android experience and an Ipod touch with 5.0 for iOS experience.

Yet if I had to get a tablet it would be a choice between the Surface and the Nexus ( or ideally the Note 10.1).

Why?
iOS is too limited and restrictive, it doesn't have a file manager, very limited blue tooth capabilities, virtually no customization, all this makes the current iPad just an overall mediocre piece of tech, apart from its screen.

This is also just an opinion and some will agree, while others wont, and that is perfectly fine:)

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:41 1

26. Gemmol (Posts: 441; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Not every phone have ICS and not my Galaxy Note, well not yet, but I understand what your saying, and my Galaxy Note do not have problem with the apps in the App store, where I was getting at is that theres not much Tablet Specific apps, just recently google plus did a update which bring tablet specific stuff and guess what instead of my galaxy note using the regular google plus it change to the tablet version.....all i am saying there is not much tablet specific apps....every other app work on my phone without ICS.....this what makes Galaxy Note best Tablet/Phone....so I didnt really need ICS for the unified experience......but all I am saying theres not much tablet specific app and with ICS all the apps will do is make regular app work on a tablet without any tablet specific features, which make tablets for android look weak again.....I like looking at my Galaxy Note and seeing tablet specific apps, it look nice on my phone, if they can bring more tablet specific apps then android will be worth a purchase but for right now....no android table is worth it

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:35 1

16. Darkerm (Posts: 99; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


I'll take Nexus 7. I am a user of Xperia Neo (4.0.4) and with Nexus 7 I can share my wifi from my neo cuz there is no Wifi in my Area also for gaming. there will be a lot of games for this one and most of my favorite game will be optimize :D
most of all its cheap and I love Android ;)

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:50 1

19. tuneslover (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


You wouldn't if you ever used iOS phone (iPhone) or Windows Phone.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:14 1

46. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I have a lot of iOS experience, and i will still choose the Nexus 7 and the Surface (Pro).. I will never buy an iPad..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:54 2

20. tuneslover (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


I want a Surface Pro with Core i7 as my Laptop replacement (and also iPad replacement).

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:55

22. primarchlion (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Umm... One dollar Bob.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:12 4

23. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


dont be haters guys...

the iPad is clearly the leader and best choice here... far from a toy... the majority of the apps are business and productivity related. (if you had an ipad you would know that)

the Nexus 7 seems more like a kindle fire (nothing wrong with that)

the surface is a good choice as well but we still dont know what its fully capable of... its my #2 choice...

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 12:03 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


in what way does a nexus 7 seem like a kindle fire other than the same 7 inch screen size?

the nexus7 is a middle/high end quad core tablet with Android 4.1 and updates straight from google the moment they are available. Unlike the kindle, it is not modded (though it is easily modded, lol), uses official google software suites, has a much nicer and higher res screen and is more bang for the buck than pretty much every other tablet on the market.

In order to make it perfect though, it needs to have a version in the 9/10 inch range, with HDMI out and an SD card slot.. and like $300 bux :) That would be great. Think of the pressure that would put on the industry to reduce pricing if/when it became a hot seller.

the majority of people that use an ipad use it to read the news/media, and play games. its the most sold because it normally is built well, its simple, and it has a hell of a marketing team behind it.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:16

47. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


what? kindle? more like a mini version of transformer prime, dude.. but most people using iPad for angry birds and cut the rope..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:56

27. ThePolak (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


Still waiting for Nexus 10, 7 inch is way not enough screen space for me. Gimme Nexus 10 with the same specs as Nexus 7 and I'll take it without any doubts.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:57

28. vslayer (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


what OS will work the as a tablet and a PC ??

this issue is microsoft is the sole winner in this category

main issue is the fuctionality

end of argument ....

if u have money go for IPAD
go for nexus 7 the more cheaper
but something that you do more what the IPAD and nexus cant..... go for surface

ill buy the windows 8 pro honestly but not microsoft branded ill wait for samsung or ASUS maybe ....

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:04

30. vslayer (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


the issue is many of us dont open our minds ...... ive been optimistic in the windows 8 platffrm im not a MS fanatic but im aware of what WINDOWS can do.... i smell a tough competition here...

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 12:34

40. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the most compelling goes in order from top to bottom. o:

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 12:56

41. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Two toys and one work machine. You choose.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 19:27

54. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


i'll take ipad mini.........coming soon

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