Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Attempting feverishly to make a splash in the tablet market, the Microsoft Surface RT is the poster child for Microsoft’s new tablet platform in Windows RT. No doubt there’s an uphill battle ahead of its path already, seeing that it’s a new platform and all, but more importantly, it begs the question on how well it can compete with that other poster child taking space over in Android land – the Google Nexus 10. As we’ve seen already, there’s a ton of buzz surrounding these impressive tablets, but all things considered, it’s certain that most people are dying to know which one is going to give you the most bang for the buck.


Seeing that price constraints make the Nexus 10’s design a bit more modest, rather than premium taste that so many people crave with high-end devices, we’re going to stick with the Surface RT for having the better looking design. Overall, the two are very similar in size, but it’s the tapered edges and “VaporMg” body of the Surface RT that comes off as something a unconventional amongst tablet designs we’ve seen. Well, it’s not to say that the Nexus 10 is an ugly duckling, but rather it’s too cookie cutter to take away from the unique and delicate appearance of its rival.

Below its screen, we can spot the distinct Windows capacitive Start button on the Surface RT. Meanwhile, the Nexus 10 packs a very useful pulsating LED notification light beneath its display.

Fortunately, both tablets feature distinctive and springy power buttons and volume controls that are easily accessible around their trims. Making it convenient for us, it’s nice to know that the microUSB port of the Nexus 10 provides for charging and data connectivity, which isn’t a simple thing with the Surface RT because it employs a proprietary charging port. On the other hand, we appreciate that Microsoft’s slab incorporates a full-sized USB port that enables a host of peripherals to connect to it - such as keyboard, mice, and flash drives. And finally, we also love that the two offer quick and easy video-out functionality with their microHDMI ports. Along their bottom trims, though, proprietary docking ports on the two allow accessories to interact – such as the Touch and Type Covers for the Surface, though, it’s unknown at the moment what’s going to work with Google’s beauty.

When it comes to cameras, the Nexus 10 manhandles its competition seeing that the Surface RT is packing paltry 1-megapixel front and rear cameras, which have the ability to shoot video in up to 800p resolution. Conversely, the Nexus 10 is more ahead of the times with its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing snapper – with both being able to shoot video in 1080p and 720p respectively.


Being the less expensive tablet, it’s amazing to know that the Nexus 10 is sporting the higher resolution with its display. Specifically, it’s a 10-inch 2650 x 1600 True RGB Real Stripe PLS display that delivers a class-leading pixel density of 300 ppi for tablets. Needless to say, its detail superiority over the Surface RT’s display is blatantly obvious, as there is a considerable level of sharpness with its appearance. We’re not saying that the 10.6-inch 1366 x 768 display (148 ppi) is abysmal, but it’s not as stunning to eye Adding to its sheer brilliance, the Nexus 10 has the higher brightness output to make it more visible in outdoor settings, and it produces colors that are more vibrant – thus, giving it that alluring wow factor from afar.



55. tech2fetch

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

love nexus 10

53. ichiranjeeb

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I will choose Surface over N10 any day. Reason: 1. A great Design 2. Touch cover & Kick Stand is awesome 3. Full Office Integration 4. PORTS: FULL SIZE USB port, microSD card slot, and HD video out port. 5. Great Multitasking (Snap Window feature) 6. Better file EXPLORER than N7. 7. TRUE Xbox live integration 8. Device compatibility. supports much more I/O devices than N7. Do u want More.... ;)

51. Frankxr

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Oh yea and Microsoft has 30 years of building robust OS and developer ecosystem experience. When Microsoft started sellOS Any Rubin was probably in junior high school and had not even thought up Sidekick. GEt real - when it comes to building mass market OS no one has no equal to Microsoft.

50. Frankxr

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Foolish and bias article. There is a little piece of software intefrated into Surface RT call Office. Its free. Thats over $200 of value. The combination of Office with a supperior OS and fantastic design make Surface RT a much better value. android may have been around awhile, there are more versions of it than you cna count and the apps are hardly stable or secure across all those different versions. Anyone in the industry can see this article for what it is and thats a puff piece for Android. Personally I would never trus a comapny whose entire business model is based on how much dataon me they can capture ,archive, and use to sell me advertising. Nor would I ever use a platform that is as insecure and full of holes. Office + security + a great UI that allows me to organize my life much better and get information quicker. get real and stop ignoring the fact that Office is bundled into Windows RT

49. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Why are you even comparing a "Confused product"(thank you tim cook!!!) to one of the best tablets around... Nexus 10 is on par or even better than the ipad 4....

48. TyM99

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

The surface is really wide. The nexus is way more evened out. The surface looks really weird and feels weird like that.

47. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks the Windows 8 "MODERN U" start screen is no longer a problem' there are free software programs on the intermit that put the start button back on the desktop and also will take the Windows 8 OS user right to the desktop. Benchmark tests have shown that Windows 8 is better than Windows 7. the major problem it has is a lot of people do not want to use the New "modern UI tile screen" I wish that Microsoft itself makes an app to return the start button for those who want it back to end this controversy over an Operating system that is already better than Windows 7

46. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this is Microsoft first tablet and Microsoft will support it for 4 years. so it's software will improve over the years. it also will get plenty of Apps over the years to come Rumor has it that next years Surface Rt will be an 8.9 inch screen device and hopefully will be cheaper. I hope it has a higher screen resolution and keep it built in kickstand. The Microsoft "Surface pro is a PC that is shaped like a tablet and can run thousands upon .thousands of PC desktop/Laptop business Programs, Educational Programs, PC games. Enterprise Server programs, and specialty programs businesses had made for their operations it is more powerful than a Nexas 10 and the Ipad to the Enterprise as is all Windows 8 tablets are. HP, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo already have cheaper windows 8 tablets on the market than a "Microsoft "Surface Pro" if it going to be priced at 900+ dollars. Microsoft has no choice but to remain in the tablet market because it's bread and butter is the Big Business Enterprise. I think Microsoft's OEM partners will sell more Windows 8 Tablets than Microsoft to the Enterprise than Microsoft will if Microsoft does not sell it's surface pro at a lower price than 900+ dollars.

45. delian.kirov

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Honestly i like the surface. Yes it does not have the full hd and yes the cpu is not the most powerful one and there aren't a lot of apps(well not now), but it has an usb port, offece 13(free) and ist`s rellyintegrated whit xbox it`s whit microsoft so developers will develop for them .Plus the full hd od the nexsus is a blessing and a curse(is ha 300ppi but how much of the apps are optimised for the full hd) and the color gama is bether on the surface so iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Google and Samsung have really done an amazing job with the Nexus 10, all in all it is an amazing device and well worth the price. It's no shocker that the Nexus 10 won, I really think it's the tablet to beat and let's hope it gets real competition in 2013.

42. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

surface wins on everything except price... people need to understand that outside of america and the play store there are no subsidies... we get the products at full tax... plus customs one can pay well over $1000 for a $600 product surface wins... there is no bang for your buck outside of america and the play store


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

wins on everything? Camera? Display? Functionality of 4.2 Stock Android vs growing pains WIndows RT?

41. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

PA, you shat in your pants again! This you did twice already today and thus beating your own record! What a morone you must be to call a tablet with a semi-functional OS like the Nexus better than the almost desktop experience and full functionality of Windows Surface?!? You must be really, really high today. I did not know that you can install Microsoft Office, Autocad and about a gazillion other programs on Android, did you? How stupid it sounds "Not only are you going to save a cool $100 in the process, but we’re certain you’ll appreciate the experience more as well." - WTF?! You think that saving a hudred bucks makes the diference? These extra money are for the OS. If you hired educated people, or at least over 18, you would know that when you buy an OS free notebook it is about $100 cheaper, just because it comes with no OS installed. Once again you prove to to be just a mere site for phones, nothing else.

40. sportsinger75

Posts: 82; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

I've got the Nexus 10 and I love it, though I'm still getting used to the 10 inch form factor. A bit large for my tastes but I like the display so ill deal with it lol

35. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i really wish that john v will make all the review and video review!!! its fun and with real review and comparison!!! thew reviewers that i like--john V or phonearenena and lisa of mobiletechreview!

34. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I have the nexus 10. It does have significant lag. Not just in Chrome either. It's surprising... Project Butter and all.

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

from a design and constructional stand point it's not hard to beat Samsung but the Surface is truly exceptional in this department. the only thing is the Surface is just real awkward to use like a Tablet because of it's size and i already have reservations about using larger 10" Tablets, i'd prefer something around the 8.5" range, to me the Surface is a Tablet with dreams of being a Laptop so i'll give Google and Samsung kudos for making something that's ergonomic and easy to hold on to. now in terms of power the Nexus 10 does actually pull ahead on paper and in real life performance. there's performance issues with both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 and they're both running different but very powerful SoC's so i'm inclined to believe that it's something with Android 4.2 that causes any laggy behavior.

32. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

the only thing i like about the nexus 10 is the price... everything else is meh... microsoft should have priced it to compete with android and not apple... apple have a bunch of supporters that will camp out for days just to buy an apple branded product... android users prefer value and specs... if the surface was $200 cheaper then this wouldn't be a competition... it is just too expensive to be a formidable android competitor... it kills ipad in functionality and features but you just cant beat apple's following... at least not now anyway... make your products cheaper and no one except the most die hard android fan will buy google products...

27. Styxster

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

The article says they both have "common connectivity features like aGPS". This is not correct. The Surface does NOT have any GPS, it does have some sort of location based service that only works when you are in cell tower and/or wifi range. The Nexus 10 has a real GPS chip. No GPS = no deal. I think MS really dropped the ball with this one; unless you are dedicated to MS for some reason there really is no comparison. Now if only I could actually get a Nexus......

22. Shubham412302

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

surface should be priced less depending upon your need you can choose between nexus and surface surface for office work and nexus for entertainment and gaming well but surface pro is better as it comes with i5 and may be intel hd 4000 which can easily play all pc games by connecting keyboards mouse and joy pad well intel4000 is AS good as gtx 630

28. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I'm sorry, I have an intel HD4000 laptop and it's quite a bit weaker than that. My laptop runs mine craft at the highest settings at approximately 40fps which is decent but compared to my enthusiast level PC that never drops below 60fps, it just pales in comparison. Also my enthusiast level PC plays far cry 3 at 24fps at medium settings. My laptop runs it at 20 on the lowest settings and at very low resolutions. I'm not saying it's bad, it plays many games released before 2012 at around 30fps, but saying it plays all games easily like skyrim or Crysis 2, that's a bit of a stretch. The laptop I have has the exact same specs as the Surface Pro, 4GB RAM, 1.8GHz i5 dual core processor, IntelHD4000. MacBook Air running Parallels.

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

"Tell us Android horror stories " Hey Microsoft, I just saw Android slaughtering your best effort. Does that qualify?

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

To say Microsoft got owned by Google would be an understatement. R.I.P., Surface

11. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

In all honesty, the Surface RT would've been a great tablet if it were released to compete with Honeycomb and the iPad 2 a few years ago. It's way too late and everyone else (except for apple) improved their OSes and optimized it for tablets. Can't say the same for the Surface Pro, that's a beast of a tablet.

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yeah but the surface pro won't compete with true, ARM running tablets. Keep in mind that It is double the price, and double the bulk and weight's a product of the upcoming hybrid category

26. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

True, at that price it's competing with ultra books and the Macbook Air. I fins it a tough sell against the likes of the Lenovo thinkpad and a bunch of other laptops that will have something more innovative than the surface pro. I bet ASUS will come up with something extraordinary.

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Like the TaiChi, which is $1500, versus the Surface Pro's $900? Seems like a great value to me. Do you Android fans even research before you post? Sniggly and remix excepted, of course.

10. gaurang

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

surface rt is for casual users...wait for the pro....its gonna blow ur nexus out of this world....

12. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, windows 8 has been a fail so far


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

True, what difference will the pro make! Another both fail....™®©

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