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.

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.



1. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

yeah nexus 10

14. MeoCao unregistered

Can there be any competition here? N10 steamrolls Surface in everything.

25. SleepingOz unregistered

Actually, no surprise here..

36. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I'm surprised ur still here!!

2. Mghazisohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

nexus 10 best for software and surface for it's hardware but i am nexus 10's side

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I wonder why you say that the surface for hardware. Unless you are talking about the chassis, as all the internals are much better in the Nexus 10.

15. MeoCao unregistered

Surface chassis is better if you use it as desktop only. N10 is way more comfortable to hold imo.

6. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

The nexus 10 actually has better internal components. It lags less than the Surface while pushing millions of pixels more. The surface lags substantially more than the Surface.

16. MeoCao unregistered

I guess you read the reports from WP Central? There's no lag at all unless you use Chrome which is software problem and will be fixed. Other than that there's no lag.

31. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

If you're talking about the nexus 10, then you're right, it stutters at times, but those times are very few and far in between (meaning almost never). Lag was inaccurate of me so I apologise. If you're talking about the Surface then it's actually quite laggy according to CNET, TheVerge and even HP. I'd even think so since windows RT looks very CPU intensive and Tegra 3 might not be the best processor to work with. It could be that RT isn't optimised for that processor but I doubt it's even remotely as slick as the Google Nexus 10. Heck I'll bet it's laggier than my Note when it ran gingerbread (my Note now has jellybean, and it's definitely smoother)

39. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

actually, I think nexus 10 is a more powerful device too. every article I read so far, indicates that a dual core A15 is almost twice as powerful as previous generation on the same clock speed. considering that this exynos is 1.7 gh, and the tegra is 1.3 gh, I think Nexus 10 have the upper hand.

3. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lmfao... I'm not even going to bother arguing about why the Surface tablet is a better choice for most consumers. pathetic

9. Plexicle

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

What's actually "pathetic" here is your silly (might I add, quite inaccurate) comment. You say you won't "even bother to argue?" That's because there is no argument. The Nexus 10 is the "better choice" for most consumers just by going on platform maturity alone. It really sounds like are just upset about your Surface and desperately trying to rationalize having a tablet that gets trumped by a less-expensive one. Good luck with that one.

30. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

And here I thought the comments section was gonna be completely full with rational people. Then I remembered, this is the internet.

20. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Sounds like you dont have an argument to make

52. severian37

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

As a Nexus 7 owner, I can honestly say that this Nexus is a great tablet. Having said that, I've read reviews of the Surface RT, and I'd love to have one at the office for Sys Admin stuff. The Surface is far more easily connectable to home and office Windows shares, workroups, and printers than any Android or IOS device, something this comparison completely dropped the ball on.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

"it’s the Surface RT that’s sporting the more favorable hardware"???? Seriously??? Get you facts stragth please! The Exynos is not "only" clocked higher at 1.7 MHz, it also has two cortex A15 cores over the A9 on the Tegra 3. That's not to mention the GPUs. In the most reliable benchmarks: Nexus 10 geekbench (CPU): 2400 (and over) Tegra 3 (T30L, the weaker model, which you found in the Surface) geekbench (CPU): 1400 Nexus 10 glbenchmark (onscreen): 3027 frames Tegra 3 with similar resolution as surface glbenchmark onscreen: 1623 frames. The Exynos 5 destroys the Tegra in every aspect!

7. Plexicle

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I was kind of wondering about that comment as well? That Exynos is much, much faster than the Tegra 3, both on paper and in real-life. I wonder why the author said that? Was it because he assumed that quad-core automatically made it better? The cores have really nothing to do with it. Confusing.

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Saddly that's what he must have been thinking, that a quad core beats any dual core, regardless of the real performance. It's a joke...

54. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

its phonearena. They dont like putting androids above anything

29. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Exactly, I read that and quickly checked GLBbenchmarks and it's second only to the iPad, which got me confused. People should understand that dual-core doesn't necessarily trump quad-core, A15 easily crushes A9 and the Nexus 10 is proof, I mean what other processor+GPU could push that many pixels without lagging (save for the iPad). The surface certainly can't, it can't even push it's own million pixels without lagging from time to time.

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

nexus 10 murders the surface RT. Tegra 3 is an amazing processor but that was in 2011. Its 2012 now almost 2013 the tegra 3 ruled 2011-early 20-12 and now its showing its age ( even though it still is amazing) and its fast becoming a processor for (budget) tablets which is a good thing because that means tablets till have awesome performance at cheap levels. Now tegra 4 coming in 2014 will be amazing.

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....™®©

23. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

windows 8 on pc is amazing on phone.. well.. and the RT is a failure the pro will be a failure as well. Hopefully they change marketing and market the pro as a tablet/laptop hybrid and see if they can make money then.

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Um, they have been, and its been very highly regarded on touchscreen devices to users who pull their head out of their rear and try it for a few days. My favorite of which is the Asus TaiChi, followed by the Dell convertible tablet, Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, and a number of AIO desktops. The main ones running RT are the VivoTab, ATIV SmartTab, and Surface RT

56. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

the surface pro is a desktop in a tablet shape, core i5 X86 archtecture, Nvidia Graphics, comparing to an ARM-based tablet N10 is a piece of cr@p, your hate for everything that is not made by Google is making you get blind.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, MS has already admitted the pro battery will last about half as long as the RT. Power users will need to stay near an outlet.

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.

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