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Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

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Interface and Functionality:

Clearly the more mature platform, there’s that sense of completeness attached to the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience of the Google Nexus 10, which as we’ve come to know, has been refined throughout the years. However, for a v1.0 platform, Windows RT definitely looks snazzy with the dynamic live tiles of its start screen, but it lacks some key elements to make it a power user friendly platform – such as a unified notifications hub and a healthy ecosystem of third party apps. Seeing that it breaths more personalization and integrates with many of Google’s services, the Nexus 10 undoubtedly has the arsenal to attract consumers and keep then entangled within Android’s versatile ecosystem.

Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Interface of the Google Nexus 10


Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
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Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT


On the surface, it seems as the two share similar functions with their core organizers apps, but yet again, Android’s maturity shows it worth in keeping us organized on the go. Yes, you get some basic organizing functions with the Surface RT experience, but it’s nowhere close to the impressive offering of Android’s more satisfying on the Nexus 10 – thanks to wealth of features offered by its Gmail app.

Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 10


Organizer apps of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Organizer apps of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Organizer apps of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Organizer apps of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Organizer apps of the Microsoft Surface RT


Noteworthy to say the least, the Surface RT adheres to our productivity needs as well with its suite of familiar Office apps. Considering it’s packing the same experience we’d get on a normal PC, there’s no kidding that we’re gravitating to it more than the Nexus 10. Throw in the optional Type Cover accessory, you gain all the familiar surroundings of what you’d get using your laptop.

Naturally, typing in landscape is the preferable way to go with these two, since their on-screen keyboards provide us with spacious layouts and quick responses. In portrait, though, we like how there’s a split style option with the Surface RT, which makes the process of inputting text a bit more comfortable. Then again, the Jelly Bean keyboard offers some Swype-like gestures as an alternative way in both portrait and landscape. Overall, they both work well for the occasion.

The stock Android 4.2 keyboard of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The stock Android 4.2 keyboard of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The stock Android 4.2 keyboard of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Gesture based input - The stock Android 4.2 keyboard of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
   

Gesture based input

The stock Android 4.2 keyboard of the Google Nexus 10


On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT



Processor and Memory:

Crazy to believe, it’s the Surface RT that’s sporting the more favorable hardware with its quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip with 2GB of RAM, which on paper seems more appealing than the dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM inside of the Nexus 10. Regardless of what looks better on paper, their performances mirror one another identically with all tasks. Generally speaking, we’re greeted with peppy performances with very moments when they exhibit any kind of lag, and for the most part, they exhibit speeds that no doubt live up to their high-end status.

If we’re able to wish upon a star, we’d desperately ask to see a microSD slot in the Nexus 10, but sadly, it’s stuck with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Showing off its versatility, the Surface RT packs that beloved microSD slot in addition to the 32GB of memory it’s packing. Even better, its full-sized USB port allows us to connect external and flash drives too.


Internet and Connectivity:

Obviously, it’s not a shocker that the web browsing experience is wonderful with these two beauties, especially when they dish up qualities such as fast page loads, oh-so fluid navigational controls, and proper page rendering. Additionally, there are specific features that make the two web browsers so inviting to use. Specifically, we like Chrome’s extensive sharing functionality and the useful gestures in play that allow us to switch between tabs quickly. And with Internet Explorer on the Surface RT, it’s nearly an exact facsimile to what we get out of the desktop experience.

The browser of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The browser of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The browser of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The browser of the Google Nexus 10 - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

The browser of the Google Nexus 10


Web browsing with the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Web browsing with the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Web browsing with the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Web browsing with the Microsoft Surface RT - Google Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Web browsing with the Microsoft Surface RT


Interestingly, these are only Wi-Fi only tablets we’re dealing with – for now, that is. Currently, there’s no word on whether or not we’ll be seeing cellular connected versions of either tablet. Aside from that, they carry along other common connectivity features like aGPS and Bluetooth, but it’s the Nexus 10 that’s packing NFC for easy multimedia sharing.

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posted on 10 Dec 2012, 06:49 29

1. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


yeah nexus 10

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:47 25

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:45 8

25. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Actually, no surprise here..

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 20:49

36. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I'm surprised ur still here!!

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:05 4

2. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:21 14

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:49 9

15. MeoCao (unregistered)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:21 6

6. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:52 1

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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 10:26

31. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 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)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:06

39. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:13 7

3. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:24 13

9. Plexicle (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 10:20 7

30. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 08:36 8

20. Tones (Posts: 74; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Sounds like you dont have an argument to make

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 07:38 1

52. severian37 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jan 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:19 15

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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!

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:22 7

7. Plexicle (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:32 3

13. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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...

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 19:41

54. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


its phonearena. They dont like putting androids above anything

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 10:18

29. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:24 5

8. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:25 6

10. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:29 10

12. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


lol, windows 8 has been a fail so far

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 08:30 3

18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:21

23. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 21:06

37. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 20:47

56. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:40

24. tedkord (Posts: 13776; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 07:28 3

11. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 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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