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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 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
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

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 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

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


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


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

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

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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