[Chart] Microsoft Surface vs. Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple iPad

The last couple weeks have seen some new entries into the tablet market. Last week we were introduced to Microsoft Surface, a Windows 8 tablet. Today the Android world got their own new tablet, the Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The question on everyone’s mind is how does it stack up?

On price alone the Nexus 7 seems to be a clear favorite at only $199. Surface and the Nexus 7 are two very different devices. The Surface is made more for power users who need to get work done on the go. The Nexus 7 is very much a media consumption device. Who wins in theĀ comparisonĀ above based on what we know?


  • Sunovavic

    iPad and Nexus 7 wins because they can start making money off those 2 devices. Meanwhile I’m still waiting for the Surface so I can get my device. Windows 8 OS alone makes the Surface the winner specs wise.

  • jeffrey evans

    Putting a 7″ tablet up against a 10″ tablet is hardly a comparison. Change the Nexus 7 with an Asus Infinity and you’d have a completely different chart.

  • idlelimey

    Not surprisingly, I’m all for the Surface. Hoping we get full specs and pricing information soon. I’d be pretty pissed off if it was US only (like Zune) and available only through their own stores.

    Get this in to the UK and better yet, let me me pre-order it! Demand should be phenomenal for this device.

  • Sondre Krumsvik

    1. microsoft surface Pro
    2. Asus transformer eee pad infinity
    3. Asus transformer eee pad prime
    4. Asus transformer 300
    5. Samsung galaxy note 10.1
    6. Acer iconia AT700
    7.Asus nexus7
    8.samsun galaxy tab 2 7.0
    9. Microsoft RT SURFACE
    10. iPad.

    Thee surface wins. bigger display, full blooded PC experience (in theory), micro sd, awsome keyboard/screen protector and a lot more. the iPad sucks because it lacks so many things and the nexus is awsome, but it lack micro SD and the screen is too small. Bttom line: iPad is a huge iPod touch, android tablets are awsome with many features, but lack full PC experience. Microsoft Surface pro can be considered the first tablet that threatwns PC’s.

  • The comparison is for the best tablets from the top three ecosystems.

  • jeffrey evans

    Which is why you need the Transformer Infinity in the comparison. The Nexus 7 isn’t the best Android tablet, it’s the newest, and it’s a budget tablet, but not high end like the other Asus tablets.

  • It has the same processor as the Transformer Infinity, plus it’s stock Jelly Bean which makes it feel much faster. The Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet.

  • chris

    Jeffery = WIN, WinSource pwnd

  • jeffrey evans

    Let me know when you see a model that has a SD card slot, 64 gigs of memory (or 32 gigs, either way), and a rear facing camera. There’s much more to a tablet than the processor and iteration of the software.

  • This is a Windows site, so I’m not going to argue about Android specs. Nexus 7 is new kid on the block, therefore it gets compared.