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Spec Check: Microsoft Surface Tablet,Google Nexus Tablet, Apple iPad

This year’s tablet derby entries are at the starting gate, because some of the big players (Microsoft and Google have decided to field their own tablet entrants. We are not sure if that Microsoft’s Surface or Google Nexus 7 is necessarily a direct competitor with the Apple iPad, but they are three tablets fighting for market share and you might want to know the spec difference between them, which is why we’ve put this article together.

Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT (aka, Windows on ARM)
  • Display: 10.6-inch HD Display.
  • Chip: Nvidia Tegra.
  • Weight: 676 g
  • Thickness: 9.3mm
  • Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video
  • Software: Office 15, among other apps
  • Battery: 31.5 watt-hour
  • Configs: 32GB, 64GB

Surface for for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro (aka, Windows on Intel)
  • Display: 10.6-inch HD Display: 16:9, 1920×1080.
  • Chip: Intel Core i5 “Ivy Bridge.”
  • Weight: 903 g
  • Thickness: 13.5mm
  • Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video
  • Battery: 42 watt-hour
  • Configs: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

Third-generation iPad

  • OS: iOS 5.1.1
  • Display: 9.7-inch 2048-by-1536 pixel density.
  • Chip: Apple dual-core A5 (ARM) with quad-core graphics.
  • Weight: 652 g
  • Thickness: 9.4mm
  • Ports: Micro-SIM card tray
  • Software: Lots of apps, Photos, Video, Maps etc.
  • Battery: 42.5 watt-hour
  • Configs: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

Google Nexus 7

  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 9.7-inch 1280-by-800 pixel density.
  • Chip: quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Weight: 340g
  • Thickness: 10.45mm
  • Ports: Micro-USB port
  • Software: Lots of apps, Photos, Video, Maps etc.
  • Battery: 16watt-hour
  • Configs: 8GB, 16GB

Besides specs, the three tablets have very different price points. The Google Nexus 7 starts at $199 for the 8GB while the iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB model, and Microsoft’s Intel-powered Surface is rumored to cost $1000. A game of tablets begin…