Tablet Showdown: Google Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad 3

The launch of Nexus 7 by Google has set the tablet industry ablaze, not for producing a super cheap tablet, but for packing in a fully featured tablet for a small price tag of $199. So let’s see how well does it stacked up against the new iPad, the current undisputed king of the tablet world, and Microsoft’s own Surface, which was released just two weeks back.

Comparison: Google Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad 3Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad 3

SpecNexus 7Microsoft SurfaceNew iPad
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly BeanWindows 8iOS 6
Display7” 1280×800 IPS Display10.6” ClearType HD Display9.7” 2048×1536 IPS Display
Camera1.2MP front camera

5MP rear and 0.3MP front camera

Memory1 GB RAM



Storage8GB and 16GB32GB, 64GB for Surface RT and 64GB, 128GB for Surface Pro16GB, 32GB and 64GB
CPUQuad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor

Nvidia ARM processor on Surface RT and Intel iCore i5 on Surface Pro

1.0 Ghz Dual-core Apple A5X processor

  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • MicroUSB
  • NFC
  • GPS
Surface RT is WiFi Only while Surface Pro will be WiFi + 3G/4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/a
  • Bluetooth
  • MicroUSB
  • HDMI
  • 3G/4G
  • Google now
  • Play Music
  • Play Magazines
  • Play Books
  • Play Movies
  • Office
  • Touch Cover
  • Pen with Palm Block
  • Siri
  • Newstand
  • Game Center
  • Photo Booth
Dimensions198.5 x 120 x 10.45mmUnknown241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
Thickness10.45mmSurface RT – 9.3mm
Surface Pro – 13.5mm
Battery4325 mAh (Upto 8 hours of active use)Unknown11560 mAh (Upto 10 hours of active use)


This ‘pure Google experience’ tablet has fragmented the tablet market into two sections — The premium section led by the iPad and the affordable section for which the Nexus 7 has been made for.

In the upcoming 6-7 months, I’m pretty sure that the Nexus 7 will cover a significant tablet market share by focusing sorely on the ‘Affordable’ section while iPad will undoubtedly remain the king of the ‘Premium’ section. The real challenge will certainly be felt by the Microsoft Surface, which will have a tough time trying to enter in a market that exists between these two sections.

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  • iPad will remain at the top,reason being true tablet experience can only be had with a device > 9″ in size.

    • IMO, the size is only a matter of personal preference and there are a lot of people who prefer tablets smaller than 10″. This is a reason why even Apple is rumored to be preparing a 7.85″ tablet.

  • B.Walker

    I think for a lot of people it will come to to stick or switch and with the financial commitment the majority make (apps, accesories etc), apple have a huge head start. Ill be sticking with them, at least for the near future.

  • Susi Chan

    I think people who already owned smartphones with large display may not be too inclined to get a 7″ tablet for themselves but more likely to buy them as gifts for family members.