War of Ultimate Tablets: Microsoft Surface Tablet vs iPad vs Amazon Kindle vs Google Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Note 800

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Microsoft has recently revealed the details and pricing of its much awaited and hyped Surface Tablet RT. With so many feature rich devices being thrown at customers , it’s really a hard decision to select the one that fits you. Here we compare four most talked about tablets currently dominating the market. We will compare Microsoft Surface Tablet vs iPad vs Amazon Kindle vs Google Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Note 800 to show you which among these devices stands as the best.

Screen Size and Resolution :

Galaxy Note 800

Screen size is the first thing that one will notice in these portable devices. While Apple iPad 3 sports a 9.6″ display Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has a 8.9″ display, Google Nexus 7 has a 7.8″ display while Galaxy note has 10.1″ display and Microsoft Surface RT slightly bigger display with 10.6″. So if you want a bigger display Microsoft Surface RT or Galaxy Note is the choice.

But don’t just consider the Size of the screen when buying these devices there’s something called Screen resolution. Not all pixels are same, refer the table to see how these devices compare in resolution.

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Screen Size 10.6 inches 9.7 inches 8.9 inches 7.8 inches 10.6 inches
Resolution 1,366 x 768 2,048 x 1,536 1,920 x 1,200  1200 x 800 1280×800

Thus you see that Microsoft Surface though it has a bigger display the display resolution is compromised  provide a longer lasting battery. In terms of resolution Apple iPad is the winner.

CPU and RAM:

apple-a6-processor

Over the past couple of years dual core and Quad core Processors have become common among Portable devices like Tablets and smartphone.A Quad core device is sure to outperform a Dual Core device in the benchmarks. Read a detailed post about advantages of a Quad core processor .

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
CPU Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 Dual-core 1GHz Apple A5X Dual-core 1.5GHz TI Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 CPU
RAM 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB

Storage:

These devices usually come in various models with different storage options like Apple iPad is available in 16GB,32GB and 64GB models. Most of these devices also support for SD card to increase the storage while some don’t.

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Storage 32GB or 64GB 16GB, 32GB or 64GB 16GB, 32GB 8 GB, 16 GB 16GB, 32GB or 64GB

Operating System

Apple iPad with iOS6
Apple iPad with iOS6

The devices listed here run on three most famous and successful OS currently present in the market running on a portable device.While Microsoft Surface runs on Windows RT, Apple iPad has its own iOS 6 and others run on the Android.

To read a detailed features of these OS read following:

Android

iOS6

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Storage Windows RT iOS 6 Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Connectivity

galaxy note 800

Microsoft Surface is perhaps the device which has the least connectivity options among all the others mentioned here. Surface tablet only offers you Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 as connectivity option. Absence of other connectivity options is sure to hit it’s over all rating. While Samsung galaxy has a SIM card slot that can be used not only to surf the internet but also to make Calls.Apple iPad presents many options of connectivity and both iPad and Kindle support 4G LTE. Google Nexus 7 has NFC chip.

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Bluetooth 4.0 Dual-band Wi-Fi or dual-band Wi-Fi and 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Bluetooth NFC,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)

Camera

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Microsoft surface tablet with two 720p HD camera

Galaxy Note provides you with a 5 MP auto focusing camera with LED flash that can take some decent pictures. Apple iPad has a  5-megapixel back camera with auto-focus tap to focus  face detection in still images and video recording at full HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio with video stabilization. The Front camera comes is VGA camera and can shoot video at up to 30 frames per second.

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Camera Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing Front: VGA
Rear:5 MP
HD front camera Front: 1.2 MP
Rear:   –
Front: 1.9MP
Rear: 5MP

Battery

With its 11,666 mAh Battery Apple iPad offers a 10 Hr (video playback) of battery . Since these devices are meant for portability go for a device that has a better battery backup. Microsoft Surface has a lower resolution screen to provide a better battery backup.

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Battery 8 hours of mixed usage 10 hours of video playback (11,666 mAh) 9 Hrs 4325 mAh
10 Hrs
7000mAh

Price

Microsoft Surface RT Apple iPad Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Price  $499 for 32GB, $599 for 32GB and Touch Cover, $699 for 64GB and Touch Cover  $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB (Wi-Fi); $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + cellular)  $299 for 16GB, $369 for 32GB (Wi-Fi); $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + cellular)  $199.00 $ 550

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