How Does the Microsoft Surface Stack Up?

Now the news of Microsoft’s new tablet has been out of the bag for quite some time now, but now we’re getting enough details that people can finally start thinking about buying it. The Surface will be released in early 2013 and will set you back about $500. With that price, Microsoft is throwing themselves right into the ring with Apple and the dozen or so Android tab manufacturers. There will undoubtedly be millions of parents shopping for their kids birthdays next year with no hope of knowing which to choose. But thankfully, our readers are much smarter than them. You are all smart enough so that you don’t need anyone to tell you which to buy. You just need some data and you can make the decision yourselves.

Note: Each tablet shown below is the cheapest of the latest line.

Microsoft Surface

  • Price: $519
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Screen Size: 10.6 in.
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • OS: Windows RT
  • Processor: Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9

What Else You Should Know

The Surface runs on Windows RT, which is a modified version of Windows 8. While this sounds like you’ll get a full desktop experience, you won’t be able to run most programs that work with the standard Windows. I’m sure that either they or the hacking community won’t take too long to find a way around that, though. Microsoft is really banking on the fact that people want an experience closer to using a normal computer. That’s why the Surface comes with a kickstand and optional keyboard. When it’s all set up, it looks more like the computer of the future than a tablet.

Apple iPad


  • Price: $500
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Screen Size: 9.7 in.
  • Weight: 1.44 lb
  • OS: iOS 6
  • Processor: 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9

What Else You Should Know

While you’ll never hear me say that Apple is the best, the iPad is really good. There’s a reason besides the fanboy mentality that these things sell so much. iOS has the biggest application store out there. I’m sure Microsoft will have a decent selection for Windows RT, but you’re much more likely to find an app for iPad.

Google Nexus 7

  • Price: $200
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Screen Size: 7 in.
  • Weight: .75lb
  • OS: Android Jellybean
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9

What Else You Should Know

This is the best selling Android tablet. Weighing in at .75lb it’s lighter than a pack of hotdogs (that’s how I measure weight). It’s running Android, so while it doesn’t have as many apps as the iPad, there’s more than enough to satisfy you. Ask anyone in the tech world and you’ll hear that it’s a serious competitor to the iPad.

So there you have it. If you want my opinion, the Microsoft Surface is looking great hardware-wise, but if it wants to compete it has some serious catching up to do in the app market. What do you guys think? Will you be getting the Surface or would you rather take one of the veterans? Let us know in the comments.

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