Microsoft will release its first tablet computer, the Microsoft Surface, Oct. 26. With the recent debut of Google’s Nexus 7, which has already shown a lot of promise, tech enthusiasts everywhere are wondering which device will win out in the end.
Though no specific data has been released, it is rumored that the Microsoft Surface will be priced from $599.99 to $999.99. It will be available in two versions: Surface and Surface Pro. The Surface Pro will utilize Windows 8, the newest operating system from Microsoft, and the Surface will run Windows RT. Both models include a case that doubles as a keyboard and is as thin as paper. The Surface weighs only 1.5 pounds, and it features a 10.6-inch screen with auto-adjusting intensity.
Google’s Nexus 7 is the first tablet computer to run the newest Android operating system known as “jelly bean.” Prices for the Nexus 7 range from $199 to $249. The Nexus 7 is available in two versions, one with 8 GB of storage and one with 16 GB. The screen is 7-inches in size, and the front of the tablet is covered with Corning scratch-resistant glass for protection. The Nexus 7 weighs only 12 ounces.
Below are some of the most important points to consider when choosing between the Nexus 7 and the Surface.
- Online Experience. Some web host companies will tailor their services to work well with either tablet computer, including offering virtual private server hosting, opposed to the web browsing experience for users surfing on other devices. For example, sites hosted by companies catering to the Nexus 7 should work as well on the Surface.
- Size. Both of these tablets are light and compact. However, at only 12 ounces, the Nexus 7 is considerably lighter than the Microsoft Surface. Conversely, the Microsoft Surface features a larger screen than the Nexus 7, meaning superior display quality.
- Price. The Surface is Microsoft’s first attempt at a tablet, and it is priced for profit. The lowest available Surface is rumored to cost $599, while the most advanced models will cost as much as $999. The most basic Nexus 7, on the other hand, is available for the much lower price of $199, while the most advanced model sells for only $249.
- Browsers. Most tablet computers, including the Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface, are tailored to work best with certain browsers. For example, the Nexus 7 will come equipped with Google Chrome, while the Microsoft Surface will come equipped with Internet Explorer. Though other browsers may be available for installation, the devices are most compatible with their included browsers.
There are clear advantages and disadvantages to purchasing either of these tablets. In the end, it’s primarily a matter of preference. Users looking for a lighter, more affordable tablet that works well with Google Chrome may prefer the Nexus 7, while users in the market for a larger screen and a Windows operating system may opt for the Surface. Which tablet would you choose?