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As you probably know by now, Google’s latest (and largest) member of the Nexus family is now listed on the Play Store and will be taking orders soon. But with the Microsoft Surface and the new (new) iPad just recently announced as well, the tabletosphere is a little crowded right now. So I’ve made up some handy tables to compare specifications. And while I know that raw specs, like processor speed and how many cores are in a device, don’t mean a lot in terms of usability or awesomeness, things like pixel density and screen size certainly do. 

Google Nexus 10 Microsoft Surface Apple iPad
Screen size 10.055″ 10.6″ 9.7″
Resolution 2560 x 1600 (300ppi) 1366 x 768 (148ppi) 2048 x 1536 (264ppi)
Size 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9mm 274.6 x 172 x 9.4mm 241.2mm x 185.7 x 9.4mm
Weight 603g 680.4 652g
Cameras 5MP (rear), 1.3MP (front) 720p front and back 5MP (rear), 1.2MP (front)
CPU Dual Core A15 (CPU) with Mali T604 GPU Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics
RAM 2GB 2GB ?
Storage Options 16 GB / 32 GB 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Sensors Microphone
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient light
Gyroscope
Barometer
GPS
Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Compass
Microphone
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Wireless WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
Bluetooth
NFC (Android Beam)
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
UMTS/HSPA+ (3G) and LTE (4G) *specified model only
Connectivity Micro USB
Magnetic Pogo pin charger
Micro HDMI
3.5mm headphone jack
Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
HD video out port
Lightning connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Battery 9000 mAh lithium polymer 31.5 watt-hour 42.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Windows RT iOS 6
Price (RRP) $469 (16GB) $549 (32GB) $539 (16GB)

 

And even though Apple seem to think that the iPad Mini is in a different class to the Nexus 7, I made a comparison chart anyway:

Google Nexus 7 Apple iPad Mini
Screen size 7″ 7.9″
Resolution 1280 x 800 (216ppi) 1024 x 768 (163ppi)
Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm 200×134.7×7.2 mm
Weight 340g 308g
Cameras 1.2MP front-facing camera 5MP (rear), 1.2MP (front)
CPU Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Dual-core Apple A5
RAM 1GB ?
Storage Options 16, 32GB 16, 32, 64GB
Sensors Microphone
NFC (Android Beam)
Accelerometer
GPS
Magnetometer
Gyroscope
Proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass
Wireless WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
NFC (Android Beam)
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
UMTS/HSPA+ (3G) and LTE (4G) *specified model only
Connectivity USB
Micro USB
Lightning connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Battery 4325 mAh 16.3 watt-hour lithium polymer
OS Android 4.1.2 iOS 6
Price (RRP) $249 (16GB) $369 (16GB)

 

So, are any of you sitting on the fence here? Personally, I’m leaning towards a Nexus 7, but the Surface intrigues me. I would not buy a Samsung-made tablet without having seen one in the flesh, but I do prefer the 10″ size. Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Google Play, Microsoft, and Apple.