|Apple iPad mini||Google Nexus 7|
|Operating system||iOS 6||Android 4.1|
|Price||Wi-Fi: $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), $529 (64GB). Cellular: $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $659 (64GB).||$199 (16GB), $249 (32GB), $299 (32GB and HSPA+)|
|Release date||November 2, 2012, for Wi-Fi; cellular 2 weeks later||July 13, 2012|
|Display||7.9-inch IPS, 1,024×768 pixels (163 ppi)||7-inch IPS, 1,280×800 pixels (216 ppi)|
|Size||7.9 inches x 5.3 inches x 0.28 inch||7.8 inches x 4.7 inches x 0.41 inch|
|Weight||0.68 pound/308 grams (0.69 pound for cellular)||0.75 pound/340 grams|
|Processor||Dual-core A5 processor||Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3|
|Memory||16GB, 32GB, or 64GB||8GB or 16GB; 1GB RAM|
|Camera||5-megapixel rear-facing, 1080p HD video; 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 720 HD video||1.2-megapixel front-facing|
|Battery||“16.3-watt-hour”; 10 hours battery life (rated)||4,325mAh; 10.1 hours video battery life (tested)|
|Extras||4G LTE versions available||Tegra games, HSPA+ version available|
Despite Microsoft’s best efforts on Monday to demonstrate why Surface is different, it’s a crowded market out there.
And then there’s the iPad, which is simply shorthand for tablet in a lot of consumers’ minds and commands most of the market. And has a two-year head start, to boot.
So, it’s a tall order for Microsoft and Windows 8.
That said, the rollout of the 10.6-inch (16:9 widescreen HD) Surface tablets on Monday succeeded at the very least in showing that Microsoft has come up with a good idea.
The catch with tablets is the lack of a physical keyboard, which doesn’t appeal to some consumers. And keyboard docking solutions to date have typically not been very elegant, with a few exceptions.
Microsoft’s 3mm pressure sensitive cover doubles as a keyboard and trackpad and connects to Surface with a “single” magnetic click, according to Microsoft.
And price. It’s hard to win either way. Go low and you have to cut corners, strip out features. That ultimately gives the product a bad rap. Go high and, well, the problem is obvious.
Microsoft appears to be leaning toward the higher end of the market, with pricing rumored to start at $599 for RT (ARM chip-based) models. Intel-based versions with 1,920×1,080-pixel displays could run a lot higher. Information by CNET news.