BY | January 1, 2013

These three are the top tablets of the year 2012. Apple iPad 4 Vs Google Nexus 10 Vs Surface RT specs comparison makes very interesting reading

The last few months have been the most happening period for the tablet market. The niche market that looked dominated by merely a single player all these years seems to be expanding very fast and is becoming more and more competitive with every passing day, and night too. There are so many well-meaning tablets being launched in recent months, that it seems very difficult for Apple to enjoy the same dominance over it like before.

There are several reasons for the increased competition in the market. First of all the tablet market has expanded so fast that it has forced once’ booming netbook out of the business. Almost all the netbook manufacturers have stopped manufacturing it, though Intel would not cease manufacturing the atom processor right now due to some other avenues, the netbook market is all but over.

Another important reason of the tablet market becoming more competitive is the fact that Google’s Android OS has improved tremendously over the years. It is as good as Apple’s iOS and many analysts say that Android’s latest version is better than Apple’s iOS 6. Reason for Apple’s dominance over the market earlier was due to the lack of a good OS. Now there is not just one OS, but two. Besides Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows RT running on Windows 8 is another great OS meant for tablets.

Here we compare iPad 4 Vs Google Nexus 10 Vs Surface RT tablets, running on three different OS discussed above. To be true, when it comes to OS, this is an area that will prop up confusion in a consumer’s mind, who has come out to buy a new tablet. These top end tablets run on different platforms. Let us check it here. The new iPad 4 has arrived with iOS 6, the most recent update to Apple’s mobile firmware that debuted on iPhone 5 and also runs iPad Mini.  Google’s first large screen tablet the Nexus 10 has also the most recent version of the company’s mobile firmware. Dubbed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a slight incremental upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has many wonderful features. It has special offers such as multiple user profiles, Gesture Typing, Daydream and more as major highlights. The third machine, Surface RT is the first tablet to run Microsoft’s just released Windows 8’s ARM variant the Windows RT. The new firmware is specially designed for ARM-based machines, while its Windows 8 Pro version is up for Intel-based tablets like its imminent brother Surface Pro.

When it comes to display, all the tablets fall in an almost equal range in screen size. The iPad 4 has the typical 9.7-inch display that is an LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264-ppi. The new Nexus tablet comes with a 10-inch screen. It is the best of the devices as far as the resolution and pixel density are taken into account. Well, with a Super PLS TFT touchscreen that boasts a whopping screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels at 299-ppi, Nexus 10 beats iPad 4 and all other tablets out in stores. When it comes to Surface RT, it has a bit larger 10.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that packs a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels at 148-ppi. It makes use of ClearType technology.

As far as innards of the three tablets are concerned, you can see strong processors, RAMs and graphical processing units inside these tablets. The new iPad mounts a dual core processor with Apple’s new A6X chipset, 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX554MP4 GPU. Inside Nexus 10, Samsung has slotted in a 1.7GHz dual core Cortex-A15 processor with the new Exynos 5250 chipset. 2GB of RAM and Mali-T604 GPU give further power for the device. Surface RT is equipped with a 1.3GHz Cortex-A9 quad core processor with Nvidia Tegra 3 T30 chipset inside. The device additionally touts 2GB of RAM and ULP GeForce GPU. Going by internal memory, all tabs have larger memory options. The iPad 4 is up there in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Meanwhile, Nexus 10 comes in 16GB and 32GB only as Microsoft sells Surface RT in 32GB and 64GB.

When it comes to pricing of the three tabs, iPad 4 and Surface RT start at $499 for their base models, which is respectively 16GB and 32GB variants. The higher versions of the tablets come for an increase of $100. Meanwhile, Nexus starts at just $399. It is $100 lower than the price of its iPad and Surface rivals. But, the basic model of Nexus 10 has only 16GB of memory. The three tabs are the best in the market and consumers are enjoying the fierce competition taking place in the tablet market right now.

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