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Infinity TF700T vs iPad 3 vs Surface RT and Pro vs Nexus 7

Choices, choices, and more choices.  We are certainly interested to know where you the consumer plans to spend your hard earned money if you are in the market for a new tablet.  This is certainly the time to buy a tablet as the technology and pricing is better than it has ever been and as the opening line states…there are tons of CHOICES!  We like choices as it gives us options.  When we look at the best of the best in each category and look at the big name products that are available (or semi available if you look at actual ability to order them as of yet) we have many ways that we can go here, especially in the Android field of players.

The Asus Infinity TF700T is not technically available yet at least in the U.S. and neither is the Surface or Nexus.  However, the release of these great tablets is in essence imminent.  This is certainly not only the year of the tablet, but also the year of the HD tablet displays.  It seems like everyone is on board with the fact that people not only want to consume media, they want to consume media in all of its HD glory in the best detail possible.  And why not?  If we can have a display we want it to look great on top of displaying the images and media, right?  Certainly.

In our comparison below, we take four main areas to draw our comparisons.  Keep in mind these four areas certainly do not contain every comparable aspect, but we feel they are the big areas that many will find most important when making a decision between these devices.  Those are display, processor, storage, and price.

Display

In the area of display, there certainly is no rival to the iPad 3.  It is the clear cut winner when it comes to a high resolution display.  With a full HD resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 264 pixels per inch (ppi), there isn’t a tablet that comes up to this type of display.  Known as the “Retina” technology, it certainly delivers.  If the best looking display money can buy is what you are a after, there is a clear winner here – the iPad 3.  The Asus Infinity TF700T certainly comes close to the quality of display the iPad 3 delivers.  With a display resolution of 1920 x 1200 true HD display and 224 ppi pixel density, the TF700T is a great looking display as well.  One thing that many reviewers are seeing is the iPad 3 brightness pales in comparison to the TF700T.  With an almost mind blowing, retina burning 600 nits of brightness which is probably brighter than you would want in any situation except for outdoor, in sunlight viewing.  However, this is definitely a strong suit of the tablet when compared to the iPad 3 in the display category.

Comparing the Surface tablet and the Nexus 7 into the mix with display, we find that the Nexus 7 sports a 1280 x 800 resolution with 216 ppi display compared to the 1280 x 720 resolution and 139 ppi display of the Surface, seems to lend itself to the Nexus 7 trumping the Surface here.  Of course the Nexus 7 would be in third place behind the iPad 3 and the Infinity.  Of course all of the specs of the Surface are on paper and we really don’t have reviews in hand of the device as of yet.

Processor

If we look at processing power of these four devices, we have a wide range of processing power here and all are very powerful in their own right.  The iPad 3 sports an A5X dual core processor with 4 graphics processors.  The Asus Infinity is the king of the nVidia Tegra processors clocking in at 1.6 GHz utilizing the new Tegra 3 technology.  The Nexus 7 features the 1.2 GHz Tegra 3 which is inline with what we find in the TF300 Asus tablet, however, considering the Nexus 7 is a 7 inch tablet and it doesn’t have to push all the pixels the Infinity has to push, it is definitely a screaming little tablet and is truly the first 7 inch tablet with a quad core processor.  The Surface is rumored to ship with a Tegra processor of some variant so at this point it is hard to say, however, it is most likely to be some variant of the Tegra 3 platform in the Windows 8 RT trim.

Apple caused quite an stir when they announced the iPad 3 and touted the iPad 3 was 4 times as fast as Tegra 3 CPU.  Many balked at this statement, however, using benchmark software, it has been shown that the iPad 3 is indeed quite a bit faster especially in the graphics department.

Storage

The storage department is where we start to see the vulnerabilities of the iPad 3.  For the premium price you pay for the iPad 3 you simply get what you pay for – no way to add internal storage, etc.  So if you buy the 16, 32, or 64 GB versions, that is what you get.  The really nice thing about the Android tablets so far is that not only do you have the capability of your configured internal storage, you also have the ability through the use of microSD to ADD storage to your device.  This is a really nice feature to have as you can scale down the version you purchase to save money and then add the microSD storage to compensate.  Or if you just want as much as you can possibly get, you can of course buy the 64 GB version of the Infinity and add a monster microSD card to more than double your storage.

The Nexus 7 is the exception here as the disappointment here is it doesn’t have a microSD or USB port or other external connections to add storage.  So you are in the same situation as you are with iPad except your only options here are the 8 and 16 GB versions of the device accordingly.

Storage is going to be a strong suit for the Microsoft Surface tablet as there will be 32 and 64 GB versions in the RT trim and in the Pro version 64 and 128 GB respectively.  Also you have the microSD as well as USB 2.0 in the RT and USB 3.0 in the Pro versions respectively.  So the choices are much expanded for this tablet and will offer consumers a wide range of connection opportunities for storage.

Price

The prices for the devices are as follows:

Asus Infinity TF700T – 32GB $499, 64GB $599
Apple iPad 3 –  16 GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64GB $699
Nexus 7 – 8GB $200, 16GB $250
Surface – Price unknown, Microsoft says “price will be comparable” for RT and rumored to be around $1000 for the Pro full Intel CPU device.

In the price department here, the Android tablets certainly give you more bang for the buck as they are generally $100 cheaper at each step of storage space when directly compared to the iPad.  Microsoft’s Surface RT which will directly compete here is said to be comparable.  The full Pro version of the tablet is said to be around $1000.  While the Nexus 7 is much cheaper than every other device listed, the storage space is limited and the options for storage as discussed in the Storage section are limited as well.

Final Thoughts

When looking at the different areas, it is evident that many of the tablets have their strong points and unfortunately it becomes increasingly difficult to say there is a clear cut winner overall.  It all comes down to what is most important in a tablet to you.  The iPad is certainly the cream of the crop when it comes to display and processing power, however,you are definitely limited in storage options and the price may be a determining factor for many as you don’t get as much storage with the iPad for the price as you do with the Android variants.

The Android devices are definitely not as polished as the Apple iPad, however, they offer a lot of value for the money especially in storage options and price.  Having the power of a full quad core Tegra 3 processor in a 7 inch tablet is awesome and may appeal to many.  However, in order to get the storage options that others may be looking for, they may opt against a Nexus 7 and decide on an Infinity.

The Microsoft Surface tablet is certainly intriguing, however, it is just to early to tell just what exactly this tablet will bring to the table.  One thing is for sure, excitement is definitely building for this release from Microsoft, along with Windows 8.

Again choices are great for us as the consumer.  We have so many great options here.  It can arguably be said that any of the above mentioned tablets would provide a great user experience as they all deliver in certain key areas.  Comment and let us know which tablet you are set on and why.

 

 

 

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