By Saket on June 29th, 2012 The launch of Nexus 7 by Google has set the tablet industry ablaze, not for producing a super cheap tablet, but for packing in a fully featured tablet for a small price tag of $199. So let’s see how well does it stack up against the new iPad, the current undisputed king of the tablet world and Microsoft’s own Surface, which was released just two weeks back. Comparison: Google Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad 3 SpecNexus 7Microsoft SurfaceNew iPadOperating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly BeanWindows 8iOS 6Display7” 1280×800 IPS Display10.6” ClearType HD Display9.7” 2048×1536 IPS DisplayCamera1.2MP front camera5MP rear and 0.3MP front cameraMemory1 GB RAMUnknown1 GB RAMStorage8GB and 16GB32GB, 64GB for Surface RT and 64GB, 128GB for Surface Pro16GB, 32GB and 64GBCPUQuad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processorNvidia ARM processor on Surface RT and Intel iCore i5 on Surface Pro1.0 Ghz Dual-core Apple A5X processorConnectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth MicroUSB NFC GPS Surface RT is WiFi Only while Surface Pro will be WiFi + 3G/4G LTE WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/a Bluetooth MicroUSB HDMI 3G/4G Misc. Google now Play Music Play Magazines Play Books Play Movies Office Touch Cover Pen with Palm Block Siri Newstand Game Center Photo Booth Dimensions198.5 x 120 x 10.45mmUnknown241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mmThickness10.45mmSurface RT – 9.3mm Surface Pro – 13.5mm9.5mmBattery4325 mAh (Upto 8 hours of active use)Unknown11560 mAh (Upto 10 hours of active use) Verdict This ‘pure Google experience’ tablet has fragmented the tablet market into two sections — The premium section led by the iPad and the Affordable section for which the Nexus 7 has been made for. In the upcoming 6-7 months, I’m pretty sure that the Nexus 7 will cover a significant tablet market share by focusing sorely on the ‘Affordable’ section while iPad will undoubtedly remain the king of the ‘Premium’ section. The real challenge will certainly be felt by the Microsoft Surface, which will have a tough time trying to enter in a market that exists between these two sections.