Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comparison

Google has launched a new product into the tablet market: the Nexus 9. It's a good-looking all-rounder, but is it powerful enough for you? That's where the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes in, bringing the portability and touch capabilities of a tablet but also the ability to potentially replace your laptop.

Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Google Nexus 9 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are designed to fit very different needs, so this article should help you determine which one will suit you. Here's our Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comparison.

Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Design & build

Google teamed up with HTC to design the Nexus 9, which we think looks sleek, sophisticated. It sports a brushed metal frame around the edge and soft grip plastic on the back. The Nexus 9 comes in black, white and a new sand colour.

The Nexus 9 is 7.95mm thick, and is 425g. Unsurprisingly, with its much bigger screen, the Surface Pro 3 is thicker and much heavier, at 9.1mm (which we think is impressive for a tablet with such powerful innards) and a weighty 800g.

While the Surface Pro 3 is not as sleek as the Nexus 9, it does have some benefits, including a built-in kickstand that can be used in lots of different positions. The Surface Pro 3 is only available in a simple silver and black design.

Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Screen

Google's Nexus 9 has 8.9in screen, while the Microsoft Surface Pro 3's screen is significantly bigger at 12in. The aspect ratio of the Nexus 9 is 4:3 like the iPad, but Microsoft has gone for a 3:2 aspect ratio that the company says is reminiscent of a piece of A4 paper.

The resolution of the IPS display on the Nexus 9 is 2048 x 1536, with a pixel density of 281ppi. The Surface Pro 3's resolution is similar, at 2160 x 1440, but with more screen estate for those pixels to fill, the pixel density is lower at 216ppi.

Next section: Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Hardware & performance