Why do the hardware specs matter?
The iPad 3rd gen has a dual core processor and only 512 GB of ram and the New surface tablet has a quad core processor with 2 GB of ram and they are both are comparably fast and responsive devices. But based on the specs the surface should be leaving the iPad in the dust but i don’t feel that i does.
Personally i think when comparing devices across the same OS yes, hardware can be a great point of comparison but not when comparing devices of other operating systems. Yes there may be some hardware features like the camera that could matter but for the most part they don’t because the devices being compared usually have similar cameras.
When comparing devices of different platforms, you can start judging by the specs when comparing cross-platform apps, specifically cross-platform games. For example, Need for Speed: Most Wanted will perform noticeably better on the HTC One X than it does on the iPhone 4, and the same game will perform better on the iPhone 5 than it does on the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini or the Sony Xperia U.
When comparing different Android devices, you also have to pay attention the UI (most commonly the manufacturer's UI) or ROM, which play a big role in the overall speed of the device. An HTC device with the Sense 4+ UI would usually perform slower than a similarly-specced device running Android 4.2 with no skin at all, like the HTC Droid DNA vs. the LG Nexus 4.
Your "problem" is that you are geek and that's why you are way too much into hardware specs. You know that huge amount of RAM, big number of cores and bla-bla-bal can (potentially) give a lot of benefits. But ordinary customers are very far from all this tech knowledge. If you want to put yourself in their position think about buying something in which you're not a specialist. Let's say cars.
Do you really care about engine's fine details like how mane cylinders does it have, which metal are they made of and are they sleeved or sleeveless? No way. Most of people want their cars to look good, to be efficient (in terms of fuel consumption), easy to handle and safe.
The same with gadgets.
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