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Productivity in a premium and fit package.Posted
First off, I would like to express my needs a little as a consumer and how this device meets those needs by giving a little background about myself. I'm currently a full time student working on my Master’s degree. What this means for me is that I need a portable device that can produce content and last all day. The surface tablet does this for me. Alternatively, I also enjoy using this device to browse the internet. I don't use it for gaming, just file management, media entertainment and productivity using office suite that is included on the Surface RT. The only disappointment I have found is that this processor is already dated now that Nvidia has released their Tegra 4 processor. Fortunately, the Tegra 3 performs well in this device. I have used the ipad 4 (purchased and returned for the Surface; I sold my iPad 3 on ebay#. I don’t recommend waiting for the Surface with Tegra 4 because it may not show up until October which is nearly at the end of the year. My review will contrast the Surface to the trend setting iPad 4.. Continue on with my review for further details on my experiences with the device’s features: Screen: The cleartype screen is beautiful. While it’s not 1080p, text and images are clear enough. What is even more notable is that the screen is laminated directly to the glass taking away gaps. What this means for you/me is that it looks as if you are directly touching the screen and the screen looks even with the black borders of the device. Colors are extremely vivid and the screen is bright enough for a little outdoor use. Sound: The sound quality is adequate. I would say that they are above average when comparing them to an entry level laptop around $300. While the sound coming out of these speaker are not stereo quality, I am pleased with them in that they perform fine and I have no issues with crackling or sound clarity. Ports: Awesome! I use this tablet at home in a desktop configuration. I connect my surface up to an external USB hub which connects it to a wire mouse, keyboard and printer. I also have my Surface RT hooked up to an external 23" monitor using a micro HDMI to full size HDMI cable I purchased from Amazon for about $3.50. My Philips speakers with built in subwoofers sound great when hooked up to the headphone jack to watch movies through my amazon prime account. One knock on having the external monitor/tv hooked up is that shades of colors do not transition smoothly such as in large background backdrops i.e. a black background that fades to grays will look more like stacked blocks transitioning from one color to another. I have not noticed any of this In movies or pictures. It’s not an inconvenience, but I did think it was worth noting. Also worth noting is that you cannot have the keyboard cover closed over the screen if you are using an external monitor/tv because it will put the device to sleep and cut off the monitor/tv. At first I thought my surface was broken and my monitor would randomly shut off until I realized the keyboard cover was putting the device to sleep. Build Quality: If build quality and design are of utmost importance to you like it is myself, the Surface RT will not disappoint you. The casing and kickstand are very sturdy. The design is angular and fits firmly in the hand without any out of place creaks or sounds. The iPad 4th gen has a smooth rounded finish/edges which feels like it could slip out of the hand much easier than the surface. The Surface’s surface offers much more grip than the anodized finish on the iPad. Battery Life: It’s as advertised. If you are modest with the backlight and are just typing papers or something not processor intensive, you should be able to get 9 to 10 hours out of the device as I have. It takes about 1.5 hours to get the battery life to 75% from a depleted battery when the tablet puts itself into standby mode #approx. 3-5% battery remaining#. I don’t recall what it is to reach 100%, but it’s not much longer. I just threw this in my review because I have had my device charging while using it from being depleted while replying to emails, browsing the net and writing this review. Window 8 RT: Windows 8 RT in appearance is exactly the same as the full version of windows #I prefer it this way#. The only thing you will be lacking is installing third party apps. So no, I cannot manage my iTunes content on my Surface RT. However, I can put my iTunes content onto the Surface from an external hard drive that I hook up to my desktop and use it on the Surface. Since I use my Surface for managing bills, files #word, power point, excel, pictures and mp3s# and creating content for classes, Windows 8 RT nearly offers everything I need in a laptop. I use the metro interface for interacting with the touch-screen #touch optimized# and the desktop interface #mouse/keyboard optimized# when I’m using the surface with my external peripherals and I need multiple windows for research, writing, email, calendar, copy and paste etc #standard windows shortcuts on the keyboard works which is a huge plus#. It’s wonderful not having to jump in and out of different windows and the surface permits this functionality! Even cooler is that there is spell check built into everything you do whether you are typing an email up through your browser #internet explorer# or working on a Word document. My wife mainly uses the desktop now. My only use for it is move iTunes content onto my surface. Use: I use it lying down in tablet mode without the tablet cover on when I’m going to bed. In desktop mode, I leave the keyboard cover unattached with the device facing upward. This is because the cover will put the device into sleep mode and turnoff the external monitor attached to it. While on the couch replying to emails and doing research, I use the device with the keyboard and kickstand out in my lap or on the coffee table in front of me. I have read much about individuals not being able to use this device as a laptop in their lap, I have had no issues with this. The cover keyboard has a layer that gives it support and the kickstand and device sit across my lap… In class, I have a desktop or table in front of me, the kickstand and keyboard sit right at home there while I’m typing up and or recording notes for future reference. I have been very impressed with how well the touch keyboard works since I have adjusted to it. Why focus on the iPad and Surface and not other competitor devices? : For me, other devices do not offer the aftermarket support and accessories in the event that I lose, misplace or damage an adapter, power charger, keyboard cover etc. Also, I have product support through either the Apple stores or Microsoft stores. Conclusion: Why Surface over iPad 4 #and mini# for me?: As I previously stated, I’m a student. I submit my school work to my professors using the Microsoft Office Suite and formats i.e. Word, Power Point and Excel. For some of my courses, the professors have students submit their content to an online site #or email# which requires the student to be able to upload their files. I could not do this with the iPad #no file manager# which required me to have a desktop handy. While I only used my iPad for browsing the internet, watching movies, listening to podcasts and typing notes while in class, I can do that with the Surface RT and more. The more part is that in some of my courses I have been required to work in groups with other students. My iPad didn’t allow for me to contribute by being able to coordinate work through Google docs and Microsoft suites, my Surface does. My surface also allows me the convenience of giving presentations with it without the need of purchasing or carry additional adapters. I’ll definitely miss the retina display in the iPad, but the Surface’s screen and functionality will definitely suffice. I have nearly a full-fledged computer and no crippled browser. I believe Microsoft is doing a wonderful job and has the right idea with Windows 8 and the Surface lineup. If you are not a student/employee or don't need a word processor with extra functionality, I'd recommend you go with an iPad 4, only for the display hardware and apps store; just my personal opinion. While Microsoft may be coming out with an office suite for the iPad in the near future, the iPad #IOS# as I have mentioned does not have a file manager. So you may have difficulty attaching and uploading files if this is a need of yours. The iPad is perfect for content consumption and holds its weight well in terms of awesome hardware. As a student or employee that needs the MS Office Suite, I’d recommend the Surface to you as a premium device with a premium fit and finish. One last thing, the MS Office Suite is the full version, the only lacking features is the ability to use third party add-ins such as macros. Neither device #iPad/Surface# is better than the other. They are two devices that offer different features to meet consumer demands. Pick your poison.
I would recommend this to a friend
Thorough Review of the Surface RT TabletPosted
I have been intrigued by the Microsoft Surface tablet ever since it’s been announced. I have read pretty much everything about it. Last week I decided to pull the trigger and purchase the 32GB Surface RT along with the Type Cover. Below is my review after I have put in some good time with it. I first want to talk about the design of the surface. It’s very slick, just a sexy piece of hardware. As soon as you pick one up you can tell its built solid. The vapor mag housing is solid and I love the kickstand. The screen looks absolutely beautiful. Yeah it’s not a retina display but I’m still highly impressed. The colors look great, text looks great and HD movies in true 16x9 look amazing. Another great feature is the USB slot. I have already used this extensively. One of my main uses with my old laptop was importing pictures and videos so I could send out or upload to various websites. I was a little concerned on how this would work with the Surface tablet and Windows RT. All my worries have now vanished. I was able to take my Cannon T2i and connect it directly to the surface tablet, import a 1080p video and some pictures that I had taken from my daughters Christmas recital. I was then able to do some basic editing and upload them directly to either YouTube or Facebook. All of this worked flawless just like previous Windows operating systems. One issue that might bother users is the two cameras. To be honest they suck, especially in low light conditions. I never really plan to use these, possibly the front facing camera for video chat but that would be rare. But I guess some people actually use their tablets to take pictures. I will admit that I find it silly, but I have seen people snap pictures before with their iPad’s. I bought my Surface tablet with the Type Cover and I absolutely love it. It has the feedback we expect from typing on normal keyboards. I can type fast without any issues. I also love the multi-touch track pad that’s on it as well. The Type Cover combined with the kickstand works great. I am actually typing this review on my Surface tablet with my Type Cover inside of Microsoft word that’s included with Windows RT. I also like how if you want to just use the tablet you can fold it all the way back and then none of the keys will register or cause any interference. I like to use my tablet a lot when lying down relaxing. I have noticed that you can fold the cover back and then pop out the kick stand and it makes it perfect to rest on your chest. Now I can just lay back, surf the web or do whatever without having to hold it. Now I will talk about my experience with Windows RT. I love it. Yeah it’s not capable of running regular x86 applications only metro apps but I knew this going in and I was fine with it. I love the Metro interface. It takes a little time to learn everything but it’s a great experience. Using the touch screen, everything is just so fluid and smooth. The metro interface is loaded with live tiles like a “People” app that allows you to add accounts like Facebook so you can see updates in real time. There are also others like weather, news and even a photo app that will not only display local photos but photos from your Facebook and Flickr accounts. One thing I absolutely love is the web surfing experience. This is true internet here. You never go to the mobile version of websites like how you sometimes get with other tablets and especially on smart phones. It’s just like how the internet is displayed on your computers, in its true form. It runs great too. The first thing I wanted to do was to see a true test on how Windows RT and the ARM processor could handle some load. So as soon as I got it connected to my Wi-Fi, I went to a website page that I know of that’s loaded with tons of pictures, animated gifs and embedded videos. Both my smart phone and iPad experience real problems loading it up. It’s mainly caused by the animated gifs. My surface handled it like a champ. Loaded it just as quick as my PC and displays the animations just fine. I have noticed in some forums that certain embedded videos are not being displayed. I know Microsoft has a white list that will let flash work for websites that meets their standards so where these videos are coming might not be on it at the time. One more positive is the battery life. It’s very impressive. The first couple of days I purposely ran the battery down and then charged completely. Not sure if this process is needed these days but I always do it out of habit. With a complete charge I spent like 5 hours playing some games, watching HD streaming videos, surfing the web, uploading photos and I still have well over half a charge. So yes the battery life is amazing. Now I will mention some complaints. The first few issues I have pertain to the Desktop and Metro mode. When I connect my DSLR camera to the Surface to import some videos and photos, it pushes me to the Desktop mode. Here you can see thumb nails for all your files like with all previous versions of Windows but if you decide to open one of these files it automatically switches you to the metro mode where you view it in the Photo app. Not a big fan of going back and forth between the two different interfaces. I would like to just stay in the interface that I’m currently using. I have also noticed that if you open a Word document or Power Point attachment or just any of the Office apps in metro mode, it will switch to Desktop mode and then open the files. Why can’t I just stay in metro mode and view these? I also have to note that the Desktop and Metro modes almost seem like two different operating systems combined into one. When I first got my Surface tablet I wanted to update it. I did a system update from the Metro mode. After it was finished I then went to Desktop mode and saw that it required separate updating. Why can’t we update both at the same time? Multitasking is amazing with Windows RT but it took me forever to figure out how to close apps. Microsoft says you don’t need to and that the OS is smart enough to close apps when needed but I read you can also close apps by dragging it the bottom of the screen. I could only get this to work every so often at first and couldn’t figure out why but then I realized that you can only close apps when you are actually inside of another app. You are unable to close apps if you are sitting and the Metro home screen looking at the live tiles. Not sure why. I also wish when first you open the Metro version of Internet explorer that it would pop up your “favorites” tab. No, it just opens a blank screen and a url bar. If I want to go to one of my favorite websites I have to swipe down then open a new tab, click on my favorite site and then close the blank tab. Last issue pertains with the light sensor. When I’m in a dark room and I have the tablet close to my face, you can see the screen changing brightness functions. But it’s constantly changing depending on what’s on the screen. It’s like it’s too sensitive and can become annoying. Most of these issues are not that major and I believe that most of these can be fixed with future OS and or firmware updates. You have to remember that Windows 8 and RT are in its infancy so there will be some slight bugs that will get fixed in the future. Remember that IOS and Android had issues when they first came out. I want to also state that there is a lack of more popular apps at this time. There isn’t an official Facebook app, but do you use a Facebook app on your computer? No you go straight to the source via your web browser. No difference here. But I guess this could bother other users. In conclusion I highly recommend the Surface RT tablet. If you’re like me and you don’t really care that older x86 applications won’t work but want something that is more productive than other tablets, something that will provide you with a true internet experience, something that is more mobile than a laptop, is built solid, has an amazing touch Operating system with a great battery life, then you will love the Surface RT just like I do.
I would recommend this to a friend
Terrific Tablet - Don't Listen to Any Bad PressPosted
When a new tablet comes out, the endlessly repeated headline is "Is this an iPad killer?" iPad is, rightfully, the benchmark by which all other tablets are measured; it was the first and the best. Another reason the iPad is the inescapable comparison is because 99% of tablets that came after it were just an attempt to do exactly what the iPad was already doing, and there was little extra magic to set it apart other than a different interface and your dollars going into a different coffer. With the Surface, I believe we might have the first tablet that moves the argument from "is it as good as the iPad?" to "what type of person is one tablet better for than another?" Because the Surface deviates in stark ways from the iPad in ways other tablets do not even try to, which leaves me feeling that one is not necessarily better than the other, but each might be better suited to a different customer. First, however, there are obvious specs that can be compared. I own an iPad 3, 16GB Wifi as well as now the Surface RT, 32GB. With the Surface one gets 32GB for the price of 16 GB on the iPad, though the firmware footprint on the Surface is rather large so that advantage is tempered somewhat. For further storage, the Surface has both a USB port (not native to iPad) and a microSD port (not native to iPad). So storage is an easy victory to the Surface. The Surface feels sturdy in the hand and weighs about the same as the iPad, although the rectangular design of the Surface will make it feel heavier if you are holding it in one hand. In terms of camera, the iPad has the better front and back camera, though I've been happy with my pictures using the Surface. Suffice to say that if you are going to be unhappy with pictures you take with a tablet, then you need to re-evaluate your picture taking altogether. The screen quality on the Surface is very good. I would say that for text-related tasks the iPad will win, but in playing games and watching Netflix the quality of each is comparable. The one other hardware feature that is worth mentioning is the kickstand on the Surface, obviously absent on the iPad unless you have a smart cover. My first thought about the kickstand was "I will never use this," and then I've proceeded to use it about 80% of the time. It is firmly designed (no wiggle room) and snaps back into the closed position almost perfectly smooth to the rest of the device. Very useful, very well made. One of the bigger selling points of the Surface is the flashy Touch Type keyboard. It is interesting that the entry-level iPad and Surface cost the same, yet the additional price of a cover is assumed with the Surface but not a given with the iPad. For the type cover you will need to fork over an extra $100, but that price is worth it in my opinion. The Touch Type works better than I expected, though I would be lying if I said it ALWAYS read my keystrokes. For an extra $10 you can get the Type Cover with actual, pressable keys. If you plan on doing some heavy-duty productivity I would encourage the Type Cover, but I am happy with the Touch. The last thing worth sharing is what's inside, of course. First, the interface of the Surface is refreshing. Many have written that there is a bit of a learning curve, and I would agree with this. Not every move one makes is immediately intuitive. What I don't understand is the vitriol launched at this particular OS because of that issue. This is the first iteration of a major OS overhaul, so it should not be surprising that it is a bit immature. In my opinion, the same could be said about most major innovations, including the original iPad. Ultimately, the learning curve has not slowed me down in the slightest and the only people who might gripe are serious power users who wanted Windows 8 to just be reheated Windows 7. If you want an OS that has been reheated so often it doesn't taste like anything, then stick with the iPad. iOS has remained largely unchanged, certainly throughout the life of the iPad. Little extra bells and whistles have not changed the fact that with each new iPad one buys, you are mostly just buying yesterday's newspaper. And this is coming from an iPad owner. The biggest deficit that Surface and Windows 8 face is where applications are concerned. Windows 8 has tens of thousands of apps, but that is obviously nowhere near iOS and Android. That said, I was able to find about 95% of the apps I wanted or some acceptable variant. And when I think of where the hundreds of thousands of apps on iOS are coming from, I think of how many apps are out there that are absolute garbage. That said, Surface still has a long way to go. The games that are on there are decent but still lacking in depth or variety. Xbox integration is fantastic (who doesn't want Gamerscore achievements for playing Angry Birds?) and the SmartGlass feature is creative but underutilized this early in the game. Xbox music is also integrated, which is great for those like me who have an Xbox Music Pass (unlimited music downloads across all devices for $10 a month), but the layout of that app is disorganized and limited on features. The final big shining star for the Surface is that the Office suite (Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint) is included. They work well on tablet and put the Surface a great deal ahead of the iPad in terms of productivity. So which tablet is BETTER? It depends on what is important to you. If you use a tablet for reading, the retina display of the iPad wins easily. If you are a very serious gamer, the iPad will have greater depth of games. However, if you want the best combination of fun and productivity, the Surface is the hands down winner. Surface has enough games to please 95% of us, the ability to use Xbox Music Pass is a must for serious music-goers like myself, Office is an absolute must. Every other category (video rental and playback, calender and email apps, etc.) is a tie. The last thing to consider is mistique, and it might as well be said that it does matter. Apple products appeal to a lot of people because they are sleek and the brand has a youthful, modern appeal. Microsoft, on the other hand, has had a long history of being stoically functional. But the Surface changes that. It is a beautiful device, is crisp and modern, and I have to say that I would rather be seen at Starbucks tapping away at my flashy Surface than my static iPad.
I would recommend this to a friend
Simply the most useful tablet for productivityPosted
If you are looking for a productive tablet with a fresh operating system, the Surface is an excellent choice. I have used an iPad for over 2 years, and it is a very good device, but since purchasing my Surface, I have not touched my iPad. I essentially discovered my iPad was very limited as a device. I would browse, read, and check emails on it, for the most part. I always played around with new apps and had a few apps that I used daily. The problem, which I didn't realize as a problem until I got the Surface, was the lack of efficiency experienced when using my iPad in ANY productivity situation. The Surface is easily the most efficient tablet for handling productivity tasks I have used to date. Microsoft, actually did a respectable job of building a device that is beautiful, solid, and different. It has that "worth" feel to it that few tablets possess #iPad, ASUS Transformer Prime#, and it is designed specifically to assist the user in being productive. The kickstand is wonderful for desktop typing and content consumption. It's not very lap friendly; it's tolerable, but not as comfortable as one would like. The Touch Cover, I must say is one of the most innovative peripherals I have ever used #and that's saying a lot#. I literally sat down in front of the Surface with the mindset this thing would be another gimmick and total fail. I typed four words and snatched back my hands in disbelief. I say this without pause: If Apple had created this thing for the iPad, it would be considered the most innovative thing since the wheel. It is truly amazing that this thing can tell the difference between touch and type, while having an excellent full trackpad with both mouse keys. What makes it really work is Microsoft's decision to design the device with the wide aspect ratio. When I first saw this, I had my reservations because I didn't know what the device would be like to use in portrait orientation, but this turned out to be an excellent decision just because of the attachable covers alone. This aspect ratio seems to spread the keyboard out, making it extremely comfortable. I have even had good Bluetooth keyboard attachments on my iPad and absolutely none of the feel as comfortable as my Touch Cover. They all feel cramped and awkward when compared to this. I tried the Type Cover and it is like having a 13" ultrabook. Truly, a great experience in this area. The Surface does a very good job at consuming media as well. The screen resolution could have been better, for sure, but the screen quality is top notch. No, it does not look as sharp as an iPad with Retina, but the screen is sharp, vibrant, and much less reflective than Apple's device. It also has one huge advantage over the iPad: aspect ratio. Netflix? Hulu? HBO Go #via IE I might add - no app needed#? Digital library? I can watch all of these with no black bars in most cases #there are some movies shot in the wider angle which have black bars, but nothing like the iPad#. My wife and I can lay in the bed and watch shows. and she glances over to my Surface all the time and gets jealous of the beautiful FULL screen picture. And the picture quality is great. Don't believe the people that say the iPad displays video better than the Surface. Retina does not improve video quality unless the source matches that of the device #not even close#, and the Retina display only takes advantage of it's extra pixels to display more crisp detail, not better resolution. Like I said before, my wife envies my screen. Text, on the other hand, advantage iPad with Retina. It just has text popping out of the screen with superior clarity. The Surface is not difficult to read by any stretch. Looking at it, I thought the resolution was better than advertised, but it's not an iPad in terms of text detail. When it comes to apps, the Surface has enough apps to keep the average user very satisfied. If you are an app junkie, this is not the tablet for you. Sure, there are plenty of apps - nearly 300,000 at the moment, I think, but because of the popularity of the iPad/iPhone and Android, the extremely popular apps only exist on those devices. There are workaround apps in some cases. For example, there are no official Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram apps in Windows 8, but there are several apps that allow you to manipulate all the aforementioned, and some apps that have all of these combined. Also, IE10 is very good at handling the respective sites for all these accounts. You get to use the full version and not a mobile or washed down representation of the site. Also, IE10 supports Flash. It does so on a limited basis, though. There is a authorized list of sorts which controls this #and yes, you can alter it, with a little research - you can also alter the registry and add entries to view Flash enabled sites using the version IE located in the desktop view#. I found there were several apps that I didn't need due to the flexibility of IE10. Sadly, there are applications that are really missing in Windows 8/RT. The one of biggest not for me is FlipBoard. There are some good alternatives, but the development house behind that app has created an experience like no other. Apps like Draw Something and Words With Friends are also missing. But, there are also apps on the Surface that aren't found elsewhere - that are very good. OS tradeoff in some cases, and newness in others. All in all, the Surface is a very good tablet, and I use it a ton more than my iPad. I think the iPad is a wonderful device as well, but if I had both sitting in the room, I would pick the Surface up 9 times out of 10 - that one time for the apps I previously mentioned. There is just too much capability in this device, and I didn't even mention Xbox integration, Xbox Music #unlimited streaming and downloads for $99 per year#, Xbox Movies #rent and purchase all the latest movies and tv shows#, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage, Online collaboration with Office, full USB with support and drivers for over 400 million devices #plug it up, and it recognizes it#, printer support without air print gimmick, HDMI out #plug up a drive, external monitor, and your power cord at the same time#, Dual window support #two apps at once - 3 if you split the desktop window in one of the open app windows#, and MicroSD expansion of up to 64GB. Yes, it's a great tablet!
I would recommend this to a friend
Best Tablet I've Ever UsedPosted
First things first, I have a Surface RT, a first generation iPad running iOS5, and a HP Touchpad dual-booting WebOs and Android ICS. I just want the reader to know this so they know my frame of reference. I'll break this review down in two parts: Build and Usability Build: The Surface is unlike any device I've ever used. First off, the build quality is top notch and rivals anything Apple has released to this point. The VaporMag (fancy for magnesium) case feels great in your hands and it has a nice weight to it to let you know you're holding a premium device. The hinge is absolutely solid and has the much advertised "click" to it that we've all seen on the commercials. When not in use, it is completely flush with the back of the tablet and you would never know it's there when not in use. I also have a cyan Touch Cover as well and the connection between the tablet and cover is as solid as it's made out to be. I can literally swing the device just holding the cover and it stays attached however, I don't recommend this. Typing on the Touch Cover is very easy, and the device does a good job knowing when you're trying to type vs. just resting your hands and preventing errant key presses. Becoming a proficient typist on the Touch Cover does take a couple of days to adjust to. The built in touchpad and mouse buttons are nice as well and really add a whole new dimension to this device. The side of the device houses a micro-HDMI port and a USB port. The importance of that USB port cannot be stressed enough as it makes the device 10x more useful than any other tablet. More on that in a minute though. The volume rocker and power buttons feel solid and are not loose in any way. It is not the thinnest device, but it hardly thick either. It's about as a thick as an un-used yellow legal pad. Overall, the build quality is quite impressive and when you first hold the device, you can see how much thought went into the design and quality of materials used on the Surface. Usability: First off, since this is a Microsoft device, you'll need to have a Live.com account or set one up for yourself much in the same you would have to with Google for an Android device or in iTunes like you would for an Apple device. When you first power on the Surface, you're greeted with a few setup questions to guide you through the installation. Imagine my surprise however, when it automatically detected my Brother 2170 wireless printer and installed the drivers without me having to prompt it to look for it let alone install the drivers. What a nice surprise to see how well Windows 8 (abbreviated W8 for the rest of this review) integrated with the device and made setup a breeze. From there, you're greeted with the start screen which is basically the same as you hitting the start button in Windows 7 or any version before it. It shows your apps as live tiles which mean they update themselves, alert you when an email/message arrives, and really spruce up what would otherwise be a home screen as boring as an iPad. They are re-sizable and you can customize them any way you'd like. Internet Explorer 10 is automatically included of course, and it is blazing fast at rendering web pages. No more checkerboard pattern when you scroll down on a webpage while waiting for it to load. It's nearly instant much the same as a laptop or desktop. Plug in most any USB device, it will recognize it just like W7 and automatically install the drivers. Whether it is a flash drive, keyboard, mouse, or any other USB accessory, it just works like any other USB port which really separates the Surface from other tablets. A lot of apps for the iPad are necessary because the operating system itself can't do a whole lot without an application. W8 has so much usability baked into it already, that a lot of apps you have on an iPad or Android device aren't even necessary. Websites work the same as they do on a desktop or laptop including Flash which eliminates the need for apps that are just redesigned websites to make them usable on an iPad or Android device. That's not to say they aren't available, just not necessary. Learning all the gestures to use the device only takes a couple of minutes. Once acclimated, you will find yourself effortlessly navigating through the device and pulling up menus and applications. It's very intuitive and downright fun to use. Also, because this is a Windows device, adjusting your settings through the control panel, exploring the file system, is all the same as you're already used to. As far as apps are concerned, a comparison of just number of applications isn't really fair since as mentioned, W8 has so much already built into the software. The Surface RT also includes a full version of Microsoft Office further negating the need for applications that provide that type of use. Having said that, the app catalog is adding applications each day and more and more quality apps are being released. There a ton of great apps and games already available and some of them have Xbox Live achievements which show up on your Xbox as well. Overall, I'm extremely impressed with the device and my iPad and Touchpad have seen less than 5 minutes of use since acquiring my Surface on the day it launched. It really is similar to a laptop in what it can do which makes it instantly more useful than an iPad or Android tablet. I encourage you to try one out; you might just find your new favorite tech toy as I have.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best designed product I have ever seenPosted
This is one of the best designed products that I have ever owned. The built in kick stand does not stick out when not in use, and does not make the tablet bulky, but when folded open it makes the tablet much more convenient to use. It can be used anywhere. The type cover adds very little bulk and weight and can be folded all the way behind the tablet when you do not need a keyboard. If you ever need to do serious typing you can instantly flip the keyboard and start using it. When used with the type cover, it has almost all the functionality of a laptop, in a device that is about the same size as a tablet. The type cover also has a small track pad which supports two finger scrolling and other laptop like features. If you need a tablet and do not need the type cover you can get just the tablet for $500. The on screen keyboard is just as good as on any other tablet. You still have the option of plugging in cheap USB keyboard or using a blue-tooth key board. The modern user interface is very fast and efficient to use. It only takes a few minutes to learn the gestures, but the interface very innovative and forward thinking. The Internet Explorer on the modern interface completely fills the screen with the web page and does not waste valuable screen real estate on borders and menus that you do not need most of the time. When you need the menus they appear with a quick and simple gesture and disappear when you do not need them. The web browser does support flash, but you have to activate this feature. The flash support is limited to a white list of safe sites specified by Microsoft. This is a security feature, since some mal ware is based on flash. Also some flash based ad can waste battery life. The price of the tablet includes Microsoft Office 2013 which is worth at least $100 by itself. This is something that you can not get any apple or android tablet. If you need Office for school or work, you will find this tablet very useful. For me Office is the Killer app. I was able load a 3' x 6' poster file into power point make changes to it put on in sky drive and finished up on a desk top computer with a larger monitor all without any file format issues. I connected over a dozen USB devices including external drives, keyboards, mice and old ink jet printer. They all worked perfectly. You can also access other computers #and storage devices# in your home work just as well as with any laptop or desk top. The micoSD memory slot lets you expand storage capacity at very low cost. I was able to add another 32G to for about $20. The Apple and Google Nexus tablets do not have this capability. The extra memory can come in handy if you want to record a large amount of video. For example a student can record a full day of lectures using the rear facing camera and transfer the video to an external USB hard drive at the end of the day. The rear camera is angled so that it corrects for the tilt related to kickstand. Since the modern interface allows you to run two applications on screen, you can take notes in One Note, while recording video all on the same screen. The Windows Market place already has over 10,000 apps in the first month and Windows 8 has sold over 40 million copies in the first month. I expect over 100K apps in a few months. All Win 8 and Win RT machines have the Xbox music app, which gives you access to a music library bigger than iTunes. There is unlimited fee streaming of any artist for the first six months. After that you get 10 hours of free streaming a month. The bottom line is that Surface with the cover is about the same size as an ipad or many Android tablets, but comes very close the functionality of an ultra book. The kick stand and key board are available to use in an instant. With the included Office 2013 software and the ability to use hundred of thousands of USB devices as well as access home networks, it has capabilities that are utterly beyond any other tablet. Even if you do not need any of the additional capabilities, it makes an excellent web browsing device. It can not only handle touch optimized apps, but also excels at handling web sites not designed for tablets, since it can function as a laptop when needed. The price is quite reasonable if you factor in the value of Office 2013 which in included in the price. An iPad with 32G and no expandable storage, no keyboard and no real office software costs the same as a Surface RT with touch cover and Office 2013. I consider it the best value in tablets and represents a giant in leap in hardware and software innovation when compared to the Apple and Android tablets. While the app stores for Apple and Android may have many more apps I find little use for most of the apps. Many of the apps are low quality and redundant. They do not have Microsoft Office and do not have the laptop like capability to handle web apps that the surface has. Although there are unofficial face book apps, thre is no official face book app yet, but you may never need an official app since face book in integrated into the OS and people hub and messaging tiles are updated from your face book account. If you are face-book power user, you can go to the full desk top web version and do everything you can do on a desktop or laptop with face book. The 10.6 inch screen in landscape mode #using full screen IE on the Modern UI# can handle any web page designed for desktops and laptops since you a track pad included in the type cover. For example, I was able to use the free web app to process photos at photoshop.com.
I would recommend this to a friend
My Fairest Review I Can GivePosted
I am currently using a black touch cover to type this and have no trouble. My background: My first bestbuy product was an Apple itouch 4th gen. And because I have yet to own any smartphones, I loved it. iOS is great and simple for a simple mobile device like an itouch. However, I could never understand why anyone would want iOS on a tablet. I went to the Apple store multiple times and played with their latest iPads only to leave disappointed that it did not live up to its hype - it seriously was like an overgrown itouch. I finally fell to peer pressure one day and brought an iPad 2. Boy, initially I love the device as much as I did my itouch. However, the hype slowly faded - what I can do on an iPad, I can essentially do on my itouch. I could not justify the iPad, because it is an overhyped Apple product that gets boring after a few months and you essentially need to replace it with the latest generation just to get that hype back. I sold my iPad. In came the Surface RT. It is completely opposite to my iPad experience. Instead of initially liking it, I hated it. It was my first Windows 8 experience (I have yet to use Windows 8 on any device). Learning Windows 8 touch gesture is easy, do not get me wrong. I think it was a right move for Microsoft to release a radical OS for touch. Touch is not hard to learn because it engages another sense in your body, "touch." So learning how to use Windows 8 was a breeze. The hard part was the desktop integration. Switching back and forth, finding functionalities on desktop, then on metro, etc. confuse the hell out of me. I nearly decided to return the product 4 times because of the confusion plus the bashing of the product that I keep hearing from the media. Instead, I decided to keep the product due to its integration with my Windows 8 desktop (that I upgraded after getting the Surface). Microsoft did a wonderful job. All my documents, I bring with me to school to type on, then when I get back home, they are all ready for me to analyze and "power through" on my non-touch desktop. When I play a game compatible with x84(desktop) and my Surface RT, they sync with one another, so I never miss a progress on the go or back at home. When I use a productivity app on the Surface RT, it syncs with my desktop. To sum up in a few words: integration is what makes Windows 8 successful and will further its future. The tablet is also the most complete tablet I have yet to use. Instead of going from a phone OS to a tablet OS like Apple and Android, Microsoft is going from top to bottom (from a desktop OS to a tablet OS). This is where they differentiate themselves from competition: they do not take any compromises. Office works like on a desktop. Windows 8 apps and features and shortcut keys all work on the Surface RT. Desktop mode is the exact same thing as on a Windows Desktop computer. The only functionality that the RT lacks over x84 desktop is desktop application - which I rarely use. This makes it so that the Surface RT is a near complete tablet that has replaced my laptop. Paired with a strong desktop computer, you have the ultimate mobile device with remote PC, VPN, office, note-taking, camera for conferences, etc. I read the media describing the small compromise that this tablet do compromise: weight, form factor, speed. To be honest, it weight as much as an iPad 3 or 4 and weights the same as the first iPad that came out. The form factor is awkward on vertical position, but it is good for reading long notes. As a tablet, it is easy to use because you can put it on a table and use its stand while touching it. The speed, again, to be honest, is not as fast as an iPad, but that because whenever I use it, I have multiple programs running on it. Plus, it is speedy and snappy enough for you to not notice the difference between it and any other tablet. The complaints about speed is ridiculous also because this is a first gen product. And for those Android reviewers that said it does not give as good a multitask as Jellybean, they need to check the task manager for the Surface, it runs a lot of tasks in the background without showing it on the task bar on the right. Finally, to end this review, I want to say that Microsoft should start implementing the same touch gestures to Windows phone. I was disappointed that the integration is not there. Whereas Apple and Android now have the upper hand in Tablet-Phone integration, Microsoft is getting the upper hand in Desktop-Tablet integration. They just need to start integrating the phone experience, and it will be a complete set. Windows phone will be my next buy when this happens.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent tablet that can be used for real workPosted
I've used both Android and iOS tablets extensively but since buying my Surface a few weeks ago I've used it exclusively. This is an excellent all-around tablet that offers something truly different in this space. Others have commented on the superb build quality, and I concur. In practice the hardware works very well, the kickstand is very robust, and the touch cover is a clever idea that for the most part works well. The 16:9 screen aspect ratio is also a huge plus, especially for watching video since HD video doesn't need to be letterboxed like on the iPad. The screen is lower resolution than the iPad but in practice it's just not much of an issue, at least for me. Windows 8 RT is remarkably good for a first generation touch/ARM operating system. MS has done an admirable job of recompiling and optimizing the NT kernel and WIndows 8 interface for ARM processors and the result is a unique mix of "real computer" capability and tablet style touch navigation and long battery life. This unique mix has it's pros and cons. On the pro side, you get Office 2013, very strong driver support, best-in-class network support, a real file system, VPN support, file and drive sharing - all the things that make a modern desktop O/S so useful. The inclusion of a real, full-size USB port is a huge bonus that is even more amazing when you realize that practically everything you plug into it actually works. I've tried hard drives, flash drives, an XBOX 360 controller (which even worked in RT games), a wireless mouse, you name it. EVen the wireless Powerpoint presentation device I have worked perfectly with Powerpoint 2013. I was easily able to add multiple printers on our network and directly print PPT slides to a color laser. It's absolutely liberating after all the hassle of trying to get files and media on and off an iPad, going through iTunes, but then it's a different computer so it wants to erase files from the old computer, etc,. etc. This is just so much more versatile. On the downside, the experience still needs polish. It's actually very slick for a first generation effort, but MS still leans too heavily on the desktop mode for things like managing the music library, setting up network connections, the control panel, etc. I think these issues will be addressed, but in the mean time I much prefer a device which is flexible at the expense of being a touch arcane in places. The touch apps and interface are slick, quick, and I really like the Win8 UI motiff. It looks very clean and minimalist vs. the competition. The live tiles are a great innovation.. They provide genuinely useful information without having to launch the apps and the multiple sizes and custom groupings that can be easily scrolled and zoomed are way easier to get around than the multiple screens of tiny uniform icons you get on iOS. Finally, the touch gestures for things like task switching and the split screen multi-tasking are step above the iPad. If you want a choice to 25,000 puzzle games and every app under the sun, plus the easiest user experience, and don't need to do any actual work on the device, the iPad is still the most mature and smoothest experience. If however you want something that can do work, connect to your printer and files, run Office, and is still a great tablet for web browsing, news reading, etc. the Surface is the best available choice. Could it be better? Absolutely. I'm sure in time the software will continue to improve and the app store will grow. But even in this early stage it's an incredibly solid device and has fully converted me from my iPad3 and eliminated the need for me to carry a laptop around 80% of the
I would recommend this to a friend
Great tablet for business, not so for pleasurePosted
I bought the Surface RT because I was frustrated with the internet browsing experience with my iPad 1. I mainly use my tablet for internet browsing, magazine reading, a photography portfolio, and travel related things such as finding hotels and restaurants. What the Surface RT excels at is business related tasks. Native RDP support is great as well as the ability to easily connect to my network printers. Having Office is great too. Having a full-fledged version of Internet Explorer is great. I wish all tablets had this option. The only drawback is that when I had to tap the little "x"es that are in popup windows on some websites, the touch accuracy wasn't there and I was forced to use the trackpad on the attached keyboard. Unfortunately, I have a much faster and more powerful laptop for these kind of business related tasks, so I don't feel the need to spend $600 for something that I can already do. For my needs that I've listed above, the Surface RT is a failure, and that is why I returned it a week later. There is a huge lack of quality apps, and the few apps that are written for Windows RT are lacking in polish and features. The Zinio magazine reader is sorely lacking in features (such as pinch zoom) compared to the iPad version, and Microsoft's own Expedia app only has basic search functions. I had to use the Expedia website to find what I was looking for. My other complaint is that for magazine reading (and document reading in general) the aspect ratio of the screen is more of a hinderence. And talking about screens, the Retina display in the iPad is amazing. Microsoft needs more pixels in the Surface RT. My Nokia Lumia 920 phone has the same resolution as the Surface RT. I think they can squeeze more pixels in. As far as the Windows 8 interface is concerned. I generally like it. The tablet handles the "Metro" interface much better than my non-touch-screen laptop does. The Surface is much easier to navigate than a mouse-driven laptop. On the other side of the fence, I find that the Windows Phone 8 interface is much cleaner and easier to use. If Microsoft used the same interface on Windows Phone 8 as they did on Windows RT (similar to how Apple does it with the Iphone and iPad,) Microsoft could have a winner on it's hands. To be honest, I decided to return the Surface RT after I realized that I was using my Windows Phone more as a tablet because it has a better interface and far more apps available......and the same screen resolution. I can't fault the hardware on this unit, except for the lack of screen resolution. The construction is solid and the keyboard attaches with a nice solid click. Having the keyboard as part of a cover is great! Charging $100 for something that costs $13 to make is not. I find it great the Microsoft included a USB port and a MicroSD slot to increase memory. Apple could learn something from this, but then again, they couldn't charge you an extra $100 for an extra 16GB of storage if they had a MicroSD slot on the iPad. The Kick stand is great too, but is only useful in landscape mode. Then again, with the aspect ratio, I doubt that many people would use it in portrait mode. The screen isn't nearly wide enough in portrait mode to be useful. I think the Surface RT is a different beast than the iPads, If I needed an ultra portable device that allowed me to stay connected to the office and be productive, the Surface RT may be the answer. Although, at $599 (with the keyboard) some of the similar priced or cheaper ultra books may prove to be better since they have full-blown Windows. The only real advantage I could see to the Surface RT is the extended battery life. For someone who is looking for more of a toy than a business tablet, the Surface falls flat. There are simply no good apps for it.....yet. I'm going to keep an eye on this and see what Surface 2.0 comes up with. For now, I'm enjoying my new iPad. Would I recommend this to a friend. Not all of my friends. Only friends looking for a unique piece of hardware that is going to be used for productivity. I think the average user would prefer an iPad or Android tab.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This is an excellent tablet from MSPosted
This is my first 10" tablet purchase. I previously was leaning toward the IPad but after seeing the Surface RT (commercials/reviews) I changed my mind. Glad I did too. I have Windows 8 on my laptop so using Windows RT on the Surface was no big deal. It integrates nicely with my XBOX 360. Also setting up a homegroup with my PC to transfer files etc. was quick and easy to accomplish. The tablet is responsive and so far I have not seen it lag due to multiple apps being open. The MS Store has quite a few apps to date hopefully more are added in the future. I mainly use this for media consumption and for web browsing /social networking. IE10 on the surface works pretty good. Web pages load up pretty fast and it includes flash so you get a full web experience for sites that are still flash based. I am on a pretty slow WiFi connection too. Thumbs up to MS for including a USB port and SD card expansion slot. I can connect a portable hard drive, mouse, cell phone, etc with no problems. I use a 32 GB SD card loaded up with music and movies and I am good to go. Also I have the use of the Microsoft SkyDrive for added storage My only complaint with the Surface RT so far which really isn't a complaint is the camera. It takes pretty bad low res pictures. I am not going to be using the Surface RT to take any pictures anyways...that's what I have a P & S camera for. The camera is acceptable for Skype calls though. Overall this is a great tablet and I would recommend the Surface RT to everyone.
I would recommend this to a friend
A solid and phenomenal piece of technologyPosted
I'm writing this review using my Surface RT. I've had this tablet for a while now and have given it a run for its money, after which I can certainly say wholeheartedly that it is well worth every penny. I needed something to replace an aging laptop, and I was hoping to upgrade to something more portable. The Surface sounded great based on what it could do, and after reading reviews, I decided to go ahead and get it. Out of the box I was very impressed with the design. It's a little weighty compared to some of the other 10" tablets on the market, but to echo what some other reviewers wrote, it feels like it is worth a lot more than what it is valued at. The keyboard clicked right on, and I was able to turn it right on and start using it in less than 5 minutes. The touchscreen is very responsive and works like a charm. I've been very impressed with Microsoft's products as of late because they are doing a great job of making Apple look and feel outdated. The only complaint thusfar is the lack of mainstream apps, but it has all of the ones I need, which is just fine with me, I use this primarily for web browsing and office work, but am finding it great as a morning newspaper or ebook reading during downtime. It's a great investment, regardless of if you are using it for school, work, or play, and I would HIGHLY recommend this to any student #as I wish I had this during college#! They connected keyboard is interesting and takes some time to get used to, and I think I'm pushing a decent 80 WPM now that I'm comfortable with it. The touch screen keyboard works just as well, which is phenomenal for a tablet. Audio quality is great, and the USB input is a huge plus, and quite groundbreaking for a tablet. It supports just about anything I plug in to it, and being able to print documents and web pages without having to pull my hair out ala Office Space was a great feeling. Performance is great, the screen presents beautiful crisp imagery, and I almost completely satisfied with my Surface. The only thing that makes me give it 4 stars instead of 5 are the lack of apps and only having half the advertised internal storage space #which can be corrected by expandable memory drives# but is still kind of disappointing. Definitely not a deal breaker, though. Also, Windows 8 really makes sense on this thing, I wasn't too huge a fan of it on my desktop, but using it on a tablet is smooth and flawless, and makes me fall in love with an OS I didn't quite like a few days ago. If you're on the fence about Surface, just do it. You won't regret it,
I would recommend this to a friend
I’m not a usual reviewer, but I love this device. The following are my impressions as I began using it. It is snappy. Office apps pop open quickly. I was surprised how full featured Windows RT is. The Surface joined the home network seamlessly. Recognizes my DLNA network storage, Windows 7 desktop and laptop shared folders and library mapping for all media. Recognizes and interacts with my Xbox 360. Recognized my wireless HP all-in-one printer and installed the drivers with no input from me. The Desktop GUI on the Surface is very familiar to Windows users and is impressive for the features maintained, not those stripped out. Control Panel is packed with familiar applets. It comes with Office, Skydrive w/7GB cloud storage, and IE 10 among others. Skydrive works as a remote to retrieve files from your PC's libraries if you neglected to save on the Skydrive. Although the speakers are small and need a high volume setting, the stereo effect is still nice in a noise free environment. Head phones and ear buds sound awesome. Volume setting is remembered and adjusts automatically when phones are plugged in or removed. Screen rotation is locked when touch cover is attached, but when folded back or removed it unlocks and rotates with changes in orientation. The kickstand and touch cover essentially convert the tablet to a laptop. Battery life is excellent. I plugged in a USB wireless mouse and it was immediately functional. A 64 GB MicroSDXC and 16 GB USB thumb drive each formatted easily to exFat and were usable for >2GB files. My touch cover had a known problem. Microsoft had a replacement to me the next day at no cost. At less than 2 lbs. this will take the place of my laptop when traveling (lite). I’m already starting to swipe and pinch my desktop monitor, but it isn’t touch. Waaah.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great device for getting work done on the go...Posted
First off, I would like to assert that Microsoft has reached the perfect balance between power and versatility in developing a tablet that is both pragmatic and a joy to use. As an IB Student and KCI board member, I find this tablet perfect for taking notes during class (with the included word and onenote programs) as well as listening to iTunes music and fiddling with apps. In regards to the hardware, this tablet is obviously no powerhouse, yet I cannot see why anyone would want a powerhouse tablet (e.g. I7 core, +2 gb ram, etc) in a 10 inch screen platform. In other words, this tablet can handle anything thrown at it within reason of basic computing. Although there is a sizeable difference in screen quality in comparison to other tablets such as the iPad, I'm able to overlook it due to the tablet's other advantages (e.g. a office suite that doesn't have compatibility issues like pages#. Finally, I wish this tablet would have a better interface for styluses, but I can understand the goal of the developers in making an ARM based tablet with very long battery life #it usually lasts me the whole day#. Disclaimer: There is a very limited number of apps for this tablet and the ARM processor prohibits users from installing full programs off of the internet, but honestly there shouldn't be an expectation for running resource intensive programs on a 10 inch tablet platform #e.g. AutoCAD). The lack of apps on the market is annoying, but I believe it is a matter of developers getting use to the relatively new metro interface.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good tablet to transition away from laptopsPosted
I own an i7 desktop, a Mac Desktop, two Microsoft-based laptops, and an iPad. I love technology. I do NOT YET own a Microsoft Surface. HOWEVER, I sat down with one in the store and in 5 minutes saw enough about it to suggest that people should seriously consider it. I naturally used the "little e" icon to get into the internet, and thought, yuck!, then the salesperson pointed out that if I just use the screen's "larger square" icons, then entering the internet seemed very effortless and information was organized in a very helpful manner. I spoke with two different types of users at the same gathering since looking at the Surface. One was ready to embrace the iPad and its apps, the other has a general fear of PCs and has learned to use google but not much more. This Microsoft Surface would be worth looking at by this person. I keep thinking about what would allow people to finally consider giving up their laptop. I believe it is the ability to realistically deal with heavy-duty word-processing or number crunching and other such activity that we go back to our laptops or desktops for. The Surface comes with Microsoft's Office suite, that alone justifies a price higher than Android tablets. In 5 minutes, I realized that, the Microsoft Surface might be the first tablet that has a chance to replace the majority of what we use our laptops for! I gave it a rating of 4 just because it makes me nervous to already hear stories about the connection between keyboard/protective cover and the tablet. The optional keyboard/protective cover adds to the price. I used the "Touch" keyboard that had very little tactile feedback, but there is also a "Type" keyboard that I have not yet tried that is suppose to have a feel closer to a keyboard people are used to on a laptop.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best tablet I have ever used. Period.Posted
This is the best tablet I have ever owned. It does what all the other tablets promised they could do but never did: take the place of my laptop and notepad. I tried Android - too cumbersome. It didn't do anything I wanted well. I went to iPad. Tons of accessories like keyboards etc, but I ended up needing a laptop bag to carry all the stuff. To top it off, I STILL needed my laptop for Word/Excel/PowerPoint. So, what was the point? I put the iPad on the shelf and only used it to browse the web on my couch. The Surface allows me to work. I can use it with a MS Arc mouse (folds flat# and the Type cover. For something that is only slightly heavier than my note pad #read pen and paper), I get a full blowing computing environment. Yes there could be more apps, but unlike all of the reviews about Apple having 1/4 or 1/2 million apps as some sort of positive, I say WHO CARES???? I don't use 1/2 million apps. I use about 10. Right now I have 7 including my Nook app which in my opinion is BETTER than the full blown Nook tablet. Then just yesterday, I added my wife as a user and now she has her own, separate profile to use on my tablet. Can't do that with an iPad. So, why is this the best tablet I have ever used? Because it does exactly what I want - which is to be productive without a cadre of extra gear and my laptop. The Surface helps me get work DONE.
I would recommend this to a friend
Calling this a tablet is an insultPosted
I knew I wanted the Surface if only for my love of tablets. But when I got the RT, I didn't know what an amazing product this would turn out to be. I can use actual Word and PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Not some app that does its best to imitate. I know there is a learning curve, but that is part of the fun for me. The Surface line practically has 2 operating systems, if that isn't BOSS, then I don't know what is. I play around on Metro, and get down to business on the Desktop. Yes there aren't a million apps that essentially all copy one another, that distraction is gone. I am not a person who "lives" on social networks, I actually DO work. I love the touch cover too, I know the type cover would allow me to have fewer mistakes and missed #unregistered# keystrokes, but I have noticed some of my fingers are weaker, like my pinkies. The touch cover is just an awesome look when folded over. When I do get the Surface Pro I will get the type cover. 'the battery life is amazing, all day long! I use my Surface every chance I can, finding out new ways to utilize it. I do wish the speakers were louder, and the charging connector is weirdly hard to engage. Other than the immaturity of some of he metro apps, and the inability to run legacy apps, and download programs off the net are a killjoy, was using "Hello World" but can't use on Windows 8. The cans greatly outweighs the can not's, I don't even think about my iPad anymore and I have the retina screen one! This machine is worth WAY more than what I paid for it #retail#, I recommend this revolutionary machine any and everyday! THANK YOU MICROSOFT!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Great for more general use than an iPadPosted
I own both - an iPad (3rd Gen) and now the Surface. It's nice to be able to sit in bed or be in an airplane w/o having to open up a laptop. The Surface is no heavier than an iPad (maybe a bit lighter) and is a bit smaller in size. It is great to be able to run 2 windows at the same time, i.e. playing a game while creating a Power Point presentation. It's a mini computer, while being a tablet. No extra peripherals needed to download your photos from you camera. And a flash drive can easily be inserted. However, you can not down load any software, but just about everything you use has already been installed. However, it does not appear to have an many apps as my iPad. In fact, for an example, Facebook, to get rid of the ads, you have to pay $2.99 to get rid of them, while on the iPad, no ads on the FB page -no out of pocket costs. Its also easier to use Siri/Safari to locate things on the web, than it is on Surface, as there is an extra step to utilize Surface as a computer. Bottom line, what the iPad is lacking, the Surface picks up and visa verse. Not to mention the cost of the Surface outweighs what the Surface maybe lacking. One more thing, although I purchased the extended warranty from Best Buy, when I went to initially start up the Surface, I needed help. The Geek Squad 24/7 help was NO help and told me to contact Microsoft (at least the BB person gave me that number). The Microsoft guy took the time on the phone with me to teach me how to use my new Surface and didn't want me to "flounder navigating the Surface as I had with my iPad - we spent 4 hours together.
I would recommend this to a friend
This is the BEST tablet on the marketPosted
I recently sold my iPad 2 and used the money to put towards my brand new Surface RT. I could not have made a better choice. With a full version of office, I can do work while I'm on the go or in my living room. I wanted a tablet to supplement my Dell XPS 8300 desktop but sometimes, you just don't want to sit at a desk and do your work. I am actually writing this review on the Touch Cover. It's a little tricky because there is no mechanical feedback when you touch the keys but you can quickly get used to the feeling. The screen is not as crisp as the Retina display on the iPad 4, but it's good enough that all the way zoomed in, you can't really even make out the constituent pixels. Microsoft made a homerun with this device and I couldn't be happier. I used to be a Apple Fan boy until I realized I was being totally ripped off. I bought mine online but I really wish Best Buy were selling it last month so I didn't have to wait two agonizing days for the product to arrive. :) The app store is a little scarce right now, but I imagine that with more people buying the Surface, the app store will grow considerably. Unlike the iPad, the Surface supports flash on most sites so you can always use Internet Explorer instead of an app. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
I would recommend this to a friend
like the Surface, don't like touch coverPosted
I really like the actual Microsoft surface as a light weight, portable computer. I like all the apps and features and Windows 8. I don't like how I am unable to download Firefox at this time. I primarily bought this computer to try to do a parttime internet business, that needs done on Firefox browser, and therefore I can't do the business till the Firefox app is ready. I don't like the "Touch Cover". It's started showing wear right away. It's too easy to accidentally hit a wrong "button" in the middle of typing something, and therefore messing things up. I am planning on purchasing the "Type Cover", and am hoping that I will be more satisfied with that. I wish I had known that there were the 2 different keyboards. If I had known that, I wouldn't have boughten the bundle that had the Surface and the Touch cover. Part of that is my fault because I didn't know. Part of it I blame on the sales staff at my local Best Buy store, because he didn't know that much about the Surface, and didn't tell me the options I had of buying the Surface separate, and then buying the Type cover, for $30 more than the bundle. Now, I am having to spend $129 more for the keyboard that I hopefully will like better. All in all I like it, but I wonder if I would've been just as happy with a Google Chrome, which weighs a little more, but will cost a lot less. But, I'll never know now. One reason I bought the Surface over the Google Chrome is that Office Home and Student was already installed - big PLUS. The sound quality on the Netflix app is VERY POOR!!!! I am cancelling my streaming. However, the sound quality is adequate on the IHeartRadio app.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great portable replacement for heavy notebookPosted
I picked one up in White Marsh on Saturday. The sales people did not even know they were selling them yet. A MS person was there but he was not prepared. I took the plunge anyways. I have a HP Touchpad with WebOS that I like. I do not care for iOS or android. Windows8 is the first that uses similar swipe commands to webos. For what I need, a portable, durable, flexible mobile computing device this one is outstanding. I get MS Office, can access the internet, run flash apps, skype and all the mobile functions I need. But wait, there is more...... a full size USB port that works with everything I have plugged into it HDMI output, just plug in a cable and BAM my power point presentation is on the projector a micro SD slot for more storage I accidentally dropped it. I cringed as I picked it up. Not a scratch, dent, chip or crack! WIFI reception is excellent. The touch cover is very portable and handy. Would have liked to try the type cover but they did not have a demo out. $499 + $100 = $599 is a bit pricey but keep in mind, MS Office = ~$150 for the software. Which means, $450 for the tablet and touch cover, which is reasonable. Yes, game selection is poor and lacking. I did not buy it to play games on so that is a moot point for me.
I would recommend this to a friend