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Windows RT; 10.6-Inch ClearType HD Display Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 32 GB Storage, 2 GB RAM, Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life Two 720p HD LifeCams, front and rear facing Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); Bluetooth 4.0 Technology; Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer; 31.5 W-h, up to 8 hours mixed activity, 7-15 days idle life
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PROS + Build quality. The VaporMg finish definitely feels-- and looks-- extremely classy, and this tablet feels great in the hand. Think the aluminum used on Apple's products, but with a slightly softer, warmer finish. The kickstand (designed to be similar to the doors on a luxury car) snaps shut with an incredibly satisfying click, and folds open in a smooth, clear motion. There's no creak to the chassis anywhere, and the entire package screams quality. Save for one thing: the Microsoft logo on the kickstand begins to wear quickly, and for no discernable reason. + Beautiful screen. The big sticking point for many is that the Surface RT packs a screen with just 1368x768px resolution, which pales in comparison to many flagship Android tabs (typically packing Full HD screens at 1920x1080px, and the new Nexus 10 with the Retina-crushing 2560×1600px) and of course, Apple's own Retina iPads (at a beautiful 2,048×1,536px). But in my experience, after around 720p the benefits of a higher resolution video or image fall off very quickly on a tablet. Microsoft's ClearType technology is no gimmick; text looks genuinely impressive on this comparatively low-resolution panel, which negates (at least in part) a huge advantage held by higher-pixel displays. Viewing angles and color reproduction is spot on, and Netflix looks incredible on the no-letterboxing 16:9 display. + The kickstand. As a student, the small footprint afforded by the Surface with its kickstand extended makes it a great desk companion and movie watching aid, especially while I'm at work and my hands are busy. Some people have likened the Surface (with stand extended and Touch Cover out) as a poor man's laptop, but the kickstand certainly holds its own when it comes to increasing the Surface's versatility. And yes, it is possible to use the device on your lap-- if you're sitting straight. Lean forward, and you'll find the device wanting to tip down. Although, that won't be a huge issue because.... + Reassuringly sturdy connection to the Touch Cover. The Touch Cover deserves a review of its own, because it's what really brings the Surface into an entirely different league of tablet. Suffice to say that once you get used to it, you'll never want to go back to a tablet where such a useful accessory isn't an option. But even better is the stiff magnetic connection (complete with a reassuring thunk), which is strong enough to-- yes, I did test this over a bed first-- suspend the tablet by the keyboard, and even surface a considerable amount of shaking around. For reference, I tried the same using my iPad and the Apple Smart Cover, and while you can suspend the tablet, any real movement and the iPad will just go flying off. + Ports! Having a full USB port open for peripherals (which work astoundingly well) lets you really expand the device at a moment's notice. My favorite setup is to use a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 - Graphite with my Surface, eschewing the tiny touchpad on the touch covers for a real, solid mouse. You also get HD video out (to HDMI or VGA, though this requires an adapter), a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and SDXC expansion (located behind the kickstand) to satisfying your storage and ease of access needs. + Software. Of course, this tablet is going to be made or broken by Windows RT, and in my belief, it's...made! Windows RT is by far and away the best tablet operating system I've used so far, and you can see for yourself up top that I've dealt with a lot of them. Windows RT allows for "true" multitasking in a way that Android (the closest competitor in terms of multitasking; iOS' implementation is glorified window switching, and webOS on the TouchPad still only allowed one application to be seen at once) cannot. Being able to run two apps on the screen isn't anything new to a desktop user, but Microsoft absolutely nailed the implementation on the mobile front. You really have to check out a video; my review can't do this feature justice. The interface is clean, sleek, and performs great-- one reason Microsoft limited the resolution was to ensure that the processor (the formidable A9 nVIDIA Tegra 3) could run everything at speeds and smoothness rivaling anything iOS and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean can toss out. Apps function as you'd expect, and altogether everything really comes together.
Did I mention Office? Last week, I decided I wanted to get some work done on an economics project, so I flipped out my Surface, popped the stand and keyboard, and got to work. I was halfway through crunching some large datasets in Excel when I realized that with any other tablet (including the keyboard-equipped Transformer TF300T, in my opinion the closest rival as a "productive" tablet), I would not have even considered trying to work with a spreadsheet. It's a miserable experience.
Built in apps like Internet Explorer 10 work without issue, and unlike other manufacturers, Microsoft lets you uninstall almost ANY application you want-- an enormous and refreshing change of pace. Don't like XBOX Music? Games? Video? Gone, gone, and gone. Don't like the default Mail app? That can be gone too (though it'll take Messaging and People with it). The list goes on and on and on. Multitouch gestures are worked in in thoughtful, genuinely useful ways, and you will hate going back to another tablet once you realize that some sensible, convenient shortcuts are now lost to you.
Oh, and the People app-- great way to check Facebook if you're only in it for casual use. + Full filesystem access. If you ever need to work with files, you'll know precisely why this is important. No more chasing files all over the stupid tablet, then finding you can't cram them into your app of choice no matter what. + Overall polish. It's weird, because Windows RT still has some bugs of its own, but...the Surface as a whole is incredibly well thought out and executed. You'll sit there thinking, "if only this tablet could do x," then find that it's quite capable of x, y, and z. And then you can appreciate the work that someone, somewhere put into making this a useful device.
CONS - (Update: That I forgot to include this initially should indicate how much of an afterthought cameras are on tablets) The cameras on this tablet are utterly forgettable. The front-facing one is good enough for a video call, but the rear facing one takes pictures that look like something out of the very first smartphones. The saving grace is the built-in inclination, which positions the camera at a perfectly flat angle when the kickstand is out. It's not hard to use in your hands either-- if you can take people laughing at you. The TF300T has a much better camera, although it's just as bad in low light. - Speakers are weak. They sound nice enough, and you get decent stereo separation, but there's no beating around the bush-- these things are soft, even for me. - Browser lock in. Unacceptable. Internet Explorer 10 is better than I thought it would be, but Chrome bookmark sync and the interface are must haves. - App selection is still a little weak. I don't think this is a huge issue, as I've found everything I need from the web, Office, and some very, very good apps already in the store (such as DLNA streaming via Multimedia 8), but some big hitters are missing; others, like Evernote are in reduced functionality modes (inability to edit rich text, for example). - Terrible power plug design. I don't mind having a wall wart charger if it charges the machine quickly-- which it does-- but the magnetic attachment has nothing on the MagSafe adapters used on Apple's laptops. They should have gone with a plug on this one.
On the whole, this is a product that can really pull its own weight, and you owe it to yourself to give Windows RT a shot if you're new to the market-- or even if you're a veteran of the ongoing mobile wars. I'd be happy to answer questions, and I will continue to update this review as time goes on.
Just to be clear: I preordered this fellow from the Microsoft store, and I recommend that you'd do so as well. Price gouging on Amazon is always disgusting.
I was all set to purchase my Surface directly through the Microsoft website, then I got the brilliant idea to check amazon. I got more bang for my buck, for sure! the 32 gb and a type style keyboard on amazon were cheaper than the 16 gb and a touch style keyboard from Microsoft.
I love what this tablet does because it is enough for me. It does not do EVERYTHING a laptop and my Kindle Fire HD together could do, but those things it does it does WAY better. starts up way faster than any laptop I've ever seen, and while my classmates are choosing their seats based on proximity to outlets, I am typing away and surfing the net without fear of losing power for a full 8 hours. I can quickly switch from Excel, where i'm using functions to calculate answers for problems in my Financial Management class, to a scientific/graphing calculator app for those problems that can't be functioned in Excel.
I can't watch my DVR recordings via dishanywhere, and the sling player app is $15, but I can make do with watching in on another mobile device for which there IS an app. I can't seem to get my amazon prime content either, but i'm sure that's user error, or a function that will become more widely available eventually.
one major advantage over the Kindle Fire (just addressing the tablet aspect of the device here) is the two cameras, and the ability to take video with sound. since the Surface will typically be within arm's reach, watch for my kitties on AFV. =)
I love the tiles feature, and its customizability. apps like weather channel and facebook can have bigger tiles so I can see notifications at a glance, while I've made the email app tile as small as possible, so i'm not broadcasting what I've received to anyone who is looking at my home screen.
I love the touch screen password feature, but if you use that remember to clean your screen often, because with all the oils in our skin, repeated touch gestures can EASILY be seen in the residue we leave behind.
I would suggest buying an anti-glare screen protector immediately. it is MUCH easier on my eyes since I've installed one with a matte finish. no glare from overhead lights or sunshine! though it IS winter in my neck of the woods so that hasn't been much of a problem.
i'm used to a split natural keyboard, so this tiny little thing is a little tough on my hands, but for light application such as status updates or typing reviews on amazon, it's just perfect. my fingers have adjusted quickly and I rarely hit the wrong key.
I love that the keyboard detaches quickly and reattaches easily. very powerful magnets, you just get the keyboard close to the right position and it snaps into place. and if you want to do no typing, just pop it off and set it aside.
the built in stand on the back of course only works for landscape mode and of course in only one position, but with the non slip backing on the keyboard, you can push the stand in and rest the tablet/screen portion on something else to get the perfect angle for your viewing.
if you're looking for a powerful laptop replacement, this is NOT what you want. internet based games run slowly and aren't as responsive as on a traditional PC, it doesn't run Microsoft Access (but runs the rest of the suite including Outlook with the latest upgrade, free in the app store), and you CAN NOT install your own programs (like the plug in necessary to run dishanywhere on the device). but if you want something with more day-to-day functionality than an e-reader and don't need all the bells and whistles of a traditional laptop, this is a great option.
I have only had this for a short time, but I'm enjoy it. The screen is crystal clear and is very responsive. I'm having to get used to using the original Windows 8 set up again (haven't used it in a couple years) but it's not that bad. I had to go back and order the keyboard though. I've tried using the on screen keyboard for some of my work. While it is great for surfing the web, it's annoying when you are trying to write, which is what I do.
It won't replace my Linux laptop or my Windows desktop, but it's definitely worth the purchase, if you can find a slightly used model at a good price. I don't think the sticker price of $500 is worth it because it won't replace those items. There are programs that I use daily on my desktop (Windows OS) and they won't run on the Surface. It is a little disappointing because now to work on the same writing project on both I have to save to the cloud and copy and paste from a Word file into the writing software I normally use.
I bought mine used so the charger that came with it gave me some problems at first. It didn't charge properly and as a result, the battery died halfway through setup, which corrupted files to the point the reset feature wouldn't work. Microsoft does have a way for you to get the recovery image for free and put it on USB. You can then use the USB to run the reset. I did that and was able to overwrite the corrupted files and get it working. I haven't had any problems since. I have ordered (and received) a "Microsoft" charger that works much better.