The Surface 2: is it that bad?
The Surface 2, released by Microsoft on October 22. 2013
In this article I’ll be referring towards the RT edition of the Surface.
Although, everyone has mixed feelings about it, especially when it comes to the age groups. When it comes to the youth, it’s not “powerful” enough. It’s “specs” aren’t good enough. While in my head all that I’m thinking is, what are you going to be doing on this TABLET? It’s a work production tablet that Microsoft advertises as and I agree with Microsoft. Sure it doesn’t edit you’re video’s and photos as seemingly as your Macbook Pro Retina with 16Gigs of ram, a Intel Haswell or whatever the case maybe. It’s made to do the basic tasks to be as basic as possible.
- Check your email – Sometime’s our lovely smartphones aren’t the biggest when it comes to checking emails.
- Write up a note on word – admit it, we all know Microsoft did a pretty good damn job on Office.
- Showing a power point presentation – Like a boss!
- Completing research at odd times – I got nothing for this one.
But something I want to mention is that it has a USB port. That sweet USB port. I’m not sure if you guys do this just like me, but I sleep with a USB thumb drive. I always have one with me and I think it’s great how the Surface provides the flexibility to have one of these. Instead of opening up the web browser, signing in to your email, then sending it to yourself, THEN OPEN IT ON YOUR COMPUTER, it’s quite long and remarkably inefficient.
My last point towards positivity , it’s light and compact. Then again it is a tablet. But with it’s computing power, it’s a game changer. Microsoft is attempting to change tablet’s and computers with power that everyone can change. Who knows, maybe because of this, engineers of different corporations while be intrigued by this and start by the ground up. It’s the part that we have made something so compact yet so powerful in such a small form factor.
Now here comes to the negativity part. Although it’s debatable,
- Battery life; it’s expected to be around 10 hours of medium use. I have mixed feelings about this since first of all; I’m a power user and second, I don’t want to charge my power machine every night.
- (I still think it’s not worth to say this) It’s a 10.6″ screen with a 5 multi-touch capability able to deliver a 1080HD output. It comes with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor which I think is just fine because it handles Windows 8 like a dream.
- It’s app store. Oh god I hate Microsoft for this but Microsoft doesn’t even
encouragetry to get developers on board. It literally is that bad. I asked my friend if he could download Soundhound, guess what he said. NOPE. It’s a tragedy in there and that’s why I pick up my iPad 4G when ever going to school.
These are the biggest cons I believe that the Surface has. It has a cool keyboard you can attach but I have no comments towards it mainly because it’s an accessory
So what’s the Verdict?: The Surface RT is great for students. It has the power even though, on paper it isn’t a people pleaser. It’s really great if you do opt in to get the keyboard as for it’s atleast twice as flexible with it. It’s not considered as a toy so if you are going to be buying it as a “fun toy” then please. Look somewhere else, it’s the truth considering the app store isn’t 10/10. Definitely worth $449 in my eyes. (32GB)
What are you’re thoughts on the Surface? Is it a flop? Garbage? The best thing that has happened to hybrid computers? Write it down in the comments below!
P.S. By the way, there are stupid answers, so please keep it mature guys!
About the Author Karan Makhija
My name is Karan Makhija. I work at Future Shop Connect Pro Technician. (Futureshop is Best Buy's child). I'm in the 11th grade and my main computer OS is prefered to be Windows 7 although my choice for a tablet is a iPad 4G with a iPhone 5S as my daily cellphone driver. I'm more knowledgeable about Microsoft but would love to take the time to go into OS X!
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