It’s finally been a full month, maybe a little longer, but I can say for sure I love this tablet. Now techies out there and all my apple friends (cough my editor) constantly give me the look, seriously Mike? You’re giving up Apple for a Microsoft tablet?? Are you ok? You still like it? These are all questions I have been asked and probably the funniest, what in the world is that? Well everyone, yes, I am happy with my Surface 2 tablet, I’ve never been able to do so much work AND play before. During this time I have encountered all of the different great and also not so great features of my device but I have to say its overall performance is quite intriguing. Since this is already a Surface 2 review two part series and close to being a three part I’m just going to list and cover a few things that stood out to me the most. If you would like to know more in depth info just ask me in the comment section below!
What I Like:
- Battery Life
- Type Cover 2
- Built in 2-stage Kickstand (best add on to a tablet ever in my opinion)
- Touch interface
- Screen (1080p is perfect, does anyone really notice retina display anyway?)
- Microsoft as a company
- Windows RT (basically Windows but not the full fledge version. Has a desktop but you can’t download programs like iTunes.)
This involves a lot of things and I constantly bring it up to people when they ask me how I like my Surface. Of course I tell them I love its power and ability to do things that other tablets fail to even attempt. Right now I’m using Word to type this blog post, it’s easy and fast to use. Keyboard is plugged in, typing on the type cover is effortless, Spotify is playing in the background. IE has four other tabs open, two YouTube videos which I could play at the same time without drag (yes I tried this) pointless but cool. I can switch from this desktop to start screen, everything still playing, or I can just split the screen so I don’t have to keep going. All of it just flows fluidly and seamlessly. For a tablet that’s cheaper than an iPad even with a type cover add on, its power is shocking.
Type Cover 2:
To be frank this little keyboard is amazingly useful when you need it and also super flexible or totally removable when you don’t need it. It’s great to just snap in a keyboard and since it comes with a trackpad it can turn your tablet into an even more useful device. Bluetooth keyboards are useful but considering Microsoft has spent a good amount of time making this cover thinner and with a backlight – sets it apart from any other keyboard. This whole cover accessory idea is something that Microsoft is slowly but surely making more and more useful. It folds back when you don’t need it so it is not a nuisance.
Just to set the record straight my tablet may look like a small laptop but it cannot do everything a true laptop can. RT or more simply Windows Tablet is just like iOS in the sense that it was never designed to act like a computer but rather act as a powerful companion in a compact and portable device. But Microsoft didn’t want to make its “limited” OS seem limited for their users and I think they have done masterfully. Because it can run desktop programs and you can fix problems (troubleshooting) in software I always feel that I have the most control over my tablet. Sure I can’t download legacy programs which to you non-techies means I cannot download developed programs for a desktop such as iTunes, but this computer’s browser Internet Explorer has two sides. A tablet side for quick and simple searching that can do everything a full-fledged browser can achieve like Chrome on your desktop. It is more fluid and uses all of the screen restate to create a great “tablet” experience. Now the other IE or desktop versions are more powerful and are recognized by every website as a desktop version, this is great for school programs (College portals, Virtual School, etc.) and also sites that otherwise couldn’t run on devices like iOS, especially those running flash. This whole setup is very dynamic and is so unique that even I cannot explain how it works. But that’s the best part, it works, and flawlessly.
So you may be asking well c’mon Mike what don’t you like about this device? Honestly I have to say besides the common user errors or website quirks which I also ran into with my iPad, there is nothing I would say deserves improvement. Sure I could be like all critics and say hey it would be nice to have this or that or this many apps. But I blog about finding the best deals, and the Surface 2 does everything I need it to and it does it well, very well, but it’s still cheaper than the iPad. It’s just as well built or maybe even better than the iPad, it offers ports that Apple claims add weight, but this device still only weighs about the same as other tablets its size. It does all of this at a cheaper base price leaving you room to buy things like the keyboard. Trust me the iPad is a great device. It pioneered this tablet idea in the first place but Microsoft has sat and watched for years and even tried a prototype last year and learned from their mistakes. In the end I have to say this tablet of all of the electronic devices I have used is the first one I don’t feel like I wasted money on in some way. I use it all the time and I am able to do my work on it but also have some fun. The experience has been great and I am eager to compare this to iOS soon. I think Windows can soon repair its image with the Surface 2. I will be bold and say as of today this product is worthy of being the first product I have seen as: THE BEST BUY. Yup I said it, beats Apple, Android, and any others in my book. So while I make be sounding a little bold and maybe a bit crazy this device is the best buy for what you get for the price. So in conclusion if you’re looking for the best deal and are feeling bold enough to try something other than Apple or Android check out the Surface 2 tablet – its worth your time! In my opinion it is the very best deal!