The Microsoft Surface is the first Microsoft-designed tablet computer. Surface RT is powered by NVDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, comes with 10.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 720p HD rear and front facing cameras in a “VaporMg” magnesium casing. The Windows RT (Microsoft’s ARM-friendly version of Windows 8) tablet, also offers a built-in kickstand. The device is designed to compete mainly with tablets running mobile operating systems like Android and iOS (iPad).
The promise of Surface is simple: You get a tablet when you want a tablet, and you get a laptop when you want a laptop. For the most part this is true. You can lounge with your Netflix videos and Kindle books, you can listen to all-you-can-eat music or stream rented movies with integrated Xbox services, using the “Modern” style of navigation that’s easy to flip through with a finger.
You also get an Office suite that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with a surprisingly useful pair of keyboard-and-trackpad options — the Touch Cover and the Type Cover — which are sold separately but should be a required purchase for anyone going the Surface route.
Surface RT Pros :
- Microsoft Surface’s Metro interface is innovative, elegant, powerful, and versatile. The tablet feels strong and well-built, includes Office 2013, and rich video and music services. Its keyboard cover accessories are the best ways to type on a tablet, period.
- Quad core processor
- Lots of RAM (2048 MB RAM)
Surface RT Cons :
- Low pixel densitiy screen, below 180ppi(148 ppi)
- The camera lacks autofocus, flash
- Lacks global positioning system (GPS)
Pricing and availability: A “limited quantity” of Surface RT tablets will be available for pre-order Tuesday on Surface.com, starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time. The 32GB version costs $499, and if you want to bundle in the ballyhooed Touch Cover keyboard attachment (which I’ll describe in first-hand detail at the end of this report) you can get the tablet and a black Touch Cover together for $599. The 64GB version of Surface RT sells for $699 with the black Touch Cover included.
When stacking the Surface against the iPad, the most direct comparison available is the 32GB Surface with Windows RT (available to pre-order for $499) and the 32GB Wi-Fi only Apple iPad ($599). That $100 price difference will lure a lot of budget conscious buyers.
BOTTOM LINE :
We’d go as far as saying it’s our favourite iPad yet. The smaller size, thinner shape and lighter weight makes for a much better mobile experience. It’s easy to hold and manipulate in the hand but feels durable and well-built enough to accompany you throughout the day. It’s definitely more premium that we were expecting.
Key features :
- OS : Windows RT; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote).
- Exterior : 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in
Dark Titanium color
Volume and Power buttons
- Storage : 32GB*, 64GB
*1GB = 1 billion bytes; formatted storage capacity may be less
- Display : 10.6″ ClearType HD Display
- CPU : Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
- Wireless : Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
- Battery : 31.5 W-h
- Cameras and A/V : Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing
- Ports : Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
HD video out port
- Sensors : Ambient light sensor
- Power Supply : 24W power supply
- Warranty : 1-year limited hardware warranty
- Apps (included) : Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.