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Microsoft Surface 2 specs review

0. phoneArena 24 Sep 2013, 12:10 posted on

Windows RT hardware, and the Surface RT tablet in particular, isn't just selling poorly. Microsoft's often ignored slate was the reason behind a $900 million loss posted by the company last quarter, while some manufacturers abandoned their plans for future RT devices altogether. Yet here we are, a day after Microsoft's official event, and we have a new Surface tablet on our hands – the Microsoft Surface 2, powered by Windows 8.1 RT. It is in many ways better than last year's model, bringing the mandatory upgrades in the hardware department, such as a faster processor and a better screen. Will this be enough to make the Microsoft Surface 2 competitive, however?...

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posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:23

1. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


at least it's white

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:34

2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


This will be a "Fail"™ again, like all there products! Except it's MS products software!

®

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:44 9

10. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


So the Xbox and Xbox 360 were fail? Get your facts straight.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 20:12

20. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Get him! lol this troll needs to be cut away from internet. that would be worst to him than getting his d*ck cut off.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:46 1

11. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If MS drop price by $100, they can move lot of units, I'll buy one for sure :)

I won't spend $449 on second tablet when I already have Nexus7.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 21:08

21. cc3493 (Posts: 154; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


All *their products? I dont think so:
word, excel, powerpoint, onenote + all other office apps, xbox, xbox 360, windows xp, windows 2000, windows 7, internet explorer (used by more than 50%), hotmail/live (SUPER DUPER SUCCESSFUL), messenger, skype +MUCH MUCH MORE, they were all very successful products. Idm if you dislike or hate microsoft but lying never really helps, does it?

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:37 4

4. ballaonnabudget (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2013)


*More like a Silver - Mg's natural color.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:36 2

3. djcody (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


About year from now they do anothe write down $$$ :) lesson learn xD. If that a full win8 I may look for one, other ways No thank you

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:37 6

5. ballaonnabudget (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Its called a surface pro. Or go buy a cheap Asus.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 18:50

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 2730; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Surface pro price and competitions are the ultra portables, many are now a tablet with notebook dock combo, full version of Windows 8,1 pro.

If i am Lenovo, Asus i will think twice about making successfully ultra portables as the competition comes from my principle Microsoft.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 13:21 3

6. papss (unregistered)


Yes if you WA t a full PC buy pro otherwise stop complaining about this tablet..

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:16

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


This upgrade won't help sales. Specs were not the issue.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 15:12

13. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Exactly. The issue was RT. As the sale figures show, hardly anybody wants to buy a watered down version of windows 8/8.1 at its current price.

They just should just quit with windows RT as it's just confusing to the everyday person that has windows 8 on their PC/laptop, and buy RT expecting to run the same apps.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 19:43

19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I know all about RT and even i can explain it to non techies. Poor MS.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:40

8. joe1blue (Posts: 97; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


in my opinion this is the best product on the market I don't care what anybody else says.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:42 2

9. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


The iPad doesn't run MAC programs, yet nobody seems to have a problem with that. When the iPad came out, it didn't have many apps either. Why do people want to hate on the surface so much? It comes with Word, Excel & Outlook, for a reasonable price. I'm no fan of the modern UI on the desktop, but it is actually made for a tablet.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:47 1

12. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Because it's the cool thing to hate on MS products. I have the Surface RT and it works just fine for me. My next tablet will probably be the Pro 2 or maybe a comparable Asus model if they get one out there, but there is nothing wrong with the RT models.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 15:18

14. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


When the iPad came out there was nothing like it at the time and hence no competition. Now we have all types of Android tablets, ipads, ipad mini's etc. that already does everything as the surface RT.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 15:29

15. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You're right. When the iPad came out, all we had were Windows XP tablets... and they weren't selling.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 16:52

16. luxzy801 (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


That was good bro, you took the words right out of my mouth LOL.
Good ol' iFans, they think that everything was invented by Apple, glad to know others know about technological history...

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 18:25

17. no-reply (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Not an 'iFan' but just have to argue that you should admit Apple did some very interesting shifts in market trends by releasing the iPhone, iPad, Air, and such. They do bring innovation to the masses and move the market towards new directions. At least, they used to be with former CEO.
That being said, I'm looking into buying a slick tablet, and was tempted by the Surface 2 Pro, but is the price really justifiable? Specially considering how bulky (by weight) it is... 2lbs, huh? I guess forget using it with one hand. My 2 cents.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:50

28. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


It is definitely justified. The Surface Pro isn't just a tablet. It is a tablet and a laptop rolled into one, provided you get the keyboard (which you definitely will). It can do a hell of alot more than your typical iPad/Android/Windows RT tablet, and has access to a seemingly infinite amount of available software. You could go cheaper and get an Atom based Windows 8 tablet, but Atom processors are s*** and you may be disappointed. I, personally, wouldn't get any Windows 8 tablet that isn't running at least an i5.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 04:23

25. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


chromebooks don't have ANY app's but you'll never see tech sites bashing the OS.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 22:19

22. taikucing (unregistered)


needs more apps

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 01:06

23. joe1blue (Posts: 97; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Yea but to be honest I'm not bothered by the lack of apps. I have an android phone with many apps and I feel fine with What's available At the moment

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 04:21

24. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


How are chromebook sales going? More importantly, what's the app' count in the chrome store - 100, 500 ?? Since PA love to include their mandatory serving of Windows RT hate, it would be interesting to know how many chromebooks where sold in the last quarter (excluding the ones given away to schools and other not-for-profit organizations).

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:27

26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


too many dummies out there do not get it. the reason MS created the Surface RT OS was so it could have a ARMS CPU Controlled tablet because ARMS CPU's rule the mobile world. The
Problem Microsoft has is that 99 percent of it's programs are set up to run only on Intel/AMD
X86 CPU's therefore Microsoft has to start from scratch to get windows programs on ARMS
CPU devices.it will take years to recompile x86 CPU programs that run on Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP and Windows 98, to run on ARM CPU controlled devices. some people say Microsoft should skip ARMS CPU's altogether and use ATOM CPU's for Windows 8 low power tablets. That sounds alright but most people who have tested Windows Atom based Tablets will tell you right up front that the ATOM CPU's just do not have the processing Power to run the high level Computer aided design programs or the HD high level Video games that are on the market and they cannot do a lot of multitasking work, that's why Microsoft surface computer use Intel i5 CPU's from the jump street but reall A surface Pro should use the more powerful intel i7 CPU's because with the i7haswell CPU there is no X86 program they cannot run but an Intel i5 can stumble on some high level Windows programs. I hope this info educates people a little..

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:46

27. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


the Surface 2 Windows on arms cpu tablet I think is the best bank for the buck ARMs CPU
tablet on the market for Business people and Students who have to send printed work to their professors and also for the average person. with it's USB 3 port you can hook it uo to thousands of external gear. It is new however and needs more apps to be of interest to a lot of people. They will be around awhile because Microsoft will not give up making a windows on arms tablets even if they only sell less of them than anyone else does

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:56

29. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


What it really needs is VPN support and they need to release an API that allows devs to create "desktop" apps for Windows RT. Windows RT's biggest flaw is that any apps developed for it have to be metro apps. There is a desktop, but it is only used for MS Office, IE, and file management. If they allowed for desktop support, more developers would start recompiling their own software for our use on Windows RT. Imagine the possibilities...

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