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Microsoft Surface tablet meets asphalt and lives to tell the story

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Microsoft Surface tablet meets asphalt and lives to tell the story
This Surface RT tablet survived after being dropped off a car

This Surface RT tablet survived after being dropped off a car

We've had Microsoft touting the durability of its Surface tablet more than once already. First we saw a unit outfitted with a set of skateboard wheels and then taken down for a ride, soon after which the company posted a video of the device being dropped onto a hardwood floor while recording a video. However, those stunts seem like child's play when compared to what happened to Kurt Shintaku and his 64GB Microsoft Surface RT tablet.

Right after lunch, Kurt drove off in his car without realizing that he had forgotten his personal Surface tablet on the roof of his car. The device stayed there for a while, but after a sudden change of lanes, the inevitable happened and gravity took over. After tumbling on the asphalt in front of the eyes of horrified bystanders, the tablet came to a halt a lane away from where Shintaku was.

Yet the Microsoft Surface survived. Yeah, it took one heck of a beating and got several nasty nicks on its magnesium casing, but the glass was not damaged and the device remained completely functional. Fortunately for Kurt, the tablet didn't end up under the tires of another driver's car, as in such a case, his story would not have had a happy ending.

source: Kurt Shintaku via Neowin

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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:25 13

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 477; Member since: 27 May 2012)


They gained this rock hardware from Nokia.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:24 3

11. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


All the evidence that MS has planned to take over Nokia!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:31 2

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


Great selling point for the Surface.

People will buy Surface for great "click" sound of the kickstand and for using it as skate board or even as a hammer LOL.

But if you need a 10" tablet to enjoy videos, play games, read books ... Nexus 10 is the one.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:38 6

4. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Having a bad day (again)?
Surface is a nice product dude. Stop hating and give it a try. You talk like the RT can't play vids, games and show books. lol

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:09 1

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


Are you serious? Ballmer said they would sell millions of Surface and you call it niche?

It's not about me mate, it's about millions betrayed by MS mobile strategy (or lack thereof).

And how many "tries" do you think MS needs, will this be the last try and serious business begins?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:02 4

14. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Let me ask you the same question. Are you serious for real? What are you implying I didn't understand. What's correlation between Ballmer expressing his confidence and it's not being a nice product? Enlighten me.

Oh really? You are talking about the Lumia 900 I suppose. Let me tell you, they are releasing the 7.8 update which will bring whatever possible features of WP8 to the Mango. Some are not possible simply because there's no way of doing it. Ppl won't understand that porting and upgrading an OS isn't a child's play. MS has spent the more money than any company on the development.

Which tries are you talking about? Every platform needs some time to mature. Even Android/IOS took 4-5 years at least. MS has still done something awesome in such a short timeframe.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:35 1

18. MeoCao (unregistered)


Sorry, I thought you said niche.

But I really think people are unhappy that N900 would not be upgraded to WP8, that partly explained why N900 sales fell sharply after the news broke. I don't know if any1 is happy that the OS of his phone is obsolete just after a few months, especially when he was told otherwise when he bought the phone.

We should not look WP as a separate platform: MS has tried repeatedly and failed each time with their mobile business. WP is a part of MS long history in mobile and not a stand alone platform.

If after 1 or 2 years MS tells us they will have a new platform all over again, is it a new try?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:45 1

21. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


No problem.

Well yes I don't disagree here much. 900 deserved well to be a low selling device.

I can say so, because MS began working on 7.5 from scratch since earlier releases failed so miserably. It's based totally on new kernel.

The things that gone wrong in the past for MS are excusable. They just didn't have a deserving hardware which could run windows kernel that time. Also touchscreens were not popular in that area where windows desperately needed it. Windows isn't windows if it doesn't have advanced features and with the limited 7.5 MS really took a huge risk of writing the optimized code from scratch. You'll see the results in 2013 dude!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:25

22. MeoCao (unregistered)


Well your optimism is admirable. WP8 is already an incomplete product, MS has admitted they could not finish the Notification center and all the reviews I read said WP8 and the phones running it were very average.

Let's compare the 2: Android is much more innovative and has 2 major upgrades a year against a late, incomplete, poor in feature OS which is WP8.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict WP8 will fail miserably this time again.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:45 2

5. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


you can also "enjoy videos, play games, read books," and probably have an even better experience 100x over on the Surface. And what's even better, it's windows, in short.......unlike android....it won't crash... :)

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:53 1

7. ber_to (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


i didn't find any windows device that didn't crash..... or it just me, that everytime a windows pc crash i'm always there....

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:03 1

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


LOL, your humor made my day.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:54 1

13. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Windows doesn't crash, if used correctly. I've been using windows since 1997 and can assure you that in almost all the cases it's user's fault.

My speculation is, that the RT will be very stable taking into account the restrictions it has. While Pro will be like another iteration of full windows, with more advanced crash-proofing techniques. Things only do get better.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:45

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


Windows is a stable OS, but it's not always so, I have experienced lots of crashes myself when doing normal tasks.

Android is the same, when you have so manufacturers and they can modify the OS to their likings bad things can happen.

But 75% market share says that Android is the greatest platform, and we can't say the samething about WP.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:23

20. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Those crashes might be related to hardware as well. You can just load windows on millions of hardware combinations. Of course it's not their responsibility in case of hardware fault.

Apple always experiments a lot and chooses hardware that they've known all about. This indeed adds in the stability factor, but you loose hardware freedom. I can't just throw off slower RAM to replace it with better one, or load a new graphics card, or even an SSD.

I'm not arguing that everyone should use windows, but whenever I see Mac isn't an option for me. I am a software developer, an avid gamer. And Mac doesn't satisfy any of my needs. What I need is, a lot of usb ports, a good graphics card and of course, Windows which can run all the apps I need! Mac is only good for non-advanced users who are happy only with media and entertainment.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:01

24. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


no the 1080p videos will not look god in nexus 10

it just the same way you play 480p vids on wvga resolution(they look great) and 480p on s3 (they look bad)

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:34 3

3. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Full Computing then surface

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 02:46 6

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


microsoft really make a device that is very good in the eye and very durable!!! really loving this surface tablet!!

but i want a lumia tablet! :) size only at 10.1" not 10.6" coz thats the downside of the surface! its ridiculously tall in portrait! i mean you can already get 16:9 ratio on that size!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:04 2

15. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Even listening that word 'Lumia Tablet' tingles me! Hoping to see it soon

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:04 3

9. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


surface is better as nt kernel can make use of 4 cores in a better way but not the tegra 3 android tablets

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:46 2

12. sheoran.pk (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


surface is a nice product no doubt , if you d'nt want to buy then its ok , no one force you.... Atleast you can admire a good product.,
Apple hv made some good product ,no body deny it but if u want great product in future from apple then it is necessary to hv product like surface...in all it will be win win situation for us.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:50

16. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


In the end it's tegra 3 which is nothing compared to A6X and exynos 5.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:23

17. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Windows doesn't need steroids to compete with their pampered opposition. We all know since wp7.5 that it can run smooth on low specs as well.
Just take an example of HTC explorer and Lumia 510, running at same clock. Later has bigger screen, more pixels to drive but NEVER lags.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:57 1

23. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


any hardware is as best as its software
ios is written in better way than android so a6x dual core performs better than quadcore tegra 3

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:44

25. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


folks Microsoft should make an Intel Atom based store Apps only running Windows RT type computer that would not have a desktop but open right into the operational page of Word, Excel, Power Point, One Note and ect. donot think this is a crazy NUTTY IDEA folks because next year the Ipads and the Androids tablet computers are getting Microsoft office and folks They do not have a Desktop so MS Office programs on them will just open up to the first operational page period. Also a Microsoft Surface Atom RT style store APPS only running computer would run better than an ARMS CPU because they already have Office Home and Student available for X86 Intel/ AMD CPU chips sets and by the way Ipad and Android users will need a mouse and keyboard to use MS office because there are so many Elements to these Programs that you cannot use your finger to properly access them.that is why a surface has Keyborads from the start

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