Microsoft Surface first reviews recap: the reaction is a mixed bag

The Microsoft Surface reviews are out. This is a monumental moment for Microsoft as the company is making a PC of its own for the first time…
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9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

For RT version, i wasn't expecting anything great. But the review came OK. not good, not bad. But OK. However, i'm seriously looking forward to Surface Pro Version

11. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i rly wanted the surface pro untill i saw the asus transformer book :D

12. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

"Hardware performance is mostly okay, not stellar. The screen is a mixed bag - good for watching movies, but not so good for reading. The cameras are crap, but they are there." I'm I reading this right? MS priced RT to compete with iPad and didn't they test their products and compare before putting on shelves? I don't want to believe but it's hard not too because it's from different reviews. I have w8 on PC and its awesome. How can this be?

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

give it a year, most of the gripes will be gone. Though they need to drop the pricing a bit until they have at least the basic apps and such that users expect.

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I won this bet :) so the score is 1-1

18. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

interesting how all these reviews point out the lack of apps, people, windows 8 isnt officially out yet, apps are sure to come, i have no doubt about it. if wp7 at its start had 2000+ apps and had facebook and others i have no doubt that windows store will fill up all the names very very quickly... it isnt all there yet, but the potential is ginormous, and i can see it. im not getting the surface pro cos i dont want a single fan in my tablet, so the rt model seems perfect.

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Right, and on a tablet with an excellent modern browser, most apps are superfluous. All one would desire is either online or would be downloadable very soon. The people who have wasted their money on inferior tabs are just hunting for something to complain about, same way the ipadders think having more apps than Android tabs makes them better somehow, when in truth it just means the maxipads are so hobbled and useless without third party programs they are mostly useless except as media players, which requires a junk program to work on the restrictive ios.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Ha! I knew it won't run most windows apps ;p don't get me wrong windows guys the reviews are rather nice so far, and is a really nice tab but it needs a more competitive price , they could use a 7' surface with a 250 price tag... honestly they can cut some stuff in there and make it possible as an entry device. It helps more people get it and as soon As they are into the ecosystem they are less likely to change OS

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah, I was thinking the exact same thing about a 7-inch edition. Maybe that is v. 2.0 for the RT? I am starting to think 7-inches is the sweet spot for tablets. So far, the Nexus 7 seems closest to getting it right (performance, OS features, apps, and price). Apples Mini could be another competitor, but it was basically obsolete the day it was announced (an A5, really?). I think if VZW doesn't get their act together and release the Note II, Plan B for me may involve a Nexus 7 tethered to my GS III.

30. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I think there were many reviews that expected too much or rather put forth their own wants and expectations on the device knowing that it would not meet them; then write a review about how much it "let them down". Its clear that its great in build quality and style. The software, which seems to be the biggest issue, I think lies in there being limited app selection for the masses. And since we judge a device these days by its app selection, the device regardless of its new tag automatically losses in most books. The thing I see is that its an amazing starting point for a company trying to transition and for doing something that many users who purchase iPads have been sorely lacking in, productivity.

32. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Unless a 7inch RT version comes out from any manufacturer in a nice package then the Surface RT is the device I want. I still have my laptop for PS, Sony Acid pro 7, etc. I want the RT version as a quick qo to "screen" to consume content.

35. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Surface RT is laggy and it doesnt have apps )) only 5000.(over 500 $) In my opinion Gnexus 7,Note 10 and the iPad are far better than surface.im waiting for surface pro .

37. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Really, am I suppose to take anyone's review without knowing their likes and dislikes? If someone is a fan of iOS and/or Android they can easily write a review criticizing the Surface. And don't give me that objective junk either. People bring their own bias when submitting reviews. So, I'll try the device out myself and be my own judge. Thx.

39. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft is now investing in porting it's Windows software to ARMS CPU"S AND THEIR SUPPORT CHIPS. It will take time for them to make the tweaks to get Windows to work well on ARMS CPU tablet computers. for instance they said it's response was not fast. This will be fixed fast. The main thing is for the Apps makers to make the Windows 8 MU (Modern User interface) Apps for Microsoft's Main Tablet computer PC the Surface "Pro". because these Apps will also work on the Windows RT. The Surface Pro is Microsoft's main Tablet PC device. IF it sells well then the Surface RT will get the Apps to make it successful because they use the same MU Apps. it is kind of strange that the strength of the Windows 8 surface Pro MU apps determine the survival of the windows surface RT.

40. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I like the idea of the Surface, but I don't see how Windows RT is confusing people. In simplest terms, Windows RT is basically Windows 8, but only using the Metro ("Modern") UI style and apps. I'm using Windows 8 Pro now and the OS is amazing and while it definitely can work on a traditional laptop, which is what I'm using, it does make me wish my laptop screen had touch capabilities. Hardware wise, the Surface tablet is amazing, but for the average consumer, even I would tell them to wait for more apps in the Windows Store. I'm using the Metro ("Modern") UI more and more because I love it, but the Windows Store just needs more apps.

46. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ouch... thats harsh.... they should take note that RT will compete with iPad and android tablet...while win8 will compete with notebook! if you ask me, i better get a BlackBerry PlayBook...the gesture base OS of PB is better than win8... you wont get lost while on win8 (tried consumers preview) you'll get lost... but i think we'll get use to it.. i mean its microsoft windows OS.. the world's most famous and use OS for PCs...

47. charms55

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

I've read most of these reviews first-hand and I came away with the same sense that the Windows RT was a better than average tablet. Some reviews (Gizmodo comes to mind) completely missed the mark. Here are my main criticisms: They all knew there was a huge difference between the RT and the upcoming Surface Pro. Some reviewed as though that distinction didn't exist. It is fair to point out the lack of legacy support, but that should not be the millstone to hang around the neck of the RT. Point out that if people need full-windows support, they best wait or go for the many OEM offerings, some wonderful. Review it as what it is, an RT device as to Windows as an iPad is to a Macbook OSX machine. But without the umbilical cord. People are failing to note that this machine will sync with your other Win Pro desktop automatically when tied to your Micosoft ID. Wait to review the Surface Windows 8 Pro when it comes out. And some reviewers simply have not used the device for very long, or paired it with another device running W8. All tablets will allow this, but a main selling point of the RT is that it will be part of a larger ecosystem. It is NOT a notebook, a laptop, or PC. It is a tablet and yes, it is squarely positioned against the iPad and present Android devices. Recognize that it has many features the others do not (USB, MiniSD, video out, keyboard cover) and then stack it against the hardware of the other devices. Do not forget that it will allow native Office integration, particularly when bundled with Skydrive or other Cloud services, online Office apps, etc. In this case, it is completely fair game to note the weak app ecosystem. It is not designed to be on your lap with the kickstand and no one has ever intimated it should. The form factor with the wide screen was touted for entertainment from the get go, so don't bash the portrait mode, though I fail to see that that can't be nice for browsing web sites, reading documents, etc. That being said, there were moments of truth regarding the actual performance of the ARM version when multi-tasking, limitations on memory and battery life, legitimate usability concerns with the wide form. All noted the hardware was solid and well-designed, but do rightly point out the limitations and foibles and short-cuts. Let's all give it one more day and then go nuts finding out that this device is REALLY all about.
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