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Microsoft Surface 2 Review

Microsoft Surface 2

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Microsoft Surface 2 Review
Microsoft Surface 2 Review
We’re happy to report that battery life has been improved with the Surface 2, even more knowing it’s packing an even faster processor and higher resolution screen. Using it lightly and as a secondary device, we’re able to get close to 2.5 days of battery life, which is pretty damn good. On the flip side, using is as a primary daily driver, something more akin to power users, we’re able to achieve a battery life of 12 hours from a full charge.


Conclusion


Let’s cut to the chase here folks! The Microsoft Surface 2 starts out at $450 for the base 32GB Wi-Fi version, which no doubt is pretty darn competitive . At that price point, we find it to be a more valuable offering compared to last year’s model, even more knowing it’s packing significant hardware upgrades over its predecessor.

Nonetheless, that nagging feeling in the back of our mind continues to pulsate the more we try to elevate the Surface 2’s better offering. For starters, we truly wonder why there’s even a need to have to have Windows RT 8.1 tablets in general, seeing that throughout the last year alone, we’ve seen a handful of Intel Atom based Windows 8 tablets that prove the point that they’re far more versatile than this. Like seriously, there are even some Windows 8 tablets that are cheaper – and actually running the full Windows experience!

At the end of the day, it’s really a tough sell for the Surface 2. Sure, you can spend double the money to pick up the Surface Pro 2, but at the same time, you can dish out less and snag a deal for the original Surface! Frankly speaking, we’d hold out and wait to see what the Windows RT competition will have to offer, seeing that we’re just at the tip of the iceberg right now.

Of course, you can always go for the latest iPad, which has a much richer application ecosystem, though it is slightly more expensive. When it comes to Android – you won't be getting that many tablet-optimized programs there, but you'll still have one pretty extensive catalog to choose from, and those Android tablets come in all shapes and sizes, so it's definitely worth it to check them out before making the purchase.

Pros

  • Sharp display
  • Speedy performance
  • Long lasting battery life

Cons

  • No auto-focus with camera
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display10.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels (208 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 4, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 processor
2 GB RAM
Size10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches
(275 x 172 x 9 mm)
23.84 oz  (676 g)

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