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Microsoft Surface RT Review

Microsoft Surface RT 8.5

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Microsoft Surface RT Review
Thoroughly impressed to say the least, the Surface puts out an impressive tally with its battery life. So much so that we’re able to get two full days of normal usage with a fully charged battery. By the end of the second day, its battery capacity was at 30%. Absolutely, it’s one of the tablet’s standouts!


Peering into the tablet landscape right now, it’s quite evident that Microsoft still has some serious work ahead of itself in catching up to the same level of its rivals in terms of platform functionality and comprehensiveness. Windows RT is a big undertaking for the Redmond based company, so naturally, they’re intent on giving users a unified experience to migrate them into Microsoft’s various services – like XBOX Games and its music/video services. However, as we look back at some of the first versions of other respective tablet platforms, like iOS for the iPad or the QNX based OS of the BlackBerry PlayBook, Windows RT has more of a polished appeal right from the get-go.

As for the tablet itself, there’s a good amount of value seen with the Surface’s hardware – minus the low resolution of its display. For the base $500 model, you’re getting a solidly constructed tablet that’s boasting one distinctive look that showcases Microsoft’s surprising craft when it comes to design. Throw in that it’s featuring some high quality materials with its workmanship, it no doubt rolls off the tongue as being regarded as a premium item worthy of making friends drool with envy.

Breaking the surface of the water, there’s a lot of growing up needed in the software side to make it an instant standout choice for hungry consumers. In time, though, we’re confident that Microsoft will be able to steam forward ironing out the kinks – while adding the much-needed refinements to make it a unanimous choice amongst consumers. For now, if you’re willing to experiment and try something new, the Microsoft Surface won’t disappoint.

Microsoft Surface RT Video Review:


  • Quality design & solid construction
  • Excellent battery life
  • Full-sized USB ports
  • Ability to run two apps next to one another


  • Screen is nice, but not high-res
  • Captures low quality photos and videos
  • Extremely limited third party apps
  • Random lock up and pauses with its performance
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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:58 20

1. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

This is awesome!

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 10:10

36. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Yeah, I'll kinda be waiting to get the 2nd version of this tablet just bcuz I want more of the typical features like delete all emails or search bar on its app store

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 14:24

42. enterthemax (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Are you kidding? Search is the most complete feature in windows RT, and the store DOES have it!!
Delete all emails? What? If you're talking about SELECTING multiple mails and delete them, there is this "feature" too (obviously)...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:00 17

2. mydi.maus (unregistered)

well this one is the one to be mine,..wishlist..

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:03 13

3. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

take my money damnit!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:17 3

4. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

What's the megapixel on the pro before version

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:18 6

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

You will be able to get a Nexus 10 with FAR better display and processor for less price so..

Still i won't say this isn't a good product per se..but a low res screen is just a no these days

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:14 4

11. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

for far less functionality too.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:52 2

15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Just wait when it gets Android 5 and 6 ;)

Still, you think serious, heavy windows users will pick an RT over the full version?

For the "light ", media, entertainment and internet centric majority Nexus 10 does the job more than fine trust me

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:23 7

16. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

well for light use many are gonna go for the ipad, its sad but true.

anyway by the time of android 5 or 6 im sure windows would have evolved too

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:49 1

21. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Well, that is what I have serious doubts about actually..how frequent are major new releases for windows?
Even if they seriously step up their pace, Google is simply in another level of speed with android development.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 21:25

28. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

What less functionality? The RT is limited to the Windows Store, which has a pretty small selection of apps at this point.

Now, if we were talking about the Pro, that would be a whole different story. The Pro is basically a Microsoft-built, touchscreen laptop.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:22 9

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

Nexus 10 and ipad 4 blow this out of the water.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:44 11

8. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

depends on your target audience..

I'm looking at either a laptop or pad for my kids for Xmas.. I was going laptop only because there is very little in the Apple and Android tablets for school productivity.. can't easily create word docs, power point presentations.. etc.

This RT tablet COMES with the full blown office suite.. so the kids can do the Pad thing, but also do some school things as well.

Are the screens better on the Nexus 10 and the Ipad.. YES.. will my kids notice? NO.

The most compelling tablet to me is the Surface Pro.. full windows in a tablet.. mmmmmmm

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:04 2

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

iWork exists! And with all due respect tablets are not made for kids.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:11 4

10. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 185; Member since: 03 May 2012)

And what is the ipad for then? Games, for kids.
its not good enough for anything else, when I see people using it at school they mostly use that notepad
give me a breakk
get yourself an actuall laptop, or a surface, just as good

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:46 1

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

You don't own it and so you don't know how capable it is.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:50 4

22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

well indead Pro version is all the way better then any thing known as tablet to date if u dont agree u dont know what pro version is

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 21:26 1

29. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

So I presume that you own a Surface?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:49 2

20. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

lol u are so corecct ipad seems like a toy nothing else

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:01 2

24. btdvox (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

Your kidding right? I know your an apple fanboy but iWork is the worst office like program out there and pages, keynote and numbers suck butt.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 00:56

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

I use them on a daily basis so I know just how awesome they are.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:22

12. TrainFromUkraine (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

You may want to consider Dell RT tablet for your kids. It can be purchased with a keyboard dock that has actual keyboard/touchpad plus a secondary battery.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 20:11

37. okiwa002 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2011)

You could put Polaris Office on your Android based tablet to create M$ Office-compatible documents/presentations.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:32 1

17. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

So, you're telling me you own a Nexus 10, an iPad 4, and a Surface therefore you know which one is better? I think that's what I understand you to be stating when you mention "Nexus 10 and iPad 4 blow this out of the water." You have first hand knowledge? Hmm... must be nice.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:37 2

18. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

dont mind taco... a troll will be a troll.

I will revisit when they get a software update or 2. I have some hopes for the platform, but they need to light a fire under it, especially with Goog really stepping up the nexus game.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:22 4

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Nice review. The Surface is a ground floor, start the ball rolling device. I would sure suggest waiting until other Windows tablets are on the market before jumping on one. But, it is nice to see the general decent (though not glowing) reviews on the Surface.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:38 2

13. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Thank you for not listing "no legacy apps" as a con since this is a TABLET at the end of a day. Good review.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:49 1

14. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Good review. I think that once windows 8 becomes standard, the lack of apps will be less of an issue, and with software updates, the tablet will run better. I think this is a great start for Microsoft, they just need developer support and consumer support to make those the ultimate ARM tablet that can fully compete with others.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:51

23. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Disappointing that Flash doesnt work in the Modern UI version of IE. I mean, it makes sense on this tablet, since it is more basic. However, in the DESKTOP version of Windows 8, on the same modern UI, it doesnt either. Very troubling that Microsoft went this route. Hopefully its just an oversight on Adobe's part for not supporting it yet, otherwise...

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Display10.6 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (148 ppi)
Camera1 megapixel
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches
(275 x 172 x 9 mm)
24.00 oz  (680 g)

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