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Battery:

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!

Conclusion:

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:


Pros

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

Cons

  • 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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

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