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The Microsoft Windows Tablet, The Surface RT, I Get It!

September 16, 2013 Tablet PC No Comments

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Why Would I Want a Microsoft Surface?

I have finally given up my favorite android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.  This is one of the best tablets out there, and unbelievably almost one year old already.  The changes since I first got this tablet is phenomenal.  I have traded this tablet for the first windows tablet put out there by Microsoft, the Surface.  For the first year since Windows 8 came out, I abhorred Windows 8 RT.  I didn’t get it.  Who would want a tablet that is limited in so many ways?  You can’t even put the Chrome or Firefox browsers on there!  Not to mention it doesn’t work with normal 32 bit and  pre-Windows 8 programs.  I thought, “this is such a waste of technology, who cares if it works on non Intel processors and tablet technology.

 My Mistake and Realization

I mistakenly started comparing it to Android, Apple, and also past windows operating systems.  And that is where my mistake was.  I was approaching the Microsoft Surface RT in the wrong way.  I was expecting and wanting a full running windows tablet, but that is not why this tablet was designed.  I wanted to do exactly what I could do on my laptop, and that is the mistake.  This is not supposed to be a notebook replacement.  This is a tablet.  No different than the iPad and the countless Android tablet out there.  Can you use the iPad as a replacement for your notebook?  The Samsung Galaxy Tab was definitely not a replacement for my notebook.  It is a tool to use for light use, watching movies, email, and light work.  But the Surface even goes further.  It has the magnet keyboard cover, which makes it a very light, and compact semi-notebook.  The touch keyboard does take some getting used to, but still, it is a great addition.

 

My Conclusion

Windows 8 RT version is limited in its creation and designed for the same way you would use your iPad or your Android tablet.  You have an full USB port, along with a mini-sd card slot, which already puts it above the iPad.  It is sleek, light, and thin.  Now…if you want to get the Surface Pro, which easily could be a replacement for a notebook, then you have a more clunky, and heavier tablet.  I personally did not care for the Surface Pro, mainly because of price and how thick it is.  The requirement for a fan, makes the whole tablet thicker, heavier, and unattractive.  But if you are looking for a windows tablet, and not a fully functioning notebook replacement, then the Surface RT is for you.  Oh, and don’t forget the built in kickstand, which puts it above most of the other tablets out there that need a docking keyboard or a case to stand up right.  And final mention, the magnetically fastened keyboard covers, although a bit pricey, are a great addition to this tablet.  The Surface is a tablet replacement, a definite plus, which beats out both Android and Apple in its functionality, design, and longevity.

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Specs

Operating System:
Windows RT; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote). Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.

Processor:
Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3

Memory:
2 GB RAM

Storage:
32 GB, 64 GB, System software uses significant storage space.

Display Screen:
10.6″ ClearType HD Display,

Resolution:
1366 x768, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen), Touch: 5-point multi-touch

Audio:
Stereo speakers and microphone

Ports:
Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card reader, Headphone jack, HD video out port, Cover port

Exterior Dimensions:
10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in, Weight: 1.5 lbs, Casing: VaporMg, Color: Dark Titanium,

Cameras:
Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing

Wireless:
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Sensors:
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer

Warranty:
1-year limited hardware warranty.

Included apps:
Mail, Messaging, Word, Power Point, Excel, OneNote, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Music, Video, Games, and more.

Battery:
31.5 W-h, up to 8 hours mixed activity, 7-15 days idle life

 

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