So, Iíve had my Surface RT for a couple of weeks and I wanted to lay out mythoughts/impressions about the device. Hopefully itíll be an interesting read.
The Surfaceis a beautiful device. Everything aboutthe hardware design and feel speaks volumes about the care, precision and attention to detail that MS put into Surface. As much as itís an overstated feature, the Touch Cover is amazing. It does take a bit of time to get used to(Iím probably 70-80% there), but it really works well. Itís mind-blowing that they could make it something. It feels so nice too.
I also loved the Windows button on the front of the device. The haptic feedback was a cool thing and a surprise to me, I hadnít read anything about that. The Surface itself feels lovely in the hand. The VaporMG casing is so different to touch than any other tablet Iíve ever held.
The screen is great. I laugh when I read or hear people griping over the Ďlack of a Retina displayí. The screen is excellent, and very bright.
Another overstated feature is the Kickstand. I really, really like it. I thought it would be only good for when I want to use the Surface in Ďlaptop modeí, but actually I find myself using it a lot and it works well.
My one knock on the hardware is the small creak it makes if you squeeze it near the rear camera.
WindowsRT. Iím sure weíve all read a pile of opinions and reviews about Windows RT. Alot of the opinion seems to be negative. I really donít understand why. Sure, RT doesnít have x86 compatibility. So what? The vast majority of us have access to a computer. Most x86 programs suck to run on small screens anyway, and a lot of them suck for touch. Iím amazed that people drool over the iPad and consider it to be Ďcutting edgeí despite the fact that it lacks many of the features and capabilities of Mac OS, however the Surface RT (whichis a FAR more capable device than the iPad) is somehow too limited because it canít run x86 programs. I think thatís crazy.
I think Windows RT is excellent. The ĎModern UIí(horrible name) is beautiful and very easy to navigate. The Microsoft Store is still pretty bare, butthere is a pretty good number of good apps to download. The Store interface is poor however. The ĎNew Releasesí are updated very rarely,so its easy to miss the release of really good apps because theyíre not hilighted at all. Microsoft needs to work on the store a bit.
Thereís no lag on Surface RT. I tried out anexperiment a few days ago. I opened literally every app on my Start screen (about 40) and then tried playing RiptideGP, a pretty graphically intense game. There was no stuttering or lag. Icanít say I noticed it missing frames like crazy either. It was very smooth. I think thatís amazing. I still close apps out of habit, but its hardly necessary.
To be honest my biggest nitpick about the OS is the desktop. I wish it wasnít there at all. The Office applications work great, and they are a really powerful feature that other tablets canít match IMO, but I wish theyíd been rewritten asĎModerní apps. I wish the same about the File Manager and the Libraries. I thinktheyíre powerful features, but I wish I didnít have to leave thee tile interface to use them.
So there youhave it.
Surface RT is an excellent tablet. And as the Store grows and matures itís only going to get better. Surface feels right I the hand. Itís a beautiful device both hardware-wiseand software-wise. Iím really happy with it.
Thanks for reading. Cheers.