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Finally a DECENT full and objective review of surface RT

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    Camera phones have gotten better. We used to use a tiny point and shoot for some stuff and now that just sits in a drawer and I use my camera phone for spontaneous stuff all the time.

    Anyone got any info. about what the camera on the Surface produces?

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    The camera on my G-S3 ain't too bad, for a phone camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Thanks for the review. It is disappointing that one of the criticisms of this device is the fact that it's not ideal for content consumption and entertainment....which really is what the world is using tablets for at the present time.
    It doesn't say it's not ideal for content consumption and entertainment, it says that it's currently lacking due to shortage of Apps.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    Don't forget that these tablets can output to larger screens too - movies for example are quite viewable in 1366 X 768 on a 32 inch screen.

    Often laptops only have 1366 X 768 as their native screen resolution too (Macbook excepted). For example some of the SONY VAIO range has this screen resolution -- although the HDMI out will deliver higher resolution to a better quality external screen.

    I'm not sure what the video card in the PRO version will deliver for its output to an external screen but native 1920 X 1080 is full HD TV definition so should be more than adequate for 99% of the population.

    Testing the RT tablet with an external monitor I was able to log in to a work VPN and work just as if I was on a workstation.

    IMO the PRO model will be just fine for people who like the idea of a tablet and want just a bit more --USB3 slot, micro SD card and HDMI output makes all the difference.

    As for the lack of a LAN -- that's no problem -- you use a USB3 multi hub and then have a cheap USB===>Lan connector if you want to enable fixed LAN to your tablet (PRO only -- remember it's running full windows 8 !!) -- however even on the RT the Wifi connection to the office LAN was more than sufficient for my sort of work

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    They say the best camera is the one you have on you. If that's a DSLR, awesome. If a camera phone, ok. If it's a Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView and Optical Image Stabilization, fantastic!

    I read today an article about how a guy accidently put his Surface RT on the top of his car and drove away and it fell off the roof and literally tumbled away with people gasping, and car running it over. He went back, picked it up, screen is totally ok and everything works and is in place. The only thing that happened to it were some noticeable scratches on the VaporMag coating. That things is built with balls!

    But setting that aside, I'm putting my money still on the Surface Pro. Some leaked info from the UK I think or Germany has it starting at 809 Euros, which will probably be 800 US. Seems about right for a 64 gig model. I'm really tempted to buy a tablet PC right now, they are definitely product of the year! I want to use the onscreen touch keyboard on the Surface, as it seems like it might be also very great to use. It seems exception to use with a 13 inch screen. I'm really impressed with it overall given every other touch keyboard out there on other platforms.

    There is that, along with 1080p resolution, Wacom stylus that clicks onto the tablet, USB 3, an i5 processor with Intel HD 4000 graphics, and optional touch or type covers make the Surface Pro literally THE BEST tablet PC out there so far. I've yet to see other wise.

    But bullocks, I've yet to play around with a Windows RT tablet! My local best buy doesn't have one on display, but I think I'll have my chance this Friday with att. By the way, you can always use Remote Desktop with Windows RT to a more powerful machine.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    I was using one all last week (RT version) connecting to office VPN (via Wireless) and external monitor ---- everything worked fine
    rather amusing seeing the XP screen on the tablet !!! but our office is changing (slowly) to W7 --- but if the PRO tablet takes off and isn't too expensive - I'd probably pay up to about 650 GBP / 800 USD / 720 EUR for one of these things -- and use it at work irrespective of WHAT OS is at the office back end.

    Tablets are good for displaying presentations -- now we've got a tablet that can actually MAKE them too -- Ipad users tend to moan about lack of OFFICE on the Ipad -- the Ms tablets (even RT) has Office. Great Ipad killer these will be.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Thanks for the review. It is disappointing that one of the criticisms of this device is the fact that it's not ideal for content consumption and entertainment....which really is what the world is using tablets for at the present time.
    It doesn't say it's not ideal for content consumption and entertainment, it says that it's currently lacking due to shortage of Apps.
    Yes, you are correct. I'll rephrase.

    It's disappointing at the present time that the device lacks the ability to playback a wide variety of video formats and such for content consumption. At this point, it's a matter of waiting to see if apps become available from the MS store to address this issue. On the other hand, one might simply elect to skip RT altogether and just save up some more money for the Pro version of the device when available which will have the 3rd party support at launch.
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