• Anonymous

    Very interesting stuff. I was wondering quite how Windows RT would turn out (in comparison to Win8 that is). It sounds to me like they have pretty much ported Windows 8 in it’s entirety to the ARM architecture, rather than redesign it. Which makes me wonder, really what is the point of this? Surely it’d be better to do an ultra slim, ultra light laptop instead, with this OS on it?

    From what you say, it seems that this tablet is trying to be a laptop anyway, so why not just make it a bloody laptop in the first place.

    I tend to carry my laptop and my tablet concurrently, and I have no problem with this. Sometimes when I want extra portability, I can leave my laptop at home, and carry on working pretty much unencumbered with my tablet – it works pretty well for light work.

    If you were to want to do some ‘heavier’ tasks, I get the feeling that this particular tablet would become annoying and tiresome, and therefore you’d probably go back to your laptop anyway. Which rather defeats the point IMHO.

    At least MS have tried to innovate – even if it is, like pretty much everything else they seem to do, a bit rubbish.

    So as I understand it, we’re going to start seeing some full-on Windows 8 tablets at some point in the future (if they’ve not already arrived). As these will be Intel based, you then end up with another hotch-potch of platforms nobody will understand, and probably not get the fact that apps for one won’t work on the other, and vice versa.

    Just strikes me that the world has moved on a bit, and MS are still trying to catch up. Sure, some of what they do is good in isolation, but none of it seems to be properly thought through.

  • http://www.amlr.co.uk/ Shortnwide

    Surface is the strangest interpretation of a tablet I’ve seen – they built a two piece laptop with touch, not a tablet in my eyes. I mean, Surface is entirely designed around using it on a flat surface (presumably that’s where the name came from!), which isn’t the point of a tablet to me – it should be built for handheld use, not make you look for a flat surface to put it on.
    I quite like the idea of a detachable keyboard, but it should help you use the device, not hinder it – for example if you use a laptop on your laptop, the keyboard supports the screen, which makes it easy to use. Surface’s “keyboards” actually make it harder to use!
    Win 8 (all versions) does seem to have an identity crisis. I’ve installed it on my laptop, but the Start screen & Metro apps make we want to have a touchscreen, yet the desktop, which you get forced to a lot, doesn’t. It seems a horrible compromise – its not optimised for a tablet or a laptop, which is nuts!

  • http://twitter.com/keni Keni Barwick

    I’ve had mine for a bit now and can say my biggest bug bares are as follows…

    a) Proprietary Charging slot – come on guys, a USB slot eh!

    b) Left hand kick stand slot only – Al-right if your a lefty

    c) Proprietary Micro HDMI slot – GRRRR and more GRRRR

    but that’s it… I love the keyboard, I love the speed of most the apps and most of all I love the ability to do Office on it… I did a presentation on it yesterday!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, well said – that’s exactly what was on my mind. Even their TV advert is a bit confusing, and sort-of suggests that it’s a laptop. I think it’s taking quite a bit of a step backward if anything. Most people I know who’ve bought tablets did so because of their form factor – not because they wanted a laptop.

  • Craig Bradshaw

    The most interesting part of Surface for me is still to come. I remember Surface being aired a few years back as a concept that MS were playing with. Initially it was thought that it could be used as a coffee-table-plus device with media attributes. It seems it has first come to the tablet market.

    I’m with you James, it’s a weird mixture. A nice first step, but too big a price for me to gamble. Nice review.