MicroSoft Surface Tablets

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    Sep 22, 2013 11:40 AM GMT
    I'd be interested in the opinions of others who have invested in or considered the MicroSoft Surface tablet. I've had the machine about six weeks now and it's gone on two trips with me.

    I had to get over the fact that the tablet is not a computer. All Windows software will not run on the Surface. For me that translates to no photo editing or video processing. With no internet service at my mother's house, I've relied on a T-Mobil USB jack for internet access on those visits. This device is not compatible with the Surface. The number of aps available is limited compared to Android or Apple products because MicroSoft waited so long to get in the game. Lengthy movie conversions were necessary because there are no aps to play .mpg movies stored on the other machines.

    I've become attached now that I've had the machine a while. The quality of the movies transferred is great at 1920 x 1080. The external 64G flash card holds more than 6,500 songs and the travel photos from the last five years. The internal "64G", really about 52G, flash drive has about 35 movies. Being locked in an aluminum can for three hours last week was an easy task. I'm looking forward to the 10-hour trip coming up. The MicroSoft Office aps are great for keeping up with personal needs. Other aps used include Google Maps, SkyDrive (where photos are stored & email is received), and Bing Weather. Relying on Internet Explorer as a browser leaves a bit to be desired. Overall it's a good machine from which I hope to get more than a few good years of use before the next new thing comes along.
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    Sep 22, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    I think Window RT was a huge mistake. Microsoft should have only offered The Surface Pro, running the actual x86 Windows OS. But they made the stupid decision to compete against the iPad and offer a lower priced ARM tablet that essentially runs the Windows Phone smartphone OS. Pretty awful idea considering app selection is meager and no third party web browsers.

    Thankfully PC makers are starting to churn out more tablet/laptop convertibles. And prices are coming down. I have high hopes for the new Bay Trail Atom processors. Better performance, better battery life, runs REAL Windows, and lower cost.

    On the higher end of things, I'm really digging the upcoming Sony VAIO Tap 11. That's probably the best looking Windows tablet I've seen yet. If the price is right, I'll definitely consider getting one. icon_cool.gif

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/04/sony-vaio-tap-11-hands-on/