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Microsoft Surface Review: a Tale of Two Tablets 183

Posted by Soulskill
from the it-was-the-age-of-wisdom-it-was-the-age-of-foolishness dept.
zacharye points out an early review of the Microsoft Surface tablet. Here are some relevant snippets: "When you get over the shocking realization that, yes, Windows is now different, you begin to realize that the new home screen makes a lot of sense. ... Despite the Surface’s quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and 2GB of RAM, Windows RT is not always as smooth as I would like. Apps sometimes take a few extra beats to open, and in some cases opening an application on the Surface is much more like launching an app on an old Windows PC than on a modern tablet. ... The good news, though, is that Windows RT was built for multitasking. Commonly used apps can and should be left open, and switching between apps is as easy as swiping in from the left side with a finger or touching a mouse cursor to the top- or bottom-left corner of the display. Open apps come back to life instantly, and the animations that transition the user from one app to another are quick and smooth. ... While Windows 8 is the version of Microsoft’s new OS that has split personality disorder, the Windows RT-powered Surface truly is a tale of two tablets. On one hand, it is an engineering feat with a design that is novel and functional. It really is the perfect combination of a tablet and a notebook thanks to the Touch Cover and the Type Cover, and I felt right at home with the Surface the moment I turned it on. On the other hand, the software experience does not feel like home. It’s new, and for many it will be scary." Additional reviews are available elsewhere, take your pick: AnandTech, Wired, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, The Verge.
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Microsoft Surface Review: a Tale of Two Tablets

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  • by Tangential (266113) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 @08:27AM (#41750689) Homepage
    From the review at The Verge:

    "On the plus side, my general takeaway is that the Surface is a highly capable and highly enjoyable device to use most of the time, and is likely in need of some bug fixing and optimization. However, that seems like it should have been done prior to the release of the product to the public. "

    This seems like an unrealistic expectation once you remember that it is, after all, Microsoft.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 24, 2012 @08:34AM (#41750755)

    Never mind discussing the underlying technology. Will someone please explain to me why the reviewer says that this interface will be "scary" for some?

    Hey, the new phone system we have at work is a really new and confusing, but I've never heard anyone exclaim "Holy baby Jesus! This is scary!"

    If you find someone with a Surface in their hand and they turn to you and say "Help me. I'm really scared." just place your hand gently on their shoulder and slowly take the Surface from their hands and then violently smash that shit on the sidewalk. Then look them straight in the eye and say "I love you. Now go read a goddam book."

  • by crazyjj (2598719) * on Wednesday October 24, 2012 @09:29AM (#41751151)

    Whenever you hear the new Microsoft Surface mentioned, say, "Oh, is that the one that's Linux-based?"

    Well, at least when you say that with Apple's stuff, there is at least a kernel of truth to it.

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