X-Cite passed by to drop the much anticipated Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT installed. I was really excited to see what Windows had in store for us, having made their first tablet. By that I mean manufactured for Microsoft. I must say it wasn’t what I expected, it looks like as if windows is confused on what to put on a tablet and what not to.
I like the Metro theme, I’m fine with that. It’s both user-friendly and optimized for tablets. What I didn’t expect was for Microsoft to put the entire Windows desktop version on their tablet as well. It gets confusing at times, it’s like having Windows 7 & 8 in one device. You would have to go to the recycle bin and delete stuff just like in PC’s for example.
The performance was smooth, the tablet runs on a Nvidia Tegra T3 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, almost the same specs the phone I ordered, the Nexus 4 is carrying. Setup files with .exe extensions cannot be installed, everything has to be download from the Microsoft Store which does have a good share of apps already.
My favorite part about this tablet is the full USB support. You can plugin any USB and play videos or execute any file that is supported by Windows RT. This feature has been lacking in most Android tablets, of course iPads have never had full USB support unfortunately and aren’t likely to have this feature anytime soon.
Windows RT uses a 5-pin magnetic charger, similar to the old generation of Macbook Pro’s chargers. Actually too similar, I don’t think Apple isn’t happy about it. The charge spot is on the right side of the tablet but from my experience it can sometimes disconnect. So you need to be attentive when charging.
As you can tell from the image sample it’s not the best. The Windows RT comes with a front camera and a back camera, both are 1MP. I have no idea why they decided to go so low with camera specs. This image was taken outdoor with natural light and the contrast is pretty bad, can’t imagine taking photos indoor.
Overall the tablet boils down to preference. If you don’t care much about the camera and want the full Windows experience including a desktop-mode then this is a good option. If you’re looking for something simple and user-friendly to do simple tasks like browse and read books then you might want to look elsewhere.[X-Cite][Amazon]