Microsoft Surface Tablets: My Thoughts and Impressions

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Microsoft Surface Tablets: My Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back!

After showing you the quick review of HTC tablets, not to mention 3 Nokia Lumia tablets in my previous blog posts, today, as expected, i’ll be giving more to you about other tablets from other brands.

This time, i’m going to continue with Microsoft Surface tablets.

Talking about Microsoft, this company actually already released 2 different models of Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 – and even Surface Pro 3 a couple of months ago -, besides the Surface RT models that i’ve already showed you on this website.

However, given that these 3 tablets haven’t been reviewed on this site, then the Microsoft’s tablets i’ll be quick-reviewing today are gonna be Microsoft Surface RT series – the first-gen and the second-gen models.

As the name of this tablet series implies, it’s really obvious that Microsoft Surface RT tablet is running on Windows RT platform – as opposed to the Surface Pro models that come pre-installed with the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro OS.

However, despite being the lighter version of the original OS, the Windows RT on this Microsoft Surface RT tablets actually still offers many great things, especially features and customizations, which are found on the full-fledged version.

In fact, Windows RT looks and works pretty much the same with Windows 8 Pro OS – although the full version OS comes with the whole package of laptop-quality UI and features.

In the past couple of weeks, i’ve already showed you varied different models of Windows RT tablets, made by Microsoft and Nokia – from Microsoft Surface RT, Microsoft Surface RT 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet.

From all of these RT tablets, i’ve gotta say that Microsoft Surface RT 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 are the real flagship models especially given that these 2 tablets are powered by 2 processors that are now considered as powerful in today’s standards – Snapdragon 800 on Nokia’s tablet and Tegra 4 quad-core processor on Microsoft Surface RT 2.

But that’s not so surprising given that these 2 models are latest-gen tablets.

Microsoft Surface RT

As the first-gen model in this tablet series – especially given its light-weight Windows RT platform -, it’s acceptable if the Microsoft Surface RT comes with some hardware specs that are not on par anymore with other rivals on today’s tablet market.

However, as a 2012-released tablet, Microsoft Surface RT actually still looks good and deserves the flagship title in 2012 simply because Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1366x768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU are still considered as powerful for today’s standards.

With Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, plus a 1366x768 pixel display (which is slightly higher than 1280x800 pixel display), Microsoft Surface RT actually can be a good gaming tablet.

As a matter of fact, this tablet could turn out to be a great gaming tablet because – according to video reviews i’ve seen lately on YouTube -, this Microsoft Surface RT can also be synchronized easily with Xbox 360 controller without any rooting or hacking process, making it an instant gaming tablet even for non-tech-savvy users.

However, there is one downside of having Windows RT OS on this tablet. And that is the lack of app catalog.

So even if this tablet can work nicely with Xbox controller and you can play any kind of games with this tablet – even SNES games with some specific emulator app -, there are still many of your favorite apps that you’ve come to love on your Android or iOS, which cannot be found on this platform.

But despite all that, i personally think that Microsoft Surface RT is still a pretty decent tablet, especially for doing simple productivity tasks like typing, editing Office docs, drawing on Paintbrush, or enjoying some media contents.

Meanwhile, in terms of battery life, this Microsoft Surface RT is also not too shabby at all given its pretty huge 31.5Wh battery capacity inside, ensuring 360 hours of stand by and 8 hours of talk time, according to GSMarena.

Overall, Microsoft Surface RT is still a solid tablet, especially as a productivity and media-consumption device.

However, if you’re looking for a more powerful model from the same tablet series, you might want to switch your target to the second-gen Microsoft Surface RT, which i’m about to show you in the moment.

Microsoft Surface 2 RT

As the sequel model of this tablet series, Microsoft Surface 2 RT brings some bumped up sectors on its specs. It’s not just on the performance sector, but on the cameras, the display and other parts of this tablet receive some significant upgrades from Microsoft.

And this is really vital because if this company wants to keep its Surface RT series on par with other 10-inch tablets out there on the market, this tablet should have at least one of the most powerful processor on the market and higher-resolution display (or higher than the 1366x768 pixel display on the predecessor).

The good news is, that’s what exactly happens on this device. Microsoft Surface 2 RT features the same 10.6-inch screen but with much higher-resolution of 1920x1080 pixels or known today as 1080p display, the next-gen Tegra 4 quad-core processor, the same 2GB of RAM, a staggering 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP and 3.5MP cameras back and front with the support of LED flash and the latest Windows RT 8.1 out of the box – as opposed to the Windows RT 8 on the predecessor.

Unfortunately, there are many important features that Microsoft doesn’t provide on this device – from FM radio, cellular connectivity, GPS and Java.

The good thing is, there are still some benefits to reap on if you decide to buy this tablet – from free 200GB cloud storage on SkyDrive that you can make use of for 2 years, 1 year of free international calls and WiFi via Skype and probably the most importantly, Microsoft Office 2013 RT software.

Similar just like its predecessor, Microsoft Surface 2 RT can also be a good gaming tablet.

It has a powerful Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 72-core GPU, which are more than adequate to handle even the most graphically demanding games to date, like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 or GTA San Andreas, in buttery smooth performance and full highest graphics.

However, given its Windows RT platform – which is not as popular as iOS or Android, in terms of app ecosystem and market share -, there are many popular games on iOS and Android that cannot be found on this Microsoft Surface 2 RT.

So if you decide to you buy this tablet, you must also accept the fact that you’re not gonna find many of your favorite games and apps that you’ve come to love on your Android or iOS devices.

But despite all that, Microsoft Surface 2 RT is still a really decent quality tablet.

In fact, thanks to its productivity-related elements on this device – like its smart keyboard, kick stand and Microsoft Office Docs 2013 -, this 10.6-inch tablet is probably a much better offering than any other regular Android or iOS tablets out there.

It’s not only great for doing some productivity stuff, but it’s also great for enjoying media contents and even playing games, especially with your Xbox controller.

Okay then, that’s it for now about Microsoft Surface tablets.

But of course, this is not the end of this blog post.

I’ll be posting more tablets from Microsoft in the near weeks, especially the ones with the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro OS.

So you might want to stick around to this website if you’re interested to find out more about other Microsoft Surface tablets.

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