- 01-13-2013, 03:53 PM #103
In this video I give the Surface RT a little bit of a push and load up 10-15 applications all at the same time. I also investigate how the tablet manages all these applications in terms of displaying them to the user.
- 01-19-2013, 07:53 AM #106
In this video I very briefly revisit a couple of gripes about applications from previous videos to say that things are improving. The first generation apps are starting to find their feet, but there is still a long way to go before parity with other tablet operating systems.
- 01-21-2013, 03:28 PM #107
Here's another video where I vent (and rant) my frustrations over the lack of font size support on Windows RT apps. Three technology apps (you would think these would go **** for leather to make sure their apps were accessible) fail to produce a font size that matches the Surface RT screen size.
And I give some more love to the News Republic app team ;)
- 01-30-2013, 08:45 AM #114
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- 03-02-2013, 04:27 PM #121
Hey all. Been away for a few weeks because I've been putting together this
This is my full and honest review of the Microsoft Surface RT. The first and showcase Windows RT tablet computer that sees Microsoft propel itself into this new and rapidly emerging market.
My views and opinions come from three months of using the device. Of course no matter how long a video review is it can't cover everything so apologies if you think I've missed anything.
Like it or hate it, agree or disagree, share your thoughts in the comments.
I have decided at this point that I've completed my Surface RT journey so I am going to sell it. I will continue to do more videos until it is sold but I can't imagine that will take took long.
Thanks for watching and supporting my videos.
- 03-04-2013, 12:31 AM #122
^ that's to bad. I've enjoyed your video tips. I'm not a power user by any stretch of the imagination, but my RT does just about everything I need it to. I guess that's why I find it so hard to believe some people don't like it. For me, it just works.
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03-04-2013, 10:28 AM #123
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I just discovered this thread. You put an amazing amount of work into this. I'm surprised after all these videos you felt Surface is an inferior device but I think I am most disappointed by your conclusion that there is no better solution than purchasing multiple devices, such as a Nexus 7 and a laptop. Surface definitely works better for me than what I was using before, which was carrying around a 15" laptop, an iPad, a phone and a Nook Simple Touch. Now I have the Surface, Nook Simple Touch and phone.
I am extremely excited by the Yota Phone and want a 6-7" version of this device.
- 03-04-2013, 04:43 PM #124
Thanks for you full and honest review. There are some things that I disagree with, such as closing apps. I find that one quick swipe is more ideal than Apple's solution. Another issue you mentioned are apps that simply scroll text with no page breaks. I agree, that's poor app design but not particularly a design flaw of the operating system itself. I also found that I'm not as bothered by the niggles that you mentioned. For example, the battery symbol not showing an actual percentage number. IMO, whether I see a number or not is irrelevant. My remaining battery life will still vary by usage. You also mentioned how poor of a job the Surface does at resting on your lap like a laptop can, but isn't that the same flaw with all tablets? I use an iPad 2 at work and I haven't found a perfect "lap propping" method for that either. I think the review loses objectivity with such comparisons. Finally, I agree that Microsoft definitely has some catching up to do. Like you said, they are two years too late. However, I disagree with your Gamecube comparison. The Gamecube is inferior from a technical standpoint with zero hardware options. Surface and Windows RT can come in a variety of hardware options, most of which can match (or exceed) some of the other competing tablets on the market. Yes, I would also like to see more software available for Windows RT (though I'm honestly quite happy with Office, Hulu/Netflix and IE10) but I knew that Microsoft wouldn't just magically erase Apple's/Google's lead simply because it says Windows on it. Microsoft has a long, hard road ahead of them. However, that road is necessary if Microsoft wants to survive. Everything is going mobile. Microsoft has to do the same."Engineering is more than just the number of megapixels." - Stephen Elop
- 03-04-2013, 06:11 PM #125
A nice range of constructive opinions here so here are my responses
Another issue you mentioned are apps that simply scroll text with no page breaks. I agree, that's poor app design but not particularly a design flaw of the operating system itself.
True but I do think Mircosoft's 1st party apps act like a template which other developers have used so it's a worrying trend
IMO, whether I see a number or not is irrelevant. My remaining battery life will still vary by usage.
It makes a huge difference to mean. I can't tell whether it's got 20% or 40%. Does it need charging before you take it out for the day or not. Difficult to tell immediately.
You also mentioned how poor of a job the Surface does at resting on your lap like a laptop can, but isn't that the same flaw with all tablets?
For most tablets you hold it because it doesn't come with a keyboard so it's not exactly a flaw - they're just not designed to be typed on extensively. As said in the review, the kickstand by itself is a good idea, but it's there because the keyboard doesn't offer any support. The keyboard is unusable on your lap which is a classic tablet position. So the surface hints at this extra functionality but only in very certain conditions. The Asus Transformer series got this right and many other Windows RT tablets.
Finally, I agree that Microsoft definitely has some catching up to do. Like you said, they are two years too late. However, I disagree with your Gamecube comparison. The Gamecube is inferior from a technical standpoint with zero hardware options.
I admit I just plucked the Gamecube concept randomly out of the air. It was a response to a few comments on other Surface videos I've done where people are saying I should compare the first windows tablet to the first apple ipad which as a consumer you just can't do.
I think, ultimately, the Surface RT is a very subjective tablet. It does have a sweet spot for some people that makes it an ideal device, but I think that sweet spot is so small it doesn't capture enough of an audience. Plus I can't get over how expensive it is.
Anyway, appreciate the constructive feedback and I respect your opinions which were well made. I'm happy to to agree to disagree.
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