- Tell me why I shouldn't buy a microsoft Surface RT
It’s pretty much dead – they’re just selling off excess stock cheap…Posted 4 years agoNJASubscriber
I was looking at one in PC world last night, seems like value at £279, you get office, the video is good – sound not so much but I was in a noisy warehouse. I know it gets expensive if you buy the keyboard, but so does any other tablet.
Like I say seems like good value, but what am I missing?Posted 4 years agofrogstompSubscriber
Really like mine, it’s more ‘useful’ than my Android tablet.
Granted they haven’t been as successful as MS would have hoped but the support lifecycle takes it to 2017 so it’s not going to just stop working.
The number of Apps is growing and I’m only missing a couple of things that would be nice to have. It’s fairly straightforward to build Apps that work with both Windows 8 and RT so that side of things shouldn’t be a problem.
PS. The Windows 8.1 Preview update is worth installing for some nice improvements.Posted 4 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
I’ve got a Surface Pro and its great. I did have a Dell XPS10 which is an RT tablet. I’d take a look at that as the Dell has a better keyboard that also contains a battery pack. I don’t know how the Dell compares weight wise to the Surface RT but it was loads lighter than my Pro and the battery, even without the additional one in the keyboard lasted much longer (to be fair the pro is a full on laptop replacement). It’s a real shame that the RT hasn’t caught on as it makes current iOS look very old hat and the app range isn’t really a problem. 70k apps (?) vs a bazillion, so what, most people only really use about 10 and most stuff I do can be done through the browser anyway!Posted 4 years agojoemarshallMember
If it does what you want now, then great. But be aware that Microsoft can just drop support for things that don’t sell (Zune, PlaysForSure, and will happily change things so that they’re incompatible with old devices (Windows Phone 7 vs 8).
They’ll in theory support the hardware until 2017, but the software support for Windows RT, they are very vague about, which suggests they have an open mind on dumping it, or at least aren’t so confident that they’re willing to commit to it:
“Microsoft will make software updates, including security updates, available for Windows RT. Additional information regarding the Windows RT lifecycle policy will be communicated as available.”Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
It’s worth pointing out that Steve Balmer, who was all behind this, is retiring within the next twelve months, which might see MS having a ‘night of the long knives’ cull of poorly performing kit.Posted 4 years ago
It’ll be interesting to watch MS and see what sort of direction they go in over the next couple of years.craigxxlMember
I’ve been using Windows 8 and thought it was OK. The wife has just got a Lenevo Yoga laptop and the Nokia Lumia 925 Windows 8 phone. Using the Microsoft account now makes much more sense and it is so well integrated with each other and easy to use it makes the previous Ipad and iphone look cumbersome. I know when my contract is up for renewal then I will be going down the same route too.Posted 4 years ago
The apps look a lot fewer than Apples offerings but they all seem to work and not just variations of the same thing. The majority that we have required have been free and they work as well if not better than Apple’s more expensive apps.ChubbyBlokeInLycraMember
Windoze – virus-ridden bloatware. Says it all that when one of their head people announced his retiement, share price surged by nearly 10%. As per countzero’s post, I’d wait at least 6 months while MS decide what they will and won’t support. Partly, some people will want support and won’t buy unsupported products (corporate users, the big market), partly stuff will plummet in price as product x is no longer supported rumours circulatePosted 4 years agotitusriderMember
Browsing on one but I’m a Microsoft fanboy for work so can forgive some of the v1 ‘features’
Apps can take a while to boot, speakers arnt loud enough and ie does a really annoying thing of shifting down slightly once its finished loading so what you tried to click on has moved!
Anyway I forgive it its foibles but partially because I want to!
It could frustrate if you are coming from an iPad imoPosted 4 years ago
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