Gadchick Reviews; The Windows Surface
Don't judge but I’m a Mac girl. I have been since the G3 days (remember the all-in-one monitors that came in multiple colors)? I use PCs when I have to, but it’s always a bit of a task—they’re boxy, ugly, problematic and they just aren’t fun. How do you make a gadget not fun?
So when Microsoft showed off the Windows Surface over the summer, I was intrigued—but also ready to be disappointed. It is Windows, after all—the same people that brought us the Zune, Windows Me, Kin Phone, Microsoft Bob (seriously, look Bob up if you’ve never heard of him)—in short, Microsoft had let me all down plenty of times before.
I've tried out the Windows Surface for a few days and here is the weird thing—it actually doesn’t suck. No joke. Forget Android—Windows RT (RT is the software version for PC tablets) is the first real threat to iPad ever. It’s a tablet for people who don’t just want to want to watch videos and play games—it’s a tablet for people who actually want to do work.
Windows 8 takes some getting used to, but it really doesn’t deserve the negative press it’s been getting. It looks different, but pretty much everything from Windows 7 is still there—only in different places. It’s an operating system that seems built to be touched and not clicked with a mouse, which may be why so many upgraders might be turned off pretty quickly.
Out of the box, the Windows Surface looks and feels great. It’s sleek, light, and quiet—you’d never know it’s a Microsoft product. Unlike the Kindle Fire, which feels like a toy and acts like a commercial, the Surface is a curious device that makes you want to get stuff done.
It has Office built right into—so you don’t have to pay extra if you want to the productivity suite (like you do on the iPad); if you are planning on using it for work, make sure and pick up the keyboard, which will set you back about $120. The keyboard is a work of art in itself. When I saw pictures of it, I didn’t quite believe it—it looked like a gimmick. It’s not. It works. Really well. It feels weird at first, and it isn’t perfect in your lap—it works best on a flat surface. After about a minute of typing, you’ll be fine.
The only drawback is it’s running RT. What does that mean? It means you can’t install normal programs like you could any other computers. Everything you install has to come from the App Store. And the App Store is really lacking—Twitter and Facebook don’t even have apps! I suspect by Christmas, the app store will be plentiful.
If you are looking for a high-end tablet, then I give this a very strong recommendation. If you can’t afford it, then there’s always the Nexus (just don’t get the Kindle Fire).