View Poll Results: Are you happy with your purchase?

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  • Couldn't Be Happier!

    115 90.55%
  • Undecided

    8 6.30%
  • Will be returning it...

    4 3.15%
11-07-2012 02:11 PM
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  1. squire777's Avatar
    I don't personally own a Surface but I got to play around with my friend's RT and after using it for about 15 mins I loved it. I will try to get my mits on one soon hopefully.

    One thing people said was that it felt heavy but I didn't feel any difference compared to other tablets i have used including ipads. It feels incredibly solid and well built.
    11-02-2012 04:22 PM
  2. brianbrain's Avatar
    When I first voted a few days ago, I was on the fence. Not about Windows 8, but about Surface RT vs a "full" Windows 8 tablet like the Ativ Smart PC. I'm not interested in the Core i5 models, so the clover trail models were what I was weighing.

    In the end, after playing with the SmartPC in person, I have two say, it's just not as good as Surface. Sure, there's the x86 compatibility and the Wacom digitizer - but the keyboard dock is clumsy compared to the touch cover, and x86 compatibility ends up being the system's undoing in the end. Despite the major advances they have made over the years with the Atom architecture, it's just still not enough to cut it for legacy applications - and let's face it, that's why you would get a Clover Trail Win8 tablet over the Surface RT.

    Surface RT is fast, controlled, and applications for it will be tailored for the system perfectly. The dream of x86 compatibility falls flat on its face when you realize that once you load those x86 apps, your general user experience goes down the tubes.

    After spending a lot of time mulling this over, I've decided I WILL be going back to the Microsoft store this weekend. I'm bringing my receipt, my surface, and the original packaging and I'm returning it - for a 64GB version. If I have one complaint, it's the fact that the sd card support sucks (I'm sure it will get implemented better soon) and our reliance on internal storage is pretty strong if you're downloading apps/movies/music from the Xbox stores. IMO, 64GB is a must right now, and may be for a while. I'll take that shortcoming though, as even with its limited one week old app catalog, this device is far and above any tablet on the market. It has redefined what a tablet should be, and I just can't go back to an iPad or Android tablet - they're not the same thing.

    My Android phone will continue to serve me for mobile apps, my Surface RT is my ultra-portable, and my Envy 15 is my mobile desktop.
    Coreldan likes this.
    11-02-2012 04:37 PM
  3. Coreldan's Avatar
    I don't personally own a Surface but I got to play around with my friend's RT and after using it for about 15 mins I loved it. I will try to get my mits on one soon hopefully.

    One thing people said was that it felt heavy but I didn't feel any difference compared to other tablets i have used including ipads. It feels incredibly solid and well built.
    I believe the difference in grams is a 1 figure number and I think it was even in Surfaces favor? But weight balancing does a lot, Surface might feel heavier to iPad users due to the different aspect ratio.
    11-02-2012 05:20 PM
  4. downhillrider's Avatar
    I got mine yesterday and so far im loving it. having some issues getting xboxmusic to point to my networked hd backup. it does most of the things my iPad does. of course the apps difference is huge. but im glad I got it. if I need to do some heavy lifting I got my MacBook air. touchcover feels a little akward but its getting better.
    11-02-2012 11:13 PM
  5. bensun6's Avatar
    the type cover makes the surface much more usable. I really wanted to love the touch cover, it looks and feels great folded back but without key feedback it just wasn't good enough for doing work.

    but, once the keyboard is fast enough for work, the processor is not. Not sure if this will get better with software improvements...but office on tegra3 is just too much. scrolling of powerpoint slides is choppy, typing too fast also makes office choppy, ie desktop version is choppy to scroll by mouse...

    all in all it appears there is so much potential, but adopter of this generation of surface may be getting the short-end of the stick. the next generation will be SO much better with a stronger processor.

    I hope they release an atom version of surface that's thin like the RT and powerful like a laptop
    11-02-2012 11:20 PM
  6. 11B1P's Avatar
    If you use MS Office a lot, Surface is VERY useful for that. The OneNote metro app is pretty solid as well. I'm using it at work as a companion to my workstation, mainly use Office for notes and stuff, plus we use Google docs a lot and IE has been pretty good for that. not to mention browsing is nice and easy, and the portability of Surface allows me to just carry Surface and not my notebook.
    I don't use Office very much now days. I try not to use Google anything. Browsing is important to me as well as portability.
    11-03-2012 11:32 AM
  7. shn'g's Avatar
    When I first voted a few days ago, I was on the fence. Not about Windows 8, but about Surface RT vs a "full" Windows 8 tablet like the Ativ Smart PC. I'm not interested in the Core i5 models, so the clover trail models were what I was weighing.

    In the end, after playing with the SmartPC in person, I have two say, it's just not as good as Surface. Sure, there's the x86 compatibility and the Wacom digitizer - but the keyboard dock is clumsy compared to the touch cover, and x86 compatibility ends up being the system's undoing in the end. Despite the major advances they have made over the years with the Atom architecture, it's just still not enough to cut it for legacy applications - and let's face it, that's why you would get a Clover Trail Win8 tablet over the Surface RT.

    Surface RT is fast, controlled, and applications for it will be tailored for the system perfectly. The dream of x86 compatibility falls flat on its face when you realize that once you load those x86 apps, your general user experience goes down the tubes.

    After spending a lot of time mulling this over, I've decided I WILL be going back to the Microsoft store this weekend. I'm bringing my receipt, my surface, and the original packaging and I'm returning it - for a 64GB version. If I have one complaint, it's the fact that the sd card support sucks (I'm sure it will get implemented better soon) and our reliance on internal storage is pretty strong if you're downloading apps/movies/music from the Xbox stores. IMO, 64GB is a must right now, and may be for a while. I'll take that shortcoming though, as even with its limited one week old app catalog, this device is far and above any tablet on the market. It has redefined what a tablet should be, and I just can't go back to an iPad or Android tablet - they're not the same thing.

    My Android phone will continue to serve me for mobile apps, my Surface RT is my ultra-portable, and my Envy 15 is my mobile desktop.
    See I was probably a little dumb in not going to try the other devices in person. I took a look at everything before making the decision and am glad with it but its good to hear what the other devices are like to! I completely agree with the sd card! I really hope they straighten this out! Cause then it really would be killer!
    Gken likes this.
    11-03-2012 03:43 PM
  8. inteller's Avatar
    The biggest issue with the surface right now is apps are not pouring into the Store fast enough...and I'm talking crucial apps. A lot of the initial apps are just trialware crap window dressing like the various magazine apps. They look good for a demo but suck otherwise.

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express
    11-03-2012 03:53 PM
  9. VagrantWade's Avatar
    The biggest issue with the surface right now is apps are not pouring into the Store fast enough...and I'm talking crucial apps. A lot of the initial apps are just trialware crap window dressing like the various magazine apps. They look good for a demo but suck otherwise.

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express
    I would imagine most apps get added like on a Tuesday or something like every other app store.

    And how is the price premium? It is cheaper than any real equal comparison. Nexus 10 looks like garbage.
    11-03-2012 04:47 PM
  10. Gken's Avatar
    the type cover makes the surface much more usable. I really wanted to love the touch cover, it looks and feels great folded back but without key feedback it just wasn't good enough for doing work.

    but, once the keyboard is fast enough for work, the processor is not. Not sure if this will get better with software improvements...but office on tegra3 is just too much. scrolling of powerpoint slides is choppy, typing too fast also makes office choppy, ie desktop version is choppy to scroll by mouse...

    all in all it appears there is so much potential, but adopter of this generation of surface may be getting the short-end of the stick. the next generation will be SO much better with a stronger processor.

    I hope they release an atom version of surface that's thin like the RT and powerful like a laptop
    I know it can be a little choppy at times, the main reason for this. Office is not done for RT. It obviously wasn't optimized carefully and correctly, and microsoft has already admitted that, the final version will be pushed out later in the year or maybe even next year (crossing my fingers for earlier). But it really is useable to the point I actual create legal documents on it rather easily. Couldn't do that before since on my windows phone 7 the formatting was non existent. But I really consider the surface a godsend, I can just bang out a legal document email or wirelessly print it out, or even tether it to my phone and boom done!

    I don't use Office very much now days. I try not to use Google anything. Browsing is important to me as well as portability.
    I don't know about you but I intended for surface to replace my highgrade netbook (more like a mini laptop than netbook, since it can do everything a laptop can). And I absolutely need the Office programs since all the formatting for legal documents will display properly and with minimal effort to correct them and all the shortcuts are the same. It just makes my life alot easier and my job ultimately. I don't know how useful the surface is for anything other than on the go computing since, it obviously it not going to run autocad or other engineering type of programs. It is rather handy for taking notes as OneNote runs great on it and the finger response is top notch.

    One thing I thought was rather interesting is that, if professors are bothered by typing during their lecture, since the touchcover doesn't have tactile keys, the keyboard typing is silent, unless you are typing super hard and hitting the desk underneath.

    As for the SD card, you can get it to index correctly, but I guess the average person is just gonna stick it in and expect it to work. Which maybe is what you should expect. Come on Microsoft! push out those updates!
    11B1P likes this.
    11-03-2012 08:38 PM
  11. downhillrider's Avatar
    I'd like to add something and ask for feedback. Closing of apps. Sometimes it doesn't work like it should. Sometimes it will just maximize without going to the bottom to close.
    11-03-2012 10:29 PM
  12. derek533's Avatar
    I'd like to add something and ask for feedback. Closing of apps. Sometimes it doesn't work like it should. Sometimes it will just maximize without going to the bottom to close.
    Pro-tip: Don't slow down when you're swiping down. Just start at the top and swipe all the way down fairly quickly. Your percentage of closings will greatly improve.
    downhillrider likes this.
    11-03-2012 10:55 PM
  13. SlickShoesRUCrazy's Avatar
    so far yes, but I have had little glitches.

    On Friday, I took my surface to school instead of my XPS 15. couldn't use my surface.

    When I went to unlock my surface I had no apps. My entire start screen was gone.

    I figured the glitch was caused by lack of wifi, but when I went into settings to try to access the wifi button so I could log into my schools wifi, nothing was showing up lol. Like there were no charms in the right to left swipe. Not sure why.

    anybody else have this problem?
    11-04-2012 04:18 AM
  14. SeeVuPlay's Avatar
    Ive had a few glitches, but overall i love it. I thought it was a little big or weird to hold but now it just feels normal and not heavy at all. I really like the portrait mode for reading. I really wish my hd7 could bridge to it via bluetooth like the way the playbook can with blackberry phones.

    I really believe the surface will be noticed in the tablet space. Its a great start that has to be making apple and google at least pay attention.
    11-04-2012 11:08 AM
  15. shn'g's Avatar
    Ive had a few glitches, but overall i love it. I thought it was a little big or weird to hold but now it just feels normal and not heavy at all. I really like the portrait mode for reading. I really wish my hd7 could bridge to it via bluetooth like the way the playbook can with blackberry phones.

    I really believe the surface will be noticed in the tablet space. Its a great start that has to be making apple and google at least pay attention.
    Yeah I have seen some glitches to but I think that's the price of being an early adopter of it. I actually really enjoyed my playbook and like windows 8 for the fact its similar in gestures. I agree I think it might take time but the tablet is very good! At least there is innovation happening! I can't imagine a tablet without the stand now
    11-04-2012 03:38 PM
  16. spitefulgod's Avatar
    At first I was like.. "ooh, is that it", but the more I use it the better it gets, the only complaints I now have are that there's no Cisco von software (the standard vpn connection won't connect to my workplace) and secondly, the text selection isn't as good as on windows phone so its sometimes difficult to select where the cursor goes in a text box. Other than that fantastic, great battery, tethered to my phone, a good selection of apps and flash support :) recommended but give it a chance to get used to it.
    11-04-2012 03:54 PM
  17. spitefulgod's Avatar
    does anyone feel that they have neglected their smartphone too much because of their new surface tablet? I felt sorry for my phone last night. I think it got mad at me because it didn't wake me up (alarm) like usual. Odd lol.
    This ^ apart from teethering
    11-04-2012 04:02 PM
  18. Digital Moe's Avatar
    I am loving mine couldn't be happier I just tried terminal services from my Surface to my desktop and was amazed at how well it worked my desktop pretty much acted like a touch screen scrolling up and down the screen was just like on the Surface.

    Sound and video worked as well although 720p struggled it dropped frames and was a bit pixilated. Music worked fine the more I treat this like a PC the more it surprises me.
    11-04-2012 04:15 PM
  19. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I got mine yesterday for my birthday.
    11-04-2012 05:40 PM
  20. downhillrider's Avatar
    ive run into something that's kind of annoyed me.. xbox music. I opened it for the 1st time tonight. it loaded the music I've bought through my windowsphone. for a couple of song I get an error pop up saying it cant play it, then I get a 30 second advert for xbox muxic subscription. please don't tell me I'll hear that always. I wont be signing up for the xbox music service. this might be a deal breaker for me.
    11-05-2012 02:05 AM
  21. Highdefjunkie's Avatar
    I couldn't love it more. I have a IPAD and the Surface RT blows it out of water.
    11-05-2012 09:38 AM
  22. dkp23's Avatar
    I like it, but an update is needed for the bing apps, they seem to crash a lot if u use it too fast. a few times if you are in the bing apps whether news sports or whatever, you press the back arrow on top of the screen, it will crash.

    People app as well.
    11-05-2012 12:09 PM
  23. 135boom's Avatar
    The Surface is a great product that exceeds expectations. If you are returning it your either did not read about the product before buying it or you did not really use the product. I have yet to find anyone that genuinely dislikes the Surface. Even iPad users such as myself and my wife are blown away how productive this product is. I have even had iPad users drool over my Surface and what it can do. My boss stopped all iPad purchases until the Surface Pro is released because he liked my Surf.ace and ended up buying one himself. So I do not believe anyone is returning their Surface...
    11-06-2012 09:07 PM
  24. wormy6's Avatar
    I'm curious if anyone here with a surface also has a laptop that is more powerful than the surface? Not like a big honking desktop replacement laptop, but a nice portable one. Do you find yourself using the surface much?

    I am pretty tempted to get a surface but its hard to since its not -incredibly- different in size/power than my laptop.
    11-07-2012 12:20 AM
  25. berty6294's Avatar
    I'm curious if anyone here with a surface also has a laptop that is more powerful than the surface? Not like a big honking desktop replacement laptop, but a nice portable one. Do you find yourself using the surface much?

    I am pretty tempted to get a surface but its hard to since its not -incredibly- different in size/power than my laptop.
    Yes, I've used my laptop like 2 times since I've gotten my surface (ssh clients)

    But that's only on the go, I still have my desktop I use when I'm at my desk at home. In bed or anywhere else in the house... surface!
    11-07-2012 12:37 AM
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