08-05-2013 07:56 AM
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  1. stephen_az's Avatar
    Should I get Surface RT at the current discounted price or wait for next gen Surface?
    What you are really asking is if you should buy an affordable device that actually exists or wait for something that is still not even vaporware. People can all chime in and say wait for the snapdragon device but there is no acknowledgement that is any more than a rumor started by people with too much time on their hands and a desire to see their name in lights. Keep in mind there were people who were actually upset when Microsoft did not announce devices at the Build conference that they never said they would announce nor even exist. If you want to wait, that is up to you. At some point there will probably be something. Anyone who tells you to wait for some specific spec'd device though is just rumor mongering since they absolutely do not know anything more than you. In fact, anyone who would know has signed a NDA and are not going to risk their job or contract, or the prospects of litigation, to tell a forum. As it stands Surface RT is a very nice device. It is also not underpowered and will probably get a bit of a performance and feature boost with 8.1. It is up to you to decide if it meets your needs. As for rumored devices, keep in mind that if the rumor mill was based upon any substance, there would already be announced Surface Pro 2 devices, new RT hardware, a Surface 8 in tablet, an array of OEM tablets with Intel's vaporware next generation Atom's, and still more OEM tablets running 4th generation i series processors.
    08-02-2013 10:34 AM
  2. stephen_az's Avatar
    Ok, right on. Again, I was just curious.



    Yeah, this is why I was asking if your expectations were wrong. While the RT has some awesome desktop-like features (like, the actual Desktop, full mouse support, external monitor support, etc.) is in, in fact, an iPad-esque tablet. Just as I wouldn't replace my desktop with an iPad, I wouldn't replace my desktop with a Surface RT because its hardware is lightweight (great term, BTW.) I think if you're doing *serious* Office work or expecting things out of your RT that you expect out of your desktop, yeah, you might be a little disappointed. But if you use it as an adjunct to your desktop, it works perfectly.

    That's just a ramble based on my 2 weeks of daily usage with my RT, not a commentary on your usage patterns. :)



    Thanks for the link, I'll check that article out.
    I have edited very large documents with 100+ embedded jpegs and tiffs, plus complicated layouts and formatting. Surface RT handled them with ease. In fact it handled them better than low end Intel powered devices. The device is lightweight but that is by design and will not change with any new processors. Arm powered devices are not going to magically become more than that ever. The fact Microsoft offers added functionality of key desktop apps is as far as it will ever go and there is not a snapdragon device on the market that will bring more than a negligible performance boost. Surface RT is well equipped and highly optimized, not underpowered. Verge rumors are also just as much baseless rumors as those from any other party.
    08-02-2013 10:45 AM
  3. bilzkh's Avatar
    Well I use a Surface Pro for serious work, and will likely get a high-powered AiO for heavy duty work (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud), but I think the performance 'issues' the current RT have more to do with Tegra-3, as opposed to it being an iPad-esque device. Ultimately, iPad still flies. So, with the next-gen hardware we can at least expect the Surface to really fly in most if not everything it does, and from that point on (i.e. Gen 2) I wouldn't get caught into a "wait till the next one" mantra. I'm just saying, the current gap b/w Surface RT-1 and RT-2 may be significant.
    08-02-2013 04:08 PM
  4. coolqf's Avatar
    I have edited very large documents with 100+ embedded jpegs and tiffs, plus complicated layouts and formatting. Surface RT handled them with ease. In fact it handled them better than low end Intel powered devices. The device is lightweight but that is by design and will not change with any new processors. Arm powered devices are not going to magically become more than that ever. The fact Microsoft offers added functionality of key desktop apps is as far as it will ever go and there is not a snapdragon device on the market that will bring more than a negligible performance boost. Surface RT is well equipped and highly optimized, not underpowered. Verge rumors are also just as much baseless rumors as those from any other party.
    Can we get a sample of such a document? I currently have Win8 third generation i5 Sony VAIO and with even 50pix it begins to lag a bit... Annoying :( Would love to see what your trick is. Comp has 8GB of ram btw.
    08-05-2013 04:12 AM
  5. drtek's Avatar
    I'm hoping that the V2's have 4G. I've read rumors that the Pro V2 will come with office.
    Also, will Cisco Anyconnect work on the RT?
    08-05-2013 04:18 AM
  6. Matt J's Avatar
    I got one last week. The only serious issue I have is the fact that the Calendar app can't sync with GMail. It doesn't support CalDAV. Otherwise, it's a great device as-is.
    08-05-2013 07:56 AM
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