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  1. Darkgift's Avatar
    I'm now thinking about getting the Surface RT 2, due to how great the Surface RT is! And now that the rumors of the new LTE version passing FCC, I may now wait for this instead.
    That's what I'm waiting for too. Until then my Gen 1 will do me fine.
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    02-22-2014 11:28 AM
  2. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    I'm still primarly a university student with no steady income, so I will likely wait a couple of years or until my first gen RT falls apart until I upgrade into the next Surface. I hope they are still around by that time, if not, I'll get a Surface 2 from somewhere :P I really love the Surface and everything it stands for and I wouldn't consider a non-Surface product to replace my Surface RT.
    I'm enjoying my Surface RT. If the Surface 3 is what I believe it will be, I will consider upgrading at that point and handing the RT down to someone lower on the hardware food chain.
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    02-22-2014 12:15 PM
  3. Elvis7's Avatar
    So I bought one, 64gb surface rt, 280$, with one year warranty(ms). It seems nice, haven't had a chance to use it, its been updating..for hours, is it normally slow with installing updates?
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    02-26-2014 11:56 PM
  4. Guytronic's Avatar
    So I bought one, 64gb surface rt, 280$, with one year warranty(ms). It seems nice, haven't had a chance to use it, its been updating..for hours, is it normally slow with installing updates?
    Gratzo!

    Yoop,
    The updates do take some time.
    Go out for a run or watch TV for a while.
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    02-27-2014 12:03 AM
  5. Will6371's Avatar
    I got my Surface RT just over a week ago and I love it. So much so that I sold my Nokia 2520 last night and I'm going to get a Surface 2 next week. Even though the Nokia was faster and had a much better screen than the RT I found the Surface to be a much nicer machine to use with the kick stand and the touchpad. I also found the RT to be nicer to hold, I like the way it is so solid and the way it is cold to the touch when I pick it up.

    The Nokia was great as well but the screen and the back did pick up a lot of marks and I found that I was cleaning it all the time. I did sort this problem a fair bit by using the polish and sealant that I use on my car. I just used the sealant on my screen.

    The battery live is better on the Nokia but I get somewhere between 10 and 12 hours out of the RT so not a problem for me to get a couple of days.

    After doing a couple of mode that I found on the Surface 2 tips thread it mad the RT about 3 times quicker and almost as quick as the Nokia until I did the same mode to it which made it even faster again. I am going to keep the RT as a backup to the Surface 2

    As you will have guessed by now I love the Surface RT and so do others, I was in a bar yesterday and I was on my RT with a Cyan touchpad and I had my Nokia 925 beside me and the looks I was getting. Several people asked me about both the phone and especially the RT and touchpad.
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    03-01-2014 03:25 AM
  6. rkeenan's Avatar
    I bought a Surface RT about 4 days ago and I love it. I bought a 64GB for $330. I looked at the Surface RT 2, but I did not see the value of an extra $200. I never play mobile games, so a newer Tegra chip does nothing for me. I use this almost exclusively for homework and taking notes for personal reading. I love how there is not any intrusive notifications in the OS. Android mobile devices are so annoying when I try to get actual work done. The Surface is very high in quality. I bought the Wedge Mouse and Type 2 Keyboard. The backlighting on the keyboard is very nice. I almost bought a Surface Pro, but I could not justify the purchase for what I needed this tablet for. I will probably buy a Surface Pro 2 once the Pro 3 comes out.

    Sent from my XT1055 using Tapatalk
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    03-09-2014 10:58 AM
  7. Oluwabamishe Isaac's Avatar
    Gurus in the house pls I need Microsoft surface RT recovery cd for my tab pls help me out with it am unable to use the tab for more than 2month nw
    03-12-2014 08:30 PM
  8. bills pies1's Avatar
    I got my Surface RT at the end of January, I love it, but there are a few flaws in the design that I really hope are changed with Surface 3.
    The 16:9 10.6'' screen is a joke when I'm using my Surface RT on the go. In fact, most of the time I have to use the kickstand because holding it is uncomfortable.
    IE11 is a great browser, but sometimes when I touch a link, nothing happens. Or when a modal dialog pops up, I have to touch the close button about 5 times before it responds.

    I think that a 16:10 10.1'' screen would be more appropriate for Surface 3. Plus a 2560*1600 screen, support for 3 apps side by side, no desktop, and 2 USB 3.0 ports.
    03-28-2014 07:21 AM
  9. Elvis7's Avatar
    Iagree with you on some points, however, others I do not. 3 snapped apps would require a way better CPU,gpu, which would raise the price, such a change would have to be done globally, on all windows 8. Except phones..

    As for the desktop, its one of the best parts about windows tablets, the desktop environment allows us to do so much more than any other tablet. Dlna,network access, organization, the list goes on.

    Just my two cents.
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    03-28-2014 09:19 AM
  10. bills pies1's Avatar
    Iagree with you on some points, however, others I do not. 3 snapped apps would require a way better CPU,gpu, which would raise the price, such a change would have to be done globally, on all windows 8. Except phones..

    As for the desktop, its one of the best parts about windows tablets, the desktop environment allows us to do so much more than any other tablet. Dlna,network access, organization, the list goes on.

    Just my two cents.
    The Desktop just shouldn't be in Windows RT. If Windows RT really was made from the ground-up with touch-first in mind, then everything should have been made into a modern ui application. Sure, it would be pretty much impossible to make a metro version of CMD, but they should have made a metro file explorer, metro help and sharing center, and a full metro control panel. This would make the desktop pretty much irrelevant. It could still stay there for experienced users I guess, but what if CMD or other desktop applications could be run as metro apps without becoming metro apps (if that makes any sense)
    03-29-2014 07:31 PM
  11. Loco5150's Avatar
    I have to agree, I am very confused why the desktop is present in RT. I updated my non touch screen PC to W8 basically right upon release. I never had any problems with W8 and metro. I just treated the metro side as a start menu, just being bigger snd with more functionality than the old start menu.

    When I got the Surface RT a month ago I was VERY supriced that the desktop was present there. I thought the whole point of RT was that it hasnt got the desktop.

    On the RT I have for the first time I feel the W8 design is a failure. Its weird, like why there is two internet explorers? The desktop just shouldnt be present in RT period.
    03-29-2014 07:48 PM
  12. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    I have to agree, I am very confused why the desktop is present in RT. I updated my non touch screen PC to W8 basically right upon release. I never had any problems with W8 and metro. I just treated the metro side as a start menu, just being bigger snd with more functionality than the old start menu.

    When I got the Surface RT a month ago I was VERY supriced that the desktop was present there. I thought the whole point of RT was that it hasnt got the desktop.

    On the RT I have for the first time I feel the W8 design is a failure. Its weird, like why there is two internet explorers? The desktop just shouldnt be present in RT period.
    The desktop is the best part of RT, IMO. It is what sets the Surface apart from the iPad. Seriously, without the desktop, the Surface is little more than a large Windows Phone (that doesn't have as wide a selection of software as WP). If you have ever used a Surface RT/2 with a 2nd display and used Office on the desktop with Modern UI apps on the Surface screen (or visa versa) you would know why the desktop is a vital part of the Surface experience.

    The Surface is a serious productivity device in addition to a casual consumption device.

    Try taking a Surface RT/2 over to an iPad-loving friend's house and give them a short demo of such a configuration. The reaction is priceless.
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    03-29-2014 08:24 PM
  13. mauricio borgarello's Avatar
    I got a surface rt 64gb about a month ago (got a nice deal, basically I exchanged it for an Asus transformer tab that I was barely using). Having seen many "professional" reviews I had relatively low expectations, but damn I was wrong. The surface RT is a great product, period. It's much more than the usual tablet thanks to the convination of software and design. I use it as my portable office with the touch cover, and it has proven an excellent companion. I know that the processor is far from excellent, but still I wouldn't change it for a budget W8 tablet. The build quality and the combination of the kickstand with the touch/type cover makes up for the limitations of windows rt. The only thing that really bothers me is not being able to use itunes, not being able to connect my ipod classic. Other than that the Surface RT does everything I want it to do, and everyday things better as the store expands. Waiting anxious for the third generation!!!
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    03-29-2014 08:34 PM
  14. Loco5150's Avatar
    The desktop is the best part of RT, IMO. It is what sets the Surface apart from the iPad. Seriously, without the desktop, the Surface is little more than a large Windows Phone (that doesn't have as wide a selection of software as WP). If you have ever used a Surface RT/2 with a 2nd display and used Office on the desktop with Modern UI apps on the Surface screen (or visa versa) you would know why the desktop is a vital part of the Surface experience.

    The Surface is a serious productivity device in addition to a casual consumption device.

    Try taking a Surface RT/2 over to an iPad-loving friend's house and give them a short demo of such a configuration. The reaction is priceless.
    I dont mean the functionality is useless. I mean the scitzhophrenic feeling of having two OS's cramped in to the same device. With the RT it does not make any sense. Everything should be running from the modern side....
    Last edited by Loco5150; 03-30-2014 at 03:45 PM.
    03-30-2014 05:03 AM
  15. aafa's Avatar
    Checking in. Love this tablet.
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    04-05-2014 02:08 PM
  16. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    I'm enjoying my Surface RT. If the Surface 3 is what I believe it will be, I will consider upgrading at that point and handing the RT down to someone lower on the hardware food chain.
    What do you think the Surface 3 will be like?
    04-14-2014 08:08 AM
  17. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    What do you think the Surface 3 will be like?
    hehe... that was 2 months ago. I originally thought that the Surface 3 would be of a higher build quality than the 2. The RT was clearly (at least to me) a well-considered and thought-out hardware design. A design that can only be achieved by taking time. The Surface 2 appeared to me to be a rushed upgrade. I originally thought that the Surface 3 would exceed the quality of the original RT.

    From a hardware perspective, I am still of that opinion. But after watching the //build/ conference keynote (and the complete lack of reference to Windows RT), I am beginning to wonder if the Surface 3 will include an ARM processor... or a BayTrail running full Windows. After extensive experience with Windows RT I've come to the conclusion that there are no benefits of WinRT over full Windows. RT isn't more robust. RT doesn't have a lighter footprint.
    04-14-2014 10:54 AM
  18. E Lizzle's Avatar
    But assuming they want to somewhat use the same codebase for phones and tablets, and just tweak UI settings based on display size, they need to be able to target more than the Intel chipsets. So they are going to have to weed out some of their platform-dependant code.

    -E
    04-14-2014 03:51 PM
  19. inteller's Avatar
    Desktop on RT needs to go away. All the crucial things that are on the Desktop can and should be ported to a modern app. THEN, start stripping away all the code and resources used to drive the thick Desktop.
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    04-14-2014 09:44 PM
  20. prlundberg's Avatar
    Desktop on RT needs to go away. All the crucial things that are on the Desktop can and should be ported to a modern app. THEN, start stripping away all the code and resources used to drive the thick Desktop.
    I agree now that other full-windows tablets are about the same price, but Microsoft has a long ways to go to get there. And not with the current Surface form factor, which is really designed around making the desktop usable.
    04-15-2014 10:10 AM
  21. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    Desktop on RT needs to go away. All the crucial things that are on the Desktop can and should be ported to a modern app. THEN, start stripping away all the code and resources used to drive the thick Desktop.
    It sounds like you don't use the desktop and external displays.

    If you think that the footprint of Windows RT is greatly influenced by the presence of the desktop, then you are mistaken.
    04-15-2014 12:25 PM
  22. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    hehe... that was 2 months ago. I originally thought that the Surface 3 would be of a higher build quality than the 2. The RT was clearly (at least to me) a well-considered and thought-out hardware design. A design that can only be achieved by taking time. The Surface 2 appeared to me to be a rushed upgrade. I originally thought that the Surface 3 would exceed the quality of the original RT.

    From a hardware perspective, I am still of that opinion. But after watching the //build/ conference keynote (and the complete lack of reference to Windows RT), I am beginning to wonder if the Surface 3 will include an ARM processor... or a BayTrail running full Windows. After extensive experience with Windows RT I've come to the conclusion that there are no benefits of WinRT over full Windows. RT isn't more robust. RT doesn't have a lighter footprint.
    Take a look at this: AdDuplex Blog: Quick Glance at Windows 8 Device Ecosystem

    I am sure the RT numbers reflect the heavy sales that MS effected for the 1st Gen Surface devices. I think there will be a Surface 3 (RT) and it will be one which will be dominated by (1) a Modern UI version of Office; (2) an inking capability/ pen (actually, tbh, I am hoping the second is the case because if it is so, the Surface 3 will be an amazing device); (3) it will also be a platform to show the integration of the Win Phone OS and the RT OS.

    Goes without saying all my observations are conjectural - some a bit more than others.
    04-17-2014 10:14 PM
  23. John Steffes's Avatar
    I just got a Surface…

    Had an old computer purchased a Compaq Armada 1500 (which broke and with Compaq CarePaq was upgraded to a Compaq Armada 1700, then upgraded to the 1750), it started with Windows 95 (OSR2), upgraded to Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, then to Windows 2000 then to Windows XP.
    So I have had this old computer (1750) for over 18 Years… The screen is now tinted reddish/pink it is 300Mhz but has 64M plus 256M added for 320M of ram, 20G hard drive, the case is cracked and worn… Windows XP is no longer supported but still patches (have OEM settings for POS systems)… Still sort of works…

    As I have been looking and waiting…

    Wallmart has an in store price of $179 (in store is said $229, went on web on internal Walmart computer and they matched the price) on a clearance Surface 64G…

    MicroCenter has MicroSD cards (bulk) for cheap prices, but work well for storage got a few 32G ones ($12.99 each), also they had a clearance charcoal grey Type Cover 2 for $90.96, reduced again to $79.99. A Surface Wireless Adapter for Cover $49.99, reduced by $10 (turns the Type Cover 2 into a blue tooth keyboard). Had an Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition for $55.96 on clearance but it was defective (blue tooth did not work, although the mouse did react to touch and the blue light blinked, could not get it to emit any blue tooth signal). Tried a Microsoft USB Ethernet Adapter for $39.99 (but as Microsoft has modified it to be a USB 3 device it will not work on the Surface).

    Best Buy has 8GB Cruzer Glide USB on sale for $4.99 (picked up two, used to back up the recovery drive one for Windows RT 8, one for Windows RT 8.1, although I have let the recovery partition remain, assume they will update it again with the next version of Windows RT 10). Went back to Best Buy they had the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition (open box) for $59.99 and I picked up a Belkin USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter ($29.99)…

    Staples had a clearance ZAGG MS Surface SC for $19.99…

    So my total Microsoft Surface RT cost ($179+$79.99+$59.99+$49.99+$19.99) was $388.96 plus tax (I did not count the MicroSD/USB parts costs as I can use them for other things if I wish)…

    Wow this Surface took a few days to update/patch/firmware/update…

    Now it is faster than the Windows XP box, it does IE 11, outlook, notepad, one note, excel, some lite games, Halo, solitaire, etc…

    I am supper happy and glad to be an owner of a Surface, for those debating I like having the desktop, with 8.1 I have it go to the desktop by default, love this selection, would not have gotten the Surface if it could not have done that…

    Now waiting to upgrade to Surface 2 when they go on clearance…

    Owner of a lot of clearance devices, HP Touchpad, HP Touchpad 4G, HP Touchpad Go, HP Pre3, HP Veer, Palm Pre2, Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi

    Typed in Microsoft Word 2013 on the Surface...
    Last edited by John Steffes; 09-30-2014 at 05:35 PM.
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    08-28-2014 12:53 PM
  24. lala042883's Avatar
    I got the 64gb with touch cover keyboard and I love mine it does everything I need it to do and its very portable

    Sent from my Surface with Windows RT using Tapatalk
    09-01-2014 09:49 PM
  25. Hna's Avatar
    Just bought a second hand Surface RT (1) 32GB for 150€ to replace my sold Nexus 7 2013.
    Surface 2 RT new goes from 350 to 400 ish €'s here (Portugal) so I think I made a good choice.

    Sure I'd love some 1080p screen but other than that, I guess they are just the same with a litle performance difference.

    Now time to play around with the machine. Anything you guys feel like recommending?
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    09-23-2014 07:39 AM
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