1. evilrob's Avatar
    I'm thinking about ditching all my Apple gear and moving back to Microsoft.

    I will be replacing my iPhone with a Windows Phone for phone duties, my iPad with a Surface RT for tablet duties and my Apple TV with an Xbox 360 to get some sort of link between phone and tablet to TV (I assume this is possible via Xbox Glass or something), as well as play GTA V (obviously).

    I would like to hear from others who have switched from iPad to Surface RT, how they found the transition and any gotchas I need to prepare for. I'd be very interested to hear if anyone has been able to use LogMeIn via the web-based service after having whitelisted it? Also, any recommendations for Windows RT text editors would be very welcome - I assume Sublime Text isn't out for it yet!

    Requirements: Intermediate e-mail/web browsing, films, light work (code edits, possibly LogMeIn if possible), music, need to be able to stream to TV

    I'm not heavily invested in terms of apps or licensed media - I prefer to rent movies ad hoc (currently via iTunes, but Xbox Video seems OK, otherwise there's always Netflix), and I mostly stream music (currently via Spotify, but am open to trying Xbox Music if people recommend that over Spotify; not sure how well Spotify works on RT - I know there isn't a native app but I would hope that the web interface works OK so any experiences in this area would also be welcome).

    I currently use Gmail for my email/contacts/calendar, but was planning on switching to Outlook.com to ensure everything plays nice (or at least better than Gmail) with RT. I assume this will be even better when 8.1 lands with the full Outlook client.
    Last edited by evilrob; 09-11-2013 at 01:01 PM.
    09-11-2013 12:50 PM
  2. DBDev's Avatar
    I haven't tried LogMelm, but it should probably work. You don't have to worry about whitelisting anymore, because MS has enabled flash on all pages in an update. For the text editor, you have MS Word included To stream to your tv you can use dlna if your tv supports that. I have used the web client for spotify, and it works if you run it on the desktop IE, but it's not so good, so I recommend you to try Xbox Music instead. I'll do that when my spotify premium expires
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    09-11-2013 03:33 PM
  3. evilrob's Avatar
    Thanks for the tips.

    When I said 'text editor' - I meant for coding, not word processing! Word isn't really what I need in this case, unfortunately, good though it is.
    09-11-2013 03:38 PM
  4. allos autos's Avatar
    If LogMeIn uses a web-based interface, then it should work fine. As the previous poster said, MS enabled a whitelist-free Flash experience (yay!). If it doesn't work as well as you would like, you could always install the SkyDrive program (not the app, the actual program) on the desktop/laptop computer that you want to access, and then access it from the SkyDrive site. For more info, check out Fetch files on your PC - Microsoft Windows Help.

    As far as text editors go, if you can't use Word 2013 (which comes with your Surface RT), then both "Notepad RT" and "Notepad Classic" are worth a look.
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    09-11-2013 03:45 PM
  5. allos autos's Avatar
    Do you mean a text editor like this? Notepad RT app for Windows in the Windows Store
    09-11-2013 03:47 PM
  6. evilrob's Avatar
    NotepadRT looks like exactly what I need - thanks!
    09-11-2013 03:51 PM
  7. allos autos's Avatar
    NotepadRT looks like exactly what I need - thanks!
    You're welcome! I'm glad I could help ease the transition. Let me know if you need more reassurance. :-P
    09-11-2013 04:02 PM
  8. erasure25's Avatar
    Just keep both! I keep my iPad at home near the sofa to play games with friends or quick browsing. I take my Surface with me everywhere (to work, etc.) for getting stuff done, like writing reports, spreadsheets...
    09-11-2013 04:15 PM
  9. ohgood's Avatar
    I'm curious, what is a link to the TV used for from the phone besides games, it movies?
    09-11-2013 04:20 PM
  10. evilrob's Avatar
    I'm curious, what is a link to the TV used for from the phone besides games, it movies?
    On iOS, in certain applications (not system-wide) you can mirror what's happening on your phone/tablet screen onto the TV wirelessly via an Apple TV - whether that's showing photos, YouTube videos, games, films - anything you might want to show someone/some people on a bigger screen.
    09-11-2013 04:37 PM
  11. m3kk's Avatar
    I'm curious, what is a link to the TV used for from the phone besides games, it movies?
    I use it like this : go to a site I want to look at etc then press share to Xbox. Maybe a free streaming website etc..

    I would LOVE the way iphone-atv works ! Just plain screen mirror over WiFi! Would be really awesome! please smartglass, do something similar!
    09-11-2013 04:41 PM
  12. Kellzea's Avatar
    Just got an rt. Its awesome.

    Hardest thing is remembering its not a laptop lol. Tale the keyboard off and its a magic tablet, put it on and its an office machine.
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    09-11-2013 04:49 PM
  13. azcruz's Avatar
    Thanks for the tips.

    When I said 'text editor' - I meant for coding, not word processing! Word isn't really what I need in this case, unfortunately, good though it is.
    I use Code Writer.

    Sent from my LT25i using Tapatalk 4
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    09-11-2013 07:20 PM
  14. evilrob's Avatar
    I use Code Writer.
    Cheers - how does this compare with NotepadRT? Or did you strike gold with Code Writer and not tried any others?
    09-11-2013 07:25 PM
  15. azcruz's Avatar
    I didn't try anything else. I was looking for vi when I found this.

    Sent from my LT25i using Tapatalk 4
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    09-11-2013 07:38 PM
  16. evilrob's Avatar
    I didn't try anything else. I was looking for vi when I found this.
    This may or may not be of interest to you:
    Vim for liberated WinRT - xda-developers
    09-11-2013 07:52 PM
  17. azcruz's Avatar
    I use Lemmy, Vim, WinVI on x86 platform, and that suffice when I'm on my Acer. Thanks for the link.
    09-11-2013 09:14 PM
  18. Leahtt's Avatar
    I use Code Writer.

    Sent from my LT25i using Tapatalk 4
    I'm an iPad 3 owner who is looking to go to a Windows tablet, but not sure which one yet.
    I use Textastic for both writing html and css, so am interested in Code Writer, but what do you use for ftp?

    Have a Mac Book Pro supplied for editing booklets, pamphlets etc. and wondering if the RT and Word would handle an A5 sized booklet of 60 pages with lots of photos, with up to eight in colour?

    Thanks
    Donkey & Mule Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Donkey & Mule Protection Trust
    09-11-2013 09:41 PM
  19. ag1986's Avatar
    RT won't, go Surface Pro or wait for the new Haswell units.
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    09-12-2013 01:18 AM
  20. dylk's Avatar
    Using surface rt with 8.1, amazing device. People underrate it on here. Everyone in person lives the thing.
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    09-12-2013 01:57 AM
  21. nasellok's Avatar
    The only thing Surface RT will not be able to do is stream Time Warner TV - no app yet (but be aware that all streaming websites will work, CBS, NBC, ABC, WatchESPN, HBO GO, etc). You also will not be able to play the great games that are on the IOS platform, simply because they are not yet available on the Windows store (Note - Asphault just came available, so shows that Gameloft games will be available in the future). I really want EA to release their mobile games on Windows - Tiger Woods, Madden, FIFA, NFS, Real Racing, etc......EA, are you listening to me (lol)

    Other than those reasons, you will find that you use you ipad, pretty much never after you get Surface RT. The Windows 8.1 interface is so much better than the boring IOS. The fact that the desktop is still there for simple tasks such as file management, and for MS office, just make this thing that much better. Add to that the fact that you can use Native Remote Desktop instead of LOGMEIN........LIGHT YEARS BETTER. If your PC is running windows 8, it supports all gestures, and syncs perfectly. I have my home PC and tablet with the same backgrounds, so you cannot even tell when your in RDP.

    XBOX music is awesome, works really well. I am on Verizon, and have an old Galaxy Nexus (im waiting for the 1020 to come to Verizon). Google Play Music, spotify, and Pandora all crash my phone. XBOX music seems to work flawlessly.....how this works better than google I don't know, but it works great. Not to mention that the web player works great on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and you have your answer.
    09-12-2013 12:28 PM
  22. rdubmu's Avatar
    On iOS, in certain applications (not system-wide) you can mirror what's happening on your phone/tablet screen onto the TV wirelessly via an Apple TV - whether that's showing photos, YouTube videos, games, films - anything you might want to show someone/some people on a bigger screen.
    I don't think this works with Windows, Windows phone and xbox. I have an imac, apple tv, my wife uses an ipad and her iphone .I use a Lumia 920, Surface Pro, my iMac and apple TV plus xbox.

    the iMac, Apple TV, ipad, and iphone all stream to the apple tv. The imac I can stream and it actually shows my desktop.

    On xbox, there is no solution like this that I have found, it might be on the xbone but that hasn't been released yet.
    09-12-2013 07:39 PM
  23. mms-pc's Avatar
    Actually I don't consider myself "switching" from ipad to Surface RT, in fact I keep them both, the convenience of file management on Surface RT is so overwhelming, ipad just cannot compare with it, since I mostly use Surface RT for PDF books reading and video clips playback, and including some video gaming. Both tablets can handle these tasks, but when it comes to transferring PDF books, video clips from my desktop to tablets, Surface RT wins a lot, because all I need to do is to copy files to a USB drive and copy it to Surface RT, while I'll have to use iTunes to transfer files to ipad, which takes too long, not as convenient as Surface RT. The reason I keep ipad is for some apps, I have to admit, some software developers just don't want to develop apps for Win8/RT, in that case having an ipad is very useful.
    09-13-2013 01:53 AM

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