Surface Pro 3..rant

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I just had the Surface Pro 3 delivered. I already have a Pro2 and was going to sell it after moving all my stuff to the Pro3. But not anymore.

Pro3 unlike Pro2 is not a tablet. I use my Pro2 daily for a couple of hours on bed, lying flat, holding it about a foot away from my face. Pro3 is too big to fit comfortably in hands(I don't have small hands) and is too big to look at that distance.
And the start button is placed at an awkward position and I hit it accidentally multiple times. Perhaps they should move the start button to the side, besides the volume rocker like some other Windows tablets.

Pro2 has excellent speakers. The best ones I've ever heard on a laptop/tablet. Pro3's feel cheaper. They are better placed on the Pro3, facing in-front instead of sideways as on Pro2. But Pro2 sounds much crisper and balanced. Speakers on Pro3 feel louder, probably because they are front facing, but they also sound washed out.

Charger on Pro3 keeps falling off with the slightest pull. Charger on Pro2 isn't great either but it sticks tighter.

The new keyboard and trackpad are a lot better and I was surprised that they do connect to Pro2 as well. Obviously the bigger keyboard looks stupid with the Pro2 but kudos to Microsoft for maintaining connector compatibility.

Pro3 is super light though and is a great ultrabook. Infact the best. But its not a tablet.
I'm now going to give this Pro3 to my Dad who was looking for a new laptop. I'll stick with my Pro2 and hope that Microsoft does better with the Pro4.
 

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You know, I bet that if you had read a bit more about the Surface 3 and had gone to have hands on with this tablet before you bought it, you would have known all of these things.

Just sayin.
 

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But im living proof that it is a tablet...and awesome at it
Power to you

You know, I bet that if you had read a bit more about the Surface 3 and had gone to have hands on with this tablet before you bought it, you would have known all of these things.
I did go to my nearest MS store and try it multiple times. But it was only after the first few hours of use when my thumb began to hurt that I realized its shortcomings. As for the sound quality, you cannot really judge that in an already noisy store.
Ironically, I wouldn't have trusted any online reviews if they said anything bad. Being a happy and satisfied Pro2 owner, I trusted MS that Pro3 would be a great and even better device.
 

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All of these are minor, personal-preference issues that could have been sorted out if you'd taken one damn look at a real SP3 before purchasing. Other than the sound thing. The sound thing is just you being crazy.
 

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You guys are being too hard on him. I think his concerns are justified. They are personal concerns, but small details can be deal breakers.
 

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As the MS rep told me, it's not the best tablet, and not the best laptop. It's the best something between. I like mine!

Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android on a BlackBerry Z30
 

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Power to you


I did go to my nearest MS store and try it multiple times. But it was only after the first few hours of use when my thumb began to hurt that I realized its shortcomings. As for the sound quality, you cannot really judge that in an already noisy store.
Ironically, I wouldn't have trusted any online reviews if they said anything bad. Being a happy and satisfied Pro2 owner, I trusted MS that Pro3 would be a great and even better device.

I think the tablet is perfect....your thumbs are actually the shortcomings, not sure if fixable
 

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If you don't like the design of the Pro 3, seemingly the size being the issue, then I suggest that the 2 might be the last one you get for a long time (and possibly the last one period). The 3 has been selling magnificently, and it actually fits the 'tablet that can replace your laptop' mantra. I don't see them changing the size for a while and I don't personally think they're going to make it smaller (maybe thinner and lighter somehow, but not the screen being smaller).
 

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If you don't like the design of the Pro 3, seemingly the size being the issue, then I suggest that the 2 might be the last one you get for a long time (and possibly the last one period). The 3 has been selling magnificently, and it actually fits the 'tablet that can replace your laptop' mantra. I don't see them changing the size for a while and I don't personally think they're going to make it smaller (maybe thinner and lighter somehow, but not the screen being smaller).

I agree with you that Pro3 is a bigger success than 2. Just hoping that they release 2 different screen sizes in next iteration. I may just get a fruitpad otherwise.
 

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I agree with you that Pro3 is a bigger success than 2. Just hoping that they release 2 different screen sizes in next iteration. I may just get a fruitpad otherwise.

If an iPad can replace your Pro, then you likely should just hope they release a new RT tablet with a 10.6" screen and call it good. That being said, I doubt they're going to release two models of Pro. Nadella has been upfront about the fact that hardware isn't their focus. The best you can hope for is an RT device and a Pro.
 

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I'm really happy with my Pro 3. Having owned every iPad on the market the Pro 3 really fills my needs. It's a great laptop and a great tablet. For me the size is perfect and I don't find it awkward to hold at all (I read comics and books on it) In fact for comics the size is perfect. I even use PS on it. I'm very satisfied.
 

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If an iPad can replace your Pro, then you likely should just hope they release a new RT tablet with a 10.6" screen and call it good. That being said, I doubt they're going to release two models of Pro. Nadella has been upfront about the fact that hardware isn't their focus. The best you can hope for is an RT device and a Pro.

An iPad or RT can't replace a Pro. But if I can't use Pro as a tablet, then I must buy another tablet. And I would choose iPad over RT any day. Windows Store is horribly lacking in good quality apps. It's way worse than their own Windows Phone store.
 

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An iPad or RT can't replace a Pro. But if I can't use Pro as a tablet, then I must buy another tablet. And I would choose iPad over RT any day. Windows Store is horribly lacking in good quality apps. It's way worse than their own Windows Phone store.

Woah, woah.

If the Windows Store doesn't have the apps you need, how were you going to use the Pro 3 as a tablet in the first place?
 

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Woah, woah.

If the Windows Store doesn't have the apps you need, how were you going to use the Pro 3 as a tablet in the first place?

It has few apps that I use not all. But RT tablets are way too slow. With a faster Pro2 that I can use both as a tablet and laptop, I sacrifice a bit on screen size and use iphone for other apps.
 

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It has few apps that I use not all. But RT tablets are way too slow. With a faster Pro2 that I can use both as a tablet and laptop, I sacrifice a bit on screen size and use iphone for other apps.
If I may ask, what tablet aspects of the Pro2 does that is better than the Pro3?
 

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