Microsoft Surface

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Reviewed by Ty1361 (Currently owns)

Hey, look I got a "7" too.

Seriously, I love this device but I am reviewing it for what it is.

HARDWARE: The hardware is great! The VaperMg casing feels great in the hand and feels very premium. The kickstand opens with confidence and I am not worried I am going to break it unintentionally.

DISPLAY: Microsoft did a great job the the clear type display. When you look at it from 16+ inches away it really looks close to the retina display on the ipad in my personal opinion. At a closer look, you can definitely make out the pixels.

CAMERA: Video is pretty good, pictures are "meh" but who takes pictures with their tablet.

SPEAKERS: The speakers are surprisingly good. I had no issues that I have seen others review about.

PERFORMANCE: Performance is mostly good, streaming HD video can slow down occasional but will catch up in a few seconds and animations can be choppy while fast app switching.

SOFTWARE: The software is still buggy. Many of the stock apps crash on me pretty consistently. I found that sometimes when I open an app the arrow to go back just doesn't show up. At first I had no idea how to navigate an app. I was forced to close the app and restart before I realized that the arrow to move back (in an app) had been missing the whole time.

BATTERY LIFE: Amazing, with casual web browsing on the device I made it about 2 1/2 days before the device died on me.

ECOSYSTEM: Not a huge selection, but with Microsoft pushing metro so hard I am sure it is only a short matter of time. Also the store is comprised of mostly free apps, although the games are extremely expensive. $5 -$10

DOCK: The touch cover is pretty amazing. Works very well, although it takes a few days to get used to.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 9
  • Display 7
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Speakers 8
  • Performance 7
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 3
  • Dock 8
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