Microsoft Surface

5.0
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Reviewed by TzCzar (Currently owns)

The Verge review, surprisingly, is actually rather generous. I've had it since release and I'd give it 5-ish.

The hardware is 'pretty good'. Although the casing is very good - tough and it doesn't look like it's going to scratch - there is massive light leakage from the USB socket because there's no back to it. Dust will get in and if you spill your coffee, it's all over. This is not tough like a phone, it's a laptop. I like the proportions though. Turns out, 16:9 is really, really good for web-surfing, Office and watching movies.

It's Windows that's the real problem... it still sucks. Where Windows Phone is buttery smooth, RT stutters. It's not a show stopper but it is all over and right from the start: When you switch on a Windows Phone and tap the lock screen, it bounces playfully, inviting you to swipe up and unlock it. With RT, after a slight lag, the lock screen staggers up and then just drops. And the screen rotate, doesn't. After a slight lag, it does a little zoom-in then there's a flash and it's re-orientated. Jarring.

The system apps (mail, people, xbox, etc) look like prototypes. There's little else to say there except Windows Phone stock apps never, ever crash. These do. It's occasional but it happens. Internet Explorer however, is top-notch.

As you can tell, I had expected this to be a big Windows Phone... I got Windows: A serviceable tool. For now, I'll Blu Tack the USB socket and wait for an update.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 7
  • Display 6
  • Camera(s) 5
  • Speakers 6
  • Performance 3
  • Software 3
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 3
  • Dock 7
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