Living the ARM-based Life

In the last month, I've noticed a fundamental shift in my life to ARM-based devices, and the subsequent neglect of anything x86 and such that I may own.

I purchased a Microsoft Surface RT in November, after much thought and research on the iPad and a full Windows 8 laptop/hybrid. I was wary of becoming entrenched in the ARM ecosystem, knowing full well the potential issues with the lack of legacy support and even the failing of Windows RT/Surface. I carefully analyzed everything I did with my (behemoth) laptop and found that little to nothing I did required the use of legacy software. In essence, printing was the most important thing I needed. (Just for clarification, I am a high school student, so proper word processing with Office compatibility and the like is essential to my daily life.)

Upon receiving my Surface, the most I used my laptop was for transferring music. It was pretty quick and painless. Anyway, since then, I've had no need for an x86 computer, other than to edit a Publisher document on my father's laptop. It wasn't until a week or so ago that I realized my living experiment, switching into a completely ARM-based lifestyle. I use Remote Desktop at school to access my files there, I use Office like I always have, and I browse the Internet more easily than I ever had before.

So, between my HTC Titan and Microsoft Surface, I guess it has become a Microsoft-based life in a pretty stinkin' good ecosystem. SkyDrive has become prominent in everything I do, something I hadn't really messed with much before. My Xbox has become even more of an entertainment center. My Surface has become both my computer and my consumption-on-the-go device.

Basically, the experiment has gone well, and I can attest to the potential ARM-based PC replacement that is the Surface. But, hey, this isn't for everybody. There's a lot of maturing this platform has yet to accomplish, but based on my usage and how much it's actually improved in just the last month, I'm pretty optimistic in the potential in ARM, and it's cool to see where mobile devices are going these days.