Questions about Surface before purchase...
There are only a few questions I would like answered before I make up my mind and get a Surface device. So far I have decided that I will get a SurfaceRT tablet, because with Office '13 and the metro apps swiftly coming in to alleviate in remaining application needs I have, the more I realize that RT meets my needs well for a tablet.
The only questions I have left are:
- How is the battery life of the Surface RT models? I want to get at least 6 hours use out of it, I would prefer 8-10.
- What is the cost? Anything in the $400-$600 range is ok with me, so long as battery life is reflected in this price, the more battery I get out of it, the more I am willing to pay.
- Will the Touch-Cover be included? I'm fairly certain it won't be, but this is a big selling point for the Surface's and I would love to get one, but not for more than $40-$60
- Will other browsers be able to run on Windows RT? It seems like a no at this point, but I would like that to come out. For a mobile device, IE Metro should work fine, but if I connect a mouse and keyboard to that thing I would like to run Chrome or Firefox for a better controlled browser, or at least the choice to run them (to be specific, I am only asking for these browsers in Metro, I don't really care if they work on the desktop).
- How large is the WinRT install, is that included on the drive, and if so how much space is left? If there is the WinRT install + 32gb of user space, i'm fine. But if the WinRT install takes up more than 6-8gb then I will need to upgrade to the 64gb model.
- Will the video out support Extended Screen? or only mirror or External only? What resolutions will be supported?
- What level of connectivity with Windows Phone 8 will be available? I would love for there to be a "Phone Hub" in Windows 8 that will allow you to take calls on the tablet, receive data, answer texts, etc. (think blackberry bridge, but better) I won't be doing a ton of connectivity with my phone on my tablet, but some connectivity would be nice.
Feel free to respond with similar concerns, or answers to any of the above questions.