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I bought my surface last summer and love, love, love it! I have had no problems with the battery and love having MS Office products on it. I purchased the optional type keyboard and use it just as I would my regular laptop. The App Store is somewhat limited, but I have been able to find most of the apps I need. My younger daughter has an iPad mini but constantly is asking me to use my Surface 2! My husband loved my Surface 2 so much he bought one for himself and hardly uses his laptop anymore. I am thinking of purchasing a Surface 2 for my older daughter for school work as she is constantly borrowing mine for her school work.
Not a fan of Windows 8. It is difficulty to use and navigate. The battery life is no where near the life of major Competitor. Like the ability to have Microsoft Office software and USB port. Not convinced that I will keep as the pluses do not outweigh the negatives.
Finally a real productivity tablet. I see some reviews around battery not charging, which happened with my device too, but after updating the software by letting it do the auto update, and a couple of restarts later (as usual with windows software) it has been running like a charm.
I have 2 iPads at home, but this is my preferred device to do anything meaningful.
The apps are a disappointment, but if you have a browser and also can connect a standard keyboard and mouse with a USB, it more than compensates.
With an optional keyboard, it is a tablet as well as a computer. Small, light, easy to carry everywhere. Office RT included, great value. Screen revolution of 1080p is equal to my 46" TV.
Like: Nice screen, Office RT included, uses Window 8.1 RT, memory expandability with micro SD slot and USB drive.
I bought it few weeks ago, it does not allow to install some applications like Google Chrome! Also limited variety of applications, not as many as Apple Store or Android.
The store staff recommended this as a good product. I was looking for something with a USB port so this was perfect. Got home and plugged it in but it said battery not charging. Went back and returned it.
I have been trying to make iPad 4th gen work with me for 2 years but finally got tired and bought Surface 2. I knew that RT OS is limited and picked it on purpose. First, RT devices are thinner, lighter and have no active cooling. Second, you cannot run any software if it is not signed by MS so it is more secure device.
Real office, Outlook, OneNote, nice touch friendly light email client, battery life, two apps on a screen, share/settings charm, real Internet Explorer (important for me), super fast OS, quality, weight, USB port rocks, VGA/HDMI adapter for presentations, OneDrive integration (try it on your laptop too)
Cons: no silverlight, no Cisco apps/tools, no google apps (there are couple goods third party ones though), App Store is pretty empty still, MS button (I just don't like it), didn't find a pdf app that would work with me, low quality sound compare to iPad
Summary: iPad is way better personal device (social networks, music, video, and other entertainment). Surface 2 is way better business device (office, no stupid Apple limitations like no capability of attaching files to emails, no USB, limited browser, etc)
PS If you got a device and it is not charging, you should do: 1. Plug it in, turn on, change time and data settings to today. 2. Keep it plugged in. 3. Reboot. 4. If it is not charging still, turn it off, flip the connector and try again. Keep flipping the power connector and rebooting the device (usually 2-3 times) until it started charging. I returned three devices until one smart bestbuy fellow shown me the trick.
Don't buy the device for all the social. Buy it for work/school
This tablet has un-disclosed hardware/driver errors that even Microsoft support cannot help you out when you encounter the error.
I purchased 2 Surface tablets last year. One of them died a couple of months ago and I got a free replacement from Microsoft. All personal data was lost.
The other one died yesterday one week after my warranty period had expired. The symptoms were exactly the same. Looping to recover boot with no recovery. I have to discard my Surface 2 with 64 G memory that I had paid over $[...] for it last year. All my data is gone with it. It is a handy tablet as long as it works. It can die on you for no reason (low quality hardware/software inside).
Microsoft Surface Support is great but most of the time their advice is to replace the tablet. You get a free replacement only if your warranty is still valid.
Bought this one and used it for four days but eventually returned it. Excellent battery, great looks and V. good Camera. It's a good choice if you are mainly looking for a tablet that can run full version of MS office 2013 such as doing PPT presentations and using excel and word. The reason I returned it is that it's not good at all in handwriting using a stylus and that was my main reason for buying a tablet. You will end up with a choppy not smooth lines whether you use a rubber tip nib or the jot point stylus. There is also no palm detection so you can not rest your hands over the screen while writing.
It is windows RT people think of this as a tablet not a complete windows OS; do people not know how to read. I have had a surface RT for two years and love it. Do use the keyboard sometimes but most the time treat it as a tablet. Yes apps store is limiting but does work great and still holding a charge. Have also used surface pro's as a full laptop but they are a lot more money. The build quality is there with these units.
This product is a fantastic product if you are using it for work or school related purposes. I have started using this product for school, which I had bought a bit after school started and received views from people who already had the product, which many have recommended to get (they even had the older version of the surface, but some had the newer version as well). If you are going to use this as something for school to prevent carrying a laptop and paying for the Microsoft office, I would highly recommend this product. Otherwise, if you are going to use it for personal use and download a ton of games and apps, then there is no point of this product for you. Otherwise, I've had no problem with this product and I have been loving my surface the day I got it (2 weeks ago) and I use it daily, its great for typing up lectures and you get both a tablet and a desktop layout; best of both worlds.
I bought this over a year ago worked great from out the box. No issue with battery charging or life watched 2 full length movies on last flight and still plenty of power left. Fast internet connection built in programs work well. I can recommend this product is it perfect no is it better than an iPad yes
This is the best tablet you can ever buy to use for work with Office and do everything except play games, unless it is a game from Microsoft store. This is way better than an apple ipad! comes with Office 2013 free!! awesome, I totalsy ly recommend!! it is easy to connect anything to it via usb and Bluetooth!
I am very pleased with my Surface 2. With all these bogus (mostly trollish) "reviews", I bet a lot of people would believe in what they read. The bottom line is: try it, use it, and you'll love it.
I have collected all kinds of tablets ipad air, ipad mini, asus, lenovo, and the stupid galaxy. The worst tablet ever is galaxy. It's slow, and it freezes all the time. It's true there are tons of apps with ipad, but there aren't any apps that I want. Surface 2 is fast, not like what those trolls complain about. And who cares about "legacy" software. The installed MS Office is perfect for me, and I am a heavy videogamer, not like those mindless andriod phone gamer. I play xbox one and 360, and the Smartglass (pre-installed) on Surface is perfect. Like playing Titanfall and COD, it displays the maps on the Surface. The audio is nice too, and somehow it sounds like surround sound (because of two speakers on each side). Reading books is excellent because of its wider screen. I have bought books and magazines from kindle and I can read them on Surface (the page turning effect is excellent). Again I don't understand why people would need firefox (which I hate even in my PC and it gets stuck all the time and I can't read anything from Britain or any countries that are not registered with firefox). Using internet explorer is fine for me, and you can use any search engine you like, if you don't bing. You can set up the first home page to whatever you like. Also, there is desktop option, you can always switch to it to do some file management, just like on a PC.
best tablet hands down
Bought a surface 2 at future shop got it home and it said battery not charging, ok no problem these things happen went back the next day and got another took it home and it said battery not connected. This product is garbage stay away.
Totally disappoint that microsoft would launch this with non fixable firmware (battery won't power up) problems. Thought of moving to Surface Pro 3 but it has the same problems with a fix online-What a way to launch two problematic hardware problems. Lost me forever-went with Apple.
Thanks-us consumers need to conserver their money for things that actually work for the prices we pay.
Fran Barresi-However the microsoft employee's show excellance in helping the customer get the best bang for their dollars.
No complaint with the help I received from Microsoft employee.
Ok so I had a $400 credit in store I thought I would Break down and buy a Microsoft Product being a Apple Man myself. I chatted with a sales agent on what I could get in Window 8 he suggested a Microsoft's Surface 2 over a Asus Touch screen laptop. Ok I took the Surface 2. Well I thought to myself I would be able to download Software other than Microsoft's App Store. NO you can't Windows 8.1 rt is a knock down version of the big Windows 8! Lesson learned! Not a happy Customer!
I actually love this tablet. Yes, I had to return two previously owned Surface 2 tablets for battery related defects, but a defective batch has nothing to do with the quality of the item. Especially if it begins to work. I've had a working model for about a month now, and as a college student it's literally everything I wanted. It's a self contained work horse that possesses a functionality unmatched in any tablet I've seen on the market. From drawing chemical equations on my typed up notes in OneNote to writing philosophy papers on Word and even split screening Internet Explorer RT with Netflix for my online film studies class, this tablet lets me do it all. Call the OS clunky if you're not used to the tile system, but lets be honest: once you learn your way around it, like anything else that's new to you, it's pretty easy to work with.
For functional purposes, I'd go with this over a Galaxy or iPad any day.
In fact, I'm writing this review on it right now! The touch cover is quite an amazing addition.
The ONE drawback, which is one I expect to disintegrate over time, is that the app store is limited. A small games library, missing a few prominent social media apps, but other than that, live tile support is great for the apps that exist. I can get updated scores on any major league sports game I want without hitting anything other than the Windows Home button and scrolling on the tile page. Xbox Live support is cool if you have an Xbox, like I do.
And what other tablet has expandable memory?!
Don't let the rotten lemons spoil your whole bunch. Yes they just released a defective batch. Yes I had to exchange it a few times myself. But it was only relegated to Surface 2s, and they're releasing a fresh batch that don't have the battery issue we've all had to deal with recently.
I say if you're considering this table for work or school, it should definitely be in your top picks. If you're looking at a leisure tablet, you may be slightly disappointed at this time of writing.
DO NOT PURCHASE THIS UNIT. Does not operate without power cord, Does not charge, does not allow for firmware update without full charge. Pointless.
The price is attractive but the os is horrible. Windows rt is clumbsy. I bought this to write notes at work and the hand writing capabilities are horrible. The ms store is terribly lacking as well. Will return for a samsung note.
We bought 5 for family gifts, and 4 would not take a batttery charge. Only one tablet charged normally. The battery was not seen on 2 of the 4, and the other 2 would not charge but the battery was detected. I wasn't the first with this problem.
Just bought this tablet on sale yesterday. Very impressed. Built extremely well, solid feel, nice screen. I was a little wary of getting a windows tablet with all the negative press they seem to get. But after using it I actually love it. Windows 8 sucks on a desktop but SHINES on the Surface 2. I got it on sale for $[...]and it also includes Microsoft Office free so with OneDrive I can easily sync with my laptop to do work on the go. If you are wondering about getting the Surface 2 I would recommend it! However, if all you want your tablet for is games and trendy apps I would go for an Android or Ipad. The Windows store does have some good apps/games but not the quantity of Android/Apple...
No windows media player included. Only [....] on the app store. Xbox Live is the bad player included. My videos from my home computer (windows 7) are not playable on this garbage. 2 years free storage in the cloud, which the don't tell you the charge for getting it back 2 years in. Google chrome won't function, you can load it, but it won't work. Firefox likewise. App store doesn't have much on the shelves. I hope you like Bing.
I'd say it is the best tablet out there. It is great for surfing the web and checking your social networks and emails. What needs to be noted is that this is not a laptop so it will not run most programs for school or work. The App store is also still developing so apps are very limited. If you want something for school to take notes on them I recommend this product ( just buy the real surface keyboard with it, not the touch keyboard) if you are looking to use AutoCAD or PhotoShop then buy a lap top.
Definitely worth the purchase price of [....] this weekend and just in time for back to school use. The tablet runs smoothly and able to do everything my laptop can do.
Small, compact, and ready to go anywhere you need to go.
The tablet in itself is very good. The kickstand was a nice touch and it's speed is pretty fast for its price. Its build quality is amazing, but there is one problem, Windows RT. You won't be able to download any applications from the internet except from the lackluster Microsoft Store. If anything, stay away from this and get the Surface Pro 2 or 3 instead of this piece of garbage.
Recently bought this to type my notes for lectures. I haven't used it in class yet (because there's no school yet) but I've been playing around with it. So far, it works fantastic. The battery life is long (around 8 hours from my count) which is perfect for long classes. It also comes with Microsoft Office for free, and - being the main reason for purchasing it - it has been incredibly useful. As an English major, the included Office is perfect. The tablet in itself is small, and paired with the Type Cover I know it'll be so much better using this for lectures rather then my massive laptop.
Keep in mind, it doesn't run full Windows. It runs Windows RT, which means you can't download third party software from the internet. You can only download things from the app store. The only downside is that the Windows Store is incredibly limited in its apps, but I'm hoping it'll grow soon. No, you can't download iTunes (which is really disappointing) or any browser other than Internet Explorer but since I'll be using this for my classes only, it'll prove to be helpful in keeping me focused and not distracted.
So far I'm very happy with my surface and would recommend it to those who don't mind using Windows RT and not the full Windows.
Cosmetically and structurally this tablet is well designed. However, the Windows RT operating system renders it virtually useless. Windows RT only supports Windows applications purchased from the Windows store! It does NOT support iTunes. It does NOT support Photoshop. It does NOT support VLC (a powerful media player). With the exception of Microsoft Office, Windows RT does NOT support any of the applications installed upon your Windows desktop or laptop. Richard Windsor, who runs the Radio Free Mobile consultancy, is quoted as stating: "I have long suspected that Windows RT will be killed off sooner rather than later. Always one to treat hot potatoes delicately, Microsoft has not explicitly said that RT will be terminated but has made it very clear that there will not be three operating systems. Windows RT is an orphan child that sits between Windows 8 and Windows Phone and is neither fish nor fowl. Hence the devices that are based on it are underpowered with hideously limited functionality on the desktop making them inferior to both Android and iOS tablets."
Be aware that this is a Win 8.1 RT machine - it doesn't do everything that a Win 8.1 machine will do.
IE 11 works intermittently with many of the websites that I visit - things like dropdown menus don't work, in-context windows don't work.
Many Microsoft products don't work - Media Player, Streets and Trips.
You can't get Chrome for this machine.
There's no GPS - a real surprise to me - and apparently you can't add an external one because there's no software that runs with one.
Fascinating tablet, much much better then android
My only complaint is that the speaker could be a little louder... Everything else about the Surface 2 exceeded my expectations. Buy it.
I purchased the Surface to replace my Blackberry Playbook. I have had it for 3 months now and if far exceeds executions. Windows 8 - 8.2 is built for a touch device and it works great with the Surface. Fast start-up and shut-down. Tablet is quickly available even from a cold start.
What most people don't realize is the added value that comes with it. By itself the Surface 2 (RT) would be a great tablet. But it comes with the RT version of office which gets your Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and probably the best Office app now - OneNote. This alone is worth a couple hundred dollars. Add to that 200GB of Skydiver for 2 years so you can try it out without reservation. Plus Skype including a one year subscription to Skype Unlimited World Subscription. That's worth some money too.
Then you get access to the Windows app. It's true there are not as many as with Apple but how many do you really use. The Bento news app is great and they have some great weather apps to choose from. Love the live tile on the Start menu as it works as a great interactive launch point.
Then if you have an XBOX there is the XBOX 360 or XBOX One app that allows you to use the Surface as a remote for your XBOX and push video to your TV.
This is not a Wacom tablet but you can purchase the Jot Pro fine point stylus to finer control or writing. I have not tried this yet but have purchased one for my wife and her Surface.
I already have 2 and am gong to get my sister one so we can Skype on a regular basis.
Highly recommend the Surface. Remember you are getting more that just a tablet when you by the surface.
And don't forget to pair it with a Touch or Type cover. I prefer the Type cover which has a very natural keyboard feel and allows me to type at about 65 WPM easily.
Surface 2 is beautiful, but Microsoft has some work left to do on it! It is very difficult to set up, and gave a challenge even for the store tech where I bouht it. Skype is practially unusable, unless you open up the Microsoft account, which screws up your previous Skype name and account. I took the tablet back to store for my refund, and feel sorry for the one week I lost trying to get it working. (But it is beautiful...)
After much consideration I bought the Surface 2 32GB over the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. However, I ended up bringing it back and getting an iPad Air. Here's why.
I loved the Windows 8.1 RT interface - the tiles are awesome. I thought having Word, Excel and PowerPoint would be great as well, but I never opened them once. The camera stopped working on me a couple of times and I had to restart to get it working again. Then Skype, which Microsoft owns and comes installed by default, did not work. This was when I started questioning the Surface. Not that I'm huge on Apps, but I found the app store didn't have enough selection for myself.
Overall I think it was a very nice tablet, especially if you are gonna be using Office, but that's not what I wanted. Also, my computer is a Mac and I have Apple TV. You cannot (yet) get software that streams from Windows 8.1 RT to the Apple TV.
Great tablet, but not for my home.
Bought this for my girlfriend and she loves it! She was looking for something beyond her ultrabook that should could comfortable use on the sofa, in bed and on the road. IPad was out for her as she still uses a lot of flash based websites, she wasn't big on Android, had bad experiences with it early on. The Surface 2 does everything she wants it to do and it does it very well.
I've read a lot of people knocking the Surface 2 (non Pro) for not running full Windows but it's all on how you look at it, which is it's a tablet with a desktop feel to it. Considering all she ever does on her Ultrabook is Word, Excel, OneNote, browse web, listen to music and watch movies, the Surface has pretty much replaced her ultrabook.
I'm pretty impressed with it as well, working in IT, I've borrowed it from her a few times to VPN into the office to fix a problem or too. What I like personally is the browser feels more like a desktop browser and the biggest plus on it is the keyboard and how easy it is to attach/detatch. that's one thing they absolutely got right! Also I'd recommend type Type Cover 2, we started with the Touch Cover but she didn't like it and ended up exchanging it for the Type Cover for the "real keyboard" feel. If there is one negative comment I could give about this tablet, it's that they should include the keyboard for free.
LOVE IT!! Very user friendly and a joy to work with! Bought it for work related reasons but also fun to use for personal enjoyment. I am so happy I bought this over iPad which is never user friendly in regards to work related reasons.
As a student, I recommend this product to anyone who is seeking for a tablet. Internet Explorer 11 works flawlessly. Office is very useful and productive. Free landline Skype and 200GB of SkyDrive over 2 years are great offers. Performance-wise, it it impossible to slow Surface 2 down because Tegra 4 is so powerful. Port-wise, it has a mimi-HDMI output for presentations, it has USB 3.0 for fast file transfer, it has a microSD card slot for extra storage. People, time to switch (from iPad to Surface).
Let's make one thing clear, this is not an iPad replacement. The iPad on it's own is an excellent tablet. The Windows Surface 2 is for those people who want to be able to do work on the go. With Office available, and the best keyboard solution for a tablet (IMO the tablet without the keyboard is pointless), it's an amazing productivity tool.
Other things of note that I like about this are the screen, the home screen (I think it's called Metro or something like that), the battery life is decent, weight is okay, heavier then the iPad but personally isn't an issue with me.
Where it can be improved: App store - Microsoft needs to get more apps on there asap. Especially hotel, airline, any travel based apps for the businessmen and women on the go.
The name - Windows Surface 2....
I like the gestures in the iPad, especially to close the apps, I wish Microsoft borrowed the concept. Closing apps here is a bit of a drag
I'm incredibly happy with my Surface 2. I also recently got a big, powerful HP Envy 17.3" laptop and have been using my Surface more- I've been using my Surface more than I use my iPad Mini or my Sony Vaio desktop for that matter. It runs smooth as butter. The display is superb, full office is an incredible add on, and it's great that I can use a micro HDMI to HDMI cable (no adapter needed if you have the cable- I had one for my old BB PlayBook) to attach to my TV for watching Netflix- no need for Apple TV or another workaround and I can view anything on the web that way. USB 3.0- FULL SIZE- is an amazingly useful feature too as it gives you access to a huge universe of peripherals impossible to consider on an iPad or Android tablet. It's also just beautiful kit. Very, very happy with this purchase.
I like the surface a lot but there seem to be some bugs that need to be worked out and of course you don't have the same apps as the iPad. However the PowerPoint and word programs are great!!
I was looking for a tablet for a while and I finally decided to get a surface 2. I am really enjoying it a lot. The hardware is incredible and feels great in your hands. Kickstand is useful. The only downside is software support. Not that many apps in the store but I'm sure that will improve as more people get this great device.
I love my Surface 2, its fast and slick......great job Microsoft...I'm thinking of buying one for my daughter for xmas...
also thanks for the great service Best Buy place Rosemere....
I work in the tech industry and pretty much have every type of laptop, tablet and smartphone at my disposal. Whether it be the latest iPad or Nexus Android tablet, I use them all. I must say, I really had hope for the original Surface RT (2012), but it fell a tad short at the time - Microsoft nailed it this time. Since using tablets, I've rarely used them for truly productive purposes, when it was time for real work, our came the laptop (rarely EVER used an Android tablet for TRUE work :-). This last weekend, I was on a business trip and was somewhat caught off guard by how much the Surface 2 was up to the task, from Outlook, Excel to PowerPoint and Word, including Skype, which was flawless at keeping me connected through conference calls with the team back at the office - the Surface 2 was a business superstar. The productivity advantages alone would have been enough to convince me to write up a favorable review, but I was then pleasantly surprised by the little extras, xBox music for one, and the MicroSD slot which was available in the first version (wish iPad would add a slot), but is even more priceless today, as you can buy 64GB MicroSD card for under $50. There are so many little things Microsoft got right this time around. I would have liked to have seen some of the major vendors port their apps to RT Arm platform, e.g. Adobe, but I trust they will in due time. In my opinion, the Surface 2 will surprise many this holiday season.
Had an Apple 4th Gen with retina display. Although the Surface does not have that high a quality screen as retina, .... it didn't matter. Everything else about this worked better. Store selection is much better than a year ago, don't care about desktop apps anymore. USB port, stand, touch cover keyboard! Not using my iPad anymore, and unfortunately is turning into a paperweight.
The Surface 2 has done nothing but impress me. It is a good looking device, and is very high quality. I love the ability to expand the storage with an SD card, which I did immediately to 64 GB. I love the ability to plug in an external hard drive, and especially to take advantage of the USB 3.0 on my WD Passport. These things make the Surface feel like a very powerful do-anything device despite the fact that it doesn't run full Windows. There's more than enough apps to allow me to do things like access my music from anywhere, my videos and music locally and over the network using DNLA, or to have fun playing games (Halo!). Included Office is awesome. Screen is beautiful. Windows 8.1 brought improvements that are easy to appreciate. Short story: this thing is 10x more capable than an IPad, for less money. Makes buying a tablet seem like less of a frivolous "toy" purchase and more for something that is actually useful. Only complaint: the Touch Cover 2 has been out of stock since release date with no sign of that changing anytime soon.
productivity productivity productivity. Paired with the touch cover and office you couldn't ask for a netter tablet. The magnesium back is also a joy hold and fingerprint resistant.
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