Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part V: Conclusion

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part V: Conclusion

From the day that that the iPad was announced I have been excited about the potential for tablet computing.  Over time I have become even more convinced of the benefits of mobile tech for our work.  The importance of the combination of instant on, low powered ARM processors, solid state storage, and touch based interaction cannot be over emphasized. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part V: Conclusion”

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Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part IV: Ecosystem

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part IV: Ecosystem

I’m going to continue with what could be considered another tangent, but like the company’s philosophy, it has many implications for how the device can be used.  In nature, an ecosystem is the environment around an organism that allows it to eat, breathe and live.  A computing device also relies on outside influences to make it useful.  This is why a company can come out with a brilliant device and it can flop, or a mediocre device and it can sell like hotcakes. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part IV: Ecosystem”

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part III: Software

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part III: Software

The first word that I could think of to describe Windows RT on the Surface, and still the best word that I have come up with is fluid.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the Windows 8 app design does not think in terms of screen size, but rather just flows off the edge of the screen.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, just swipe right to left and scroll until you find what you want. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part III: Software”

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part II: Hardware

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part II: Hardware

I was actually very impressed with the hardware of the Surface RT.  This surprised me since I already had an iPad and Apple is well known for their high quality hardware.  The Surface RT felt solid and light.  What is really interesting is that when holding the Surface and the iPad at the same time I can tell that the Surface is heavier, but when separated the Surface feels lighter. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part II: Hardware”

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part I: Philosophy

Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part I: Philosophy

There are probably hundreds of reviews of the Microsoft Surface RT already out there.  Most of them are looking at it from a pretty broad angle, but no review takes place in a vacuum.  As an IT person working for a Bible translation organization, I am specifically interested in what this will mean for our work.  I am not new to tablet computing, but have already had an iPad for two and a half years and there are many obvious comparisons. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface RT Review, Part I: Philosophy”