Microsoft Surface 2 Windows 8 Tablet

There is so much to gripe about the first version of Microsoft’s own slate in the name of Surface. To mention some, we have a big battery issue, limited warehouse of apps to use and enjoy, and the lack of support for legacy Windows apps (at least for the RT version of the surface). Moreover, the previous Surface was also not cheap, and with a lot of limits, it was something you would just turn your head away despite your love for the Windows environment. Thankfully, the new Surface 2 has arrived, and at least, it has slashed off some of those limitations.

Starting with, the Surface 2 of Microsoft still looks virtually the same and unlike any other slates out there, meaning, you cannot mistake it to a tablet of other make and model. But moving forward, we are happy to see the same robust build. Furthermore, when you hold this Surface 2 in your hand, the slate now feels much stronger and more durable, probably to a sharper or more refined design. The Surface 2 weighs 1.5pounds, and measures a decent dimension set of 10.8×6.8×0.35inches. So far, and to say this, the Surface 2 is at least the friendliest of all Surfaces I’ve ever encountered.

There’s the same Kickstand as well that you can adjust between the increments of 24-degrees or 45-degrees for more comfortable viewing; I must be honest that I still looked for more angles here (free-angle tilting, maybe?). Nevertheless, the usual screw heads that we’ve encountered with the first Microsoft Surface before are now visibly gone, giving room to the sheer durable material. Along with the change also is the relocation of the SD card slot; at least we are happy that Microsoft wanted to keep the expansion slot easily available and within reach.

But the Microsoft Surface 2 is running Windows RT. I feel too harsh to use the word ‘but’ but I actually mean it because of the range of limitations more than the capabilities we are expecting of it. Not being a full-blown Windows 8.1 experience, we cannot—still—use and enjoy legacy Windows apps that we downloaded for our Windows 7 PCs back home. Though yes, Microsoft wants to please us by punching in a full-featured MS Office + touch-optimized Outlook in this Surface 2, that’s still not enough as we do not really expect to spend the whole day doing Office in this slate.

Yes, there’s the marketplace where you can download paid and free apps, but the load isn’t just enough if you’d compare it with that of Amazon, Google, or Apple. That limit in compatibility does not necessarily end to an incapable or amputated device. First, I must still be candid to say that the intrusion of Windows 8.1’s new features into the RT system is a real welcome. Plus, the camera app has also been improved that it added some useful and even amazing photo-editing capabilities. Settings are now easier to reach, and your apps are now at least a swipe away. Then of course, much like we complained before, there’s now the Start button that allows you to quickly access the Control Panel, for example.

Better than these, the Microsoft Surface 2 is more likely to be used for gaming—at least to this year’s latest release. The quad-core 1.7GHz NVidia Tegra 4 processor is a mean punch. No, it is not really the latest technology, but when you pair it with an abundant 2GB of RAM plus a 72-core GPU, gaming is at least a strong selling point to market about in this slate. Other features include a 1080p display at 208 ppi, choice of 32/64GB internal storage, 5MP main camera plus an improved 3.5MP front-facing camera, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a battery life that works more or less 10 hours for a continuous offline movie playback. If you are looking for some cellular capabilities, I think for now you are barking at the wrong tree.

Lastly, you can still avail of the Touch and Type Covers 2 at $119.99 and $129.99 respectively. These covers are also slightly revamped to improve comfort and responsiveness, though I still see them as still incomparable with a real ultrabook experience particularly with the touchpad. The backlighting feature for both versions are strong selling points, but still, they are expensive.

If you want to push your legacy Windows apps into the Surface 2, then choose the Surface Pro 2 that offers a full-version Windows 8.1 experience. At a higher price, sadly, you get some more limitations like the loss of the free MS Office, a less-capable battery life, and a slightly bulkier body.

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows 8 Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 20,000 (Starting Price)

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