It comes as a bit of a surprise that when Microsoft is about to take over Nokia, Nokia released their new first ever tablet competing with their future owners themselves. And making it more interesting, Microsoft has released its new tablet the Microsoft Surface 2. The internal competition is heating up but we doubt Nokia will be coming up with another tablet now and the next one is surely going to be from Microsoft and Nokia’s collective stable. The market is heating up and we are enjoying a lot but we do not want you to be confused as to which tablet to buy. So we are going to review the Microsoft Surface 2 to check out if it really hold true for the values of the market and the company.
Build and Design:
The design on the Surface 2 is pretty decent using almost the same pattern as that of the Lumia 2520 since Windows needs a standard hardware and is not as customizable as Android. But overall the device is pretty well made with controls provided for everything including physical buttons along the side and a capacitive touch Windows start button. This though is a Wi-Fi only model and does not have a SIM card slot in it. So for the GSM expectationalists, this one is not for you. Also the tablet comes with a back rest and a keyboard which is usable for typing purposes and also provides extra battery backup.
The display on the device is pretty amazing. It boasts of a 10.6” TFT Capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 208 ppi. This is an amazing display with good colour reproduction and deep blacks as well. Just with the current trend going towards Ultra HD and Retina Displays, a bit more was expected from this tablet in that department.
The tablet is powered by the Nvidia powerhouse; the Tegra 4 T40 clocked at 1.7 GHz Cortex A-15 Quad Core. It is coupled with the ULP GeForce GPU which contains a record breaking 72 cores in it making this a huge competitor to the Snapdragon 800 totting tablets in the market. It also has USB 3.0 ports and USB Host support on it.
Memory & RAM:
On the memory front, the tablet is short of none as it comes in both 32 and 64 GB variants as well as has a 64 GB expandable Micro SD Card slot. It also comes with 2 GB RAM which is enough for running the device smoothly. So you can be sure that this device will do exactly what you want it to do and will not keep you waiting for anything.
The tablet runs on Microsoft’s own Windows RT which is a Windows OS specially designed and optimized for tablets and touch. It is based on the same kernel as Windows 8 and Windows Phone and Microsoft is even planning to combine Windows RT with Windows Phone in the next generation OS and name it Windows Phone 8.1 which will be optimized for both cell phones and tablets. It has all the apps available for Windows desktop so you can be sure that you will never be short of anything.
Camera on tablets is not so much a huge deal because they are not that widely used as much as those on cell phones. The reason being that the tablet being bulky, it is a lot of effort to hold the tab and click. But still the Surface 2 is equipped with a decent 5 MP camera which is capable of 1080p Full HD videos, which is awesome. Also there is a 3.5 MP front camera capable of 1080p Full HD videos for video chatting.
As for the battery, it does come with a non-removable battery which lasts for 8 hours easy on Wi-Fi. So since this is a Wi-Fi only device, then you can be sure that with moderate usage you can easily make this last for a single working day.
So all in all the Microsoft Surface 2 is a good tablet with great specs and a good enough battery life. And Windows RT out of the box means it is a good utility as well as entertainment package; though Microsoft has targeted it for the working class with free Office Suite in built and the works. So if you want a good tablet at a cheaper price than the iPads and with a bigger screen, ample space, good battery and easy to work on, then the Microsoft Surface 2 is for you. Here is a quick specs recap for you.
- Display: 10.6” TFT Capacitive Display
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Processor: 1.7 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad Core
- GPU: 72 core ULP GeForce
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: 32/64 GB; expandable by 64 GB using Micro SD
- Battery: 8 hours on Wi-Fi
- Camera: 5 MP rear, 3.5 MP front
- OS: Windows RT; upgradable to Windows Phone 8.1 in the future.