Expert Review of Microsoft Surface 32GB Black
Microsoft and Apple have been going head to head for decades and have seen their respective share of ups and downs over the years. Both the firms have been pioneers in the world of technology and their emphasis on innovation continues to hold sway till this day. Apple certainly got a head start in the tablet department with its iPad as one of the most successful innovations in recent times, and now Microsoft too is bringing its competition into play. Microsoft Surface Tablet comes with a big 10.6-inch display, which is an unusual size and bucks the recent trend. The TFT capacitive touchscreen of this tablet comes backed by a modest pixel density of 148ppi. The ClearType technology provides great image quality as the display can be interacted by using up to five fingers. The device sports a length of 10.81-inch, height of 6.77-inch, and thickness of 0.37-inch.
As far as the camera department is concerned, both primary and secondary cameras are of equal strength with 1.2 megapixels. Videos can be shot at 720 pixels but beyond that, there is not much to talk about the image snapping ability of the device. The tablet runs on Microsoft Windows RT operating system as the software platform while the hardware is backed by Nvidia Tegra 3 T30 chipset, a quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A9 processor, and a ULP GeForce GPU. The quad core processor is further backed by a compact 2GB RAM, which makes the device speedy in terms of accessing the resources of the device and multitasking. Memory wise, there are two versions of the device available with 32GB and 64GB respectively. A microSD card slot of 64GB capacity is available for both the versions thus making sure that the user can keep a massive collection of data including songs, games, images, and videos.
Powered by 31.5watt-hour battery, the user can derive a standby time of up to 360 hours and a talk time of up to 8 hours. Moving on to the data connectivity features, Microsoft Surface Tablet has lots of them except GPRS and EDGE. The web can be accessed through HTML5 browser while WLAN features are boosted by Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, and dual band. Bluetooth, USB port along with USB port host support are other reliable features that can be used for data exchange purposes. The tablet is available in Dark Titanium colour and offers lots of applications like Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), Windows Mail and Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Video, and Games.
User Interface and UI functionality
Microsoft Surface Tablet comes with a huge 10.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that runs on 16 million colors along with a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. Pixel density leaves a lot to be desired for with just 148ppi. The user can interact with the display using up to five fingers while the technology used by the tablet screen goes by the name of ClearType.
Microsoft Surface Tablet is a great device to watch movies, videos and listen to songs along with playing games. The audio player supports various formats like MP3, WAV, and eAAC+ player and acts as means to hear popular songs. Video player does the same thing for videos in the formats MP4, DivX, Xvid, H.264, and H.263 player.
Pictures and Video quality
Microsoft Surface Tablet has a primary camera of 1.2 megapixels located at the rear that supports features like Geo-Tagging. The secondary camera is also of 1.2 megapixels located at the front of the tablet enabling video calls and web chats. Video recordings through the back camera can be done at 720pixel.
Microsoft Surface Tablet has a good internet facility with HTML5 browser while Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct and dual band are the WLAN features to access the web at a fast pace as well. Internet is speedy even with heavy data usage websites like Facebook and Twitter along with YouTube. Downloading of data also works at a fast pace for data content like songs, games, images, and videos.
Internal and External Memory
Microsoft Surface Tablet has two variations in the memory department, one being that of 32GB while the other being that of 64GB. Both versions however are boosted by the presence of microSD card slot that has a stretchable limit of 32GB to expand the external memory. A formidable RAM of 2GB delivers tremendous agility for accessing the resources of the system.
Applications and Gaming
Microsoft Surface Tablet comes with lots of games that are certified by Xbox thus making sure that even the advance gamers would find the device enjoyable and fruitful. Lots of applications are further added to the armoury of the gadget including Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), Windows Mail and Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, and Video.
Microsoft Surface Tablet generates a talk time of up to 8 hours along with a standby time of up to 360 hours through the non-removable standard lithium-ion battery of 31.5watt-hour.
Microsoft Surface Tablet lacks GPRS and EDGE technology but that does not deprive the device from accessing Internet. HTML5 is the default web browser while Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, and dual band are part of the wireless connections that the tablet offers. Other connectivity features regarding data exchange methods include USB v2.0, USB Host support, and Bluetooth version 4.0 with A2DP.
Microsoft Surface Tablet when compared to iPad has a bigger screen with 10.6 inches for the former and 9.7 inches for the latter. But at the same time, Microsoft Surface Tablet is a lot heavier and beefy while iPad is much lighter and thus easier to handle. Microsoft Surface Tablet has a quad core processor as compared to Intel core i5 processor for iPad. RAM is 2GB with Microsoft Surface Tablet while the same is 1GB for iPad. Microsoft Surface Tablet is equipped with 1.2-megapixel cameras at both ends. iPad on the other hand, is equipped with 5-megapixel camera at the rear and 1.2-megapixel camera at the front.