I should be writing about my wonderful beach vacation getaway that I was on last week, but that would just put me in the throws of depression since I am no longer lounging in a beach chair and getting a tan.
Instead, I am going to be writing about how I bought the new Microsoft Surface RT from Best Buy last weekend, and haven’t been hit with one ounce of buyers remorse since then.
If you have been here for a while, you know that around this time last year I bought an iPad, and then the following day I took it back. gasp Yes, I bought and returned the iPad. I didn’t like it.
I however, am in love with my Microsoft Surface. I know, I know, I am an admitted Apple snob and I like the Surface over the iPad… but let me tell you why.
To me the iPad was just a glorified iPhone, and I already had one of those. The only difference is being I could just see Facebook and watch Netflix on a bigger screen. My end plan is to have a portable tablet that runs similar to a laptop and then invest in a large screened Desktop computer. The iPad simply did not work for me in that way. Now, let’s talk about the Surface.
Reasons why you should buy the Surface
1. It has a kick stand. Solid work Microsoft, solid work. So when I am laying in my bed, watching White Collar and wishing upon a star that Matt Bomer wasn’t gay, I don’t have to hold it up myself. That handy dandy little kick stand does all the work for me. Also, when I clip it into the keyboard, it doesn’t flop everywhere when I type, my iPad did that and it drove me crazy.
2. There is a camera on the front and back of the tablet. So when I want to take pictures of myself, I can. When I want to take pictures of other people, I can. I think the iPad might do this… either way, I like this feature.
3. Windows 8 is legit. You should try it. I heard at Best Buy that a lot of older people complain about Windows 8, but that is simply because they can’t figure it out.
4. It runs Microsoft Office. Office comes pre-installed with the Surface RT. I have Word, Power Point, Excel and OneNote right at my tablet fingertips. That was a HUGE draw for me. You know, the whole writing thing…
5. You can use the touch screen feature even when it is hooked up to the keyboard. Oh, you don’t want to use the touch pad? You don’t have to! Just swipe your finger across the screen. I LOVE this feature. The iPad I purchased did not allow me to use the touch screen and have it hooked up to the keyboard at the same time.
6. It has a Desktop, not just an internet application. I can go to my Desktop and run Internet Explorer just like any other web browser would normally function. You can also save things to your desktop just like any other computer I LOVE this. The main issue with my iPad was it made me run my WordPress blog through the WordPress App. I hate that app. With the Surface, I can just open up Internet Explorer, go to WordPress and type up a blog post just like normal. There is also an Internet Explorer application though if you don’t want to do open up your Desktop.
7. There is a USB port. Again, solid work Microsoft.
8. The keyboard on the touch screen is a full sized keyboard. No more pecking with your fingertips on the iPad. If you don’t want to use the purchased keyboard, do not fear. You can type on your actual Surface screen as you would be typing on a keyboard. My only problem with that is I type too fast for the touch screen to keep up with at times.
9. My 32g Surface and Keyboard was $250 cheaper than just an iPad.
Things to consider
1. It does not sync to your iPhone. There is no Cloud to sync calendars or contacts and things like that. I don’t use my iPhone calendar anyway. My Lilly planner is for that. There is a Cloud feature for Microsoft phones… if people have those.
2. The RT only runs Internet Explorer. I get it, IE has done a lot of upgrades lately, but it still isn’t Google Chrome. Along with that, the only search engine it runs (voluntarily) is Bing. The Surface Pro is a computer in a tablet. Wrap your brains around that. You can run everything on the Surface Pro you can on any other computer, including Google Chrome. But I don’t really like Safari either. So I guess this point is a draw.
3. The Apps are a little different. Facebook and Instagram have ads, and run as if you were on a real computer. There is also no Pandora App because they have a contract with Xbox live. But you can get around that by going on IE and going to Pandora. But for me, I would only be running those specific applications through wireless, and my phone is fully capable of handling Insta and Pandora. I even prefer it on my phone.
4. People look at you funny for not having an iPad.
I really do love my Surface and haven’t had one thought about taking it back. My MacBook is still (thank you Jesus) working somehow after 7 years of use, and I am using that for all of my pictures. I don’t want to use up all my storage space on the Surface with one picture download. haha But for the coffee shop runs, blog post writing and everything else, my Surface is absolutely perfect!
If you want a tablet that functions more as a laptop then I highly recommend the Surface. If you want a tablet to run more apps and games then I would recommend the iPad. The iPad simply didn’t meet my needs!