Neowin: Microsoft Surface 2 review

By on October 24, 2013, 3:45 PM

The Surface 2 represents a fresh start for Microsoft’s tablet line. Sure, you could easily say that it’s the second installment of the Surface RT (now simply called Surface), but with a new marketing campaign, beefed up internals and an updated operating system, Surface 2 is almost entirely new in every way, shape and form.

What Microsoft has done with Surface 2 is a lot like what it did with Windows 8.1: introduced a refined product that has matured in its capabilities. But a product is only as good as its marketing campaign, and Microsoft has already started to show off a cleaner, more focused campaign to educate the consumer. Not to mention that the back of the device now says “Surface” instead of showing the Windows logo.

On paper, the specs do offer up a tantalizing array of options for a tablet; the price, well, that’s up to the consumer to decide if the Surface 2 is priced correctly. When compared to the iPad, the Surface 2 pricing is right on the mark, but last time around consumers did not agree – only time will tell if round two is any different.

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treeski treeski said:

In a future where everything you'd want to be done in metro apps can be done, RT is great. Until then... there are just too many sacrificing for such a pricey piece of hardware.

Guest said:

Anyone else find it odd that the hardware is better than the software?

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@treeski

I expect RT and WP to merge sometime in future. The sooner it happens, the better it is IMO. MS really doesn't need to have 3 different OS for PCs, Tabs and smartphones. Two should be enough, just as Apple and Google have proved so far.

treeski treeski said:

@treeski

I expect RT and WP to merge sometime in future. The sooner it happens, the better it is IMO. MS really doesn't need to have 3 different OS for PCs, Tabs and smartphones. Two should be enough, just as Apple and Google have proved so far.

If they could manage a single, scalable OS... that would be best

But you're right. RT and WP will merge... hard to speculate on how things will be then.

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