Monday, April 14, 2014

#DareToCompare: Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to learn about Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet at the Prudential Microsoft store blogger event. I've never owned a tablet before, so I was excited to try one out and compare it to my Apple laptop. After spending a couple of weeks getting to experience all of the Surface 2's features, I've come up with a pros and cons list for the Microsoft product:

Pros:

  • The tablet's small size. One of the great things about the Surface 2 tablet is that it's much smaller and lighter than my Apple laptop. I could easily slip it in my backpack to take to class without destroying my back carrying it around all day.
  • Ability to use two apps at once. This is probably one of my favorite features of the Surface 2 tablet. When I wrote my Microsoft blogger event post I used the double app feature to import my photos onto the tablet and insert them into the blog post. I had both the Blogger and Photos applications open on the tablet. This made it a lot easier to download photos for my blog. This is also a great feature because it allows you to peruse Facebook while online shopping. Or if you're feeling extra productive, you can take class notes and send important emails at the same time.
  • Ability to watch Netflix while you 'pin.' Or scan your Twitter feed. Or review class notes. Or stalk people on Facebook. Or basically do anything you want on your tablet. The Surface 2 allows you to watch Netflix on the tablet or on your television with a cable (which must be purchased separately) while also using the tablet to do other things online. 

Cons:

  • It basically does everything my laptop does. As great as the Surface 2 is, during my weeks testing the tablet, I found that I would still choose to use my laptop. This may be because my laptop is what I'm used to, but it's also because anything I would want to do on the tablet, I can easily do on my laptop. There are only a few extra features that make the Surface 2 unique, such as taking 3D photos and being able to travel with it more easily. 
  • No regular keyboard. Unless you pay for it. If I were to bring the Surface 2 to class to take notes, I'd want to have an actual keyboard rather than a touch keyboard on a tablet. But, a Surface 2 keyboard is a separate cost.


Overall the Surface 2 tablet is a great product and fun to use. The tablet is especially beneficial for college students because it has Microsoft Word and Excel, which allow for more professional use. Other tablets, such as iPads, do not have these features and are more for recreational use. The Surface 2 can be used both professionally and recreationally, making it a great addition for all the techies out there or people who just want a convenient and easy traveling tablet. Still unsure about the Surface 2? Stop by a Microsoft store near you to learn more details!

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