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A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Microsoft Surface 2 review: a second chance for Windows RT?

Microsoft has already proven it makes the best hardware of any Windows OEM, but the Surface would be more competitive if it ran full Windows and supported traditional desktop apps.

Pros
  • Thinner and lighter, sturdier kickstand
  • Well-crafted, premium design
  • Long battery life
  • Sharper display, great viewing angles
  • Full-sized USB port
Cons
  • Windows Store is growing, but still has holes
  • More expensive than tablets running full Windows
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Model
32GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows (RT)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (Contact pictures) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard
TV out
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (32 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Model
64GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows (RT)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (Contact pictures) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard
TV out
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (64 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Model
644GB

Key Specs

Model
AT&T 4G LTE

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows (RT)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (LTE-based)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (Contact pictures) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard
TV out
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (64 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes