First week with the Microsoft Surface

Surface RT Box

This Monday my Microsoft Surface RT tablet finally arrived. Now I have been using the Surface now for a week at home and at work and I could get some first impressions.

First of all the hardware feels just great and the build quality feels awesome. It does not feel like cheap plastic like other Windows or Android tablet I have seen. The additional “hardware features” are perfect. The Kickstand is great and works perfect and the Touchcover works like Microsoft promised.

Windows RT is fast and the new Windows 8 user interface is the best tablet OS I have ever used. The supported gestures with the charms bar and the “fast app switch” makes it very easy and fast to use. Even if Windows RT does not support normal desktop applications except for Office 2013 I don’t miss it.The RDP client, Office with OneNote, PowerPoint, Word and Excel and the new Windows Store Apps works perfect in my daily usage.

Surface RT Touchcover

For me the Surface RT works good and I decided that this will be my only device I will carry except my Windows Phone at the Microsoft Community Open Day in Munich.

Even I like the Surface RT I miss three important things which will be coming with the Surface Pro. First I would love to have a higher resolution, second I miss Outlook for my work mail and I would love to have a pen to make notes and draw overviews at work. So I will invest my money in a Surface Pro as soon it will be available.

Update: Something I forgot to mention in the previous post. The wireless antennas inside must be great. Is by far the best wireless device I have ever used, which is great if you are in a hotel with really bad Wifi network and you can’t really get a connection with your laptop or phone.