Microsoft Surface Tablet – A Full Review

The last time Microsoft try to introduce something in the Tablet market was in 2010. They tried to introduce their tablet named as Slate. There was a huge noise between people about the forecasted war of tablets between Microsoft and Apple. But the sad thing which happened was, with the introduction of iPad, the existence of the Slate by Microsoft was forgotten, and iPad gained popularity. Apple has been the leader in the Tablet family, and it was tough for Microsoft rise and shine so easily.

Now, Microsoft again tries to introduce some advances in the Tablet market, by adding their own brand, Microsoft Surface Series, which is powerful and sleek, as the iPad.

It has cool and clever keyboards hidden right there, in their cases. The Operating System is designed in such a way so that they are pretty much compatible with the Desktop Versions. One of the key features which had been kept in mind is that it is not only for consumers, but also for developers.

The devices can be classified in two types. One is running on Windows 8 Pro, based on the Intel CPU, and the second one runs on Windows NT, based on the ARM CPU.

Microsoft Surface Tablet


The specifications are given as follows:

Weight and Thickness

Low End Surface (Windows RT Version):

The thickness is around 9.3mm and weighs approximately 676 grams.

Heavier Version (Windows Pro Version)

This version is heavier and thicker than the Windows RT Version. The weight is around 903 grams, with a thickness of 13.5mm.

Operating System – Windows 8 and Processor

Based on the device, we have the two versions of the Operating Systems

Low End Surface (Windows RT Version):

Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 which is designed to run on devices which use the ARM architecture CPU.  It is a tablet specific operating system designed by Microsoft to run on the Low End Surface.

Heavier Version (Windows Pro Version)

Windows 8 Pro was designed for the heavier and full-fledged version of the Surface. This version of Surface is powered by the Intel CPU.

Windows RT
Windows 8 Pro

Both the devices have screens measuring 10.6 inch, which is one inch larger than the iPad. Some specific details regarding the screens for the devices are given below.

Low End Surface (Windows RT Version):

It is not completely HD, which they call it as Clear Type HD.

Heavier Version (Windows Pro Version)

It has a full-fledged HD resolution.

Touch Type and Cover Cases

One of the amazing features of Surface is the transformation in to a laptop. These can magnetically be attached to the tablets, by themselves. These are almost similar to Apple’s Smart Covers, except for these are double as flip-down keyboards.

The Touch cases are flat, while the Cover Cases give you a great feel of MacBook.

Touch Type and Cover Cases


The available storage ranges from 32GB’s to 128GB’s. An access to Microsoft Skydrive Storage is provided as well. The storage may be further increased by using the MicroSD slots provided.


The battery life is designed in such a way that it may support a full day use.

Windows RT Version has 31.5 W-hr battery, whereas the Windows 8 Pro version is provided with a 42 W-hr battery.


720p LifeCams are provided with true color, in both the front facing and the rear facing.


Low End Surface (Windows RT Version):

A USB, microSD, and HD Video Out ports are provided.

Heavier Version (Windows Pro Version):

It has USB 3.0, a microSDXC and a mini display port.

Above are the basic specifications and the details a user must know before buying and gadget.

If you get one, then please give us a comment about the device, and for any other matters you may comment as well.

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