Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Reasons You Shouldn't Buy It Now

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-12-17 Print this article Print

5. Slowdown problems

After using the Surface with several apps, reviewers found that the device suffered from massive slow downs. Chances are, that’s because of the tablet’s paltry 2GB of RAM. As Windows users know, the operating system, regardless of the version, needs ample RAM. And the Surface’s memory and processor combination just doesn’t cut it.

6. There’s beauty elsewhere

There’s no debating that the Surface RT is a good-looking product. However, that’s not a compelling reason to buy the tablet. Apple’s latest iPad is arguably the best-looking product on the market. Even Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 gives the Surface a run for its money. Microsoft is trying to sell the Surface by pointing to its design. That point just doesn’t win the argument.

7. The battery can’t match the iPad’s

According to Microsoft, the Surface RT comes with a 31.5-watt-hour battery. The iPad, on the other hand, comes with a 42.5-watt-hour battery. That is a huge difference. In fact, Apple’s iPad can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, as users surf the Web on WiFi, watch video, and listen to music. In some benchmark tests, the Surface lasted a few hours shorter. That’s something that can’t be overlooked.

8. Never go with a first take

The last thing the average consumer should do is buy the very first edition of a brand new hardware product that any company launches. Although Apple and Google tend to make things look easy, getting hardware right takes time and a boatload of mistakes. This is Microsoft’s first foray into tablet hardware. The Surface RT might be a solid device, but expect much better hardware next year when Microsoft has more time under its belt to get it right.

9. WiFi-only

Nowadays, with tablet customers going mobile so often, it’s impossible to recommend a device that can’t connect to the Internet from a mobile connection. The Surface RT, unfortunately, only offers WiFi connectivity. So, when a user is away from WiFi, there’s no getting on the Web. That’s a shame.

10. Too little storage for a Windows environment

Microsoft’s Surface RT offers customers 32GB or 64GB of storage. While that might be enough for a device like the Google Nexus 10, which has support for ample storage in the cloud, in a Windows environment with big, powerful programs, that’s not anywhere near enough. At least the Surface Pro will offer up to 128GB of storage.

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