Surface 2 - The bad
I’ve talked a lot about the positives, now for the not so good.
Battery life, I’ve not measured it, but it’s not great, just OK.
Reliability, apps rarely crash, they just go weird, or freeze, requiring a force quit, I’ve actually ‘pinned’ the Task Manager to the Start screen, I use it a lot.
Flickering screen, just occasionally, I gets a flicker, like a tiny bit of interference on the screen, the web browser seems most affected, like the video driver isn’t 100% right.
Surface runs the ARM (RT) version of Windows 8, it’s not a scaled up phone, it’s a scaled down PC, which is all well and good, but the Surface doesn’t really know it’s a Surface, sometimes the keyboard needs a lot of encouragement to turn up, sometimes it won’t, which needs a reboot, this is rare though.
I’ve talked about the lack of unified mailbox before, I’m learning to live without it, and starting to realize, it’s actually not that much of a killer feature I though it was, it might be for you though.
Calendar sync, a big problem, it means I just don’t use the Surface for calendering, I’ve found some 3rd party ones, some work, some don’t, and the ones that do just do a single account, shite. MS and Google, sort it out, it makes you both look stupid.
When I write an email on it, from the ‘Share’ ‘jewel’, I sometimes hit the wrong thing, my message disappears, it’s gone, no alert, nothing, I need to rewrite, so I just don’t use this feature, too frustrating.
The quality of apps is decent, and the ‘free trial’ feature of the Marketplace is awesome for the user, the Apple App Store needs this feature badly. However, as I’ve seen from calendering apps, the app store does need some quality control.
Responsiveness isn’t good, it needs some feedback, sometimes I’ll hit a button, not sure I’ve hit it, hit it again, and delete two emails instead of one, iOS buttons are clear when they’ve been pushed, Metro ones are not, it might be an actual performance issue, which the Surface 1 suffered from badly apparently.