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The Surface 2

February 13, 2014

If you require a device for business or educational purposes then the Surface 2 is pretty perfect. This Windows tablet is light enough to carry around but is packed with enough features to make your head spin. It has a built in lever that allows you to place it on a table or your lap. You can buy a keyboard which also acts as a cover that you can detach easily. Plus it has a usb drive which is where a lot of other tablets fall down. However the real treat is that it is loaded with Microsoft Office with Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint. One of the grumbles about tablets is that apart from sending emails and surfing the net there is not a lot more that you can do with it. Yes there is a camera but who wants to take pictures with a tablet? Not me. That’s what cameras or smartphones are for. As with all Window devices you can personalise the screen to your own taste and you do this by rearranging the apps so they appear how and where you want them. This is Window’s USP and believe me it works really well. What I love about this tablet is that as soon as you leave an app it is automatically shuts it down so you are not left with an app footpath and thus wasting precious energy. It is also very intuitive and the keyboard automatically switches off when you cover the screen with it and it seamlessly attaches and detaches to the screen.

Now to the downside; well for a start the keyboard takes some getting used to. I find it very hard to type and scroll and often have to revert to using the screen. Then there is the lack of apps; while most of the big boys make apps for Windows but unfortunately a lot of the smaller ones don’t. One of my main gripes is that there are no decent RSS feeds apps so no Feedly or Bloglovin which means no catching up with blogs on this baby. In my opinion the pros outweight cons. This is a superb device for those of you who are mobile and work on the go. You can do everything here; work on documents, check emails catch up on Social Media and watch TV show. The specs are pretty impressive; it runs on Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT, there is 32 GB storage, 2 GB RAM and the battery last for 10 hours. There is Skydrive which is Windows cloud version and the Surface 2 comes with a years subscription to Skype which allows you to make free calls to landlines. The Surface 2 is not the greatest tablet around or PC for that matter but what it does offer is the best of both worlds. If you have a Windows phone then you will really reap the benefits because every document or image you create or download will be saved to Skydrive and available on the Surface 2.

The Surface 2 was gifted to me as part of The Loop programme.

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