| | 11-18-2012, 04:26 PM Thread Author #1
Playbook Vs Surface RT
So I actually grabbed Surface the day it came out as everything fit well for me. I don't know how many are interested in this topic but thought I would throw it out there as I like comparing my tablet to others. I obviously have the playbook and still enjoy it very much. So this isn't to bash the playbook at all but just to compare.
Now it is a little hard to compare because they are both two very different tablets all together. Lets start with Surface:
I have had the Playbook for awhile now so it has slowed down a little bit, so Surface feels pretty fast when surfing the net for example. But that comes with having quad core processor and being brand new. (and also costing a heck of a lot more) The build quality is similar to Playbook in that it feels very solid and well built. Microsoft didn't cheap out on this tablet and it shows. The metal backing is nice and one feature that I use every single day is the kickstand. I actually think that it should be on every tablet cause it just comes in so handy and you don't even think about it after awhile and just flip it out. It has the same micro HDMI port as the Playbook which I also really enjoy! The reason I actually bought Surface was to try and replace our lightly used old laptop and so far it has been almost able to completely replace it. That's why it was key it have microSD card and USB slot. Both these get a lot of use and it is nice to be able to plug in almost any device to the USB (for instance I threw in a xbox controller and hooked it to my TV and played a compatible game using the controller). I also bought the touch case and it adds so much functionality with the track pad also included on it, and works very well. The Playbook and Surface share some similarities in the files department to. I enjoy on both devices that you can go into your files and folders and play around with them right there, although the options through the desktop on Surface tend to be a little easier to get to and use since I am so used to the layout from being familiar with a windows machine. The screens are actually very similar and are both very good to me so no complaints either way. It is nice having skype and netflix right out of the box and I have used both a little bit but I am not dependent on them. What really is killer to me on Surface is having the new versions of Office for free, and makes you feel like you can really get some serious work done on this tablet. Over all I think it is the best tablet I have owned, and with its features I wouldn't even look at an iPad or android device again, as long as its still around in the years to come.
Now for the downsides to it. The price may be a little steep for some and that's understandable so you have to know what your getting for your money. To me the Playbook is actually easier to get into through wifi for transferring and grabbing files off of. I have never really liked windows networking options, and it is no different on Surface. Windows RT is actually very polished but still has a few bugs to work out and things we will have to wait and see if they are fixed. I can also see someone who is not familiar with a windows device to get confused between the tile (metro style) interface and the desktop and having two sets of settings can be a pain so hopefully they slowly get away from the desktop in RT down the road. Another thing that needs work is the app selection. It feels a little bit like when I bought Playbook, and I also miss some quality apps like Blaq. The mail app is also not quite up to par with Playbooks. The other thing that is noticeable right away is the amount of games! in the last year Playbook to me has just exploded with games for the device, and the windows store just doesn't have as many yet, but again we have to see with time.
So overall I really enjoy both tablets and it really is about your preferences. If you are at home I would say the Surface is nicer for the bigger screen, faster speed, and keyboard and office apps. When going out the the portability and ease of the Playbook is so nice, and you don't get tired of holding it! I won't get rid of the Playbook as it is a great device and I have it set up the way I want to for on the road with my business.