Pros Screen is beautiful @ 1080p, touch & music covers awesome, better battery support, 2 stage kickstand is genius, much faster, much more consistent, office included, USB 3.0, microSDXC, Bluetooth 4.0, growing app platform, Xbox apps, $449 priced point
Cons Arm CPUs can always be faster, but the Surface 2 would benefit from faster flash storage
Summary Surface 2 offers significant improvements over its predecessor. Forget about the app situation because it's growing with names like Facebook and Flipboard joining Windows RT. IE11 seem to be smoother and a nice step up from IE10. The new keyboard covers, including the Music Cover, are awesome and greatly improve upon successors as well as bring something "fresh" to the game that nobody else is doing. At $449 the Surface 2 should be the tablet you pick up unless you NEED an iPad. Buying Android almost makes no sense with inconsistencies and security issues no matter what tablet you come away with. After demoing the Surface 2 in a Microsoft Store for quite a while, I'm buying one on launch day because it is the tablet I've been looking for. I highly suggest others try it out. Windows 8.1 RT is also pretty slick and makes it easier to learn navigating the operating system.
Pros Full MS Office free (~$100+ value). Full USB 3 that supports 10s of thousands of devices. The best browser (IE11) on any tablet. Very innovative keyboard port with power abilities. Can print via USB, HomeGroup, etc. RDP for remote is best in class.
Cons Not as many apps as iOS, Android. Power connector is proprietary, no USB charging. Power consumption management not as good as iOS when not in use. Aspect ratio not optimal for eBooks. For the same money you can buy a Baytrail Windows Pro tablet.
Summary Build of Surface 2
* Light in weight, comparable to iOS and Android devices of similar screen size
* High build quality, feels "solid". Build-in kick stand is solid, guerrilla glass and high-end metal materials
* Keyboard covers are nice for when needed and easily flipped and swapped backwards in tablet mode
Features of Surface 2
* The HDMI out works very well and RT has the full Win+P functions such as extended display, duplicate, etc
* The Full USB 3 port supports almost all USB devices, including hubs, headphones, etc. Will charge mobile devices
* Expanded the memory by 64GB, works well (you need to mount the card as a folder on C to get the full benefits). There is also local File History sync built into Windows to auto sync to a local SD card
* Magnetic power cable allows for easy break-way without pulling the device into a drop situation
* Very responsive touch interface (same as iOS, better than Android)
* Innovative magnetically connected keyboards that act as protective covers that can be flipped around to use as a tablet.
Feature of Windows RT OS 8.1
* Gesturing in Windows 8.1 is, in my opinion, the best touch interface of all touch devices at this time
* Can connect most printers and print directly from the device or through a Microsoft Home Group or network IP
* External keyboard and mice work exactly the same as on a full Windows PC, best of any tablet
* Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and OneNote) work flawlessly (no macro or VBA support), best suite of any tablet
* The wipe/reset device works very well
* Can connect to a Microsoft Home Group and use resources on other devices
* RDP is best in class and also allows Remote Assistance (only Samsung Android devices allow full remote via TeamViewer)
* Windows RT fully syncs all user settings (login, themes, taskbar placement, user files, etc) to SkyDrive. In fact if you set all of your Windows computers with the same account, they will all sync up with each other
* Installing and removing Modern UI apps is easy and frictionless with no configuration conflicts between apps or the OS
* The virtual keyboard allows for up to 3 types of keyboards. You can even setup a tweak for a floating, resizable keyboard. Also has handwriting input interface
* Although the RT desktop is locked down and more limited then Windows 8 Pro, most of the desktop functionality is still there such as computer management, control panel, local policies, registry, services, etc. All of these are configurable within the limits of RT.
* Full exposure with the file system. When connected to the LAN, allows connecting to network shares, even Mac shares
* Snap screen allows the viewing/interacting with more than one app, including the desktop. You can run a full video Lync meeting while viewing, say, an RDP session or a PDF (8.1 allows 50/50 screens and on larger external monitors, 25/25/25/25
* Full voice recognition and dictation software build into the core of Windows 8 (part of the accessibility suite)
* Scriptable with PowerShell commands/scripts/apps
* You can turn on Server in services and create file and resource shares on the tablet
* Can login with Microsoft Outlook/SkyDrive account, can create multiple Windows user accounts with various local rights
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 11
* IE11 is, in my opinion, is currently the best browser on any tablet today. All pages render exactly as they would on a desktop
* Full Adobe Flash Player support (both Modern UI app and desktop)
* All IE favorites can sync between devices via the Windows 8.1 sync
* Desktop IE allows accelerators, plug-ins, extensions, etc.
Security Features of the Surface 2:
* Secure Boot locks down the bios to prevent rootkits
* DRM lock only allows authorized executables from running
* Safe Screen is an anti-phishing process running in the background
* Defender is also running as an anti-virus app
* Windows firewall is turned on (but also configurable)
Pros Excellent HD screen w/ Gorilla glass. High build quality, lightweight, all needed ports (USB 3, HDMI out), good storage options (mini SD, thumb drive friendly). Full MS office suite, and great web browser w/ flash. Can open 2 programs side by side.
Summary Excellent device for professionals who want to leave the laptop at home and have a single device for productivity, surfing, and multimedia. Built like a tank, but still lightweight and attractive. Gorilla glass screen won't shatter like an iPad. Windows RT is user-friendly and customizable. Can operate two programs side by side (like MS Word and Internet Explorer). Excellent web browser with full flash. Great video playback, and cameras seem improved. Two position kick stand supports multiple viewing angles, and back-lit type cover works well for for fast, accurate typing. Full Suite of Microsoft Office--Word, Outlook, etc. Two years of free Skydrive storage (200 GB) is great value.
Pros AMAZING BROWSER better than the iPad
Great for multitasking and switching between apps effortlessly
Smooth interface, no lag, no handguns
Office and SkyDrive
Cons No apps , more games
Summary So I have an iPad 4retina display that I bought after a trial with nexus (horrendous). So I found myself doing silly stuff like playing candy crush and surfing the web, reading news websites . For browsing ,the surface 2 is so much better, the browser is so easy ,intuitive and designed to maximize space. The websites are rendered like if they were on a real pc , not like an iPad version. more info displayed on surface 2. Easy to switch and multitask . Smooth. I wish I could show you a video of my iPad compared to the surface. because of the size I get a larger video display than the iPad. The retina display on the iPad is brighter and more dense, but still the surface is not far behind. I haven't touched my iPad , only to play candy crush.
Pros Extremely fast (much faster than my Asus Android Tablet). Superior display. Windows 8.1 is a great OS & has all the essential apps. The build quality is what sets this tablet apart from others. It is top notch. Battery life is great. Comes w/ Office
Cons No Google Calendar sync. Small (but growing) app selection.
Summary Very happy to have purchased and recommend to anyone in the tablet market.