Well the time has finally come for the web to be filled with real hands on reviews of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet. Obviously, based on the timing of these reviews, the embargo on the stories was set for 9 PM EDT and the web has lit up dutifully with the reviews.
Here is a collection of the ones I have tracked down:
- Hands on with Microsoft’s Surface RT, a worthy tablet with a quirky operating system (The Next Web Microsoft)
- Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review (Engadget)
- Microsoft Surface review (The Verge)
- Surface Is a Tablet Windows Users Will Love [REVIEW] (Mashable Tech)
- Hardworking Tablet With PC Chops (All Things D)
- Hands on with Microsoft’s Surface RT: Can it hit the sweet spot? (ZDNet – Ed Bott Report)
- Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Review (Laptop Report)
- Microsoft Surface RT Review: This Is Technological Heartbreak (Gizmodo)
- Surface RT review: Microsoft’s new tablet is a mixed blessing (NBC News Gadget Box)
- Don’t Call The New Microsoft Surface RT A Tablet, This Is A PC (Tech Crunch)
- Microsoft Surface RT Video Review (ABC News)
- Review: Surface RT, Microsoft’s bid for a ‘thing’ of its own (PC World)
- Touch Cover vs. Type Cover: Empirical test data doesn’t lie! (PC World)
- Microsoft’s first stab at a tablet: Surface reviewed Does Redmond have what it takes to be a tab (ARS Technica)
- Sleek Tablet, but Clumsy Software (NY Times)
- Innovative tablet stranded in an app desert (cNet)
- Review Microsoft Surface review: A tale of two tablets BGR’s in-depth review of the most importa (BGR)
Updated: Additional reviews that I found after initially publishing this post:
- Microsoft Dives Deep to Surface a Hit (Wired)
- Microsoft Surface RT: A review roundup (ZDNet – All About Microsoft – Mary Jo Foley)
It is certainly a mixed bag of reviews that is for sure. It is hard for me to fathom that there can be such variation with the same device in individuals hands. Some of them contain the obligatory not enough apps statement and that is to be expected because it is the same tack reviewers took with Windows Phone as well.
I say this – it is Windows – the ecosytem will be there. We are already seeing many big names with apps in the Windows Store and I have no doubt that since it is Windows the others will come.
Well mainly because it is Windows and they can not just ignore it as a third party system – I mean it is Windows after all.
Be there or be square!