Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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I have used a WP7 and a WP8 phones. Both run smoothly. I have the impression that this is what people who haven't used windows phone before usually observe first. Regarding application updates, as I don't use mobile phone to connect internet that often, it's not an important thing for me. I have never used a surface product, but I am thinking to buy a surface pro later this year (my purpose is to learn windows 8 and write some programs). Does anyone know how is the performance on surface pro? Can I use it as a laptop in daily work? (I also plan to install ubuntu, because it's more convenient to use it for work. I'll probably use Wubi installation).

You should have no problems using the Surface Pro for software development. It supports hardware virtualization, so you can enable Hyper-V so you may use the Windows Phone 8 emulator as well, if needed, or run Ubuntu concurrently in a guest VM, if desired, rather than dual-booting. I'd advise getting the Surface Pro 2 due to its greater available storage/memory options and battery life.

I have an original Surface Pro, and have used VS/SQL Management Studio, Blender, SONAR, Paint.NET, GameMaker Studio, MyPaint, Inkscape, Unity, Audacity, Reaper, Office 365 Small Business suite, and various other Win32 and WinRT apps (all currently installed), and the only time I've had an issue with performance is in some higher-end games. IIRC, Microsoft Flight, Gears of War, Batman:AC perform well, as has any WinRT game I've played. However, Star Citizen's current builds (Win32, latest CryEngine) probably have framerates in the teens at the native 1080p resolution and default quality settings). The Pro 2's GPU should be better for such needs.

My Pro gets used daily, and is my main PC. I feel no urgency to upgrade to the Pro 2, but the 512GB SSD would be my main interest in doing so, not any perf problems with my Pro. Since the new accessories are compatible with my Pro, I'll probably get some of those eventually (battery cover or a dock at some point). New purchasers should go for the Pro 2 however.

If you do many large network file transfers, or have need for multiple USB devices to be connected, you may be interested in a USB network adapter, the docking station, or a combo USB3 hub/network adapter such as the one I use:

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