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

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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WinRT performance
by p13. on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 23:01 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-10

I used one in a store once, for about ten minutes. Most of these minutes were spent waiting. It was very slow and just didn't work very well.

Too bad, because the hardware sure looked and felt nice. Now if only the firmware wasn't so closed and non-standard, we could maybe load android on it, or just run something like unity.

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RE: WinRT performance
by joekiser on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 23:42 in reply to "WinRT performance"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

I used to hang out in the Microsoft store at the mall while the wife did her shopping. I do not recall having problems with lag or crashes with the Surface RT, although the time spent on the device was obviously less than Thom's. My nephew thought the kid's game where he slashed a bunch of bananas and watermelons was great, and again, no crashes.

A locked down throwaway Windows device that I don't have to maintain, that allows me to free my other machines of the Windows monstrosity? Great! I would have probably purchased one for my Microsoft Office-dependent second job if there were a single decent keyboard offering available. The chiclet keyboard is only *slightly* better than the VTEC-style keyboard, but still flimsy, and totally not worth the extra $100 they were asking.

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RE[2]: WinRT performance
by n4cer on Thu 24th Oct 2013 07:06 in reply to "RE: WinRT performance"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

A locked down throwaway Windows device that I don't have to maintain, that allows me to free my other machines of the Windows monstrosity? Great! I would have probably purchased one for my Microsoft Office-dependent second job if there were a single decent keyboard offering available. The chiclet keyboard is only *slightly* better than the VTEC-style keyboard, but still flimsy, and totally not worth the extra $100 they were asking.


Other than wanting a keyboard cover, you're free to use almost any USB or Bluetooth keyboard.

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RE: WinRT performance
by Deviate_X on Thu 24th Oct 2013 10:33 in reply to "WinRT performance"
Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

Didn't have any problems with the original Surface RT, apart from it being too locked down. Fortunately my young niece became very attached to it and "borrowed" it indefinitely.

So I replaced the Surface RT with a Surface Pro, which has completely replaced the "heavy" in comparison Mac Air i used to haul about.

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