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#1 Ice_Blue

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:02

According to Farhad Manjoo of Slate:



The Surface’s shortcomings are puzzling. Microsoft has been working on the technology in this device for years. When it decided to create its own hardware, it had to have known that making a good first impression against the iPad would be the key to the Surface’s long-term survival. The Surface is also the most celebrated home for Windows 8, the touch-friendly operating system that Microsoft is hoping will become a big hit on tablet machines. In other words, a lot—for Microsoft, perhaps everything—is riding on the Surface. So as I used it, I was nagged by a recurring question: Why is the Surface so bad?

The first problem is speed. Everything you do on the Surface takes more time than you expect. When you load an app, switch between apps, launch a Web page, go back to a previous Web page, check your email, and do pretty much anything else, you’ll find yourself waiting a half-second too long. This sounds like nothing, but when you compound that time time across every action on the Surface, the wasted half-seconds add up to an annoying trudge.

It’s not just the extra time that kills, but also how the tablet clues you in to its slowness. The surface is littered with little visual bugs that make you think the thing’s broken. When you pinch-to-zoom in on a Web page, the text first shows up looking jagged and low-res; after a small wait, it gets sharp. Every single time you go back in the browser, you’ll see the previous page grayed out; it takes a split second for it to light up.

When you switch the Surface from portrait to landscape mode, its interface doesn’t switch immediately. There’s a half-second where nothing happens, enough time to make you wonder if the switch registered the orientation switch, so you begin to turn it back the other way just as the screen flips to the new orientation. And when the screen does eventually flip, it’s not as smooth as the iPad. Instead the Surface’s screen simply quick-cuts from landscape to portrait and back again, and while that gets the job done, the transition feels less than elegant. And then there were the times I found myself tapping the Surface like a madman, because I couldn’t tell whether it was just responding slowly or whether it hadn’t even noticed me. This happened often. It wasn’t pleasant.


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I know it's his opinion, but this guy's reviews always leaves me with the impression he's trolling.


#2 +PmRd

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:08

Oh no!! Half-seconds of my life will be wasted!!!

#3 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:10

When you switch the Surface from portrait to landscape mode, its interface doesn’t switch immediately. There’s a half-second where nothing happens, enough time to make you wonder if the switch registered the orientation switch, so you begin to turn it back the other way just as the screen flips to the new orientation


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:27

My iPad 2 sometimes takes, wait for it, over a second to flip orientation at times. I have seen it even come close to taking 2 seconds. I live with it, always have, and I am just curious was that a news story when the iPad was released?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:32

I had the chance to play with a Surface and I immediately noticed the lag. Hopefully Microsoft will address this quickly with a software update.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:36

I always interpreted it (on iOs and Android) as a "dead zone" like function, a buffer if you will, to make sure you rotated on purpose.

#7 Javik

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:40

On Android I believe the animation lag was being caused by the way they coded it to deal with GPU buffering requests, that problem has been largely fixed on Android 4.1

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:47

I know it's his opinion, but this guy's reviews always leaves me with the impression he's trolling.

Inclined to believe with you there, never seems to have positive reviews unless it's from Cupertino at least.

Also first line of his review: "There’s only question anyone should ask about Microsoft’s Surface tablet: Is it better than the iPad?" annoys the hell out of me, as he fails to realise they are targeted at completely different demographics. If you don't know the target audience, don't review a product please!

#9 Deleted Bye

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:53

Oh no!! Half-seconds of my life will be wasted!!!

some people are ok with lag

#10 firey

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:55

Inclined to believe with you there, never seems to have positive reviews unless it's from Cupertino at least.

Also first line of his review: "There’s only question anyone should ask about Microsoft’s Surface tablet: Is it better than the iPad?" annoys the hell out of me, as he fails to realise they are targeted at completely different demographics. If you don't know the target audience, don't review a product please!


I thought that Surface/8 was being pushed as a consumer Device/OS.. Is the iPad not a Consumer product? I fail to see the difference in demographics.. I mean.. from my view 8, especially on a tablet is not a business / professional oriented OS.. iOS isn't either.. I think they are both in the same market demographic..

#11 HSoft

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:01

Inclined to believe with you there, never seems to have positive reviews unless it's from Cupertino at least.

Also first line of his review: "There’s only question anyone should ask about Microsoft’s Surface tablet: Is it better than the iPad?" annoys the hell out of me, as he fails to realise they are targeted at completely different demographics. If you don't know the target audience, don't review a product please!

? Confused. I thought the Surface RT was targetted squarely at the same demographic as the iPad? The Surface Pro is targetted towards professionals rather than the consumer market.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:05

Sorry but a the issues stated here are windows RT related and not surface, sure surface runs Windows RT but its not a limitation inherent in the hardware (as far as I can tell).

The individual apps will be and are being updated regularly, which should solve any issues with email/calendar etc. (unlike iOS these are apps that don't required a big OS Update to update, updates are fast and regular).

this 'reviewer' just seems very badly informed and non technical (he should be technical to a degree if he is reviewing technical items).

#13 ZakO

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:09

"Apple fanboy gives negative review to Microsoft product" shocker.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:09

some people are ok with lag


I know, however I'm ****ed at UPS for still not delivering my first day pre-order!!

#15 MikeChipshop

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:12

Sometimes i have to wave my iPad in the air or slap it to make it rotate so no biggy.
Also, on Surface i can have two apps open at the same time, hell of a lot faster than switching apps totally.