Well, my Surface Tablet arrived one day early. It was due on Melbourne Cup Day, a public holiday here in Australia and it was delivered the day before. The packaging was first class. My neighbor an Apple fan suggested Microsoft was emulating Apple in this regard.
I unpacked it and sure enough the Touch Cover attached with a resounding click to the tablet.
Opening the fold-out stand was simple and in no time it was ready to go.
Setting Up Surface
The Surface’s battery was obviously charged so I was able to power it up immediately. I tailored the Surface to my requirements and then it was all go.
The Touch Screen was easier to use than I imagined, much better than the touch screen on my older ASUS All-in-one.
Paul Thurrott, in a recent blog, makes a big issue about the magnetic power connection to the Surface. I found it no such trouble. Charging took no time.
Onuora worries about the storage capacity of the 32 GB Surface tablet. Using the updated Task Manager I checked to see the amount of storage the RT operating system and Office 2013 use on the hard drive.
At present this is not a big issue for me as I use SkyDrive to store files and know that I can plug in an USB Stick to access Music files and so on. If I’m desperate I’ll probably uninstall any unwanted Apps.
Later, I’ll purchase a Micro SD 64GB and add it to the Surface.
Finding an App quickly With all the hundreds of Apps available it takes time to scroll through the different categories. If you have a type of App in mind you can use Search to see if one is available.
- Open the Store Apps.
- Access the Search Charm.
- Type in the type of App you want.
- Select the App.
Of course, the Apple iPad crowd laugh at the scarcity of Microsoft Apps but Microsoft will surely catch up. Personally I’m quite happy with the ones already available.
The Touch Cover
The Touch cover works fine with each keystroke audible. It was easy to use BUT my biggest beef about it is the lack of clear separation between certain keys. The Space Bar and the Touch Pad and its left and right buttons have no clear definition. The other keys are clearly identified.
Maybe the fault is mine as I chose the black touch cover rather than one of the coloured versions. In a brightly lit interior no problem, but in a darkened environment it’s hard to distinguish them.
So what can I do to make these keys easier to see? I’m considering drawing a white line in the separations.
Charms Keys and the Touch Cover
One of the best features of the Touch cover is the four keys – Search, Share, Device and Settings. Using them beats the touch screen hollow!
The USB Port
The USB port is so useful. I have a USB Hub with several USB sockets. I plugged it in to the Surface and added a USB mouse, a USB stick and a USB Hard Drive. All worked faultlessly.
Need Some Help
In my earlier blogs on Windows 8 I sang the praises of Microsoft Support. Once more I commend this website to those who are struggling. You can visit their website using the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-AU/support/get-started/walkthrough/welcome-to-surface
As there are no books about Surface, to my knowledge, and you get minimal documentation with it from Microsoft, here you will get solid information about its many features. You will be presented with this screen.
Selecting No takes you through a step-by-step guide to set up your new Microsoft Surface. If you’ve already achieved a successful setup select Yes. You will a complete rundown on all of Surface’s features.
To sum up!
I have no regrets about buying the Surface Tablet. It is a useful addition to my stable of computers – notepad, desktop and All-in-0ne touch screen computer. The Surface gives me better access my eBook collection and the games I like to play.
Its few shortcomings are compensated by me have alternative computers to use.
My Apple inclined neighbor, who was keen to see and touch it, suggested the Surface is neither a laptop nor a tablet. He called it a Hybrid.
When you think about it, perhaps this is an apt description as the Tablet has a foot in both camps.
All things considered, I am happy with my Surface. As time goes by I expect to take it to its full potential.