The Tablet Slayer

8 Jul

Hi everyone, Rob here from the Eurodam in the Baltic.

Now I’m sure we’ve all heard in some form or another all the news over Windows 8 and it’s anticipated release, I’m also sure there are some of you out there who have come across Microsoft’s Surface, a revolutionary tablet that’s ready to beat the best!

Now the Surface is going to come in one of two versions, you may prefer a more simple approach which is were Windows RT comes into play. Or maybe you are after something much bigger and powerful, giving you the ability to run the entire Windows 8 OS from your fingertips. Lets take a look at both…

Surface for Windows RT

Windows RT is Microsoft’s multimedia friendly tablet based operating system with a striking yet simple layout. The hardware itself boasts a lightweight 1.5 pounds, 9.3 mm thick, High Definition tablet. It comes with either 32GB or 64 GB and a a variety of ports such as USB, Micro HD and Micro SD giving you the ability to bring movies, photographs and music on a memory card rather than placing them all in your tablet.


The apps that are displayed from the moment you start up are literally alive. They run and update in real time meaning no more static icons or having to click an app to get more data, your entire screen is a collection of information designed for you, by you. The application system is hugely user friendly, allowing you to instantly switch between apps and also display them side by side. There is also the addition of the Windows Store that allows you to download everything from music, movies to even more applications.

Surface for Windows 8

The bigger brother of the tablets, this version allows you to literally run a computer from your fingertips. Weighing in at just over 2 pounds, 13.5 mm thick and an even quicker array of ports the Surface for Windows 8 is set to allow people to run their computer quickly and easily from literally anywhere they are. Again this version comes in two options 64 GB or 128 GB, both with Windows 8 Pro.

Both Surface for Windows RT and Windows 8 also come with 2×2 MIMO antennae… what does that mean? Rather than one wireless receiver you now have two so your WiFi connections are quicker and stronger.

A tough VaporMG casing and Gorrila Glass screen is a strong enough combination to protect your Surface from all kinds of scratches and bumps.

Other hardware additions include a built in kickstand holding up your Surface and super thin pressure sensitive keyboard that double ups as a protective cover that just clips into place.

So if you are toying with the idea of buying yourself a new tablet in the near future, definitely hold off and wait to see what the Surface has to offer. This awesome piece of hardware is about to significantly raise the bar for tablets all around.

Happy Sailings!

– Rob Nicholson
Eurodam Digital Workshop

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2 Responses to “The Tablet Slayer”

  1. Herbert Logan July 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Sailed with you July 14th. I very much enjoyed the classes that I could attend. On such a large ship, you need more room for your classes. I have downloaded all of the handouts from the site. Once again thank you for the tips. Happy sailing.
    Herb

    • haldigitalworkshop October 3, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks, Herb! And thank you for attending the sessions while on board!

      -Digital Workshop Team

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