Windows Surface RT, the new tablet most notable for it’s distinctive keyboard cover, has received mixed reviews since its launch in October. Interestingly, some of the harshest criticism has been coming from Microsoft hardware partners. In an interview with CITEworld, Todd Bradley, the head of HP’s PC business, stated that he didn’t see Microsoft as competition when it comes to Windows 8/RT devices.
“It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it …. It’s expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe.”
Bradley isn’t the only partner to speak out against Microsoft’s decision to manufacture its own hardware. But coming from the competition, such harsh criticism should be taken with a grain of salt.
Consumer reviews have offered a more balanced option of the tablet, with a 4/5 rating from TechRadar, a conservative rating of 3.5/5 from CNET, and an extremely positive review from Jason Evangelho of Forbes magazine.
“Spend a few hours with Windows RT and you’ll feel uncomfortable, lost in an unfamiliar digital environment of tiles and gestures. Spend a few days getting to know it, however, and you should fall in love.”
The general consensus seems to be that Windows new tablet holds a great deal of potential, but it lacks software that is already available on other tablets. It may take some time before more apps become available, so most consumers will probably want to wait a while before trying the Surface for themselves.