TechCrunch’s Siegler reviews Microsoft Surface RT: ‘It’s time for a drop test – right into the garbage can’

“When I saw the initial wave of Surface reviews hit, I started pinging some folks to see if I could get my hands on one to review as well,” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch. “Unfortunately, it proved harder than I imagined to get my hands on a device. While at first, a few people got back to me offering to either give me or show me a Surface immediately, Microsoft quickly laid the hammer down. From my understanding, one such order even came down from a certain recently-departed executive’s office.”

“Now, of course, I had to get one. And luckily, there was a simple option available to me that not even Microsoft could block: I could buy one. And that’s exactly what I did,” Siegler reports. “In hindsight, I now see why Microsoft did not want me to review the Surface. That was probably the right call from a PR perspective. It’s simply not a good product.”

“After using it for over a week now, it’s hard to come up with a lot of nice things to say about the Surface. Don’t get me wrong, there are some solid things here. But by and large, it’s a strange, buggy, and clunky product that I simply can’t imagine many people buying after the initial hype wears off,” Siegler reports. “Put another way: I got one, but I don’t get it.”

Siegler reports, “I just don’t understand who would buy the Surface with Windows RT – let alone who would pay upwards of $600 for it (because it also makes no sense to get it without the Touch Cover). Take that money and get an iPad… So here I am, $650 lighter, hoping Microsoft can somehow improve this thing via several more daily software updates. I’m not holding my breath. Instead, I think it’s time for a robust drop test – right into the garbage can.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Garbage with a kickstand.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Sarah” for the heads up.]

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