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Microsoft Surface review a generation behind Apple

You have probably read a whole collection of Microsoft Surface reviews that praise the device in most areas, but now it’s time to explore one of the more damning verdict’s of Microsoft’s new toy and boy, they do not hold back on this one.

The Microsoft Surface has been criticized in all areas by the folks over at Eurogamer and have described the tablet as ‘a generation behind the Apple iPad’. You may be thinking that the complaints will all be gaming-related and not relevant to a tech-savvy consumer, but the review from Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter actually covers a lot of other aspects of the device, and he didn’t find much to be happy about either.

It was obvious that Microsoft’s Surface was going to be directly compared to the Apple iPad upon release, but unfortunately Eurogamer believe that it doesn’t come close to matching Apple’s product with the Surface ‘below par on almost all levels’. We’ve heard a lot of praise about the included kickstand on the Surface, but in this review we hear how it suffers from a ‘lack of flexibility’ and shows why Apple made the right decision in opting against having one on the iPad.

In the minimal praises we did find, Eurogamer has said that the Metro UI is very classy and offers a rich alternative to Android and iOS. For £400 or $499 they say it just isn’t worth the money and Microsoft has a lot of work to do if they are going to convince consumers to put down the iPad in favor of the Surface.

In terms of gaming potential on the Surface, the review was particularly harsh, stating that the Surface cannot even play simple games like Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja without noticing some slight frame-rate dips, despite the fact that the device ships with an NVIDIA powered quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Eurogamer sums up the gaming performance on the Surface by saying that the “Surface’s hardware designers aren’t bothered about how well the tablet operates as a games machine”.

If this opinion on the device sounds particularly alarming to you, it’s a good idea to read through the whole thing here and get a full account of how the Microsoft Surface fails as a tablet device competing against the iPad. Let us know if you agree with Eurogamer’s review, or if you are a happy Surface owner already who sees no such problems.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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