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Microsoft ships Surface 2 tablets to lukewarm reviews

Mark Hachman | Oct. 23, 2013
As with the first generation, the Surface hardware was almost uniformly praised, with reviewers generally panning the lack of Windows RT/Surface 2 apps within the Microsoft Store.

Surface Pro 2 review score: 7.8 out of 10. Again, too much was left unchanged from the previous generation, The Verge found, with not enough redemption from within the upgraded hardware.

Wired: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 review score: none Making the bold choice to review both tablets as a single product, Wired called for more Metro apps: "Without more third party programs designed to run as touch-first (dare I say Metro) experiences, Surface risks becoming little more than a curiosity." Wired: video, SkyDrive, Touch Covers. Tired: lack of apps.

The Associated Press: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 review score: none The AP managed to raise the questionShould I buy it?"then dodged it. In all, the AP was impressed by the battery life and hardware of the new Surface tablets, but added that they lack "the style and fun of their competitors". No Candy Crush Saga, alas.>

Fox News: Surface 2 and Surface Pro review score: none "Third party software aside, the Surface 2 is a beautifully built, compelling device," Fox concludes. "But will anyone buy it?" Fox appreciated Windows 8.1's integration into the Surface Pro tablet but was frustrated by the lack of apps.

 

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