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Surface With Windows RT: A Winner Despite Apps

Microsoft's Surface tablet with Windows RT is the first worthwhile post-PC device in our post-PC world. What it lacks in apps is compensated for by a near-desktop-class browser.
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Above we show a Surface RT (left) next to an iPad 2. Due to its 16:9 aspect ratio, the Surface RT is narrower but taller than an iPad. It is slightly heavier at 1.5 pounds than either the iPad 2 (1.33 pounds) or the new fourth-generation Wi-Fi-only iPad (1.44 pounds). Also, the Surface RT's screen resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels is much lower than that of an iPad with a Retina display (2048 x 1536 pixels). But the Surface RT screen is still crisp with good contrast and is comfortable to look at.

Due to its dimensions, and the locations of the Windows Home touch sensor and front-facing camera, the Surface RT clearly is designed to be used mostly in landscape mode. So in this review we describe the features of the tablet in relation to landscape mode, with the front-facing camera at the top and the Home sensor at the bottom.

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