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Microsoft Surface Tablet Review

It may look the part, but the Surface RT has a long way to go before it can compete well.

October 26, 2012
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Reading Books

The Microsoft Surface RT 32 GB was not built to be a device where people read lots of eBooks. Not only does the tablet's size lend itself poorly to the task, but the aspect ratio makes it very difficult indeed to read like a book. For best results, you'd have to read them much like you would on a laptop, which is fairly cumbersome.

Reading Books Image

While there are very few apps in the app store so far, there is a Kindle app that handles eReading functions much like it would on other tablets, except that the Microsoft Surface RT 32 GB has some very bizarre issues related to aspect ratio, which you can see in our photo of the phenomenon.

Buying Books

Buying books on the Kindle app works like it would on any other device: once you set up an account with Amazon complete with your billing info, all you have to do is tap the "buy" icon on the page with your title, and after your billing clears, your download will begin.

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eBook Formats

As with any other tablet, if the eBook format your files currently have does not work with the app of your choice, you can always convert it using an online converter, or something like Calibre to do it for you. Additionally, your Microsoft Surface RT 32 GB will be able to read PDF, TXT, DOC, DOCX and HTML files on its own without an extra app.

Newspapers & Magazines

You can also buy issues of, or subscribe to periodicals via the Amazon app. After tapping the "Newsstand" icon, find the periodical you'd like to peruse, and tap either the "buy" or "subscribe" function, and after your card is charged, your download will begin automatically.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Internet Apps
  9. Conclusion
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