Surface Go

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  1. djas

    djas Graffiti User

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    imo, I don't think the GO is meant for Surface Pro users. I think it is more for those comfortable with "small" tablets/PC. There's no incentive for Pro users to "downgrade" due to reasons mentioned above (typists, size, power etc)

    I think it is more for people like me or @Bronsky, who are primarily inkers, who use their current S3 as digital notepads. The only reason I have a Type Cover is it provided as a bundled-corporate purchase and I use it as cover to protect the screen.

    I inked all the time and I am very good at it. On the rare occassions when I need to use a keyboard and mouse is when I am at my desk connected to a monitor & full-sized keyboard & mouse.

    In this scenario, the GO is perfect for me.It is an upgrade to the S3 across the board. I am so very tempted to get one as a personal purchase. But wants & needs are two separate issues :)

    Please keep the first impressions & hand-ons coming. I so very enjoy reading other people's opinions & thoughts on TabletPC & it's usage.
     
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    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    What kind of battery are you getting out of your GB10? Most reviews I saw said the GB10 could have been better.

    I agree conceptually it's not, but price wise it's getting close, especially as you said you got the i5 with 8gb for $799(it's even lower now at $750 with the silver @ keyboard BB). I had a similar dilemma about a decade ago deciding between the Sony Vaio TT and Vaio Z. There was like $200 difference at the time on amazon, but ultimately the TT won out for having about an hour more of battery life(ulv C2D vs standard C2D), and smaller size(it was very close to being netbook size). The only difference here would be the Go and the Pro may have the same battery life, unfortunately.
     
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  3. darkmagistric

    darkmagistric Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    To use a 3-hour life drawing class as a frame of reference.....50-75% brightness....wifi off.....bluetooth on (for surface dial)....drawing nonstop in Clip Studio Paint, after 3 hours, my Battery will typically be anywhere from 40-50% left. One time I used full screen brightness, and after 3 hours it was around 30% left.

    Under those same paramaters with the i5 nSP....at 50-75% brightness after 3 hours, my battery was around 25% left.
     
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  4. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Do I believe in love at first sight? I guess I do.

    Stopped by one of my local BestBuys to see if they had a Go on display. As I approached the Microsoft Surface table, I was struck by the size of the Go. It was significantly smaller than my Surface 3. The Go seemed petite compared to the S3, which is small in its own right when compared to the 12" Pros and Pro clones.

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    Just look at how much smaller it is next to the S3.

    The display on the Go is actually a bit brighter than the display on the S3, which was the best display I had seen in a 10" tablet at the time I purchased mine three years ago. The only other display to rival it on a 10" device that I have seen is the Galaxy Book 10.6".

    The Go is much more of a tablet than the S3. It feels much smaller and lighter. Whoever said it felt almost as small as an 8" tablet was right on the money. I would much rather do my casual reading on a Go than an S3.

    Build quality on the Go is first rate. The fully articulating kickstand on a tablet this small is killer.

    Although performance on the Go is obviously an upgrade from the S3, it is subtle. Microsoft Word opens in about the same amount of time on both devices (both my S3 and the 64GB Go had eMMC's). But, web navigation is much faster on the Go. In large part, I think it is more the result of the better graphics of the Pentium, which stands a head and shoulders above the X7-Z8700 Atom's anemic gpu. The display model was a 64GB eMMC, which didn't impress me with its loading speed. I think the SSD will add another dimension to the Go.

    In all, it is a worthy improvement to a great little device. The only real obvious mistake Microsoft made is the keyboard. It is small. A lot smaller than it looks. If you don't have smallish hands (like me) you might want to try the KB for awhile before deciding to buy one of these. I think Microsoft should have stayed with the large island keys of the original Surface 3. They were far more functional than a smallish imitation of the larger SP keyboard. I'm hoping that, with time, as happened with the 8" HP Slate keyboard, I will become more fluent with the Go's KB.

    Inking on the Go is smoother than on my S3.



    But, I did not sense any difference between my SP4 pen and the SP2017 pens available at the BB.

    I like the Go. I like it so much that I can't imagine not getting the LTE version. The BB sales rep had no idea when to expect the LTE versions but even he said he was waiting for one.

    I'm looking forward to replacing my aging S3. Microsoft made a worthy successor. I can't wait to get mine. I'm also looking forward to seeing some performance reviews but the Pentium feels fine to me.
     
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  5. Mytabletacct

    Mytabletacct Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Which kickstand cover? Can you share the link? A kickstand would make the GalaxyBook 10.6 almost perfect.
     
  6. djas

    djas Graffiti User

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    @Bronsky: Thank you so much for the great hands-on and demo. It is frustrating to watch professional journalists doing hands-on not talk about the inking aspect of pen computing. They hold the pen but do not use it to ink. Very annoying.

    That inking you did on OneNote looks and feels very fluid and smooth. Arg! Must resist.... :)
     
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  7. Mac jones

    Mac jones Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I'm just glad they made this, as in the past buying Surface has been all good, but buying the more ubiquitous Samsung stuff, although great, has made me hesitate on more than one occasion.

    This is a no-brainer. To return a Surface? unlikely :D

    My only thought now is, will I want to upgrade from the base model eventually (or how long that will take). But like someone mentioned here, things are different these days regarding that.

    We shall see.

    Note: I did have a SP3 fail on me, which was odd. I'm thinking i'm not alone.
     
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  8. darkmagistric

    darkmagistric Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    It’s not a cover
    But this thing...Amazon has no shortage of tablet stands/holder.....this one however has significant width and perfectly accommodates a 10 inch tablet like the Galaxy Book. The only flaw is that the tablet isn’t locked in place...so much as just resting on the Kickstand. So from a practical standpoint....this is great for desk use....but a bumpy bus/train ride or a turbulance filled flight....I’m not so sure.

    https://www.amazon.com/Adjustable-O...qid=1532765259&sr=8-191&keywords=Tablet+stand
     
  9. lonaysta

    lonaysta Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I also got the chance to test the Go at 5th Ave MS Store yesterday.
    Did a CrystalDiskMark and the Sequential R/W was like 1387/558, which is pretty decent to me for this tiny device. Other aspects pretty much like nSP (pen, kickstand etc).

    I also tested the performance a bit. Streaming YouTube 4K video as well as other 4K high bitrate videos seems good enough. I do see the sluggish with Edge when opening multiple tabs, but it is expected and within acceptance range. Temperature seems decent.

    Can’t say too much about the final performance without using it personally for a prolonged time, so I’m doing a preorder at BBY this afternoon.
     
  10. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    An update to my test-drive of the Go: I went to a Best Buy this morning and, to make a long story short, I have probably verified that the Go does have tilt capability. Why "probably?" Because BB had the Go locked down in demo mode, so no access to Sketchpad, and they also had no pens out with the demo units! The sales rep said that they were "renovating their pens," whatever that was supposed to mean...?

    However, since I am ever resourceful, I managed to borrow a pen from another sales rep who owns an nSP, and I used Paint 3D. Using the pencil tool, I was able to get a shading effect when I tilted the pen, but the effect was much more subtle than the effect using Sketchpad..! I also redrew 45° lines, and the lines seemed more steady, so I would say that "jaggliness" of the lines shouldn't be a big concern...
     
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