8 Days Until Surface 2 – A Look At Surface RT, Part 3

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  1. Shah, Malaysia says:

    Hi John,

    I'm actually thinking of buying Surface Pro 2, but there are some things that make me want to skip it:

    1. Stylus doesn't have proper storing slot.
    2. Camera quality inferior to Surface 2 (even though i might not be using it that much).
    3. Doesn't come bundled with Office, need to purchase separately.
    4. Quite pricey, because I think there are other cheaper Windows tablet that runs full Windows 8/8.1

    So, I'm thinking of getting just the Surface RT for now and wait what the later Surface Pro 3(?) will bring perhaps next year. But before that, I'd like to ask you a few things about Surface RT just to be sure before buying it:

    1. I understand that with Windows RT, you can't install legacy programs in desktop and can only use Office RT there (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). But does it have programs like notepad, paint, etc in there, things you would find in 'Accessories' in conventional Windows 7?
    2. Does it able to read PDF files? Is there any regular document type files that can't be opened in Surface RT?
    3. Is there any media type files that can't be opened in Surface RT?
    4. Can you zip/unzip files in Windows RT?
    5. Can we install apps in SD card? Or the SD card is only to put media/doc files?
    6. Do you think there are any other windows tablet out there that can do what Surface RT can do, but have some slight edge over the Surface RT in something (e.g. lower price than Surface RT, can run full windows 8/8.1 [Acer W510], better battery life [Samsung ATIV Tab]) that is worth looking at? And what does Surface RT have that are better over them?

    Thanks :)