Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




306 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 13


Topic # 127052 28-Jul-2013 16:34
Send private message

So I see the RT has come down to $500 now which seems like a good price. 

I currently rock an Ipad mini but find it quite small for watching video inc Plex, and Netflix, also surfing the web.

Cant really afford a 32gb full size Ipad currently or would look at that. 

Question is how does RT hold up for surfing web, watching video and light gaming.

Also how is app store can you get all the main apps now like Netflix, Spotify etc



View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
3834 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 234

Trusted

  Reply # 867440 28-Jul-2013 16:46
Send private message

16:9 screen so perfect for videos. No Spotity app for Windows 8 yet AFAIK but you can use Xbox Music which also offers free music streaming. Netflix app is available if you switch the region to US under control panel and works fine with your VPN/DNS provider. Web browsing is fast as IE10 metro app is really good and even supports Flash so you can watch iSky on it.

Battery life is about 9.5 hours for me when browsing the web. The only thing you will find lacking maybe is the app store which is only getting better. Facebook app will be released anytime now as it was announced late last month.




Do whatever you want to do man.

  

1525 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 115


  Reply # 867441 28-Jul-2013 16:46
Send private message

I love my RT, there are a lot of negative reviews around, but I just ignore those. You can get Netflix, but you have to change region to United States in Control Panel to install it, you can then change back to NZ and it will work fine.  I have Plex on an old laptop and stream to the RT no problems at all.  The email app isn't the best, but with the 8.1 update there is Outlook.

Battery life is fantastic, display is pretty damn good.  Sound through the inbuilt speakers is adequate, but with headphones its great.  I have heaps of useful apps on mine and a few games, unfortunately there is no Spotify, well not at the moment anyway. Hopefully it does come.  Nor is there Chrome Browser, but IE from the desktop works fine.  

For the price you are getting a great machine with extra ports that aren't found on iPads.   Personally though, I would spend a bit extra and get a touch or type keyboard. 

All in all, its a excellent buy that doesn't get enough respect. I see this as people being swayed by the iPad, but it is so much more useful than an iPad, especially with Office.

Buy it, I guarantee you will like it


 
 
 
 


z2k

288 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 12

Trusted

  Reply # 867446 28-Jul-2013 16:52
Send private message

For Spotify, you can always use the web player. Only problem is that the music stops when you put the device in standby.



306 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 13


  Reply # 867449 28-Jul-2013 16:55
Send private message

Thats good, so things like Spotify web all work on the RT. Some devices I load web player up on refuse to play content. 

z2k

288 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 12

Trusted

  Reply # 867451 28-Jul-2013 17:00
Send private message

bbunnys: Thats good, so things like Spotify web all work on the RT. Some devices I load web player up on refuse to play content. 


"Desktop" IE is one of the main advantages the Surface RT has over Android and iOS.

You can use the web player and play on your device without a premium subscription. Hulu works very well too :)

3834 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 234

Trusted

  Reply # 867457 28-Jul-2013 17:04
Send private message

Hulu has an app anyways in the Windows store :-)




Do whatever you want to do man.

  



306 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 13


  Reply # 867460 28-Jul-2013 17:09
Send private message

Sorry for all the questions but like to ask guys who have used it. 

I see it has a USB port as well, can you put a USB stick in it and watch movies/TV from it. Like when on a flight and does it support most formats. 

Id normally use Plex and plex sync function on Ipad but see plex sync is not available for RT version.

z2k

288 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 12

Trusted

  Reply # 867464 28-Jul-2013 17:13
Send private message

bbunnys: Sorry for all the questions but like to ask guys who have used it. 

I see it has a USB port as well, can you put a USB stick in it and watch movies/TV from it. Like when on a flight and does it support most formats. 

Id normally use Plex and plex sync function on Ipad but see plex sync is not available for RT version.


Yup, you can use it for external storage, mouse, keyboards, Xbox 360 controllers..

@billgates - I meant you can watch Hulu from the browser without having to pay for a subscription.

1525 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 115


  Reply # 867465 28-Jul-2013 17:15
Send private message

Just as an extra, these are my favourite apps on RT. Some you will need to change region to install.  I always browse the store when set to Australia, UK and US when looking for apps.

Anyway :

Netflix
Office
Twitter
Kobo
Kindle
Slacker Radio
Tunein
Media Monkey
PC Monitor
Free Books
Vevo
Adera
Your Converter
Songza
fotor Color Splash Studio
Rockmelt
Crackle Appy Geek
Nasa Be a Martian

I have more, but like I said, these are my faves. 

Lots of stuff can also be done in the browser, like Hulu etc



2515 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 541
Inactive user


  Reply # 886062 28-Aug-2013 18:41
Send private message

Does anyone know if the air play it app is on rt?

2515 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 541
Inactive user


  Reply # 886128 28-Aug-2013 20:03
Send private message

I am looking at getting one as my gf has taken my ipad 128gb from me, i cant really afford or justify another Ipad so at $500 this seems to be a great option.

I want to use like an ipad so the lack of full window operating system wont matter, but with office this would seem to make it more useful than an ipad, anyone with both have an opinion on thos?

1433 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 375


  Reply # 886207 28-Aug-2013 21:38
Send private message

its not all roses however when it comes to built in codecs....you might laugh but i had trouble with mpg files with mpeg2 video content.

I wanted to use my 'old' JVC digital video camera with it but it wasnt happening. I guess its re-encode time for those clips.

2515 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 541
Inactive user


  Reply # 886308 29-Aug-2013 06:51
Send private message

Dairyxox: its not all roses however when it comes to built in codecs....you might laugh but i had trouble with mpg files with mpeg2 video content.

I wanted to use my 'old' JVC digital video camera with it but it wasnt happening. I guess its re-encode time for those clips.


Video would be secondary for the most part, we have TV's, I have a WD TV Live on it's way, also I can transcode easy enough!

2515 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 541
Inactive user


  Reply # 886464 29-Aug-2013 12:37
Send private message

Ok, I got a customer return one from Noel Leeming for $499 (64GB version)

So far I love the typing on the screen, I have downloaded an RDP app, which works well, I haven't yet upgraded to 8.1 but will tonight to get Outlook etc.

I am actually thinking as a business device these could replace our fleet of Ipads, for the price you can't go wrong! the only limitation is no built in 3G.

18785 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5385

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 886476 29-Aug-2013 12:59
Send private message

I quite like the MS Tablets, they are the closest things to productivity devices of that nature that exist in my opinon, however they have two fatal flaws. Pro needs to have the same form factor as the RT, and Office needs to be INCLUDED in the purchase price. In my opinion without those two things, it will not be the powerhouse it could be.

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Geekzone Live »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.