Picked one up today

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  1. raqball

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    Picked up a Surface Pro 3 with the i5 this morning from Best Buy. So far I am really liking it. This is my 1st Windows 8 experience and I am a bit surprised how much I like it. Previously I've avoided Windows 8 because I didn't think I'd like it.

    The main use for me will be as a Tablet with the added benefit of it also being a powerful PC when needed. I recently sold my MacBook Pro Retina and I tired a Samsung Tab Pro 12.1 before buying the Surface Pro 3.

    Windows 8 is not as bad as I thought it would be and it's actually pretty nice in my opinion. I really like the Surface Pro 3 build quality and the screen is gorgeous. I am also really liking the pen that was included. I have not yet purchased the keyboard and I'm not sure if I will as like I said, its main purpose for me will be as a tablet.
     
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    Congrats on your SP3! This forum is a great resource for you. I agree, with an open mind Windows 8 is not too bad but as you use it more I'm sure you'll discover the things that are still totally messed up. Surface Pro really is a nice device though.
     
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    I tried to avoid windows 8 like the plague, but after my 12 year old desktop died I had no choice. Ever since then I liked it. When the surface pro came out before my desktop gave up the ghost I wanted one, but not with windows 8. I even investigated the possibility of putting windows 7 on it.
     
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    Congrats and welcome to the Forum.
     
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I also avoided Win 8 before I got my SP3. And I'm not saying I'm "in love" with Win 8 or anything, but now I totally "get" how it is so perfect on a touch device.

    Anyways, ask lots of questions! :cool:
     
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    Welcome my friend!

    I went from wanting only the tablet too. i ended up buying the keyboard and docking station... Now, Its my tablet/desktop/laptop.
     
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    How do you like the transition from ios to windows? Was it easy for you?
     
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    Welcome aboard! I think there's lots to like.
     
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    The transition was a little easier for me as there is a Windows 7 desktop in my sons room that I maintain and use every so often. My last full time use of Windows was on XP.

    I am still fumbling around with Windows 8 but so far its been a fairly painless transition.

    I do have a few questions though for those who may know.

    1. Can I show battery percentage on the Metro screen.
    2. Do I need full fledged virus protection. I am using what it came with for now which I believe is Windows Defender. I don't visit adult sites and am pretty cautious when browsing. I never click links in email that I am unsure about.
    3. The pop up keyboard is a bit finicky. Sometimes it won't pop up after tapping in a text box. Is there a solution to force it to show in these instances.

    Thanks for the welcome all.
     
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    Analysts, sock puppets, and Internet Trolls have created a lot of Fear Uncertainty and Doubt about Windows 8 which people are starting to find out isn't nearly as bad as its been made out to be.
     
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    The truth is Windows 8 is remarkable improvement over Windows 7. Just like Windows Vista is huge improvement over XP (5 years of work!). Simple fact: Windows 8 = Windows 7 (improved) - startbutton + Metro interface + Apps. If someone has problem with missing start button, then get one.

    It's remarkable the entire Tech media lies about the some obvious facts. Amazing that when everybody lies, it's becoming a standard. I certainly underestimated the power of the icrap holding crowd in the tech media. What you expect when a tech writer say, "I am a icrap user, now I am reviewing a Windows product".

    I just hope people use their judgement, not to listen to what the crappy Microsoft hatters say.
     
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    I installed windows 8 about a month ago for no other reason than I'll have to beat used to it if I want an sp3. As a completely casual user, the only improvement for me over windows 7 is a faster boot. Other than that it takes many steps back which I then have to go out of my way to try and bypass, which often then create their own issues.
     

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