I had a desire to rehabilitate this thread to something that might actually be helpful for potential buyers. But as I read through this list there is an underlying hubris that prevents anything helpful from it... a poisoned tree produces poisoned fruit. I say hubris, because you didn't come here looking for answers to those problems. You simply post that because YOU experienced these issues then it must be universal to the RT experience. Because obviously you are so knowledgeable that it is impossible that anyone else might be able to help with some of those issues. You may indeed be the center of YOUR universe, but that doesn't translate well to other universes.Hi there,
In the interests of providing potential buyers of the newly discounted Surface RT with an honest appraisal of its capabilities, I would like to compile a list of things that all buyers are likely to expect it to be able to do but that it will not do. Had the Best Buy where I purchased mine been large enough to mount a complete listing of its shortcomings in size 8 font on any given wall, I never would have bought it; please assist by contributing to this list as flaws continue to emerge.
Flaws which one might reasonably expect to find in a device if it were given to them for free as an alternative to being smothered in six tons of hot fresh bird droppings rather than having paid for it:
-Display embedded PDFS in IE (Not that big a deal, unless you mind the 5-second wait each time you try to load a new one. If you plan on using Ebrary or another ebook site through a public or university library, this will affect you. Microsoft Support confirms that this is insurmountable and advised me to return my Surface to Best Buy).
-Display certain Flash content in IE: If I had the time to determine what factors influence my Surface's decision to display or not display embedded flash content, I'd use it to get a part-time job and save up for a better laptop. Sometimes what it won't display one day it displays with pride the following day.
-IE is, as it has been for the last 15 years, unstable, slow, and insecure. Tabs crash often, and Microsoft has yet to make it impervious to popup hijacking.
-Consistently behave as either a desktop or mobile browser: It changes, on a whim apparently, and there is no way to consistently make your browser behave as a desktop browser. Nor will it cooperate with the mobile versions of at least three different architectures of academic library websites. It does not matter which one of the two GUIs inexplicably included you choose to use.
-You cannot install another browser - Microsoft has made this impossible.
-You cannot install another operating system - microsoft has used some sort of secure boot nonsense to prevent it, despite the existence of several Linux kernels made for the Surface RT's ARM architecture
-Run 99.9% of the software you could run on a normal laptop, because of aforementioned ARM architecture, even if you do apply the 'jailbreak' which circumvents Microsoft's "Store" software monopoly
-Access settings for software in the same way as you would on a desktop: Many of the programs that have been ported to ARM / Windows RT have their settings gutted to the point of uselessness.
Feel free to add to this list as you become more remorseful for your purchase.
Having said that, you provide no specific examples of what you have experienced. That makes it impossible to address those issues.
You have failed to explain how you came to your set of expectations for the Surface RT. How can someone who claims to be interested (and knowledgeable, my assumption) in installing alternate operating systems, and aware of Flash, legacy apps, history of Internet Explorer, be so completely clueless about what the Surface RT was BEFORE buying it? That doesn't make sense.
Given this, the only logical conclusion is that you are simply one of the many attention-seekers who enjoys attention whether it be positive or negative. It's sad to think that there are people out there so starved for human interaction.
Well, mission accomplished. I hope this thread has helped you.