Do any of the low-cost tablets have an active digitizer? Adding one to the Surface 2 (RT v2) I imagine would increase price, and I'm not sure that's a good idea at all considering the first gens didn't start to really move until the price cut.Very nice - though I am hearing a lot of swearing about the Tegra 4 - folks seem to want the Snapdragon 800 SOC. Regardless, I am a little disappointed about the lack of an active digitizer. The Surface 2 would have been excellent with an inking capability. Nevertheless, as things stand, for me the problem is this - what to do with the Surface RT when the new one shows up??? Not sure if there is a market for it (probably not), so low resale value. Or, should I just wait for the third iteration since this is more of a performance upgrade and there is nothing that I do which really challenges the Surface RT that I have at the moment? Sure 4GB RAM would be nice, but its not essential. Win 8.1 RT would be common to both. The apps would be the same. The only thing that I may want to upgrade if the possibility exists is the keyboard (assuming that a newer and better keyboard is available). The two level kickstand is also a good thing, but again it is not yet a problem for me. What else would be new to the Surface 2 as compared with the current Surface RT?
I have not sold any of my devices.well just the screen alone is a huge factor! (1080P!) really though it isn't just 1 thing but a multiple of things that make me wanna change! also if you sell your device I'm sure one of your family members would like to buy it (cousin/nephew) and would benefit from your generosity instead of letting a stanger profit from your loss, yes your gonna take a loss as with ALL tech stuff I don't see that stopping you from selling it and buying the 2nd gen...I'm sure you took a loss on your other devices and it didn't stop you. why should that be any different with the RT?
Hardware iteration within the same year is actually extremely rare. I'm only saying extremely rare instead of "unheard of" because I honestly don't know if it's happened before, ever. But I personally have a very slow turnover, because I'm used to purchasing $2000+ devices and hanging onto them for at least 4-5 years.I have not sold any of my devices.
Edit: I also don't have any relatives - no cousins, no nephews/ nieces etc. I also use a Nexus 10 and an iPad (both of which I own) extensively and so am familiar with high resolution screens. Having said that, I don't find the current screen of the Surface RT poorer. It seems to serve my purposes adequately. My hesitation in buying the Surface 2 is because of the time. It's been only about 7-8 months that I have had the Surface and upgrading now seems to be too quick a turnover. On an average, I tend to upgrade every 14-18 months. The sole exception to this was my phone, which I upgraded after 3 years (or was it 2?).
Edit 2: Now here is a reason for upgrading to the Surface 2. Apparently, MS is going to be releasing a keyboard cover with additional power capabilities. Unfortunately, this will not be compatible with the original Surface RT. Full story here: Power Cover: Microsoft's keyboard cover for the Surface with a built-in battery - Neowin
When I am traveling overseas, which is quite a "common circumstance" to/ for me.Hardware iteration within the same year is actually extremely rare. I'm only saying extremely rare instead of "unheard of" because I honestly don't know if it's happened before, ever. But I personally have a very slow turnover, because I'm used to purchasing $2000+ devices and hanging onto them for at least 4-5 years.
A counter to Surface 2 power keyboard: Surface with WinRT already gets a full days' charge. Under what common circumstances do you need that much more?
The power keyboard makes a much bigger difference with the Surface Pro 1 and 2, however.