Surface 2 not special enough

Is the Microsoft Surface 2 a tablet worth buying? Not according to a recent review by PCWorld writer Jon Phillips. The reviewer claims that Microsoft’s second attempt to create an entry-level Surface tablet is far too cautious to give the struggling tablet significance.

Tough competition

Surface tablet sales have long been sluggish. It’s no mystery why. The tablet market is crowded. Consumers can choose from impressive products from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Samsung. The Surface 2 from Microsoft doesn’t stick out among this competition.


This, Phillips writes, is Microsoft’s fault. The company really should have come up with bolder changes for its Surface tablet. Instead, Microsoft settled for making fairly minor tweaks. The changes do improve the tablet. Nevertheless they don’t improve it enough to make it a top option in the crowded tablet marketplace.


The main advantage of the Surface 2, when compared to its immediate predecessor, is increased speed. The tablet works adequately and is fast. It has a bright, vivid display. But, as Phillips writes, so do other tablets in the marketplace. And those other tablets also feature more apps. Surface 2 users have to shop for apps in the Windows store, and the choices there are just to thin. Until this changes, Phillips writes, don’t expect consumers to reach for the Surface 2.

Posted on: 12.13.13