It's been almost a month since I've posted, having a newborn will do that to you. But I'm back and hoping to continue writing regularly from here until the end of the year.
During my time away, I traded-in an old MacBook Pro and iPad mini for a new Surface Go.
At least part of the reason I decided to try a Surface is that I love what Microsoft is doing as a company. I've told anyone who will listen for the last 2 years that I am bullish on Microsoft under Satya's leadership and the Surface is a big part of my reasoning.
The verdict: I'm only a week or so into using my Surface Go regularly, but so far I love it.
- the keyboard - I love the feel and size even if it takes some getting used to
- the size - it's perfect for both tablet uses like reading/browsing and computer use cases like working on email/writing
- the OS - I like having a full OS instead of a mobile version
- power - the Surface Go does lag for some heavier tasks even though I purchased the 8GB RAM version
- battery life - on a full charge the battery lasts only ~5-6 hours which is dismal compared to iPads
- bezel - this is a minor complaint, but the bezel did not need to be so large with the advancements that have been made in screen technologies over the last few years
It's not a device I'd recommend as your "daily driver", but if you have a computer for heavy lifting and are looking for something more portable that is still powerful enough to get basic tasks done then the Surface is definitely worth considering.
I've attempted to use an iPad off and on for the last few years but the lack of a mouse kept me from using it as an additional computer. The touchscreen UX just doesn't work for me. The new iPads still do not solve this problem and so the Surface still feels like the right choice for most of my use cases.
The addition of the mouse and a great keyboard mean I pick up my Surface Go every chance I get and that means more productivity which is what having a secondary device is all about in my mind.