Microsoft Surface Review: How Well Does It Handle Kindle Content Compared with iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″?

I’ve had a ball playing with the Microsoft Surface, which I like quite a lot. Any time a gadget forces me to learn a new interface, I get excited. I’m not tempted to replace my 11-inch MacBook Air with this contender, but I am impressed.

For this video, I focused on reading with the Surface and compared its Kindle app with that of the iPad and with the built-in reading capability of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

I hope this will be helpful if you are evaluating tablets and your main activity will be reading books and magazines or newspapers. Please feel free to leave questions in the comments if there is something I left out that would be of interest to you!

Note: In comparing the prices of the three tablets, I forgot to price the Fire HD 8.9″ at the 32 GB size. I used the 16 GB model instead, which means it’s not a fair comparison. So instead of the $345 you’ll see in the video for the Fire and cover, it should be $424. That’s still a lot cheaper than $618 for the Surface with case and $638 for the iPad with Retina display and case.


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Comments 2

  1. Tom Welch wrote:

    How is the Surface as a productivity tool? As opposed to gadget to consume media, would write your next book using a Surface only?

    Posted 09 Dec 2012 at 11:23 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Tom, I like the cover that doubles as a keypad. It has a pleasing feel, IMO. So I could see using it for serious work like long- form writing. In fact, you have inspired me to try writing my column this afternoon on the Surface, to test it some more. It does seem sluggish at times, so that might turn out to be a limiting factor.

    Posted 09 Dec 2012 at 1:03 pm

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