Why I'm Considering a Surface and Windows Phone 8

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Cloud Solution Architect on the state and local government team with Microsoft based in Jacksonville, FL. He has co-authored 3 SQL Server books including "SQL Server 2014 Professional Administration". As a former consultant and trainer, he uses his experience on many parts of the Microsoft BI and data platform to help customers deliver the best possible solutions. Bradley frequently presents at community events around the country. He is a contributor to sites such as SQLServerCentral.com and an active member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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  1. paschott says:

    I have a Surface RT and generally like it. I could wish for more apps, but also realize that it’s the new kid, unproven, not a huge fan base, etc. However, it’s a solid tablet and does quite a bit that is useful. The Surface Pro would likely be a better fit as a DB guy at this point because I could install some apps that would let me connect to my office and do some work while still being able to use the tablet form for non-work activities.
    There are a couple of hacks out there to better extend storage to a microSD card. They let you move your music, videos, and even your Modern app files there if you feel constrained by the on-board storage. I’m not feeling a storage pressure at the moment, but can see how that could be a problem for some down the line.

    I generally like my WP as well, though not as pleased with MS dropping support for all 7.x devices when they announced WP8. It works well and I don’t really miss many of the popular apps except perhaps a small number of games. Instagram is kind of silly to me, but I hear that it’s coming for all of the fans out there. The auto upload of pictures to Skydrive is nice, especially the option in WP8 that will upload a full copy there when connected over a network (though not over cell data). I like the “find my phone” feature, but that could be because my wife has a habit of leaving her phone in odd places. I know that isn’t unique, but it is well implemented.
    I could wish for broader support for a removable mSD card. The Nokia/HTC look good, but I’d gladly trade off some of those looks for the ability to extend the storage a bit. Minor quibble, but storage sizes are still a bit small for my tastes.

    Skydrive is well integrated for the most part. I usually just use it for OneNote syncing across platforms, but store a fair number of files there for personal use. I am grandfathered into the 25GB storage and I’m sure that helps.

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