Best Buy had the new Atom X7-based Surface 3 today and I put it through hell.
I downloaded The People of the Abyss, the 290MB version of The American Magazine, and Surface Japan (see the Google Books PDF Test page).
It turns out the Surface 3 includes a PDF app called Drawboard PDF.
I tried it.
The People of the Abyss was glorious on it.
But then both The American Magazine and Surface Japan brought the hardware and software to its knees.
The only thing worse was the second choice the Surface 3 offered to read PDFs: Adobe Reader!
Here’s how Microsoft disses the iPad on their pimping site:
Memo to Microsoft: The Surface 3 is built like a tank. It also weighs as much as a tank!
I held that thing like a tablet (portrait mode) for a good half hour. It was not fun.
When is “just a tablet” needed? When nothing but reading is being done.
The Surface 3 is not a reader’s tablet.
And the poor PDF performance was shocking for Windows hardware. The iPad does it better.