Today the biggest thing that I tried to work out was the battery life. I know some people have complained about the battery connection and how it’s magnetically attached to the device. I didn’t see that as a big problem, but I did notice that connecting the device in the dark, like right before I go to bed and after I turn out the lights, isn’t the easiest thing in the worked to do. I am all for next gen tech, but maybe so kind of plug style connection might have worked as well. Either way, I think its a pretty strong connection, and I have to say the Surface RT charges FAST. I mean crazy fast. I went from fully drained to fully charged in just over an hour. I was going to try it using a car charger with a plug adapter, but since I don’t carry one on me on a normal day I dismissed it.
I also noticed the that the battery sips power. I am sure that is due to the low power consumption of the Tegra-3 chip, but its amazing how much work I can get done during the day and still have a charge enough to watch a video. Not a long one, but just having the ability is nice.
I don’t know how much power will be consumed now that Surface RT supports Flash, but I am guessing I may see some drain.
Something that I noticed as a minor nuisance is that fact that I can’t see the battery icon on the home screen or while I am surfing. It isn’t a big deal, and I can always press -windows-C, but seeing it always on as opposed to having to use a gesture can be distracting.
So my battery finally wore down after 9.35 hours. Not to bad after a full day of work, watching the new Pope, and a combination of emails and social posts.
Nice job Microsoft. So far….