What will you be using Surface Go for?

For those of you who have ordered a Surface Go, what will you be using it for?

Regular laptop, media tablet, games, etc?

Conversation 14 comments

  • VancouverNinja

    Premium Member
    20 July, 2018 - 7:58 pm

    <p>One for my kid as a starter tablet solution. The LTE version for me as a media consumption device with access to my Windows 10 app in a pinch.</p>

  • Finley

    Premium Member
    21 July, 2018 - 8:12 am

    <p>I may look at this for a solution for work. </p><p><br></p><p>I run my business selling and servicing marine electronic systems. I use my phone (Samsung A5) in the field a lot but I am looking at possible better solutions for project management. I mainly use OneNote and need a better system of note taking on the fly, though the newer extra large phones that will be coming out in the next year or so may work as well. </p><p><br></p><p>I also may go back to a flip phone and get a tablet with LTE. I find I am on my phone too much and hope that the less convenient dumb phone plus tablet set up will lead to less distractions. </p>

  • anchovylover

    21 July, 2018 - 11:01 am

    <p> I'm seriously considering buying one purely as a consumption device. The keyboard will not be required and I would be looking at the cheaper model which are available for $599 Australian which imho is more than competitive given the specifications. For the record the meatier model will be available for $839 Australian.</p>

  • Simard57

    22 July, 2018 - 5:52 am

    <p>consumption tablet as well. I understand the suggestions to choose 8 GB and 128 SSD but I think the sweet spot would be 4 GB and an SSD that is NOT eMMC. I don't understand the push for 8GB but if the cost delta is small – guess it makes sense to future proof it.</p><p><br></p><p>I have a Nuvision tablet I am anxious to snap in 2. it has only 2 GB (not enough) and eMMC (too slow) and no power management to speak of. the screen is nice and it is light but it is not worth the aggravation in using it</p><p><br></p>

    • offTheRecord

      24 July, 2018 - 7:38 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#294479">In reply to Simard57:</a></em></blockquote><p>The Verge (and Neowin) is reporting that Costco is taking pre-orders on a previously unannounced 4/128 GB model. In the article, they mention that it could just be a mis-print, but the bundle it comes with does seem to be priced differently than if it was 8/128 GB. According to the article, it is "a $549 bundle that offers a Surface Go with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a Surface Type Cover (which normally costs $99)." This is apparently $100 less than it would cost you to buy the same bundle with the 8/128 GB version (so you're basically paying $100 for the extra 4 GB of RAM in the 8 GB version). If you follow the link to the Neowin article, several commenters are claiming that Microsoft has confirmed that this is a special Costco Members-only model.</p><p><br></p><p>I'm still not able to post web links here (Tim, is this a known issue?), but if you search for "Costco is selling a midrange Surface Go with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage" you'll find the article and you can read the details (and any updates) there.</p><p><br></p>

      • Simard57

        25 July, 2018 - 6:05 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#294868">In reply to offTheRecord:</a></em></blockquote><p>i saw that – thanks! so tempted but I will wait to read the reviews. no rush now</p><p><br></p>

  • Rick Foux

    22 July, 2018 - 2:56 pm

    <p>I haven't entirely decided if I'm going to buy one yet, but if I do it will be as a secondary device – primarily for consumption but able to do some light productivity as needed. I already have a work laptop that I use for the "heavy lifting." This will be for when I travel and get back to the hotel to check emails, watch a movie or read a book, and possibly even some light gaming.</p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    22 July, 2018 - 4:14 pm

    <p>Saving the world with Bill Nye.</p>

  • Polycrastinator

    22 July, 2018 - 10:46 pm

    <p>If I buy one (I've been considering an iPad with KB and pencil, too) note taking, email triage, short notes and customer responses when it's too annoying to type those things out on the phone. I have a laptop, and I don't know if it's psychological, but lot of the time it feels like a big commitment to pull that thing out, turn it on, and get to work. If I were to get a Surface Go, I'd want to hear really, really great things about standby time and resume time, to make it more iPad-like at least in "pick up and go" use than a traditional laptop.</p>

  • curtisspendlove

    23 July, 2018 - 2:28 pm

    <p>If performance is reasonable, I plan on getting one (with pen) for my wife. She’s a digital artist but didn’t want to spend the money on a Surface Pro/Book/Studio. </p><p><br></p><p>This is will be a slightly more cost effective way to kick the tires. (She fell in love with the Studio and Book when she played around with them at the local MS Store.)</p>

  • MacLiam

    Premium Member
    23 July, 2018 - 7:15 pm

    <p>If I get one, which strikes me as slightly more likely than not, it will replace my current iPad as a chairside small-table device that I can pick up when a question arises while I'm watching TV or if I want to kill the video and have the Alexa app start playing sometthing from my music library. It will also be a note-taking device (OneNote/Quick Note, Whiteboard) if something occurs to me that I don't want to lose before I next pass by one of my main machines. I doubt I'll get a keyboard, but I will keep a pen nearby. If I need a keyboard, I have a universal Microsoft folder that I can press into service.</p><p><br></p><p>I won't get the small one. If I do buy, it will be the 8/128 version. I don't need LTE.</p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    23 July, 2018 - 11:50 pm

    <p>I'll be looking at Surface Go with LTE in about 18 months when used devices will be discounted on eBay. I just got a new Surface Pro so my computer budget is tapped for a while. But I'm interested in Surface Go as my ultra portable computer for working at the coffee shop or in the city for the day. The battery should hopefully get me through an hour train ride each way, an hour or two of note-taking and two to three hours of email and Office work. It would be nice to not drain my phone battery tethering. And no need for a large screen phone those days either; I could just take the 113 gram iPhone SE as my companion device.</p>

  • Teresasteele

    25 July, 2018 - 2:17 am

    <p>I may use it for my regular laptop.</p>

  • Elindalyne

    Premium Member
    25 July, 2018 - 10:26 am

    <p>The same thing I use my Surface 3 for… Travel, note taking in meetings, ultraportable for running shows, etc..</p><p><br></p><p>I'd have gotten a Surface Pro if I didn't have a fairly powerful laptop that I can use for when I actually need the extra horsepower. It's older, but it still has an i7 and an ssd. The 10'' size just makes sense for my daily use.</p>


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