My first thoughts when I started using a Surface RT was WOW... Loved the stand, loved the high quality feel and loved the education price (under $300) . Could this be a real alternative to Chromebooks as we search for ways to deliver 1:1 post Federal funding for devices?
How could we lose?
- We have apps available offline - Word, Excel. Powerpoint no less...
- A browser to get to our Google suite
- A touch screen. Using my finger, I was able to do this..... Man, the younger kids are going to love this.
- Google+ works like a charm until you try and do hangouts... It can't install the plugin.
- Gmail is unusable. I was getting sick of the message "google.com is not responding due to a long running script". It kept crashing Gmail and restarting the browser.
- I love the research function in Google writer. Especially the bit where you can search for an item, drag images from the research pane directly into your doc, and the citation appears automatically. The only problem is it doesn't work on a Surface RT. To be fair, the feature doesn't work on IE full stop regardless of the device. And this is the biggest issue.... The RT only uses IE and you can't install an alternative.
I wanted this to work....I even gave it 3 weeks just in case there was an update just around the corner that would change everything. But there hasn't been....
VERDICT: If Google Apps is a significant part of your elearning strategy, a Surface RT is useless.
(P.S - It is a beautiful machine.... Does anyone know how I can sneak Chrome onto it?)