I GET FULL USE of a Microsoft Surface tablet to see how two of my older styli work when I upskill as a video scribe during the next two weeks. The first two hours spent scribing on Surface have been uneventful.
I made a short video clip of my foray into video scribing (below the break) before our six year old daughter demanded equal time with the tablet. She already has favourite Windows Phone games and hoped she would find them as Windows 8 apps. She didn't find her favourites but did enjoy Audible books, Fresh Paint, Monster Island and the Surface's ability to serve her Flash-based games at Friv.com. It's going to be fun to train Mia with Sparkol's Videoscribe because she already thinks in terms of timelines and assets.
Both the build quality and the battery life of the Surface are very impressive. We haven't subjected the tablet to a Drop Test on Tile (something you would expect to happen in a primary school) but we have pushed the machine for more than four hours on a single charge while rendering videos with battery power.
This marks the start of an excellent adventure.