The Surface Duo is finally out after its fans have waited more than a year. The overall judgment is positive, but it’s still flawed.
Last year, Microsoft teased fans at an event in New York. They showed a phone. No, it was a pill. Or was it a phone and a computer?
The Microsoft Surface Duo was a completely new concept back then. It was a unique version of the smartphone that took the form and functionality of a tablet and a computer. However, it was powered by Android, so it was a smartphone.
As such, it has met with great interest from people looking for a true multitasking device. Fortunately, the verdict has been reached and the experts love the idea, but the execution still leaves something to be desired.
Surface Duo is a multitasking monster
When Microsoft announced the Surface Duo, they promised real multitasking. They forced their audience to imagine working on two screens side by side at the same time. Now that the phone is off, they did well on this sale offer.
Surface Duo users can use the app group to launch two apps at the same time. The mix and match of the apps is unlimited.
Users can watch a YouTube video in one area while composing an email in the other. You can also have a conference call and take notes at the same time. In contrast to other smartphones, multitasking looks more natural on the Surface Duo. The physical division between the two screens makes the user feel like they are actually running two apps.
There are still many bugs to fix and room for improvement
Marques Brownlee said he is already looking forward to the Surface Duo 2. The foldable smartphone should be flawed as it is the first generation. However, Microsoft has identified the main areas from which the phone’s offer for sale comes from.
The concept of real multitasking is a hit. The hinge design also offers extremely flexible use in different scenarios. Finally, the customization of Android in Windows is flawless.
As expected, however, the processor on the foldable device does not appear to be sufficient to power two displays at the same time. It takes up more than 6 GB of RAM. The phone’s camera system also needs to be updated. If Microsoft wants the Surface Duo to compete with the iPhone, it has to at least provide more than just a single 11-megapixel lens.
Finally, Microsoft can improve the errors that the reviewers track during their run with the Surface Duo. It includes moving from app to app, switching different display modes on the phone, and switching from selfie mode to main camera mode.
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