I can’t remember the last time I used the device before turning it on. The idea of basing posts entirely on glamor photos without actually compromising the product feels like a holdover from the early days of gadget blogging. But often tools are added to justify this approach.
There will be a much more in-depth review of the Surface Duo. I will write a lot of words on this website about the experience of using software and living with the device as a flagship. For now, however, you and I have to settle for a few photos and a few choices of words about the form factor.
But if there’s one product that deserves a little love for review, it’s the Surface Duo. It’s been a while since I’ve seen so many other TechCrunch editors rave about this new device. The earliest fold is probably the best comparison. And at first glance, the duo looks at least sturdier than some of the earliest folding units. No wonder when you consider that the weak link is the folding screen itself.
Microsoft’s approach to improving real estate is based on two independent but connected screens. This is nowhere near the first product to take an approach, but outside of the box, it seems like a much more solid approach. No fragile, glass-free screen can shatter, and there is no way to accidentally trap dirt under the screen. The downside, however, is the gap between the views. More on that in a future review.
What interests me most when unpacking is the compactness of the device. I’ve seen it in videos and demos, but somehow I wish the device was bigger. It’s by no means small (it’s even wider than the Note 20), but depending on how tall you are, you might be able to slip it in your pocket without too much trouble.
Microsoft has made it clear that when it comes to hardware, the hinge is the most important thing. It has a dual role both in maintaining the connection between the screens (including dual batteries and keeping the experience running smoothly) and in adjusting the product to different angles. How most users interact with it remains to be seen as it is a new form factor in several important ways so the device should be fine in any configuration. So the 360-degree rotation should be smooth, yet stiff enough to support a single screen.
So far, so good. The hardware from Duo feels really top-notch, as expected/expected from a device worth $ 1,400. The new interface will be introduced on September 10th. Look forward to a much deeper and more satisfactory product rating.