Will you buy a Surface Duo 2 after seeing its reviews?
Since Surface Duo 2 reviews are a mixed bag, do you plan on buying the new foldable from Microsoft?
Microsoft launched the Surface Duo 2 this week. The foldable improves on its predecessor in several key areas, including having a Snapdragon 888 processor, better cameras, and a refined design. It also supports 5G and NFC, both of which the original Duo lacks.
We already knew the specs of the Surface Duo 2 and what it looked like. Preorders have been open for weeks. But since the device is now available, reviews have come out, helping people decide if the Duo 2 is worth its $1,500 price tag.
Our Surface Duo 2 review gave the device a 4/5 rating. Our executive editor Daniel Rubino highlighted the hardware and software improvements seen in the Duo 2 but also admitted its flaws, including some minor bugs.
"Don't let anyone tell you differently: Surface Duo 2 is a huge improvement over the first model. But the actual Surface Duo experience is waiting for another chapter, making Surface Duo 2 a nice milestone but still a novelty for many," says Rubino.
Other experts weren't as high on Microsoft's new foldable. Several reviewers ran into bugs during their testing. Others questioned the form factor of the device.
Now that reviews are out, we want to know if you plan to buy a Surface Duo 2. Did the reviews sway your opinion one way or the other? Let us know in our poll and explain your reasoning in the comments.
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Surface Neo = Foldable screen, cover screen (for phone calls) and Windows 11 when folded out.
BTW it was MS itself that developed the "Windows SideShow" technology.
As for opening up... this is exactly the issue that an external screen would fix.
Windows Central review was very biased from start. They probably tried to convince people to buy it.
What is worrying me is that the majority of Microsoft fans in this site won't buy it.
I guess thus Duo will miserably fail in terms of sales numbers.
Huge discounts are coming, and Microsoft will pull the plug later.
Update: Mine has been delivered and I've done my initial setup. This thing is amazing. So far, no issues...except with Optus but that's another story. I understand what Zac and Dan were saying about its feel: it just feels significant in your hand. I've set up a few apps to launch as pairs and I have set up authenticator and the biometrics. The fingerprint scanner is blisteringly fast and it's a close run thing between my iPhone 12 Pro(work phone) and the Duo as to which opens faster. Bear in mind this is the honeymoon phase so it will be interesting to see how this plays out before my return window closes.
1. While every new device has minor bugs, but make sure that you up your game and improve in this aspect by investing more in pre-launch testing. Take a cue from your ex-partner Nokia and sheer number of testing they performed, their devices never had such bugs on launch. 2. Ensure proper and clear communication to the people what the product is for. If it is meant to be used inside an office set up, tell that loudly.
If I do carry my laptop to meetings, then this thing is completely redundant. Maybe there are 1 in a million people who can really optimize their workflows for this to make sense. But for everyone else it just doesn't. An outside screen would make the Duo instantly a lot more usable, cause you don't have to open it every time you want to do the little things or take a photo. And that's the majority of the time. How often do you just want to look at notifications? How often do you just want to take a quick photo? vs how often do you want to do heavy multitasking?
The same can't be said of the Duo 2...