Will you consider buying the $999 Surface Duo 2?
Surface Duo 2 now has a lower price, but does it have your interest?
As cool as a lot of people find Surface Duo 2 on a conceptual level, there's been a lot of hand-wringing over the device's hefty $1,500 starting price tag, which goes higher if you wanted more storage. And let's not even get started on the expensive accessories (don't forget to buy an $89 case from OtterBox after you drop big bucks on the Duo 2 itself).
The point is, Surface Duo 2 scares a lot of folks who aren't made of money. But we've arrived at a momentous occasion: The device is currently $500 off and that means the 128GB version is officially below $1,000 by a single penny, retailing for $999.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft's own store. Are you stoked to get in on the Duo 2 action now that the minimum price to entry is under four digits, or are you still in the "it's an overpriced experimental device" camp?
With meaningful updates under its belt and Android 12L on the way, Surface Duo 2 is in a better place than it was at launch. But even so, $999 isn't a small chunk of change, especially for those distrustful of Microsoft given its handling of the original Duo.
If you already own the device and none of this squabbling matters to you, don't forget to check out the best Surface Duo 2 accessories.
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1. It's sharing space with keys, coins, nail clippers (nails snag a lot for some reason), etc that can do it damage.
2. In warm weather I sweat enough that any item that cannot withstand moisture is at risk in my pockets, so that definitely applies to the Duo 1/2 with its minimal water resistance.
3. Issue mentioned by Keith with getting the Duo out of a pocket while seated. For the above reasons my phones have always had to be in a belt holster, and there do not seem to be many decent choices of that for the Duo's.
Using the Duo, the Duo 1 because doing it with the Duo 2 is not possible thanks to the bumper on the back, fold 360 degrees is not a solution because the software does not support it: no way to tap to turn it on, no Glance, no ability to write on a locked screen etc.
Btw you forgot to add "IMO" in your comment...
* It's just too awkward to deal with the screens, and figuring out how/when to switch between them.
* No wireless charging means more awkward phone positioning when setting it down with a charging cable.
* The protective case I got for it compensates for the camera lenses' "bump", but it prevented flipping either screen all the way around to the back of the other screen, so constantly awkward handling of both together was unavoidable for me.
* Lack of water resistance (aside from the most minimal one for "occasional" droplets from straight overhead?), and cases/covers to compensate (aside from putting it in a glorified ziploc bag). I can wash my LG 8X every so often while doing my handwashing.
* Lack of belt holster cases that looked reasonably compact for daily "wear".
* Lack of anti-glare matte finish screen protectors (at least I could not find any aside from a glossy one) - the glossiness of any phone's screen drives me crazy. All in all, it was too big a feature and form factor hassle for me to consider it worth $1K+, so it is going back to Best Buy (might have to pay $45 restocking fee, but I consider that reasonable for a 4 day trial). Per a suggestion from the Forbes writer, Ewan Spence, I am more inclined to consider the Duo "1" for a secondary PIM/micro PC type device, that I can dedicate to those sorts of functions, so am going to try a Duo 1 I just bought on eBay for $400-ish to see how that works.