Don't Buy If You Need Full Windows or Won't Spend $50
The Surface Go runs Windows 10 in S Mode. In theory this means better battery life, but it also means that you can only use the apps from the Windows 10 store, and you can only use the Edge browser.
This means out of the box you cannot run any proprietary apps that your company uses, and you can't install apps you download from the Internet.
Unless you upgrade, you cannot use Google Chrome and many other apps and services.
iTunes is finally in the Windows Store, so you don't need to worry about upgrading for access to that.
Figure out if you can live without the apps from outside the Windows Store, or if you are willing to spend another $49 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro before you buy.
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07/11/2018 at 2:45 pm
Why is Microsoft so obsessed with low-RAM device offerings?? Yeah, the Go is meant to be a secondary device, I get that, but I run out of 8GB RAM all the time just using Chrome with multiple tabs and memory-hungry sites like Facebook! Even on their bigger/better Surface devices (Pro/Book/Laptop) you have to pony up big money for the i7/big SSD combo (most people don’t need the extra speed/lowered battery life of the i7 or that much storage) just to get 16GB of RAM! 8GB should be the starting point for most devices in 2018 and there’s no rational reason to force users to the ultra-high configuration tier just to get above that!
I *was* really, really excited for a smaller companion to my Surface Book for when I want to travel light, but the last thing I need is a device that’ll get outdated as quickly as my 2013 ThinkPad Tablet 2 did (absolutely phenomenal form factor and the Atom chip wasn’t even *that* terrible, but a measly 2GB RAM and spinner-slow eMMC storage made it feel about as snappy as a bargain-store Android tablet and I’m expecting the same from the 4GB/eMMC Surface Go). The 8GB/SSD Go will definitely perform better, but a 16GB with the same Pentium and storage would be a world better in usability and perceived speed!