Writers praise the tablet's touchscreen and battery life, but criticise the lack of apps, its poor camera and its slightly heavier weight.

This article titled “Microsoft Surface gets the thumbs down in early reviews” was written by Juliette Garside, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 24th October 2012 14.42 UTC

Microsoft’s Surface – the company’s first tablet computer produced in-house, and a crucial part of the software giant’s strategy to survive the decline of the PC – has been given a thumbs down by reviewers.

Verdicts published overnight in the US, the first from journalists to have tested Surface at home, have praised its touchscreen interface but slated the machine for poor resolution, being too heavy, using substandard cameras, and having a narrow selection of apps which are prone to crashing.

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