Though it has yet to officially launch retail for consumers to buy, tech fans are buzzing over a new tablet in town. Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPad, the Surface, looks like a winner. While iPad may be the best selling tablet to date, and it’s certainly loaded with nice features, some still complain it’s more of a media consumption device or a big smartphone, over a truly portable computer. With Surface, Microsoft seeks to challenge the notion that a tablet is merely a fun toy or fancy e-book and MP3 player. Early specs boast expandability, premium, rugged design and best of all, a pro model having full compatability with the MS Windows OS by using Windows 8.
It all depends on what you want to use a tablet for, but isn’t more productivity always a nice thing to have? Both Apple’s iPad and Android tablets use thousands of apps from their respective iTunes and Google Playstore, however many of the big programs that iMacs use just aren’t available. By using Windows on both models – the cheaper model will use Windows RT, the more expensive runs Windows 8 Pro, the Surface is capable of running all sorts of familiar applications.
Users may love an Android tablet or iPad, but many still miss using a keyboard – a real one that is – instead of relying on a virtual, software emulation. While it’s true you can buy an external keyboard for almost any kind of tablet, the Surface gives you a case that doubles as a keyboard. Since it’s magnetically attached to the Surface, it’s a snug fit that’s almost impossible to lose. You’ll soon be typing that company budget, quarterly business report or school term paper in no time flat.
The Windows RT version of the Surface comes with a version of Microsoft Office, and the Pro Version will run Windows 8 – so you’re off and running and compatable with all sorts of software suites that you know, use and love. Your files, folders and all of your valuable data should be able to be ported over easily to your new tablet. This makes things easier, cheaper and much quicker than having to buy new apps or translating data into an Apple or Android format.
Stylus & Digital Inking
Though a stylus may be used with nearly any tablet, the Surface promises some really incredible detail and specs when it comes to configuring and using a tablet as electronic paper. Microsoft says that the tablet samples handwriting at 600dpi to allow for a more precise recording of handwritten or drawn input. If you’re a professional illustrator creating a serious drawing, or your just like to doodle sometimes, the Surface comes to the hand drawn rescue.
You don’t really need a kickstand – or any other kind of stand – to use or prop up a tablet, but the truly civilized user should always have one for a better overall tablet experience. Microsoft has your back when it comes to that too. The Surface has a sturdy one built right in. Supposedly, it’s so intergrated into the tablet’s design, that you’ll barely know it’s there – until you actually need to use it.
Ports & Two HD Cameras
Early designed tablets and even the first generation of the iPad lacked cameras. Now, it’s a pretty standard and expected thing to have a least one HD camera. The Surface has two HD cameras – front and back – and so it enables one to take photos, movies and even use video conference apps like Skype and such to keep in touch with friends and family with video chats. The RT model has micro SD, USB 2.0, Micro-HD video and 2×2 MIMO antennas, while the Pro model boasts micro SDXC, USB3.0, Mini Display Port Video.