A little late to the table, Microsoft has finally revealed its first highly anticipated tablet computer, the Surface. Drew explains why the Surface is a huge leap into the competitive tablet market for Microsoft and why you might buy one.
Expected to go on sale no later than spring, the Microsoft Surface ticks all the boxes in the design department with features which outperform any tablet currently available on the market including the sleek iPad 3. It is instantly apparent that Microsoft wanted to create a stylish yet practical product which is a cross between a lightweight ultrabook and the current tablet computers available on the market.
To help with the usability of the Surface, Microsoft has designed a kickstand into the back of the tablet to allow it to stand up on any flat surface. To complement the design, the detachable magnetic cover has an ultrathin built in keyboard and mouse pad for those who don’t enjoy the touchpad for typing and browsing. The key addition to the Surface is that it includes a USB port, something which Apple has neglected to add to its iPad series of tablets and even its Mac Book Air laptops.
Running on Microsoft’s own customised operating system, the Surface will be the first real tablet on the market which runs the office suite of programs such as Microsoft Word, allowing for greater useability of the tablet for personal and work tasks. And of course you can still play games, watch videos, listen to music and surf the web with the Surface.
The Microsoft Surface is the big button phone of the tablet world with easy to read large buttons and applications on the home screen, which makes it easy for the most technically challenged user to use.
While there are many positives, there has been some negative feedback floating around the internet in regard to the Surface. Those who were lucky enough to have a few minutes of hands-on time with the Surface at the media launch in LA reported that the software was a little sluggish and that it felt like Microsoft was trying to pack too much into a tablet which simply can’t handle the features. Others found some of the hotkeys a little difficult to understand and felt that they would need about an hour with the tablet to get comfortable with using the product.
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