Looking at Microsoft's Surface from an iPad perspective
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:22 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:24 AM
And the Touch cover is a fantastic solution-just enough to make it more viable than a touchscreen, but not so bulky or heavy that it is a decision point-just get it if you think you _might_ need to do some typing.
And yes, I love my iPad 3. The only disappointment from the Surface is the screen resolution-but maybe Surface2 will rectify that.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:31 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:36 AM
Now if MS had build Kinect into Surface, or can figure out how to, they might really have something to brag about and a true differentiator that might come close to one-upping the iPad, but it looks like they missed that one so far.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:38 AM
What I find interesting is the idea that this is a "work" tablet. I have used Windows on my iPad and this tablet will have the same basic problems once you start using Office, unless they create a touch enabled version. Without a touch enabled version of Office it is hard to see it working well on a tablet unless they integrate a trackpad in to the cover. Now, once you get to trackpad in the cover status, why not just buy an ultrabook?
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:42 AM
While there are a lot of bad apps on the App Store there are a huge number of very high quality apps. One thing that I've definitely come to appreciate about the Apple application ecosystem is the general availability of high quality applications at reasonable prices. This is something I've not see anyone else come close to duplicating. By way of example, I'm using a PC at work now and finding good web development tools (text editor, SFTP client, SSH application, etc.) is incredibly hard (if not impossible in some cases. On Macs and iOS devices there are an multiple great applications in each category.
So while I think the total number of apps is largely irrelevant, the number of high quality apps does matter and I don't know that Microsoft has a good strategy for tackling that challenge.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:44 AM
Their OS has a lot of potential, but:
1) that surface tablet is UGLY! Square, metallic (black).. looks sort of prison grade.
2) they are back to their confusing ways... Surface RT, Surface Pro... ??? Sounds like Windows home, professional, ultimate all over again.
They have blown it once again!!! And I was actually looking forward to it! As for now, I load Windows 8 in parallels, and I can swipe metro left and right on my MBPro and it works great... do not understand at all who is designing hardware there... its awful!!!
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:46 AM
" Part of this challenge is due to the fragmentation of Android App Stores, form factors, and even different OS versions running on devices. "
It will be very interesting to see if Microsoft has learned this lesson. Otherwise, Windows 8 tablets may have the same problem!
Even on NPR this morning, there was a discussion of whether the MS Tablet is an affront/challenge to Microsoft's hardware partners (and the partnership/division of responsibilities.)
My $.02 on the WinTablet:
1. Looks like a very effective copy of what Apple's done, i.e. there's nothing here -substantially different- than an iPad. The keyboard option is particulary interesting but not revolutionary.
2. But it's just an announcement. When was the last time Apple announced a hardware product that wasn't available for the masses to order that day, with bulk product shipping within a week or so???
3. Ballmer will never have the stage presence of Steve Jobs (even without chairs...)
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:53 AM
The downside of a stylus on an iPad is that a hand resting on the surface is registered as a touch so you must keep your hand raised. The surface senses the stylus in use and disables touch. So you shift between drawing/writing with the stylus and using the multitouch, whichever handles the task best.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:06 AM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:10 AM