The Microsoft Surface Tablet is Coming

The Microsoft Surface TabletI've tried a few different tablets over the past few years. In fact, there's one next to my bed right now. I rarely touch it.

It seems I like using a laptop. I've got a laptop next to the bed and I just grab it and do my surfing or writing or viewing or whatever. I never reach for the tablet, always preferring the laptop.

When I just want to read something quick, I'll grab my Samsung Galaxy S II phone. That's my "tablet" of choice.

Microsoft is ready to enter the tablet game, having unveiled their Surface tablet. It's a nice looking piece of hardware with a couple of nifty features the iPad doesn't have. I think the Touch and Type covers are pretty cool.

Hopefully Microsoft has learned a lot from their disastrous Zune experience. I doubt the folks at Apple are shaking in their boots, but the Surface is interesting enough that you can't immediately dismiss it. I mean, it even has a built-in kickstand!

I'll stick with my laptop and Android phone, but if you're looking for an iPad that runs Windows, you'll definitely want to check out the Surface.


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Rob

As of right now I use my IPAD 2 almost exclusively over my laptop.

When it comes to accessibility, transportation and browsing the web, tablets are much superior product. In terms of my use, I love grabbing the IPAD 2 before I go to sleep, watching a few videos, reading a few articles and posting on some message boards. I do this all from the comfort of my bed, something that was never comfortable with laptop.

I also enjoy the connectivity between my IPHONE 4s and IPAD 2. Writing notes and reminders that go on both through iCloud and music purchases doing the same. The IPAD 2 is also perfect for travel and helped make a 9 hour flight be comfortable and easy. That being said, in terms of my use the IPAD 2 is luxury that just makes things more comfortable and somewhat more practical.

The laptop is still superior when it comes to typing and saving anything from the web. I know for some a tablet can make their lives much more efficient. For example, when I got an estimate for blinds, one company stored all the measurements in an IPAD 2 and made an instant quote.

For me it is just an expensive toy at the moment. Although, I recognize it could be a much more practical device in the future depending on career and circumstance. Even if I just make the change to digital media a tablet may be necessary.

Therefore, there is no need for me to upgrade at this time. When the day comes to consider it, my choice will will come down to the following categories.

-Cost
-Technology
-Best Device to Purchase Media.

If Microsoft adds a music/movie/book store that syncs to my pc from my tablet all while being cheaper and better. So long Apple.

June 19, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

CQ

As I opined earlier: http://classicquarters.blogspot.ca/2011/11/finally-windows-tablet.html
Hardware aside, it doesn't appear like Microsoft is going to break their even odd, success fail, 25-year record with a conflicted purpose, legacy dead, Windows 8 operating system.

June 19, 2012 @ 1:06 PM

elvis

I hope you get a free one so we can read CQ's comments.

June 19, 2012 @ 4:45 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Dear Microsoft, I'm happy to test drive your new Surface when it's available. Love, Mike

June 19, 2012 @ 4:51 PM

CQ

And hey, THIS summer - you tell Ford Canada that you want a 2012 Mustang, not that 'Grandma Mobile' Carly Rae is showcasing.

June 19, 2012 @ 5:06 PM

dale

Does anybody know about the Toshiba Tablet as I won one with the Pizza Nova peel'n reveal early May & haven't received it yet. Will get it shortly.

Thanks

June 19, 2012 @ 6:55 PM

Becca

I would love to try it! If they want i will post a review about it. Hope to try it soon.

June 20, 2012 @ 4:35 AM

Cambo

Unfortunately, I think Microsoft is once again far too late to the party.

The market is already owned by Apple and Android.

Surface will likely be a flop, the same as Zune, Kin and Windows Phone 7.

June 20, 2012 @ 7:35 AM

CQ

One other thing: is it pronounced as Surface or Surf Ace?

June 20, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

Blind Dave

"Surface" (the normal pronunciation), so said the guy on CTV Tech Talk last night. But he didn't have a demo and said one version will be released in the fall and another version a few months later. One will run Windows 8 Pro and the other will run Windows RT.

June 20, 2012 @ 9:50 AM

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