Simon-, on 23 June 2012 - 05:58, said:
It's just one of the first Windows RT tablets, the first of many, from many different companies. I don't see anything special that differentiates it from the Windows RT tablets that other OEMs will product.
Microsoft is setting the tone for all other OEM's by making their own "flagship" Windows 8 tablet. I'll be interested to see how all the OEM's respond to this.
When it is compared to the iPad, there is such a fuss that it has a "keyboard" integrated into it's case. Well guess what, just look online and you will find millions of different keyboard cases for iPad and Android. There is nothing special going on here.
All the keyboards that I've seen for the iPad are big and bulky. As far as I have seen there isn't a 3mm thin keyboard case for the iPad. What's the point of having a thin tablet when I have to carry a bulky keyboard?
It seems that Microsoft have attached a lot of hype to a product they have been working on called "Surface", which the name over to this (which is not the same "Surface" product they have been hyping) and then the tech sites seem to be getting their panties in a bunch over it when really it is just another product that isn't more special than anything else. If this was the real "Microsoft Surface" they have been working on for years that may be different, but this is just another tablet.
Pixelsense (née Surface) was a commerical tabletop touch device that was never marketed to the consumer market. I keep seeing people commenting on how everyone will be confused by the two products but anyone who doesn't keep up with tech news will not have heard of Pixelsense.
Surface is not just another tablet, it's Microsoft's vision of Windows 8 on a tablet device. They have bet the bank (Windows) on Metro in Windows 8 and they are not gonna take any chances.