The iPad killer?

 

Recently, amongst much drama and excitement, Microsoft unveiled their jealously guarded secret, the Microsoft Surface tablet. Touted to be the iPad killer, the Microsoft Surface tablet has raised speculations about the future of portable devices for social networking.  The surface tablet is rumoured to be the last work in terms of entertainment and business applications.  Let’s see what the fuss is all about!

It’s thin.

At 9.3 mm, it is wonderfully portable. Right now, the iPad is the last word in portability. The chassis looks sturdy and well-finished and could be a viable competitor.

 

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The display.

It’s a 16:9 widescreen display, especially designed for better social networking. (It is what everyone cares most about, after all!) With a decent camera, the tablet could be brilliant for video calls and conferencing. Facebook, email and all kinds of social networking will be easily accessible from the Metro themed Home screen.

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The best part – the portable keyboard. It can do things apart from entertainment!

 

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The keyboard seems a little too good to be true. It is built right into the magnetic cover and it attaches itself to the tablet for easy usability. With this, it overcomes the iPad’s main disadvantage – typing/chatting for long hours with a friend on an iPad is painful on the fingers. While the iPad is a solid device, it fails in terms of getting any work done – even simple documents and presentations. It is a brilliant secondary device while the Microsoft surface tablet promises to be capable of handling both.

Powered with Windows 8 (There is also an optional Windows RT version) the Surface Tablet will now have the same Metro theme running across its phone as well as the tablet. This integration, similar to Apple’s uniformity across MacBooks and iPads, is sure to attract many.

The kickstand on the back of the tablet is a well thought of feature and would be brilliant for video-chatting. Especially for bloggers on the go, this could be the answer to their prayers.

We all know that the iPad is not something you would use to get your work done. With a USB port built in, the tablet could finally be the one device that can step up and get some work done!

The target audience –

This will be for those who think the iPad’s great and love portable devices but are hesitating, considering Apple’s high prices and lack of business use. Have you heard the joke that’s doing rounds on the internet?

“There’s one thing I know about the next Apple device – ”
“- I won’t be able to afford it.”

While that’s funny, it could be what makes the Microsoft Surface Tablet tick.

It’s fashionable and good-looking.

 

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With four different keyboards, there is one for every mood. Which one would you pick?

Image courtesy: http://www.microsoft.com/surface

By – Jayashree Bhat 

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