Did Microsoft Surface Just Make The MacBook Air And iPad Obsolete? Don’t Be An Idiot. [Opinion]

Did Microsoft Surface Just Make The MacBook Air And iPad Obsolete? Don’t Be An Idiot. [Opinion]

Maybe you were exploring the nether reaches of a Venezuelan jungle yesterday and missed the news that Microsoft announced that they’re making a cool looking tablet called the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT.

Despite some huge holes in the announcement, some people like Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz have gone on to claim that Microsoft’s Surface just made the iPad and MacBook Air obsolete.

We’re actually kind of excited about the Surface and think it looks like an intriguing product, but saying that it’s better than the iPad and MacBook Air at this point is absolutely absurd.

The truth is that the Surface looks like a great piece of tech, but it’s all vapor at this point. There’s no real specs announced. There’s no price announced. There’s no release date announced. And the journalists who were at the event only got to play with the prototypes for mere minutes, and even then, without the Surface’s much hyped keyboard cover attached.

Apple’s been the only major player in the tablet space since the launch of the iPad, and without any strong competition, it’s likely that the iPad will coast along without needing major innovative changes to maintain marketshare. That’s boring. We want a fight that brings out the best in Apple, and the Surface might be the first tablet to give the iPad some serious competition, but it hasn’t even put on gloves and stepped in the ring yet.

We mean that literally. No one other than Ballmer and his minions know how well this new tablet works.

During last night’s announcement there were two very important pieces of information that Microsoft refused to provide to the public – pricing and release date. They also didn’t talk about battery life, processor speeds or whether Surface would come with 3G/4G, but pricing and release date are the most important because they allow us to gauge where the Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 fit in the spectrum of gadgetry, and how competitive it will be against the iPad or MacBook Air.

Even though Apple announced the original iPhone almost six months early, they still had pricing and a release date. If Surface doesn’t get released till late November and costs $700, that would make it considerably less attractive than if it launches in August for $450.

The release date of the Surface also determines how much time Apple has to adjust their plans for the next generation iPad. I doubt they’ll put a kickstand on the back of the next iPad, but maybe the success of the Surface could prompt them to move their connector slot so that the device docks in landscape mode and has a Smart Cover keyboard too. It could push them to make some big changes to iOS and OS X to be more competitive with Metro.

The succes of Surface might hinge on proper timing, but if Microsoft just revealed their cards too early and are six months away from launching, then Apple will be able to leap frog them three months after the Surface is released. Without a ship date and a price, the Surface isn’t a competitor to the iPad, least of all something that could make it obsolete.

Like the iPhone, the iPad, and the MacBook Air, the Surface requires a real world trial before it can be proclaimed better than anything, let alone declared to make other gadgets obsolete.

Even the HP TouchPad has a stronger claim to being an “iPad killer” at this moment because it’s a gadget that actually exists and has been used. Not a single writer on the web has used the Surface. It’s got a cool kickstand, sweet Smart Cover style keyboard, and the most innovate OS in years. But Microsoft didn’t let reporters try those things out at the event and that’s a huge hurdle that has be knocked down before we know how good it is.

Obsolescence is something that is derived from real world, tangible criteria. No one had really played with the iPhone in January 2007, yet pundits piled on top of each other claiming it would be a flop. How can anyone say that Surface is the Alpha and Omega of all tablets and laptops without anyone testing it? You can’t.

Falling in love with a new gadget is easy. It happens to us all the time. But making a mad rush to jump on stage and declare a vaporware product the greatest of all-time isn’t just silly, but makes you look as stupid as the stylus the Surface comes with.

  • sawyersutton

    I’ve waited for Apple to come out with a tablet PC that runs full blown photoshop. What is out there? The elusive axiotron modbook? The iPad sure as hell doesn’t get the job done. The Surface with windows 8 pro might have a smaller screen than my asus r1f, but it’s got a bit more horsepower. The surface has its faults and they are outlined well in the article above, but it’s more than just an oversized version of my iPhone…And as far as I am concerned, that is all that the iPad really is.

  • kenfagerdotcom

    I read the Jesus Diaz article and reminded myself why I don’t read Gizmodo regularly anymore. The line about the Surface being a “truly useful and fun color Newton on gorgeous, zippy hardware” made me lose it. If you’re claiming that Surface will be making other technology obsolete a comparison to the Newton does not bode well.

  • Ed_Kel

    I’m having a hard time considering this piece to be anything but trash. I wasted 10 minutes of my day so you can tell me that [someone's an idiot] for calling the iPad and MBA “obsolete” before seeing the specs? I’m beginning to believe that CoM will bash everyone in any way they can not because they have creditable motive to do so though simply because one may not agree with them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I feel the same way about the piece over at Gizmodo. What I am saying is that if anyone is guilty of over-reacting to “hype”, it’s us fanboys; isn’t the iPhone a revolutionary device even though iOS 6 is STILL playing catch-up?

    Either way, it certainly doesn’t call for an ironic, narcissistic opinion piece like this.

  • shad0ws

    i’ve said it before & i’ll say it again: listening to Jesus Diaz discuss Apple products is like listening to Joe the Plumber talk about politics. he claims this sort of ‘everyman’ credibility without actually researching what he’s talking about, presents wild theories & speculation as facts, & ultimately just wants to draw as much attention to himself as possible without needing to be accountable for the substance of his ideas. go back & read his posts over the last several years & judge for yourself how reliable his pronouncements have been.

  • weecamscott

    The windows 8 Surface pro is a underpowered and undersized version of my laptop And as far as I am concerned, that is all that the Surface pro really is. it can’t run full blown photoshop right my finger to big to touch the tools to edit my photo’s

  • Daniel Wiklund

    I really don’t think that the surface, is going to any Apple product obsolete. I think there is a couple of cool tings in the surface, the keyboard/cover, looks really smart and cool. But i think it’s hard to say anything about it when we don’t know any specs.

    From the things i have see, i guess the surface lands some place between a tablet and a netbook, and i have to wonder “is that really what people want?” if Windows RT works as great as a touch controlled as iOS does, why then is there a small trackpad on the keyboard/cover. And if you need a trackpad or stylus to use the surface/winRT then way build a tablet and not a notbook?

  • Daniel Wiklund

    I’ve waited for Apple to come out with a tablet PC that runs full blown photoshop. What is out there? The elusive axiotron modbook? The iPad sure as hell doesn’t get the job done. The Surface with windows 8 pro might have a smaller screen than my asus r1f, but it’s got a bit more horsepower. The surface has its faults and they are outlined well in the article above, but it’s more than just an oversized version of my iPhone…And as far as I am concerned, that is all that the iPad really is.

    Why would you want to run fullblown photoshop on a tablet? photoshop isen’t build for a tablet, it’s made to be controlled with mouse and keyboard, if you want a “portable workstation” buy a Notebook (MBA or MBP) if you want someting portable to check/write email, surf the web, listen to music, look a pictures, do small tweaks and edits to your pictures and so on… then buy a tablet.

  • Christopher John Boillot

    If anything, this will be the closest tablet to be able to compete with the iPad. What this will come down to is price. That will be the make-it-or-break-it point for this.

  • Darren Mccoy

    Where is all the software?

  • Jdsonice

    VAPORWARE – don’t worry it will disappear as the temperature rises.

  • SpeakNoSparky

    Gizmodo hasn’t jettisoned Jesus Diaz yet? They neutered his ability to comment on his own contributions (if you can call them that). Now they only need to give him the boot.

    First, it does nothing for Microsoft to talk about a vaporware product that they could botch like they did with “Courier”.

    Second, the Surface tablet (not the Surface Pro) is the true competitor to the iPad. Running full-blown applications like Photoshop isn’t going to draw anyone to a Surface Pro unless they can get the same accurate results they get from their desktops and portable PCs.

    Last, unless they have killer applications that just can’t be done on an iPad or Android, Microsoft will be eating dust.

    Seriously, I’ll believe Ballmer’s lumbering hype when I see that it can deliver a superior interface that is years ahead of Apple. Oh, wait…Windows 8 Metro has “Live Tiles”? I thought that general idea was created 9 years ago by Arlo Rose and team (Konfabulator) and re-imagined 8 years ago as Mac OS X Dashboard. Oops!

  • Matt Wilson

    Styuls – instantly lost (seriously a stylus is this the 90s?) Kickstand – quickly broken. Surface will be forgotten as soon as the next iPad crushes it.

  • Tallest_Skil

    …some people like Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz have gone on to claim that Microsoft’s Surface just made the iPad and MacBook Air obsolete.

    Of course he did. He’s still throwing a tempter tantrum from two years ago when he didn’t get away with billions of dollars worth of intellectual property theft.

  • Carlos Machado

    I’m from Venezuela I didn’t miss nothing you prick

  • Timothy Williamson

    I was banned by Jesus Diaz for calling him a “hack” on Giz. Poor baby was offended. Now I rarely visit Giz.

  • markbyrn

    How can a Unicorn be an iPad killer? No ship date, no price, and Windows 8 – nuff said.

  • zviivz

    If Surface is successful, OEMs will be pissed. If OEMs are successful, then Surface is like another Zune.I can’t see a win-win situation here. Surface is a nice piece of technology but if it can’t get its act together, especially the pricing, I don’t see how it will be an iPad killer.

  • Kenton Presbrey

    Wow. I definitely thought the Surface was a lot more desirable before that Stylus remark at the end. Its like Steve said: If you have to use a Stylus, you’ve already failed. Or something along those lines.

    Personally, I just feel as though Microsoft is getting into the game way to late. Most people who have tablets, either iOS or Android, are already in an ecosystem and have invested money in Apps already. Its going to be a difficult task for Microsoft to get a piece of the Tablet pie.

    I really think the sun has set on a chance of an “iPad Killer.” I really doubt a fancy cover with a keyboard and a kickstand are going to be enough for people to switch.

  • jomon10

    I think that Microsoft made a desperate move on Monday. They see their whole world slipping away and want to make a comeback. Why would they make their annoucement so late in the afternoon Pacific Time?They missed the whole news day cycle; they have no marketing skills. So far it is vapor hardware, especially for the keyboard. If the “Surface” only has a short battery life it is useless. Plus they are so slow at rolling stuff out; one just says “what the hell” and move on to something better.

  • DannyGGG

    Wow. I definitely thought the Surface was a lot more desirable before that Stylus remark at the end. Its like Steve said: If you have to use a Stylus, you’ve already failed. Or something along those lines.

    Personally, I just feel as though Microsoft is getting into the game way to late. Most people who have tablets, either iOS or Android, are already in an ecosystem and have invested money in Apps already. Its going to be a difficult task for Microsoft to get a piece of the Tablet pie.

    I really think the sun has set on a chance of an “iPad Killer.” I really doubt a fancy cover with a keyboard and a kickstand are going to be enough for people to switch.

    Its harder and harder to be “too late to the fight” given the pace of tech these days. People buy new phones and new iPads every other year, and there are always people buying their first one of both. So customers being embedded in an ecosystem isn’t going to keep MS from competing in this space.

  • DannyGGG

    if Windows RT works as great as a touch controlled as iOS does, why then is there a small trackpad on the keyboard/cover. And if you need a trackpad or stylus to use the surface/winRT then way build a tablet and not a notbook?

    It’s possible that the touch control works as well as iOS and that the trackpad isn’t needed when it’s being used as a tablet. But it would still be useful when it’s propped on a desk for laptop-style use. Have you ever asked of the iPad “If its touch keyboard works so well, then why does Apple sell a Bluetooth keyboard for it?” Of course you didn’t. Multiple use cases exist. I agree that the inclusion of a stylus doesn’t impart much confidence, but the market for styluses still exists for the iPad too right? For artsy apps? So it’s possible that a Surface stylus doesn’t automatically imply crappy touch implementation.

  • Dahlijo

    Thank you! I almost choked on a piece of apple (ironic) when I read his article! made me laugh out loud!

  • DannyGGG

    “…Surface might be the first tablet to give the iPad some serious competition, but it hasn’t even put on gloves and stepped in the ring yet.

    We mean that literally. ”

    No you don’t.

  • Boris Terekidi

    Lets not forget that MS Surface crashed during the presentation (IE crashed). That was a lol moment.

  • Jhabril Harris

    Microsoft’s argument against the iPad is that its Surface standard is 0.1 mm thinner. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

  • Demonstr8r

    They should have called it Microsoft Vista

  • Daniel Hertlein

    Gizmodo forced themselves from being Apple fanboys to Apple anti when they stole the iPhone 4 in 2009 and stopped getting invited to Apple events. It’s not even sour grapes, just survival, but it means nothing.

  • fivecolors

    Jesus went from a huge lover of all things Apple (remember the Jesus Phone), to a Huge hater after the “stolen” iPhone 4 fiasco. I wish he left Gizmodo with Brian Lam (whatever happened to that jerk?)

  • markrlangston

    Until Metro is proven to be a reliable and capable OS, with a healthy stable of polished apps, there’s no need to talk about the hardware.

    I think they’re confusing the market with two different devices that almost do the same thing but not quite. So the WinRT version will have a “desktop” but it’ll only run MS Office? But Win8 Pro will have a desktop also but that’ll be capable of running legacy applications.

    I have a feeling the pricing is going to be out of reach. Otherwise there’d be no reason to keep that information under wraps.

  • Spock1234

    I’ve waited for Apple to come out with a tablet PC that runs full blown photoshop.

    Why?? If you had ever actually used Photoshop to do something constructive you would know that it makes no sense to use this mouse and keyboard driven software with a touch interface.

    The surface has its faults and they are outlined well in the article above, but it’s more than just an oversized version of my iPhone…And as far as I am concerned, that is all that the iPad really is.

    Again, sounds like a comment from someone who has never used an iPad. The list of things that you can do much better on an iPad than an iPhone is a long one and is dominated by content creation activities.

  • Spock1234

    Have you ever asked of the iPad “If its touch keyboard works so well, then why does Apple sell a Bluetooth keyboard for it?” Of course you didn’t.

    Not the same thing at all. Apples sells the bluetooth keyboard for those users who want the additional ease-of-use of a real keyboard, and use this combo to replace their laptops. It also provides a gentle transition for users uncomfortable with the idea of an on-screen keyboard.

    Microsoft has made the keyboard+trackpad an integral part of their tablet and is pretending that this combination is somehow a ‘new category’ of computing device. Instead, it will compete with Netbooks and Ultrabooks, creating a lose-lose situation for MS and its partners.

  • jbeez17

    You seemed so very unbiased and logical o the Surface? Then BAM your last sentence made you as naive as Jesus!!! He was giving opinions no matter how naive and premature they have been. But you say how stupid the stylus is, but have you used it? You came off crying like a girl with a skinned knee. It’s one article criticizing Apple, stop pouting!! It makes you look “more stupid” than the logo with the douche who has a Apple shaved on his head!!

  • Spock1234

    I’m having a hard time considering this piece to be anything but trash. …….. I’m beginning to believe that CoM will bash everyone in any way they can not because they have creditable motive to do so though simply because one may not agree with them. ….. Don’t get me wrong, I feel the same way about the piece over at Gizmodo.

    So, you feel the same way as the author about the article on Gizmodo, but you crap on him because he has a forum to express his feelings and you don’t???

    What I am saying is that if anyone is guilty of over-reacting to “hype”, it’s us fanboys; isn’t the iPhone a revolutionary device even though iOS 6 is STILL playing catch-up?

    “Playing catch-up” to WHAT? Vaporware from MS or the latest ‘dessert OS’ from Google that’s installed on just 7% of Android devices? The iOS is the most complete and polished mobile OS out there.

  • jbeez17

    Ed_Kel I could not agree more. I like Apple’s products very much but I also like innovative competition!! Maybe Windows 8 will help fast forward those 20 boring tiles on my iPhone home screen with red circles by them, maybe they won’t. According to this insane author that’s the only way it should be though!! Apple’s way or it’s garbage!!! People like this make me somewhat embarrassed to even own Apple. This site has become increasingly narrow minded and laughable!! One less reader.

  • vadimrob

    The Surface wants to be a single on purpose device and it is clearly aimed at people that have for instance an Ipad and a Macbook Air. The surface wants to do both and to eliminate an extra device.
    But it FAILS.
    1) It’s really hard to do for example graphic design on a macbook air 11 inch. What do you say then about the Surface with the 10 inch screen? Photoshop and Vectorial Art apps are not usable on just the surface alone.
    2) If you saw the Keynote, they had to replace a Surface because it was unresponsive. (here is the second aspect why the Surface fails: it’s not reliable. I had in the past Microsoft hardware, and I must say they where as reliable as their software – so yes compare to Apple they will continue to fade).
    3) Third, do you really think that Windows environment has the stability, the security and the same cool designed, useful apps that just let you make your job in peace ? No they don’t have. When it comes to Windows it’s just about anger and hysterics. (believe me, I’ve been using Windows from 94 to 2009 – and it was just pain and suffering – until I made the switch to mac never to go back).
    4) We know that Apple innovates, and I agree with what you guys say, It’s great that Apple has stronger and stronger competitors. This will enable them to innovate further. I say even when the Surface arrives, don’t jump in that boat, just you wait and see… Apple won’t let anybody down !

  • vadimrob

    The Surface wants to be a single on purpose device and it is clearly aimed at people that have for instance an Ipad and a Macbook Air. The surface wants to do both and to eliminate an extra device.
    But it FAILS.
    1) It’s really hard to do for example graphic design on a macbook air 11 inch. What do you say then about the Surface with the 10 inch screen? Photoshop and Vectorial Art apps are not usable on just the surface alone.
    2) If you saw the Keynote, they had to replace a Surface because it was unresponsive. (here is the second aspect why the Surface fails: it’s not reliable. I had in the past Microsoft hardware, and I must say they where as reliable as their software – so yes compare to Apple they will continue to fade).
    3) Third, do you really think that Windows environment has the stability, the security and the same cool designed, useful apps that just let you make your job in peace ? No they don’t have. When it comes to Windows it’s just about anger and hysterics. (believe me, I’ve been using Windows from 94 to 2009 – and it was just pain and suffering – until I made the switch to mac never to go back).
    4) We know that Apple innovates, and I agree with what you guys say, It’s great that Apple has stronger and stronger competitors. This will enable them to innovate further. I say even when the Surface arrives, don’t jump in that boat, just you wait and see… Apple won’t let anybody down !

  • Ed_Kel
    I’m having a hard time considering this piece to be anything but trash. …….. I’m beginning to believe that CoM will bash everyone in any way they can not because they have creditable motive to do so though simply because one may not agree with them. ….. Don’t get me wrong, I feel the same way about the piece over at Gizmodo.

    So, you feel the same way as the author about the article on Gizmodo, but you crap on him because he has a forum to express his feelings and you don’t???

    Wow … Way to blow what I said out of context. It’s pretty easy to cherry pick sentences that help further your cause, yeah?

    What I am saying is that if anyone is guilty of over-reacting to “hype”, it’s us fanboys; isn’t the iPhone a revolutionary device even though iOS 6 is STILL playing catch-up?

    “Playing catch-up” to WHAT? Vaporware from MS or the latest ‘dessert OS’ from Google that’s installed on just 7% of Android devices? The iOS is the most complete and polished mobile OS out there.

    There are plenty of features that iOS does not have or is finally on the verge of getting. You’re ignorant to disagree. iOS is the most polished — I will agree there, but you need to pull your head out of your ass if you truly think an OS that is FINALLY offering turn-by-turn navigation is “complete”. Never mind the fact that Apple won’t even be offering this feature on all devices they sell rather only the 4S and the elusive 5.

  • bri

    The design sucks ass big time

  • Evil_Scot

    Wow. I definitely thought the Surface was a lot more desirable before that Stylus remark at the end. Its like Steve said: If you have to use a Stylus, you’ve already failed. Or something along those lines.

    Erm, Nintendo DS family.

    Personally, I just feel as though Microsoft is getting into the game way to late. Most people who have tablets, either iOS or Android, are already in an ecosystem and have invested money in Apps already. Its going to be a difficult task for Microsoft to get a piece of the Tablet pie.

    I really think the sun has set on a chance of an “iPad Killer.” I really doubt a fancy cover with a keyboard and a kickstand are going to be enough for people to switch.

    As someone who is about to invest myself in the windows 8 desktop I’d disagree. My iPad will not receive the iOS 6 Upgrade and I am uncertain how long my investment in the iOS ecosystem will last. (DON’T EVEN get me started on Android.) I would guess by the time that App developers stop supporting iOS 5 the Windows marketplace will be mature enough to make Windows RT a serious contender. Plus I would have all ready invested in Apps on my desktop PC.

  • Dale Reeck

    While the iPad and Air will hardly be “obsolete”, I think Apple worshippers are kidding themselves to think the Surface won’t potentially be a game changer. “Potentially” because we need to see if it is fast and usable, like an iPad. If it is, and that we will only know when they actually come out, then iPad convenience on a Windows platform could take a chunk out of Apple’s iPad armor.

  • Dale Reeck

    While the iPad and Air will hardly be “obsolete”, I think Apple worshippers are kidding themselves to think the Surface won’t potentially be a game changer. “Potentially” because we need to see if it is fast and usable, like an iPad. If it is, and that we will only know when they actually come out, then iPad convenience on a Windows platform could take a chunk out of Apple’s iPad armor.

  • Robert X

    I don’t think Surface is going to have any effect on the market for the iPad. Android…is another story.

  • danielw

    It’s possible that the touch control works as well as iOS and that the trackpad isn’t needed when it’s being used as a tablet. But it would still be useful when it’s propped on a desk for laptop-style use. Have you ever asked of the iPad “If its touch keyboard works so well, then why does Apple sell a Bluetooth keyboard for it?” Of course you didn’t. Multiple use cases exist. I agree that the inclusion of a stylus doesn’t impart much confidence, but the market for styluses still exists for the iPad too right? For artsy apps? So it’s possible that a Surface stylus doesn’t automatically imply crappy touch implementation.

    I agree with you… My point is just that I have some difficulty seeing the use for a device that is somewhere between a tablet and a notebook, which the surface seems to be (from my point of view), i love my iPad, because it is extremely easy to use, and when i travel it’s all i need to do the stuff i need to do when i travel, and therefore i except the iPads shortcomings. And the rest of the time i use my MBP where i can do everything.
    I might be totally wrong, but i really don’t think that a device that does “both” things could be as easy to use as the iPad is, and doesn’t have any of the shortcomings…
    (BTW i’m also know as Daniel Wiklund) ;)

  • justmeblue5ft3

    Have prices for all of the models been released, or a release date? Thanks

  • Evil_Scot

    I don’t think Surface is going to have any effect on the market for the iPad. Android…is another story.

    If you mean whipping Android into third place, I agree.

  • Steved

    This laptop is a bad joke, because it has all of the downside and nothing positive. Detached keyboard but hinged kickstand. Stylus…that’s so Blackberry. Where’s the propeller beanie???
    Something like 2/3 of ipad/touch/phone users take their devices to bed, but this collection of trash will require a shrine to keep it all together. Worst of all it will run windoze.

  • Aj Tk427

    The worst argument made about the Surface making the iPad and Macbook Air obsolete was the whole discussion around the fact that you didn’t see anyone at the tech event with an iPad typing away their reports. Everyone had Airs. The reason being that a separate keyboard is disconnect between the two and thus not worth it. However the surface, with it’s amazing new keyboard cover would change all that because they writer for some reason felt that you’d be able to use the surface on your lap with the kickstand and keyboard!!! Hahaha laughable.
    I think it is definitely cool, and like the iPad, works well on desk with the stand and keyboard. However, this is not going to replace the use of laptops. Laptops are usable on a lap because they are ridged.

  • James_Ala1

    Color me unimpressed. Three years behind the power curve MS tosses a bit of glitchy vaporware into the tablet fray? No release date. No price point. No OS (Win 8 is still in the oven). No Apps.

    I’m looking at two over / unders

    1. Over / Under when the device actually shows up.
    2. Over / Under when the device ends up at Costco in the “Remainders” bin.

    I remember seeing the last gasp of Zune ending up at Costco well. They were blowing those suckers out the door at a DEEP discount.

    If MS had a real plan, their target would not be Apple, but Android. People would put up with MS’s inherent flakiness just to move away from Android fragmentation. People will go for consistant mediocracy over hit or miss genius.

    If MS had any focus worth talking about they would also zero in on a device for business and government use. Get Apple out of their home turf pronto. MS should bundle Surface with MS office suite including OneNote for its business partners. MS should target Apps for business first, then bleed out from there.

    But it does not look like Balmer and crew have their act together. Having the device crash on the unveiling was bad ju-ju, it speaks of sloppiness, and reeks of flop sweat. I see Surface coming to Costco remainders bin very soon. I see MS investors having another reason to want Balmer’s head on a pike.

  • jazzybest

    The same was said about Playbook, Zune ..etc. He has probably not even used one. What ecosystem does it have to offer and how does it compare to apple –

  • technochick

    If anything, this will be the closest tablet to be able to compete with the iPad. What this will come down to is price. That will be the make-it-or-break-it point for this.

    well yeah it’s built by Microsoft so of course it will be the best of the competition. But unlikely to come close, same as every WebOS and Android tablet out there. At least based on the lack of information they gave us in their announcement including battery life, pricing and release date. Why would folks ever wait around for who knows when to get the thin (but not exceptionally thinner than the iPad), light (but not lighter than the iPad) tablet that has a kickstand and a cutesy keyboard with no clue about how well it works or even how long that wait will be when they can buy an iPad now. And especially with schools etc adopting iPads so they will have to buy that for the kiddies.

    Microsoft might be the best of the rest but the gap will still be something to the tune of 60% iPad, 6% Surface.

  • aardman

    I just have to stop and yell at anyone who says the Surface has a “cool kickstand”. The kickstand is evidence of poor design. It means that the device is being asked to do something for which its basic design is not optimal — to be a laptop. A laptop with its innards behind the screen instead of on the keyboard is top heavy and won’t remain upright on its own, hence the kickstand. If you need a laptop, get a laptop.

    Aside from the inherent instability of a top heavy laptop, there’s also the problem of overall keyboard size. We’ve seen that before, a smallish screen with a keyboard to match. They were called netbooks and people found them to be ergonomically unworkable.

    I think that the use case for a tablet is just so different from that of a laptop that forcing one device to perform both functions is bound for failure. And the kickstand is the badge of folly that epitomizes the futility of the design effort.

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