Microsoft Surface: Pro and Con Arguments on Buying This Tablet
Buy: Windows 8
According to those who have used the operating system, Windows 8 is one of the best software releases Microsoft has offered up in years. The platform is more secure than previous iterations, its design will streamline common activities and its application support will be welcome. The Surface is running Windows 8, making it an immediate winner for some customers.
Microsoft's Surface tablet, which was unveiled earlier this year, has officially gone on preorder. The device, which comes with a 10.6-inch screen, Gorilla Glass 2, and Windows RT, starts at $499 for a model that includes 32GB of storage and doesn't include the Touch Cover, which covers the screen when the computer is off, but acts as an attachable keyboard when the computer is in use. The price quickly rises to $599 when the Touch Cover is added to the bundle and $699 for those who want 64GB of storage. Since the device has been developed by Microsoft, it's arguably getting the most attention of any Windows 8-ready product—and why not? Microsoft has heretofore been unable to crack the tablet space, and its vendor partners have largely ignored that market. Surface aims at changing that and establishing Microsoft as a serious competitor in the mobile space. Will it succeed in doing so? It's tough to say. As of this writing, initial supply has run out for the cheapest Surface model, and Microsoft seems awfully happy with preorders so far. But whether folks who have preordered the tablet truly made a smart decision is up for debate. On one hand, the tablet might seem like a great alternative to the iPad. On the other, the slate smacks of too little, too late. This eWEEK slide show offers some reasons customers would and would not want to buy Microsoft's Surface tablet.