5. The kickstand is a game-changer
Although some have questioned Microsofts decision to include a kickstand with the Surface, the fact is, its a game-changer. A kickstand extends the overall usability of the device and makes it easier for folks to get tasks done. Theres nothing worse than trying to juggle multiple products in two hands. And the kickstand solves that problem.
6. Ample storage
According to Microsoft, the Windows 8 Pro version of its Surface will come with 128GB of storage. Apples new iPad tops out at 64GB. Thats an important thing to keep in mind. As users bring more content, including video and audio, to their tablets, they need as much storage as possible. Having twice as much storage in the Surface than in the iPad is a major advantage for Microsoft.
7. The Windows 8 element is important
As noted, the Surface comes with Windows 8. But simply saying that that means itll come with a full-fledged experience isnt enough. The fact is Windows 8 has an excellent chance of becoming one of the most popular versions of the software ever. And according to some who have used it, the OS could eclipse Windows 7 in overall functionality and popularity. Windows 8s inclusion in Surface will be a major factor in its success.
8. Apples experience is getting old
Apple has done a fine job selling millions of iPads around the world, but its about time someone states the obvious: the iOS experience is getting a little tired. Apple has done little to dramatically improve the way the operating system functions and the fact that there is no file system in place is a conundrum. Until Apple makes iOS more sophisticated and stops it from playing the same old game, Surface looks awfully attractive.
9. Its a true Ultrabook or laptop replacement
Microsoft has said that Surface is a new kind of device and its hard to argue that point. In one way, Surface can be a tablet replacement. In another, it can take on notebooks or Ultrabooks. The Windows RT version is fine for those who only want a slate. But the Windows 8 Pro option is ideal for folks looking for a notebook or Ultrabook replacement. Finally, tablets are starting to cannibalize notebooks.
10. The overall design is top-notch
Finally, its worth taking a look at the overall design of Microsofts Surface. By all measure, its nice looking and can go a long way in matching Apples iPad in look and feel. Is it better looking than the iPad? Thats tough to say. But its safe to say that its on an equal footing with Apples tablet.