Just when you thought the iPad was monopolizing the tablet world, Microsoft introduced the Surface tablet on Monday, an instant competitor and option for Windows lovers. Even though specs were just released, the tablet feels like a must-buy and will change the way they are produced by other companies and competitors like Apple.
From this technophile, here's a few reasons why:
Keyboard cover and stand
Digital keyboards are a pain and Microsoft has solved the buggy issue with the ultra-thin type cover. Available in multiple colors, this is one of the key selling points of the tablet.
No need to worry about third-party hardware and the inclusion of Office Home & Student 2013 is a huge plus. The built-in stand is such a simple addition to the tablet that changes it completely. No need to add a clunky thick stand or brace a tablet against your knees over and over again.
Two versions of the Surface tablet are being released, the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro version. Consumers should put their money into the upgraded Windows 8 Pro version to get full advantage of the tablet. It comes with a maximum of 128GB, which is double of the iPad 3's maximum internal storage.
The Windows 8 design is still something to worry about. The clunky touch screen boxes seem somewhat disorganized and may take a lot of time to get used to. With the 10-6 inch HD display on both versions of the Microsoft Surface, it's a great device to view images, media or play games on.
Purchasing the Microsoft Surface
If you've never dove into the tablet world, the Microsoft Surface may be the best device to help transition from laptops. The keyboard design, functional layout and Windows familiarity should create an instant hit.
Alan Donahue is a technology lover who has owned and used numerous tablets. He has written hundreds of technology articles, including several on Microsoft Windows.