By Raaj Datta (NVONews.Com)
Does the Microsoft Surface tablet sound like the iPad killer has finally arrived? Here’s our take on the formidable-looking tablet from Microsoft.
The Microsoft Surface tablet looks like the real deal that can finally stand up to the iPad and dare to take back the lost ground. There’s no denying that Microsoft has been sluggish in coming up with a tablet, creating a technology gap that both Google and Apple took fair advantage of.
The Surface tablet is perhaps the first from Microsoft that looks ‘cool,’ something until now only Apple seemed capable to achieve. The VaporMg magnesium alloy, the bundled ultrathin touch cover, the integrated kick-stand, and an array of much wanted features make the Surface not only a worthy competitor, but a formidable opponent to the new Apple iPad.
Surface sets itself apart with the striking features that make it perfect for enterprises as well as starters. Of the dual cameras, the rear one for instance, is cleverly engineered to work best at 22 degrees in conjunction with the kickstand built on to the back of the tablet. The tablet actually feels sturdy all-day enterprise use.
What’s with Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro?
The Surface tablet with Windows RT will run on an ARM-based processor, while the one with Windows 8 Pro will run on an Intel processor capable of running regular desktop applications. This, once again, is a great plus for enterprise users who shy away from iPad due to its limited use.
Add to that, the number of online applications Microsoft already has for the enterprise segment, the Surface should find greater acceptability in the boardroom.
Though there will be no Siri or Retina-like display to grapple the iPad, the Surface boasts practicality. It won’t exactly break the jaw of the iPad, but the 10.6-inch widescreen with ClearType HD display and a number of ports and a microSD slot make for an interesting combo to lure a wider range of users.
What might actually make the difference?
iPad owes a huge chunk of its success to third-party developers who made applications for every possible use. Microsoft has made a good move here even before the start – by giving Windows desktop-based developers an easy alternative.
With a series of software launches that looked like an ecosystem for the new hardware, it is quite clear Microsoft means business with the Surface tablet. The way Microsoft has made clear its terms, it seems that the Redmond giant no longer wants to be very friendly with hardware manufacturers, but rather wants to take absolute control of its products – right from manufacturing to the supply chain.
Where’s the catch?
Microsoft Surface has the looks to match with the iPad, but the reality of the new rivalry will dawn only after the first week sales figures. The Metro UI is an eye-candy for sure, but the learning curve should be easy and simple to make the product good enough to tempt buyers. Sounds open-ended and vague, but Apple has been able to turn first-time buyers into loyalists just because of that.