Microsoft's Surface--the company's first in-house Windows 8 computer, or tablet, or whatever it is, goes up for pre-order today. This is a gadget you should care about! It's designed to be a do-everything device--you can use it like a tablet, with superfast touch gestures and apps and stuff, or like a computer, with a keyboard and a full web browser and Flash and Microsoft Office and stuff. It's also startlingly beautiful; Microsoft is much better at making hardware than most people realize, but this is their crowning achievement. (Our friend Sam Biddle at Gizmodo gushed over it.) It looks awesome.
The base model is $500 for 32GB of storage--twice, Microsoft is eager to say, the amount of storage as the equivalent cheapest iPad. But, you almost certainly don't want that one, which makes it a weird item to boast about. What you want is the next one up, which throws in the Touch Cover for another $100. (There's also a 64GB + Touch Cover version, for $700.
The Touch Cover might be Microsoft's best weapon; it looks sort of like the iPad's Smart Cover (a little cloth-covered metallic flap that sticks onto the tablet with magnets) except it has a keyboard in it. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but is. Everyone who's used it is very impressed with it--Matt Buchanan at Buzzfeed FWD called it "kind of a magical little piece of technology." It senses your fingers without the need for force feedback, meaning it can tell when you're typing and when you're just resting your hands on the keyboard. Typing on an iPad is adequate at best--this might be great. It'll cost $130 extra if you opt not to buy it or want fancy colors.
The Surface goes on sale October 26th, but you can pre-order now, if you're comfortable not waiting for our review.
But it runs Windows, and Windows 8 no less, so it could cost 100$ and I still would never use it. I would get a 50$ cheap plastic Android tablet from china or a 700$ iPad before I used a tablet running that crap.
w8 is not that bad... ppl do not like changes that all, i personaly love the start menu gone, never used it anyway...
so its still better than apple...
but agreed on the android china stuff version ^^
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King: I would never use that control freak Apple monopolistic crap.
gizmowiz: Yeah, I rather you Microsoft's control freak monopolistic crap.
But seriously, what's up with the keyboard? If you're going to tie yourself to a desk just so you can use a keyboard, why not use a real computer? Keyboards have been available for iPads since day one, but you don't see many people use them.
Yea, i think the whole point here is incorporating a nice keyboard to an already useful item, the cover. Its just an optional addition so as to not fingerprint up the screen as so many people seem to dislike/hate. You will have the option to use the cover/keyboard if you can sit somewhere, or use the on-screen one if standing. As far as the whole keyboard concept, its portable and like i said part of the cover. Still, $130 is too much for it I'd say.
@gizmowiz Have you ever used an apple product? Or are you just going off what all the other PC diehards say? I'm using a MacBook Pro and its just as easy to control and use as a PC. If you let yourself get controlled by a company/computer than its not really their fault its your for being that gullible.
You know how I know your an apple fan boy...you use the word PC as if it is only WINDOWS. PC stands for PERSONAL COMPUTER. A mac is well a Personal Computer= PC....Maybe just maybe read a book. Go ahead and combat me with your wiki articles.
@delkamaticreturns Jeez what did I do, insult your mother or something? Why so aggressive? I'm hardly an apple fanboy. It just so happens that I don't like Windows, I like Mac. 95% of people still differentiate Mac from PC, so calm yourself over a stupid terminology, because clearly you understood what I meant anyway. But if you need more specification fine, Mac is a PC made by apple, while Windows is a PC OS made by Microsoft. There, now you won't have a heart attack. As for reading books, please do explain the connection between owning a Mac and reading books? I read books, I happen to enjoy them as a matter of fact. And combat you with wiki articles? Really? A comments section is now "combat". how dramatic. It would explain why you rage so hard at people on the internet.
i do wonder how well this will be. being realistic windows is an excellent os. it really is. the problem has been various makers and a huge number of components that it can use. windows can run on any pc, same for linux, not true for apple. apple has an extremely limited number of parts it can use. this device is very similar to apple's approach, it makes the hardware and the software. the zune was a better device than the ipod but not as pretty for the masses. this device is both pretty and pretty awesome. my brother has beta version of windows 8 and he loves it,ive used it and i enjoyed it.
funny that they mention it can use flash....
Why would ANYONE in their right mind be an early adopter these days? If you want to be the first on the block to by this then you're going to be the first with a HUGE case of buyer's remorse.
Do you find yourself craving the latest Windows Phone? Are you just chomping at the bit to get access to that amazing Windows App market? Hell no you aren't.
Then why buy this in preorder? You can't get the Windows 8 Pro version in pre-order. Despite the mention of Windows 8 in the article above, the model being pre-ordered now and releasing October 26th runs Windows RT and ONLY RUNS Windows Apps from the Windows store.
Personally, what excites me here is the Pro version. I'll be the one waiting in line for that three months from now. (Maybe I'll just wait for my tax return) I'm a graphic designer and I want that stylus and the ability to run Photoshop and the rest of the Adobe Suite and more. These are things unavailable in the Windows App store and I don't see them making even comparable software in the form of a Windows App.
I am not so excited about Windows 8 and this above laptop does not do it for me too.
I need a demo, because at first glance, I wish to roll over and go back to sleep. Zzzz.
I just read an article off of cnet.com about windows 8.
The writer said it blows.
Hmm, not so positive and yes he elaborated.
Now, I am a fan of Microsoft, so perhaps they are slipping the public a Windows ME or Windows Vista, both I considered sneaky beta concepts to grab some public cash and try some new idea.
So what will happen? The public will get pissed and the stock will go down. So it will be a great time to buy stock, since I still think Microsoft is a great company.
Then what operating system comes after Windows 8 hopefully will be the real deal we will all love and the stock will climb.
Just remember, playing with the stock market is equal to gambling. Only risk the money you willing to loose. ;)
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FYI: The Surface is powered by Windows RT, not Windows 8.
Anyways, King_Blarg, the Surface is awesome. When you buy a crappy plastic tablet from China for $50, it is VERY slow. This is way better than an iPad and that crappy tablet from China. The Surface is also at a low price too. It comes with lots of things, like Office 2013, Internet Explorer 10, the Windows Store, and more.
I personally think that Microsoft is better than Apple. Windows is also better than IOS and OS X Mountain Lion. Windows is way more easier to use than IOS and OS X. One thing that I think Apple is good at better than Microsoft, is that Apple comes out with their operating system more faster than Microsoft does.
Another thing that I think why Microsoft is better than Apple, is that Microsoft computers, tablets, phones, etc. have good touch screen screens. Apple on the other hand, has touch screen screens that sometimes don't work. Also Microsoft actually has made touch screen computers and Apple hasn't even made one touch screen computer.
The reason that I am starting to hate Apple, is that I have a friend who has a Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation and it has a camera and everything. The suckish part is that he doesn't have a camera app. He has a front and back camera built in, but he doesnt have a camera app or facetime. He had Skype on his iPod, but his camera still doesn't show up. He took it to Apple and they said they WOULD'NT fix it.
"What the crap!"
See what I mean. Microsoft is TOTALLY (and will always be) better than Apple.
PERIOD. END OF STORY.
At the end of the day it all comes down to personal preference. There are so many comments here, saying what is the point of it as if you are at a desk you may as well have a desk top and if not you may as well have a laptop or tablet, but surley this gives the best of both. I like it.