Thinking of buying the Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Surface Pro, or other Windows Tablet?
Windows Tablets have come a long way in the past year since the original Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro were released. Microsoft attempted to address some of the quirkiness of Windows 8 via the 8.1 update (although many issues remain).
The Windows App Store now has over 100,000 apps. Many popular mobile apps are now available for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Prices have come down on both Windows 8 tablets and Windows RT tablets. More and more people are embracing the platform.
Windows Tablets still have yet to catch on in the mainstream, however. Windows Tablets still lag far behind the iPad and Android tablets in both market share and mind share. Developer support for both Windows RT and Windows 8 is still lagging as well. Purchasing a Windows Tablet likely means missing out of many popular mobile apps, as well as missing out on many niche apps offer by your employer or your school. I have yet to see a Windows Tablet achieve the right balance between performance, battery life, and price. Typically you have to compromise on one of these attributes.
So should you buy a Microsoft Surface or any Windows Tablet? Before you run off to your local Microsoft Store to purchase a device, considering reading this article about the Microsoft Surface Pros and Cons. In this article, review the advantages and disadvantages, benefits and drawbacks of the platform.
Microsoft Surface Pros
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Include:
- Microsoft Surface Pro runs Windows 8! It should be able to run most, if not all of the apps you run today on your desktop. This includes full versions of Microsoft Office. It may also run more demanding apps such as Adobe Photoshop. Thus, when you are on the go, you can still have the same functionality with your tablet as you have with your main desktop computer.
- Touch Cover and Type Cover are awesome! The Microsoft Surface keyboard cases (Touch Cover and Type Cover) enable you to be productive while you are on the go. Because they function as both a keyboard and a case, you never have to decide whether to take them along. No other tablet offers anything close, although I’d bet that some similar iPad covers will be on the market soon.
- The surface has expansion slots. Both Surface devices have an microSD slot. The Surface RT has a normal USB port while the Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port, plus a mini display port for external monitors. I wonder why it has taken this long to get a regular USB port on a tablet.
- Both the Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Surface Pro support Adobe Flash. This definitely gives these tablets an advantage over the iPad.
- The surface has a wide HD display. It has the correct aspect ratios for displaying movies without letter boxing.
- The built-in kickstand is great too. I expect to see more tablets include this nifty feature.
The Surface definitely offers some benefits over other tablets. But before you get too excited and break out your credit card, let’s examine the Microsoft Surface cons.