Since the Surface for Windows was unveiled, many tech bloggers and writers were writing about how the Surface will make the iPad and MacBook Air obsolete or how the Surface will kill of the iPad and many other stories. I personally thinks that the Surface is one hell of a device which is both powerful and beautiful. But my say in it killing of iPad and MacBook Air? I do not see it coming.
First of all, the Surface still does not have any information on when it will be available and how much will it cost. These are very critical to see where the device will stand in the race to be the top tablet or ultrabook. Even though the Surface have this powerful and convenient TouchCover with a full keyboard which makes the line between a PC and a tablet thinner, no one has actually tested it out and no one can say how good will it be until someone has actually touched and used it. During the unveiling of the Surface, the TouchCover, there was actually no demo of the cover and developers are not allowed to test the covers. I think it is still in a developing or testing stage and I do hope that it will be great when the Surface is available in the market.
Another point is the fact that the Windows app ecosystem is nowhere near the iOS appstore ecosystem. For me, the success of mobile device does strongly based on the apps availability because apps are the things that makes a portable device useable and functional. Seeing the apps available for Windows, the Surface have no chance of dethroning the iPad. But for sure it will be a great alternative and a awesome competition.
But I am impressed with the Surface although I think the TouchCover highly resembles the iPad’s SmartCover and the stand won’t be that useful like what Microsoft claims it will be because most people or maybe everyone will want to have a casing for it for protection. It will cost you a fortune and you will surely want to take good care of it.
What do you guys think?
Below is a video that shows the similarity between the keynote when Steve Jobs unveils the iPad and the keynote from Microsoft for the Surface. Have fun!
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