Will people line up at the Microsoft Store on October 25th, waiting to be the first of the faithful to lay their hands on the new Windows 8 tablet at the stroke of midnight?
Mmm… for their sake, I hope not. But some hardcore device-a-holics probably will. Still, I seriously doubt that the lines will look anything like the lines for the iPhone 5.
By most accounts, the Surface looks like a strong competitor on the tablet front, though we don’t know exactly where it will be priced. Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly dropped hints that it will start around $300 and step up to around $800 will all the upgrades.
At this point, details about the tablet are few, but all the product images make it seem like an incredibly close reproduction of the iPad, just replace the Apple icon with the four windows, and replace iOS 6 with Windows 8.
The first thing that most users will notice right off the bat is that the Surface’s screen protector doubles as a slimline keyboard. That’s just good, value-forward design in my book, provided that the case comes standard (see the spec sheet).
That way, whatever you pay for the device, at least you know that you don’t have to run out and spend another $200+ for a case and a wireless keyboard. And, honestly, if you’re going to do a lot of writing on a tablet, you ARE going to want a keyboard.
Still, the tablet market is getting very crowded this holiday season, and the Surface seems like a pretty helplessly me-too product… even if it’s a really freaking good one.
The question I keep coming back to is, how attractive is the Microsoft ecosystem, really? When you stack it up next to Apples, Android’s, or even Amazon’s growing marketplace?
Any Windows fans out there? How does the Windows OS and app market compare to Android and iOS?