x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface tablets?

Posted: , by Daniel P.

Tags :

Would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface tablets?
Last night Microsoft dropped a bombshell on all existing and aspiring tablet makers by announcing it is entering this device market with a slate line of its own called Surface

The software giant from Redmond lifted the veil over two 10.6" tablets, powered by different silicon. The one powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor will be running Windows RT, the version of Win 8 for the compact and frugal ARM-based chips. The other tablet will be powered by a low voltage Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, meaning it will be able to run Windows 8 Pro with full legacy programs compatibility.

The Windows RT Surface is thin, light and its pricing will be on par with comparable ARM-based slates, meaning it might fit somewhere in the $450-$600 range, depending on configuration. Its value added is the Office apps package, meaning that touch-optimized Word, Excel and PowerPoint are included in the price, but the big unknown is how many apps there will be in store for it at launch.

The Windows 8 Surface steps it up quite a bit with its powerful Core i5 processor, Full HD screen, USB 3.0 port and a stylus tucked in for a good measure, but is thicker, heavier and will be more expensive. Its main virtue is that you will be able to run the more than a million legacy Windows programs you might need. Most of them need a mouse and keyboard, and Microsoft is providing two Cover types for its Surface slates, which have keyboards and trackpads in them.

Both tablets have a built-in kickstand to free your hands up, and are beautifully crafted out of magnesium alloy. We wanted to ask you then would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface or other Win 8 tablets? Do you prefer something else, are you happy with your current slate, or do you consider tablets something you can easily get by without? There is a lot to be fleshed out still, like pricing, apps and release dates, but share your first-impression thoughts with us in the poll and in the comment section below.

Phonearena polls
sort by
Would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface tablets?
18.27%
516 votes
(516 votes) I'd get the Windows RT Surface, because it'd be cheaper, lighter and comes with free Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps
45.4%
1282 votes
(1282 votes) I'd get the Windows 8 Surface, since it can run all legacy programs, has Full HD display, USB 3.0 and a stylus
14.87%
420 votes
(420 votes) I'll wait for the reviews of other Windows 8/RT tablets from the likes of Samsung and Asus
7.83%
221 votes
(221 votes) I prefer iPads
6.91%
195 votes
(195 votes) I prefer Android tablets
1.59%
45 votes
(45 votes) I'm happy with my current slate
5.13%
145 votes
(145 votes) Tablets are a fad, my laptop is enough

2824 votes

85 Comments
  • Options
    Close






posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:07 5

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


I prefer iPad :)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:07 9

32. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


NO ONE doesn't want a OVER RATED PRODUCT that looks the same every year

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:22 2

53. hepresearch (unregistered)


Ummmm... apparently, some people do. Speak for yourself, and let them speak for themselves. Personally, I would never get an iPad... and I likely will not get a Windows tablet, either, unless that was the only option remaining to replace my aging desktop some day, in which case I would go on the cheap side with Windows RT if it was still only for my personal use by then.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:30 8

41. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Its interesting that you got 13 dislikes for your personal opinion.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:22 4

54. hepresearch (unregistered)


Indeed...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 13:55 5

58. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


everyone knows wendy is a troll and not really a women

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:37 1

61. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its probably taco in another sub account.

at least the pic is of a cute chick. makes it more bearable.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:51 1

80. hepresearch (unregistered)


I don't care if it is a troll, not a woman, or whatever... the key here is that they, whoever they might be, used the word "prefer". The word "prefer" indicates a personal preference, and I am not going to thumb down somebody for announcing a personal preference that is actually in line with the topic of the article, anyway... yeah, it is directed primarily at the Microsoft announcement, but the voting card mentions the iPad and other Android tablets as well. So, what's all this big beef about somebody just sayin' "I prefer the iPad"? I don't care who they are... what is so wrong about having an opinion, whether dissenting or not, as long as they are writing it reasonably... and including the smiley-face at the end is NOT unreasonable...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 15:35 1

65. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


25 right now

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:50

72. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


31 now.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:50

66. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Are u a girl, boy, or couples?

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 10:55

85. hepresearch (unregistered)


Does it really matter?

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:04 1

68. The_Godfather (Posts: 187; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Because you don't know how to operate a real operating system lolzzzz :) ofcourse you would prefer iPad dude:)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:46

70. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol he picks iPad, cause its more user friendly... even a child can operate it

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:46

71. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


It's Eaxvac or Taco.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:22

81. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Microsoft messed up the windows to compete with Apple...Win8 is very good for tablets but it looks weird on a pc...:(

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:08 9

2. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I chose the second option.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 15:02

63. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 663; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Agreed.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:12 2

3. cdgoin (Posts: 538; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


NavisWorks & BIM software will only work on full computers.. and having a tough tablet on a jobsite will be a HUGE boost for the construction market.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:13 5

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I'm sure Samsung will have better offering of Windows 8 Tab

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:27 8

6. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


You mean just like their awesome Android offerings thus far? Oh wait...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:34 4

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


but the Note 10.1 IS awesome! and they are the top tablet seller... just saying

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:39 2

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


top ANDROID* tablet seller

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:55 7

17. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Here comes the Omnia Tab!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:03 7

20. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


as long as there is no touchwiz on it I will get it

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:00 2

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


cmon TW is not that bad

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:08 2

33. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Hey Ray.S do you guys know anything bout NOKIA making a tablet at this time? Wouldn't mine buying theirs

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:13 2

35. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Samsung Omnia Tab. Lol, not bad.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:18

39. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


They wouldn't use Omnia name for the windows device. It will be named Series x

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:04 1

45. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


Huh? They already use the Omnia name for Windows Phones.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories