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Microsoft gives a tour of the Surface prototype history

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Microsoft gives a tour of the Surface prototype history
It's always strange to see how the sausage is made. Microsoft took The Verge through the history of the Surface tablet prototypes and all of the work that went into deciding how the device eventually looked and felt. It's incredibly interesting, but we couldn't help wondering while going through the photos, "How could you work so hard, and try so many different things, but still come out with a device that has serious flaws?"

The Surface isn't a bad product; it feels like an unrealized product. For example, it's hard to imagine how Google and Asus could have significantly improved the Nexus 7 given the price point and technology available at the time. On the other hand, the Surface is a tablet that works well as a laptop, but feels big, awkward, and not proportioned correctly for use as a tablet. 

Still, it's a cool trip through the development process, and how Microsoft used 3D printing to test out different variations on the Touch Cover. Definitely check out the source for all the pics. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 12 Mar 2013, 15:35 1

1. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 446; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

WTF am I looking at .

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 15:42 1

2. DHILLON_ARSH (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


posted on 12 Mar 2013, 17:12 2

4. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

Are you kidding me Michael H.?!!! Surface "feels big, awkward, and not proportioned correctly for use as a tablet"? When I showed the Surface to my coworkers, they were so amazed and in love with it that they didn't want to put it down and go back to their work. And pretty much everybody wished that it would be a little bigger!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 17:52 2

5. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

You are right, the Surface feels so good in the hand, is very handy, the first time i showed it to my friends they were al amazed, now they are all getting one... :D

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 18:00 2

6. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

I love it too! It's a really cool machine, especially considering it runs a full professional operating system.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 18:55 1

8. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Your complaints are such bs and to say you can't complain about the nexus because it's cheap lol the surface is the best tablet on the market.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 22:13 1

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Feels big, awkward, and not proportioned correctly for use as a tablet? Michael H., why you said that?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 11:21

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Because that's my opinion. I think the aspect ratio makes the Surface too long, so portrait mode feels awkward and pinched, and landscape mode can't be used one handed because there's too much weight spread out. Maybe if it were only a 9" screen, I wouldn't have the same issues, but a 16:9 aspect ratio on a tablet over 10" gets awkward. I prefer the 16:10 aspect ratio you get with most Android tablets.

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