Would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface tablets?

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.

Would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface tablets?

I'd get the Windows RT Surface, because it'd be cheaper, lighter and comes with free Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps
18.27%
I'd get the Windows 8 Surface, since it can run all legacy programs, has Full HD display, USB 3.0 and a stylus
45.4%
I'll wait for the reviews of other Windows 8/RT tablets from the likes of Samsung and Asus
14.87%
I prefer iPads
7.83%
I prefer Android tablets
6.91%
I'm happy with my current slate
1.59%
Tablets are a fad, my laptop is enough
5.13%

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85 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

I prefer iPad :)

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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.

41. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

54. hepresearch unregistered

Indeed...

58. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

everyone knows wendy is a troll and not really a women

61. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its probably taco in another sub account. at least the pic is of a cute chick. makes it more bearable.

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...

65. Alp1111

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

25 right now

72. GENARAL-LEVY

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

31 now.

66. MISTER-H

Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

Are u a girl, boy, or couples?

85. hepresearch unregistered

Does it really matter?

68. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

70. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

71. GENARAL-LEVY

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It's Eaxvac or Taco.

81. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I chose the second option.

63. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Agreed.

3. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

6. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

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

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

top ANDROID* tablet seller

17. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Here comes the Omnia Tab!

20. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

cmon TW is not that bad

33. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

35. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Samsung Omnia Tab. Lol, not bad.

39. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

45. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

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

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