In my quest for a tablet computer as a toy, I have been evaluating iPad Mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD. I am yet to get a Google Nexus in my hands. Lorena had seen a demo of a Surface at BlogHer conference in August, and she had been ecstatic about it, so when we found out that Microsoft had a pop up store at the Natick Mall, we stopped by to take a look.
I must say that this is a very neat machine. Of course, it is a nice looking tablet and I am sure that experts can find things to whine about compared to an iPad, I loved it. But more than that, I liked the fact that it is Windows based, and for those of us who are content creators in addition to being consumers, it is very useful because it runs Windows programs, many of them that we use to manage our websites and blogs.
Unlike other tablets, I can clearly see this device as the only computing unit that I might need to have. When I am in the office, I can use this as a personal computer. As comfortable as I am typing on a laptop or tablet, on my desk I still use a full size keyboard and separate mouse, along with a huge high definition monitor. At the end of the day, I can simply unplug it and bring it to my family room to play with it while watching television or just catching up on business towards the end of the day.
At this time, I am not in the market for such a product because I am pretty happy with my laptop, and that is why I would rather buy something that costs some $200. In the future, though, as I replace my laptop, this will be a strong contender.