I love gadgets. Having worked at Microsoft in Redmond, WA for a little bit (on Windows 7), I have a soft spot for the Evil Empire. Nevertheless, I’m a consumer first and an advocate…tenth, which is why I’ve bought seven iOS and four Android devices.
So unsurprisingly, I jumped all over the Surface Pro when it came out. Good machine, but the battery life was a deal breaker and it was too heavy for such a small tablet. Surprisingly, I also realized I hardly used anything outside of Office on desktop — the screen was just too small. And so I got the Surface 2.
Overall, I like this device. It looks sexy. It does what I need, mostly. I believe a kickstand and a detachable keyboard will emerge as the preferred form factor for mobile workers. As in, if Apple ever copied these two things, the tech world at large will fall in love.
My neighbor, an iPad owner, has to think outside the box to watch movies on the plane
Non-Surface tablet owners, trust me, you’ll love the kickstand once you get to know it
The second is an absolute killer when you’re travelling. There’s nothing worse than settling into a long flight and expecting to be able to do some work or watch a movie only to realize there’s 20% battery left. (My situation right now.)
Haven’t you heard? The iPad has proper Office now. A new, 13-inch iPad Air that weighs less than 2 pounds will cause me to switch immediately.