So, the Microsoft Surface tablet is the gadget that I’m most excited about seeing. It is Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market currently dominated by the iPad and various Android devices. I have had my Kindle Fire for about a year now and am beginning to realize just how useful a full fledged tablet can be.
However, in contemplating the purchage of a Microsoft Surface Tablet, I have come up with a list of things that must be supported on the device in order to make it useful for me:
- Email – This is a given, it will be there.
- Web – You know Internet Explorer will be there. However, I would need to make sure it supports the video lectures posted on OSU’s Desire2Learn site in order for it to be useful for me.
- Office – Again, this is a given. What remains to be seen is how good the keyboard is. Can I realistically write an entire paper on it? Or would I find myself going back to my laptop?
- Dropbox – This is critical to the way I work. I store all of the documents for projects and classes I’m currently working on out there so that it will sync between the various computers and devices that I use.
- Evernote – This is also critical. I have bee using Evernote for years as a way of keeping track of information and notes and, like Dropbox, letting it sync beween my devices.
- Amazon Kindle – I have a large investment in Kindle books that I currently read with my Fire. It remains to be seen how much I would read on a full tablet vs. the Fire, but it is critical that the tablet allow me to download my books.
- Amazon Cloud Player – Like the Kinde books, I also have a ton of music stored out on my Amazon Cloud drive. This really is more of a nice to have, because I’m sure I could download music onto the device. However, being able to play them directy from the cloud would be very nice.
And then there is the price. The Surface has to cost less than $500 to make it attractive. That’s the price of the iPad. If this isn’t at that price or below, it will be a flop and I wouldn’t buy it.
I’m pretty sure I will be purchasing a tablet within the next 6 to 12 months. Will it be a Microsoft Surface? I’d like it to be. But, that remains to be seen.