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Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet is my new favorite device
Tgdaily ^ | October 31, 2012 | Rob Enderle

Posted on 10/31/2012 1:33:52 PM PDT by SmokingJoe

I’ve been playing around with Microsoft's Surface tablet for several days now and suddenly realized that I’m using it very differently than any other tablet or laptop I’ve ever owned.

It seemed to come to me naturally, but this little device has really improved the quality of my life. Personally, I think Surface represents more than just a new product and should be pereceived as the beginning of a new way of blending work and play. Then again, it may not come as naturally to many of you and I think that aspect of Surface deserves some further discussion.

Working from Home

I’m one of the lucky folks that can work from home. True, such a setup isn't for everyone and a lot of us can get easily distracted by kids, pets, TV and pending chores. Fortunately, the analyst job can generally be done from anyplace but my house sits up on a hill with a fantastic view. I have work time that takes up the daylight hours and then personal time which is often spent watching TV, reading, or working on various projects.

So while my job is based from home, I don’t enjoy it as much as I could using traditional PC tools. In addition, even though I may formulate some great ideas for work during personal time, I hate going back to work to flesh them out because the transition is such that once back into work mode I’ll likely miss out on the rest of the evening.

The Surface Difference

I’m an avid reader and so I’ve started to peruse my Kindle books on the Surface tablet. I’ll be reading and an email will arrive (little flag in the corner).


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical; Testing
KEYWORDS: ipad; microsoft; surface; tablet

1 posted on 10/31/2012 1:33:53 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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I’m curious to see what price the full blown Windows 8/Ivy Bridge surface will go for later on in the year.


2 posted on 10/31/2012 1:39:37 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: SmokingJoe
I'm an Apple fan, but there are some good ideas here. The KickStand, if it holds up, is a good idea.

But, Redmond ALWAYS does something so utterly stupid... the Magnetic Power Plug is a pain. Well, this is true but it is a minor pain, as Redmond failed to mark the orientation so you can accidentally put it in backward. If you do, the device doesn’t self-destruct it just doesn’t charge.

That's just dumb. I mean, coming 3-4 years after Apple did it (without polarity concerns), you would think that they would figure out that polarity shouldn't matter. But no.

3 posted on 10/31/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SmokingJoe

I’m loving my surface, but I have to pry it away from my kids to even get on it. Getting a 2nd one in December for my kids.


4 posted on 10/31/2012 1:45:55 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SmokingJoe
... but this little device has really improved the quality of my life.

Is it just me or does that phrase seem odd? When assessing quality of life I look at things like family and friends, not by how easy it is to operate an electronic gadget.

5 posted on 10/31/2012 2:04:29 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: SmokingJoe; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
IBGAB (In Before Gay Apple Boys!)


6 posted on 10/31/2012 2:07:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Crimson Elephant

That’s the one I’m holding out for. My wife wanted to get me a Surface for my birthday but the Surface RT won’t run the software I would need for home and work so we wait. I have found that the Surface Win 8 will run a little more for the larger HD capability. Won’t be out until probably January 2013 so it will be a late birthday/Christmas present. It won’t do away with my desktop/laptops/netbook but it should be a nice addition.


7 posted on 10/31/2012 2:14:28 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SmokingJoe

Rob Enderle, huh? Well there’s an Apple hater and Microsoft lover going back to the 1990s. Always writing Apple’s obituary back then, multiple times.

So the Surface is great for you Mr Enderle? Terrific. Except that you have no credibility. I’ll reserve judgement on the Surface until I evaluate one myself.


8 posted on 10/31/2012 2:26:34 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I am gonna guess that polarity does matter with it because the magnetic plug is also a plug for peripherals.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 2:31:21 PM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: Crimson Elephant
"I’m curious to see what price the full blown Windows 8/Ivy Bridge surface will go for later on in the year."

I checked out the specs on the web site and it doesn't look like there will be a tablet version of Outlook - which dampens my enthusiasm considerably.

10 posted on 10/31/2012 2:37:23 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: for-q-clinton
Mind our asking what it cost you ?


(the surface, not the prying ;-)

11 posted on 10/31/2012 2:43:04 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: circlecity

Not sure what you mean but Microsofts own website says the Surface Pro next year will allow you to run Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.


12 posted on 10/31/2012 2:49:32 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: SmokingJoe

Thank you. I’m happy for your input. I’ve been intrigued with their marketing but I’ve been waiting for the mini iPad to see how I felt about it.

The office software appeals to me on Surface and any number of things. I have the first IPad and will update in a week or so. I think I’ll go with Surface.


13 posted on 10/31/2012 3:08:20 PM PDT by FryingPan101 (2016 looms)
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To: SmokingJoe

Mark my words, we are all going to rue the day that general purpose computing died because of everyone jumping on the wall-garden tablet and smartphone bandwagon.


14 posted on 10/31/2012 3:25:55 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

When I looked it up it talked Word, Excel and Powerpoint but no Outlook - just MS Mail. Maybe I can now get excited again.


15 posted on 10/31/2012 3:41:11 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: SmokingJoe

Well, that was one weird technology review. Sounds like the guy needs some psychological help to me.

Meanwhile, like most new technology, I will wait until they work the kinks out it.


16 posted on 10/31/2012 3:43:08 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: SmokingJoe
It seemed to come to me naturally, but this little device has really improved the quality of my life. Personally, I think Surface represents more than just a new product and should be pereceived as the beginning of a new way of blending work and play.

I laughed, I cried, I'll buy it again and again. Better than Cats! /s

17 posted on 10/31/2012 3:50:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ken in texas

I understand what he is saying. I travel a lot on business and my entourage of electronic devices which includes a Kindle touch, Android phone, Android Tablet, and laptop, chargers, cords, and accessories is maddening not to mention time consuming, worrisome (loss, theft), and expensive. I can see the surface winnowing the mess down to two items. And yes that would improve the quality of my life by freeing up precious time for all the things you mentioned.


18 posted on 10/31/2012 3:53:41 PM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

The review was within the parameters of propriety and good taste however the illustration threw me off a little. Especially the dog that had its paws up on the computer table. I like tablets but like mobile devices even better because they fit inside my pocket.


19 posted on 10/31/2012 4:02:32 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Revolting cat!

What’s wrong with Apple?

Mac used to be a libtard thing but my iProducts have been great.

Still love my MS Win products for design engineering and Ubuntu to run machines that do actual work.


20 posted on 10/31/2012 4:25:10 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: SmokingJoe

Played w/ one last weekend. Interesting product but very much a Gen 1 also. Too heavy for a tablet & needs more power.


21 posted on 10/31/2012 5:30:00 PM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: RatSlayer

Gen purpose computing isn’t going to die, but the hardware we use will. Consider this: the PCs of the early 80s were 1000x faster than the ENIAC mainframe that took up an entire room. The tablets of today are 1000x faster than the PCs of the early 80s.

Right now we & s/w devs are still figuring out how to incorporate tablets into content creation. Once that’s cracked the PC box will be obsolete as a punch card reader.


22 posted on 10/31/2012 5:41:48 PM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: tomkat

$600


23 posted on 10/31/2012 6:27:24 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: aft_lizard

BTW the plug is reversible and it charges in both directions...so I’m not sure what he’s talking about.


24 posted on 10/31/2012 6:31:28 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

Thanks !


25 posted on 10/31/2012 6:44:15 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: BlessingsofLiberty
Well, that was one weird technology review. Sounds like the guy needs some psychological help to me

Naaah.
Sounds to me like its the iSheep that need psychological help, not Ron Enderle, a guy who's reputation, sanity and soundness of mind I'd back against that of the mindless iSheep zombies any day.

26 posted on 11/03/2012 1:08:15 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: ken in texas
When assessing quality of life I look at things like family and friends, not by how easy it is to operate an electronic gadget.

Yeah?
How do you think those of us New Yorkers, who have had to do without electricity since Hurricane Sandy struck are doing in the quality of life department?

27 posted on 11/03/2012 1:11:32 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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How do you think those of us New Yorkers, who have had to do without electricity since Hurricane Sandy struck are doing in the quality of life department?

I think you're experiencing a lot of discomfort, unease, and inconvenience. Then you cherry-picked a 4-day old phrase out of context to voice your frustration.

Extended power outages are miserable, and I hope all gets restored rapidly so some normality can return.

28 posted on 11/03/2012 2:19:08 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: SmokingJoe

What do you expect? You live in New York, the great Satan, The source of the liberal plague infecting out great nation.

Go to a play or to Carnegie hall or eat some truffles


29 posted on 11/03/2012 2:34:20 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: SmokingJoe

iSheep? LOL okay...

I am really not into this stuff anyways so I will let the techies hammer it out.

(what is an iSheep?)


30 posted on 11/03/2012 3:57:59 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: SmokingJoe

“How do you think those of us New Yorkers, who have had to do without electricity since Hurricane Sandy struck are doing in the quality of life department?”

Just saw this post. Hang in there...hope it gets better for you soon. Life can sure throw some bad punches sometimes.

You are in my prayers.


31 posted on 11/03/2012 4:03:30 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Thanks, mate.


32 posted on 11/07/2012 12:47:45 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Ouderkirk

Agreed. Every platform has its strengths and weaknesses.


33 posted on 11/26/2012 9:03:14 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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