It runs full Windows, including desktop applications. It includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 to help you really get down to work. And it starts at just $499.
“Surface” automatically brings a scoff or laugh from fellow techies. “Why on earth would anyone buy one of those things?” is usually what comes next. I’ve known two Surface owners - one who used a Windows Phone as well, the other who used Android.
When they took out their Surface tablets, they were met with derision and ridicule - including from me - but when people saw what they could do with those tablets, when they plugged in an external USB and played movies or went into gaming or full desktop applications, the laughing usually stopped.
I think a Surface starting at $499 is a huge deal. I think it makes a lot of sense to a lot of people, and whether it’ll overtake the established iPad market will take time to see. I’ve never been a personal fan of the iPad, as I’ve stated many times in the past; the iPad is too large for my use, the iPad Mini is too wide.
I still use my 2013 Nexus 7, and I’m disappointed that we’re not getting another Nexus tablet in this form factor, because it’s perfect. But that doesn’t mean the Nexus is a perfect tablet for me either; I don’t use it all that much, I mostly transition between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone 6 with the tablet being a very occasional device. I think this holds true for most people - many power users go laptop/phone, many casual users stick to mostly tablet/phone.
The Surface sits somewhere in between laptop and tablet, and gives intermediary capability between the power user and the casual user.