So, Microsoft went ahead and produced their own Windows 8 tablet. I’m not sure what to think of the tablet, other than a little uninspiring, but it’s early days yet. Some of the app demoes I briefly glanced at looked pretty nice though.
What was intriguing was the magnetic cover thing, similar in a way to the covers popularised by iPad. But the cover isn’t just a cover. It isn’t a stand either because the Surface tablet has its own stand. No, it’s a keyboard.
There are two versions, a 3mm thin pressure sensitive multitouch keyboard. Then there’s a touch type cover which is the more traditional cover. It makes it a little bit like an ASUS transformer except the hooking together is more natural. Just clip on with magnet. On the downside, I don’t think there’s additional power sources or connections on the keyboard base, and nor can it be used independently of a table due to the nature of the stand.
OK job. I hope Nokia does better. They are pretty much the only ones without a next gen tablet, right? (I say next gen as Nokia was so hipster as to create tablets before they were popular). I say this gives Nokia something to aim for. Nothing was overly impressive so it shouldn’t be too hard to beat it, but given the way Nokia just loves to create error and compromise, it wouldn’t surprise me if they couldn’t even match this. Sorry, but you’re yet to prove yourself wrong on that regard, Nokia.