I linked to a wonderful, detailed review of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet yesterday, on Paul Thurrott's website. It turns out, he's now keeping a daily log about how life is when using the Surface Pro. Here's the second day, when he took it on a day trip. (The first day was just about unboxing it.) He had a good experience, though the third day was problematic trying to set the device up as a desktop replacement. But then, a) it's not really intended for that, and b) most people won't be trying to do it. I look forward to how his Surface Journal goes.
I find the concept of the Surface and other Windows 8 tablets and convertibles a potentially huge deal. That's why I've been mentioning this a bit. It's not ready to sweep over the field, but the Surface and others are brand new, and a significant change in tablet thinking Ultimately, these aren't just "content" tablets for email, surfing the Internet, reading ebooks and watching movies, but productivity devices that allow you to do all that plus serious, actual work on them. I've been testing a Dell XPS 12, which is a convertible -- a touch-screen notebook that can flip the screen to become a tablet.
My early reaction to the Dell is positive. But it and other like-devices are coming in against tough, existing competition. So, time will tell.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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