Those of you that have been with me for a while know that I am an Apple bigot. I bought my wife and daughter MacBook in 2009, and haven’t looked back. Well, last night, I couldn’t help myself. My fascination with gadgets got the best of me. I have been holding off upgrading my iPad version 1 until the new iPad Air was available. All the while, I have been wanting to check out Microsoft’s surface tablets. While waiting for the Geek Squad to reset the only WiFi iPad Air (open item) for sale in Indianapolis, I strolled over to the Surface display. The BestBuy consultant who was helping me started making comparisons between the capabilities of the Surface Pro and iPad Air.
While agonizing through the decision of whether I betray Apple or not, my wife asked the tough question: Was I upgrading because I really needed a new iPad or was I upgrading to have the coolest gadget. Isn’t it amazing how wives always ask the question about yourself that you don’t want to answer? Like that wasn’t enough, I realized that I could not very well be encouraging folks at Thrive HDS to be forward looking if I was not looking forward as well.
So I did it. I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. With the two week return policy, I will have to make a decision fairly quickly on whether I like it or not.
Here’s what I like so far:
- I can add an external hard drive for backup and storage.
- I can increase the storage, currently up to 64 GB, with a Micro SDXC card.
- I can use Office 365 on it without purchasing an application.
- It works just like a PC.
- The keyboard does not require it’s own battery.
Here’s what I don’t like so far:
- It’s not an Apple product.
- It is just like a PC.
- The app store is limited compared to the apple version.
- I have to install iTunes to play my purchased music.
- I haven’t been able to figure out how to use my myCharge external battery supply.
- I have read that the battery life is not good. (I will have to verify this one).
I will try to post an update in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for coming in today.