Just after Christmas I was able to gather up enough money to switch from an iPad mini to Microsoft’s latest surface tablet, called the Surface 2. This powerful tablet has a unique story behind it as it convinced me to make the switch from something I was familiar with (iPad mini) and had spent so much time building the ecosystem.
My journey started in early December as I started the search for a new device to review for this blog and also ask for as my Christmas gift. Several different headphones, Beat’s obviously, were all a part of my list. But I soon found myself wishing I could do more with my iPad mini, I had already spent $16 to acquire iMovie, Pages, and plus I had already invested a lot of time creating a strong ecosystem with the whole iTunes experience. I was curious (like Lucy was when she stepped into the wardrobe to discover what might lay on the other side), and I felt maybe just maybe I was believing the lie fed to me by Apple.
I have and always will be a PC guy. It’s hard to explain but basically PCs have always done what I wanted, and Mac just isn’t my style. But I’m a techie and we don’t discriminate when it comes to using devices but just look at how one performs. The average consumer just wants to know what works and what doesn’t. To be fair Apple is a genius company who designs amazing products but they have one flaw, the lack of design ingenuity. Now before you start throwing the tomatoes let me tell you why. There are a few key reasons why my iPad mini didn’t deliver:
- Office Suite
- Video playback
Those are just a few features that were most key to me when I was looking at my iPad mini experience and how I could make it better. The mighty Apple App store should have everything I need right? Wrong! It didn’t have anything close to Office. It didn’t have Flash ability which contrary to apple belief is the bread and butter of websites and even in this period of time is still used. The massive app store had all the fun games and little programs that I use. But when it comes to getting done my college papers, school, blogging, it just didn’t deliver. Apples accessories are (in my opinion) quite overpriced and with only one lighting port at the cost of $360 as my cheapest option after tax I felt a little cheated. The Surface 2 tablet is more comparable to the $499 iPad air and so pricing becomes and even bigger issue. I got my Surface 2 for $404 before tax and only paid $432 for the tablet. Being a blogger and trying to find deals is hard but Microsoft is very willing to work with students and businesses to give great prices. Sure it doesn’t have every app I would like but this tablet has done more work for me than my iPad ever did and I’m excited to learn more about it as I get more accessories and products to add to its experience.
As a side note I did not get one of the snap in keyboards as I plan on testing its on board keyboard first in order to fairly compare it to an iPad. Once I get one count on me reviewing it.
Let the journey with Microsoft begin.
Editor’s note: One can only hope that since Mike hates his iPad so much he will consider gifting it to ME! 🙂