Originally Posted by Maecvs
I watched the keynote video. It was incredibly sad, and pathetic. There were constant veiled references to the iPad, I laughed when Ballmer talked about the innovation Microsloth has done in the past few years. There was virtually no actual demonstrations of the surface itself. They spent almost all the time talking about the physical characteristics of the unit. "It is only _____ mm wide!" "It has a professionally designed kick stand that goes away." "Look at this venting."
They just don't get it. They still think in terms of a desktop unit. The thing (according to M$), is a small PC with a keyboard. And what a keyboard! Holy copy of the Apple smart cover! I couldn't believe it. If I want a tablet, I don't want to type on a stupid pliable keyboard. Why the hell would I want a trackpad, when the entire glass surface is trackpad!
The video about how they built it. "Wow, this is really hard!" It seemed to convey the image that they had never designed any hardware before.
The entire setting seemed contrived too. How many people were there, 20, 30? It didn't appear to be that many more than that, and it was obvious there were ringers in the audience. The name of the case, vapourware! Too funny!
No release date, no real details. It was just so sad.
Mate, what are you talking about? How can you copy something that doesn't exist? iPad hasn't even got keyboard on their smart cover. Plus, MS cover doesn't fold like Apple's - Surface depends on built-in stand, compared to iPad's foldable cover. Then look at layers of Surface's keyboard cover, compared to simple piece of plastic iPad's cover is. Even material doesn't look the same.
Technology used to create finish on the case is called VapourMg - do yourself a bit of favour and get your fact right before posting. While case manufacturing process is related to liquid metal technology in general, it is not Apple's LiquidMetal technology - as described here:
Re vents, when you are running i5 in handheld device, smart venting is very important as, depending on how you hold tablet, different sides of tablet might be blocked with one's hand/lap.
Re keyboard, some people don't like on-screen keyboard to block more than 50% of screen, especially if what you are typing/editing/reviewing has more complex structure (with graphics, tables, formulas...). Plus - having screen and keyboard on the same plane is probably one of the most uncomfortable typing experiences one can think of. Apple is remedying that with 3rd party case/keyboard solutions; MS simply went a step further.
Who needs a Pc in a tablet form? From my personal experience, more than 50% of tablet users I know - me included, and huge majority of our corporate users who need their desktop apps to be available on tablets as well. Of course, only time will tell what is demand going to be on a global scale, but I can see huge market for this.