Originally Posted by JeffDM
Some of your comments go both ways. Maybe it makes you feel better to constantly repeat the trope of an iPad as a toy, but I'm guessing in reality, it probably gnaws at you that people actually buy them. Microsoft has had tablet computers for 20 years and got no traction, Microsoft was trying to push something onto the market that the market didn't accept. Maybe they'll finally succeed, but there's no point in getting too excited until it does actually get traction.
You object to being called a troll, but you primarily come here to trash Apple products. If you want to avoid being called something, it's best to first not be that thing. If it quacks like a duck...
Besides, you insist on thinking of a Surface Pro as something to use for "heavy duty" software. Please tell me how it makes sense to demand a light-duty UltraBook-class computer is going to work well with a heavy-duty piece of software. Heck, why would you use pro software on a computer with a kick stand?
No, it doesn't gnaw at me at all. I got iPad with me for almost 2 months, before I took it as gift to my mum who is overseas - reason why it was purchased in a first place, but I got it before so I can give it a spin.
Nice device. Liked it a lot. Used it a lot while I had it. But it couldn't replace laptop for me, and I didn't like idea carrying around laptop and tablet when I travel.
But then, I don't need laptop much either, as I have decent desktop at home. So I figured out, a tablet that can do laptop's job when I am away from my desktop, and also can serve as lite consumption device when I am home, would be ideal for me. Because I do drag DSLR camera with me and shoot RAW, thus I want to have Lightroom or Photoshop handy. I'm not going to completely process my photos on such device, but possibility to sort images while memories are fresh, and do some basic processing during some rainy vacation day is atractive proposition for me. But I also like to be able to use device in portrait mode for books or comics, among other things - something even slimiest Air/Ultrabooks are not good at.
I also find it very useful to be able to use Outlook with CRM and other plugins, Connect Wise application - there is lite version for both iOS and Android, but heavily limited - and some others for my work. IT jobs in general are becoming more dynamic with technology progress, and we find ourselves working on occassion from home, or even from overseas. I cannot do that on iPad or Android tablet. Not yet, at least.
"Heavy Duty" software was poorly chosen term, but I'm pretty sure I did say "desktop software" as well. Still, I don't think it is completely wrong to call software like FCP or Lightroom or Photoshop "Heavy Duty" or "Heavyweight", versus much lighter iPad/Android counterparts.
I don't think I'm bashing Apple's product. I have my opinion on them. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it isn't. I'm often stating that it is my personal opinion, and I'm not trying to sell it as universal truth. I'm also often saying that different people have different mileage, and what works for me does not work for everyone else - and vice verse. I'm not Apple fan, but I don't hate them either. Even if I don't agree with some of their moves. Nor any other brand. Back in September 2009, I made my wife buy 3Gs and dump her Treo, then purchased one myself a month later. 32GB models, no plan, both were around US$1000 each, here in NZ. Nothing else was even remotely close at the time, and we are both still using them. And my mum is so getting new iPad next year, she enjoys this one that much. But... for my needs, iPad with keyboard is not the same as Intel based Surface, or any other Intel tablet that will emerge. I'm not pretending to be that smart (or stupid) enough to claim I know what everyone wants and needs. I always talk about me.
Microsoft didn't succeed in their previous endevours because they were half-realised, poor attempts. OS was not optimised for touch - in fact, it was the oposite. Hardware was not capable enough, or had poor battery life and was running uncomfortably hot. But idea - concept - was fine for me. Surface has OS that seems to be well designed for touch usage, and technology has reached level where good performance, good battery life, controlled heat and small form factor can be achieved. This is where - for me - good tablet with desktop functionality becomes possible.
I'm not even saying it will succeed, or that I will actually buy it. All I'm saying is, I'm finding this concept interesting and intriguing. I am also saying iPad with keyboard is still not a PC. Not for my needs. If I'm troll for that, then hey - I guess I actually want to be one.