Any other Apple fans as excited for Microsoft Surface as I am?
I am a huge Apple fanboy, but I can't help feel extremely excited about the Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 in general. There are a few main reasons for my excitement.
Just like Andy Inhtako, ever since I got the original iPad in 2010, I've always tried my best to use it as my main portable computer. I do not own a laptop, just an iMac, iPad, and iPhone. But the truth is, no matter how hard I try and stretch the functionality of the iPad to suite my needs, it just isn't as functional as a basic netbook (Not that apple is advertising the iPad this way).
My dream portable would basically be an iPad, but would have the ability to run full Microsoft office or full iWork with no compromises! I also wish there was some sort of file system, or ability for apps to shuttle around data. And lastly, I want to be able to take peripherals, like a USB scanner and plug it right into the iPad (yes you can kind of do that now with the USB connection kit, but the drivers are hit or miss).
Basically, I want my tablet to be able to fully replace my laptop in a way that I never have to go "damn, I wish I had my iMac with me." I don't want compromises! Furthermore, I think the live tile metro interface seems REALLY intriguing. The one thing iOS desperate needs is glancable information. The static grid of icons is NOT doing it for me anymore. I was wishing they would tackle this in iOS 6, but unfortunately this was not the case.
Don't get me wrong, I love my iPad like a child...but lately I've just been wanting more out of it. The Windows 8 Surface Pro looks like just the device I'm hoping for. Metro apps for when you want to use it like an iPad, and full blown Photoshop/Office when you need a real PC! Of course without knowing the price or battery life, this is all moot, but this device just seems so promising. I can not wait to try it out.