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Surface is Gonna ROCK YOUR WORLD!

September 5th, 2013 - 11:40 am

Or perhaps not.

Word was that Nokia, which can’t sell many Windows Phones, was going to get into the business of not selling many Windows Surface tablets. Now we have details:

We’re told that Nokia’s tablet will be thinner than the current iPad, and lighter at just over a pound in weight. The body of the device will be colored, and Nokia plans to include a 6-megapixel camera at the rear with a 2-megapixel shooter at the front. The 10.1-inch display that Nokia is planning to use will run at 1920 x 1080 resolution, and has been improved for outdoor readability thanks to a high amount of bright output. Sources have also revealed that the tablet will feature Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor alongside 2GB of RAM. We understand Nokia is aiming for 10 hours of solid battery life with LTE connectivity. Other features include a microSD port to extend the 32GB of storage, a Micro HDMI connector, and a Micro USB port.

That’s all fine and dandy, especially if your idea of a good user experience is to checkmark a bunch of feature boxes. But that screen — a 2-million screen in the day of 3-million pixel iPads? It’s true what they say: Once you go Retina, you never go back. This thing had better sell at cost if Nokia wants to move any.

Now we have news that Microsoft (proud soon-to-be-owners of Nokia) is readying the Surface Pro 2: Electronic Bugaboo. And wait until you get a load of its killer feature:

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that the Surface Pro 2 design will be largely the same as the original, but the company is planning to include an adjustable kickstand on its latest tablet. The kickstand won’t be fully adjustable, Microsoft is planning to support two positions of use with the Surface Pro 2: one traditional “laptop” mode and a new angle that’s designed to make the device easier to use on an uneven surfaces.

According to a recent marketing survey of the four people who actually own a first generation Surface Pro, here are the most common questions or complaints, from most frequent to least frequent:

Why doesn’t it have a real touch interface?

It needs a longer battery life.

Why is so little of the advertised storage actually available?

Not enough apps.

It’s too thick.

Needs louder speakers.

I’m trading this in for an Android/iPad.

Does it come in any other colors?

Who approved that stupid dancing commercial?

It tastes funny.

I have this burning sensation when I pee.

Herp.

Could you please make the kickstand slightly adjustable?

And there you have it — Microsoft has finally addressed the most glaring failure of the original Surface Pro. This thing is gonna be a smash.

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A Village in France or Kenya or Illinois Is Missing Its Idiot...

Idiot One is in Washington, idiot Two is in Redmond.
45 weeks ago
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Zune, call your office.
45 weeks ago
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Ummm, OK. How is Metro not "a real touch interface"?

I get it, you don't like having a desktop interface available on a tablet--desktop and tablet, never the twain shall meet. I might even agree with you on that.

It's also true that app support for Metro is...lackluster, and that this is completely due to Microsoft's mistakes.

But those complaints are not the same as "not a real touch interface".
45 weeks ago
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There are vital functions -- including the entire effing control panel -- still not optimized for touch.
45 weeks ago
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From what I've seen, the normal tabletty settings are all available in the Metro Control Panel. If you want to fool around with the Devices and other laptoppy settings, you're going to want a mouse or pen.

45 weeks ago
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QED
45 weeks ago
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I thought you'd have fun with those stories. Nokia making a Windows RT tablet - hilarious.
45 weeks ago
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If MS is going to insist that the Surface be an underpowered, sorta laptop rather than committing to an actual mobile device... Probably good to have a slightly adjustable kickstand so that it works better w/ the necessary keyboard.

Ballmer can't leave soon enough.
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