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Maybe Microsoft is a little more savvy than they are being given credit for. My news feed included something about the $499 Surface tablet selling out already, three weeks before they even start shipping. I was honestly a little surprised to see that, but hey, welcome to the tablet party Microsoft.
Two things hit me right away. The screen resolution isn't as good as an iPad, and there is the issue of apps. I think that is an important issue, since it is so central to what makes mobile devices so versatile and useful, and Microsoft lags behind Apple and Google on this.
I just can't see paying those prices for a tablet that isn't moving the bar any any serious way. The Surface looks decent, but it is not a device that blows you away on specs. I like the cover/keyboard,but Logitech has made something like that for a long time. That's really the only innovative thing that grabs me. I haven't used the new OS, so maybe that is the greatest think ever. Or not. Either way, an unfamiliar OS is not going to be what I base a purchase upon.
I can't imagine this pulling many buyers away from Apple, considering that both of these are premium priced products, and the Surface doesn't have the cache, at least not yet. The Nexus 7 is a smaller device, but one that is much cheaper, has respectable hardware and has many more apps available than the Surface. For $300 less than the Surface, I would be more inclined to hold the Nexus 7 a little closer to my face.