Conclusions From The Microsoft Surface Keynote

I’m watching the Microsoft keynote at the same time as I write this, so if I commit any error just put it in the comments.

List of problems with the Microsoft Surface:

  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Confusing products (ARM and Intel)
  • No pricing confirmed

The 16:9 aspect ratio for a 10” tablet is the worst one you could ever use and still Android manufactures and Microsoft thinks it’s a great thing. It’s just impossible to feel comfortable with a 10” 16:9 tablet in your hands while in portrait and the same happens for landscape. Every time I get my ASUS Eee Pad Slider to do something I immediately want to go back to my iPad.

Having the same name for completely different products that look exactly the same is the worst thing Microsoft could ever do. They made a professional tablet, using a Intel chip, running Windows 8 Pro (another terrible name) that “might be capable” of running all those those so called “classic” applications. And another tablet that looks just the same but with a ARM chip and running Windows RT, and won’t be capable of running “classic” applications, which I’ve already discussed how it will be a nightmare on a past article.

The last thing that wasn’t presented and also haven’t talked about is the availability. I’m almost sure it won’t be available on developing nations like Brazil neither countries that don’t have Microsoft Stores.

Anyway I won’t be buying one of these because I seriously don’t care about Windows anymore, it’s boring since Windows Vista and it’s still boring, but now it will be a lot worst with all the fragmentation problems that are going to come with the release of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Some interesting quotes I selected:

We believe that any intersection between human and machine can be made better when hardware and software are considered together.

Looks a lot like the Apple approach huh?

Take the mouse. Windows needed one, so we built one. Early reviews were not very positive — in fact, it was so new that Canadian customs quarantined it.

I won’t comment on this one.

"I say perfect a lot — it’s part of our team culture."

I still remember Windows Vista.. Also that’s not part of your team, it’s more part of the Apple team.

We took the time to get Surface and Windows 8 right. To do something that was really different and really special. We’re proud of the Surface like we’re proud of Windows 8. Because of Windows 8, the Surface is a PC, it is a tablet… it’s something new.

Looks like a Transformer Prime running Windows 8 for me…

I Don’t Want an iPad Running Android

The tablet market went crazy since the launch of the original iPad. A lot of tablets running Android came to the market between 2010 and this year, I bought the original iPad, the original Galaxy Tab and recently I got a ASUS Eee Pad Slider. That’s the main reason I’m writing this. All the 10” tablets that went on the market, running Android, since the original iPad were just mere copies of Apple’s concept, just a big version of the phone, but running a tablet-optimized OS.

The beauty of Android is that it started as a mobile OS project that OEMs and developers could change, improve and was possible to run on any kind of hardware. Android tablets are just like iPads, but without tablet-optimized apps, and most of them aren’t running Ice Cream Sandwich, which is a lot more stable and better than Honeycomb. So what can make a Android tablet differ from an iPad? The answer is hardware.

The only reason why I bought the Eee Pad Slider was the keyboard so I won’t have to carry a tablet and a keyboard dock with it, otherwise I would just buy the keyboard dock for my iPad. So OEMs should rethink about their tablets and start to differentiate on the hardware, that’s the only way to attract people to buy Android tablets instead of iPads.

This article was written on the Eee Pad Slider.

Tim Cook’s gripes about UI/UX of Android tablets


Apple CEO, Tim Cook, griped about Android tablets in his keynote introducing the new iPad

He gave two examples, Twitter and Yelp, and compared them side by side. There are not just these two. Simply speaking, many apps on Android tablets is just a stretched out version of its Android phone version, which already looks worse than its iOS counterpart.

Twitter on iOS

Twitter on Android tablets

Yelp on iOS

Yelp on Android

Sad truth

I really have a love for 7” tablets and as I was planing my wish list to buy when I travel to the US I thought about looking at Barnes & Noble web site to learn more about their Nook Tablet so I could decide if I should get one. Of course I looked at it just because of the price and the design, for some reason I love virtual buttons on a tablet, which is very different than my actual Galaxy Tab 7” that is just a bigger Galaxy S.

After I read some reviews I added it to my wish list. I’m going to have no problem on buying it since I’m going to travel and I’ll buy directly from a store, but if I wasn’t it would be impossible to get one from outside the US. The thing is that B&N site has restrictions and one of those is that you can’t buy anything if you’re not a US citizen with a US address and credit card. This means that after I get my hands on the tablet I will not be able to buy books, videos, apps, whatever. This doesn’t botter me since I was going to root and install CyanogenMod 7 on it anyway, but for a normal customer this is very bad.

Read the full article to know how I think they can change this situation.