$499 USD for the 32GB without the Touch Cover. $100 USD more for an accessory that is almost fundamental to the product.
I don’t see this thing succeeding, and it’s a shame because it really shows the lack of hardware game that Microsoft has these days. I don’t doubt that given time, the software could be brilliant. However, quality hardware at an aggressive price (especially if you’re late to the game) is what attracts both developers and consumers.
A few interesting things i’ve noted about the product.
- There is no 3G/4G/LTE networking option. For me, what makes the iPad consistently better to take around than a notebook is not only its size, it’s the constant connectivity.
- Standby battery life is at most 15 days, half of the iPad
- Resolution, nowhere near Retina size at 1366×768
- The 720p back camera doesn’t look very promising. But then again, it’s a tablet.
I can’t remember the last Microsoft hardware+software product I thought was great. We may have to go back almost 7 years for the Xbox 360, which continues to be a success today. The 360 was simply amazing hardware (at the time) with groundbreaking networked software (Live). I don’t know what the equivalent is for the tablet market, but it sure isn’t something that struggles to differentiate itself by how you “click in” a keyboard cover.
PS: That ad just makes the Surface look loud (obnoxious clicks) and makes the device look crippled without the keyboard. Tablets shouldn’t need a physical keyboard, that’s trapping yourself to thinking in the old PC paradigm.