Ahead of the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet release date, analysts are once again calling into question both the Surface RT Tablet and Microsoft’s Tablet PC venture as a whole. Enough time has now passed to get a very good insight into the pros and cons of the Surface Tablet project as a whole – is the Surface the game-changing market-killer we were promised, or a superfluous device range targeting a market that never existed?
We may only have the Surface RT to go on so far, but sadly the results are not looking so rosy.
According to recent analyst reports, the Surface RT Tablet is garnering even poorer sales than expected and really hasn’t managed to get a foot in the door since its release date last year. In the meantime however, iPad sales have been steadily growing and general reverence for Apple’s tablet range has proved untouchable. And why is this?
Simple – the two are priced pretty much identically and yet the iPad offers a massively larger range of apps, probably the biggest and most loyal fan-base in the world and the kind of Tablet PC pedigree the competition simply cannot keep up with.
On the other hand however, a slightly more optimistic minority group of analysts are suggesting that Microsoft Surface RT Tablet sales have been weak due to a good proportion of the consumer and corporate markets holding out for the Surface Pro release date – as in they want to see both options before making a purchase. By way of specs and features the Surface Pro simply runs circles around the iPad and indeed every other Tablet PC on the market today, though for a rather steep price of $899 for the entry-level model.
It therefore remains to be seen whether the Surface RT really was Microsoft’s was of getting out of park and the Surface Pro launch represents a full step-up into high gear.
A select few are predicting exactly that, though the majority are still hedging their bets with an outright stall.