Will the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet find its home in the corporate market? Or any, for that matter?
When we talk about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) craze that we see now all over the business world, the first device that pops to mind is Apple’s iPad. And rightly so.
There have been many, many reviews of the iPad during its lifespan and the only real criticism has always been that the iPad is much more expensive than other, similar (although usually inferior) tablets on the market. This is about to change.
Microsoft’s new addition to the tablet market aimed at businesses is the Surface Pro. The Windows 8 Surface Pro is earmarked for an early 2013 release date and will be up for grabs for the whopping initial price of $900 for the 64GB model.
It’s probably best to mention at this point that this price is without a keyboard…so what exactly do you get for your money?
Windows RT is out of the window (pun intended) being replaced (thankfully) by the full version of Windows 8. For those worried about performance, there is sufficient power to run Windows 8 provided by the Intel Core i5 processor.
So let’s get back to our comparison. The 64GB iPad comes in at over $50 cheaper than the Surface Pro. Are people really going to choose it over the established (and quite frankly brilliant) iPad? It could be argued that it is unfair to compare the two and it has been suggested that the Surface Pro should be compared with the new generation of slimmer, lighter laptops.
A case in question being the MacBook Air. There are many people out there that believe the Surface Pro pales in this comparison too. The issue being raised time and time again is the critical question of battery life. Microsoft have confirmed that due to its extra power and the full Windows 8 capability, the battery life will be approximately half of what it was in the previous model, the Surface RT.
By my calculations that puts it at around four to four and a half hours. The MacBook Air will beat this hands down.
So is there a market at all for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablet? It remains to be seen.