Mr. Quick has been blogging about his recently gifted Microsoft Surface for a few days now. When I buy this device that I clearly do not need, I blame him – this is straight-up possessoporn:
For those of you who read Bill Gibson, you may recall his descriptions of cyberspace “decks” as small, highly machined, matte blank slabs of metal and glass. That’s about as good a physical description of the Surface as I can imagine, with its Gorilla Glass front and magnesium alloy VaporMG case. It just feels like some sort of futuristic wedge of tech – there is no flimsiness to it whatsoever. Everything clicks and thunks and chunks solidly into, and out of, place.
The “Type” keyboard/case cover really is a killer app. Attached by a strong magnetic connection to the case, it can be folded all the way around to the back of the case when you are using the Surface as a tablet – and when it is folded back, it automatically turns itself off. But as soon as you flip it back to the front it’s ready to go. And, of course, you can pull it off entirely if you wish – I find the SurfaceRT’s on-screen keyboard much more usable than the iPad’s. (Although none of the onscreen boards are any good for Real Work).