It seems that the entry-level Microsoft Surface might have already sold out its first batch, as the shipping time has been pushed back a bit. This is a great sign that there is a very real and active interest in the Surface. The big question though is if you should pre-order a Surface or wait a bit longer.
Honestly, there are reasons to wait off, and reasons to jump in.
Okay, so why wait?
Alright, with that out of the way: Why should you jump right in?
I think Microsoft Surface is going to be great. I personally think it is one of the few Windows RT devices that is going to be “big”. Yes, other RT tablets exist, but I think that most users who don’t want x86 legacy support will simply go with Microsoft.
The main concern about a Microsoft hardware product is probably their lack of experience and their past hardware problems with the Xbox 360. I want to address that briefly. WHY did the Xbox 360 have issues? Honestly, it has been said before: They rushed it to the market to beat out competition – mainly the Playstation 3.
In the tablet market, Microsoft is coming in late. Android devices and the iPad are already here and are established competition. The iPad 3 has been out for a while now. There has been no rush on Microsoft’s part. They finally get that “Slow and steady wins the race”.
Just looking at the original Xbox 360 versus later slim-line models you see a clear product revolution. Look back even further to the original Xbox and you see not only technological innovation (which is expected considering how old the original Xbox is), but design and quality evolution as well.
Personally, I am waiting- but it is not because I don’t have faith in Microsoft’s ability to deliver the goods this time around. I’m waiting because I already have a few tablets and have no immediate need. Another MAJOR reason I’m holding off is because I want to see what other tablets come to the market and I am curious about the Windows Pro model of Surface.
What about you?
Did you pre-order, or have you yet to decide which Windows RT/8 tablet is the right fit for you?
Once again, you can preorder the Surface here.