I knew that tablets are going to be the future of mobile computing when Apple ipad first came out, and ever since I replaced my iPhone for WP7 Lumia 800, I was eager to see what Microsoft is going to introduce to the market.
Finally, today I woke up to articles about brand new Windows 8 tablet: “Surface”. I think that, by the simple fact of having SD and USB 3.0 slot puts Surface ahead of iPad, moreover, I cant wait to use Metro UI on a day to day basis and get away from traditional grid of icons.
It will be logical and unsurprising if I buy WIN8 tablet right when it comes out, but my head tells me not to for two reasons: Apps and early build bugs. I been using ipad for two years now and naturally invested into quite a few paid apps and since I no longer have an iPhone, replacing ipad will mean that I will leave iOS ecosystem for good. Another of my hesitations is the first release bugs. Just like with any counsumer electronic device there are bound to be mistakes with the design or software and as a rule of thumb, people tend to wait for the second release or until bugs are fixed.
So far I’m thinking to do the same what I did with WP7 – wait a couple of years, give it time to settle in, developers to fill in the gaps on Market Place and all supporting vendors realise their tablets.