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Love

  • Runs the high-end Pro Version of Windows 8 which is a plus for our attorney friends who need to run the full Office suite.
  • Has a much higher screen resolution than its predecessor.
  • Comes with a pen that makes navigating the desktop interface easier and allows for taking notes or annotating documents.
  • Includes corporate-friendly security features.

Loathe

  • Costs more than the base model iPad or its predecessor.
  • The Windows 8 system files use up a large portion of available storage.
  • Battery life is significantly less than that of the iPad or its predecessor.
  • Doesn’t come out of the box with Microsoft Office.
  • No built-in cellular connectivity, although it can accept plug-in cellular modems or wireless tethering.
  • Thicker and heavier making it clumsy to use.
  • You get fewer ports and a keyboard that can’t compare with those on many laptops.

Walt Mossberg determined that “like many products that try to be two things at once, the new Surface Windows 8 Pro does neither as well as those designed for one function.”

Attorney Sam Glover of Lawyerist.com sums it up like this, “Right now, we’ve got a compromised operation system in Windows 8, and a lot of compromised laptop-tablet hybrids. For all its promise, the Surface Pro is no different.”

On this Valentine’s Day, do you love or loathe the new Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Network 1 Consulting is a 15-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value is the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firm.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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