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Microsoft Surface Tablet Design

Microsoft Surface

Without turning this into another “this will totally kill the iPad!” article, I’d like to bring up the design of the Microsoft Surface tablet that was recently introduced on October 26th.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the design of the Surface tablet, you can find it here:

It’s sleek, has a shiny glass screen, and a dark matte steel look covering the back of the tablet.  What’s not to like?

Pricing and software aside, I think the overall physical design of this tablet is very clean and attractive.  I have never actually held one or seen one up close; however, just by looking at pictures online I get the sense that it is a sturdy tablet that could probably take a drop or two.

It’s got several ports along the sides which may detract from the minimalistic look I feel that it conveys, but I think it makes up for that 10-fold by adding utility.  Personally, I’d much rather have a USB port than a flat surface just for the sake of looks.

I also like the fact that Microsoft has gone out on a limb by releasing their own brand of hardware.  It’s a pretty bold move, but for a first try I think the Microsoft Surface tablet is a successful one.