Yesterday Dave Rees and I were chatting on Google Hangouts while we were watching Microsoft’s new hardware event. Microsoft announced three new Lumia Windows phones, a preview of HoloLens virtual gaming gear and a new fitness tracking band that all looked somewhat interesting to us. But, what Dave and I were most interested in was the new Surface Pro 4. As Panos Panay, who is the leader of Microsoft’s premium hardware lines, paced excitedly around the stage talking passionately about all the cool features of new new Lumia phones, new Surface Pro 4 and new Surface Book, I was already pulling out my credit card and so was Dave. It’s sometimes a curse to be a Gadgeteer, because we always want the latest tech. Did Dave and I pre-order today?
Actually no, we didn’t. Dave was looking at the Surface Book and I was looking at the Surface Pro 4. But once Dave and I got away from the reality distortion field, we began having doubts. For Dave, he wants to see both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book in person before he buys one. Makes sense, right? For me, I already have three laptops: a 2011 13″ MacBook Air that I use on the couch, a 2014 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina that I use to write my reviews and edit images, and a 2015 Dell XPS 13″ that I don’t really use at all right now (although it’s coming with me on vacation next week because it’s lighter and has better battery life than my old MacBook Air). I also have an iPad mini and a Samsung Galaxy S Tab 10.5. So I don’t need a laptop and I don’t need a tablet. Pair all that with the fact that these devices ain’t cheap, and I’m giving Jeanne my credit card so I won’t be tempted.But darn if I don’t want to play with both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. I can’t help but wish all my laptops and tablets would spontaneously combust so I’ll have a reason to buy one!
Next week I’ll be using the Dell XPS 13″ which I recently upgraded to Windows 10. This will be a good test to see if I miss my MacBook Pro and OS X. I’ve told various people that I am not sure I’ll buy another MacBook when it comes time to replace my current one. After seeing the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, I’m really starting to believe that.
Dave: Julie and I have been anticipating yesterday’s Microsoft event for a while now. I have a 3 yr old 15” retina MBPro, Lenovo X1 Carbon, iPad Air 2, Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Note 4. I use to be an all Apple guy, not necessarily a true Fan Boy but close enough. While admittedly very well made, with solid performance, Apple products have become less appealing to me over the years. Where they use to be cutting edge and leading the way, Apple has become safe and predictable…very sadly, there has not been a “one more thing” from Apple for years. It has been a slow erosion, first I switched to an Android smartphone, then started using a Windows laptop every now and then, then swapped out my tablet as well. The final straw was the release of Windows 10 that started me seriously thinking of totally jumping ship. I would love to consolidate my hardware to a single device…like the Surface Pro or Surface Book. Both are tempting and once I see them in person, I will most likely take the plunge one way or the other.
What about you? Are you tempted by these new Microsoft devices?