The Microsoft Surface RT tablet is finally available to buy, giving consumers an alternative to the Nexus 7 and iPad 4 with a brand new Metro UI to enjoy. Not everyone is entirely happy with the device though, with some already thinking of picking up the Surface Pro version instead next year.
If you are not already aware, Microsoft announced two versions of the Surface Pro – the RT version with a tablet version of Windows 8 and the Surface Pro, which comes with Windows 8 Pro and support for actual PC applications. The app compatibility issue is becoming a problem for some users, as they’ve realized that none of their favorite applications work with Surface RT.
Then again, Microsoft made it perfectly clear that the Surface RT was a tablet that was designed in a way to offer the same core experiences that other tablets offer on the market – browsing, using Skype, checking emails and so on. But because its a Windows device, some naturally assume it can run every PC application under the sun and if that is the position you’re in – you’ll need to get the Pro in January.
Microsoft has said it will be available around three months after the RT, but has so far declined to offer a solid release date – just in case of any production problems that may arise we expect. The Pro is going to be equipped with a dual-core Core i5 processor instead ( RT ships with an ARM-based chip) and double the RAM (4GB), than what the Surface RT currently offers.
More importantly though, the Pro version will give you the full Windows 8 compatibility that you need and it should give you a better transition for those that want to use the Surface Pro as a replacement for a current Windows laptop. If the RT model costs $499 to buy though, how much more expensive is the Pro model going to cost?
We’ve seen whispers of a price tag close to $1000 emerging, but obviously a lot of consumers are going to feel that this is simply too much to pay for a device that needs to be competitively priced to take on all tablet newcomers in 2013.
As a launch buyer of the Surface RT, how are you getting on with your device so far? Do you regret purchasing the tablet due to incompatibility issues, or are you happy just using the device for general purposes?