“The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys” – unknown
I had a Microsoft Surface RT tablet in the shopping cart. I was this close â€“ holding my thumb and index finger very close to each other – to pulling the trigger. Had the trusty credit card out and permission from the spousal unit.
Whatâ€™s not to like about Surface RT? I believe itâ€™s a more sophisticated option than either an iPad or Android tablet. The starting price is $499 for a 32 GB model with 10.6-inch ClearType HD screen, five-point multi-touch, resolution of 1366 x 768, a NVIDIA T30 chip paired with 2 GB of system memory, MicroSD card slot, USB 2.0 port, HD video out port, has a kickstand and so on. It even includes Microsoft Office 2013 Student Edition for crying out loud! And if you’re willing to drop a bit more cash you haveÂ options for a keyboard cover. Itâ€™s truly a bargain.
So whatâ€™s the problem? Thereâ€™s really no problem. I want one. I really want one. The issue is that I made a deal with myself a month or so ago that I wouldnâ€™t purchase another piece of technology unless it could replace something I currently have. I have a lot of toys. Â And unfortunately the Microsoft Surface RT wonâ€™t replace any of the bigger ones because it runs an ARM-based chip that typically powers smartphones and consumer tablets. It could easily replace an iPad or Android tablet, but not my laptop or tablet PC. I suppose it could in theory, but not practically.
Being the logical guy that I amÂ I’veÂ decided to wait for Surface Pro and shell out the $1K plus in the hope of replacing at least one of my bigger machines. That’s the plan anyway. You never know though. Iâ€™ll be in up in Bellevue, WA next week, which means that Iâ€™ll end up at the Microsoft Store at least once. IÂ wouldn’tÂ be at all surprised if I ended up walking away with a Surface RT tablet. Just sayinâ€™.