Microsoft Surface Tablet

Microsoft’s new Surface tablet is set to debut this coming Fall, most likely around Christmas 2012. With the tablet delaying its arrival onto the market for the next five months, many consumers have a current dilemma: should they purchase either 1) Apple’s new iPad, 2) Google Nexus 7, or wait for the Microsoft Surface tablet? The question is a complex one indeed, since there are many factors one must consider before purchasing now or later:

  •  Price range
  • Memory storage
  • Repairability
  • Everyday activity (what you will do with your tablet)

 Show Me the Money: Price Range

One factor that consumers must consider is your preferred price range. The Microsoft Surface, Microsoft states, will come with “competitive pricing.” We do not know how much it will be, but sources say that the surface tablet could range in its pricing from $599 for the Windows RT version and $1000 for the Windows Pro—a steep price above Apple’s new iPad. While the new iPad’s base price is much less, accessories plus memory storage will move the price up to a minimum $600 if not more. Thus, Apple and Microsoft’s tablets are rather pricey for someone who does not have a large amount of cash in the present. If you want a tablet that is more economical and cost-effective, Google Nexus 7 fits what you want with a mere $199 price tag. Of the three popular tablets on the market, the Nexus wins in terms of pricing.

Every Last Space: Memory Storage

Another factor to consider when asking whether you should purchase now or later is memory storage. If you are a hard-core gamer who wants to purchase and download numerous game apps, you may want to purchase a tablet that allows you maximum memory storage. The new iPad (also called “iPad 3”) has memory storage ranging from 8GB to 64GB, while the Google Nexus 7 (due to emerge on shelves in mid-July 2012) will only come in two memory sizes (8GB and 16GB). The Microsoft Surface tablet comes with different memory sizes for its two distinct versions: the Windows RT version will come in memory sizes of 32GB and 64GB, while the Windows 8 Pro version will come in both 64GB and 128GB versions. The Windows RT version will have storage commensurate with that of Apple’s new iPad, but the Windows 8 Pro version surpasses the iPad 3 in that its top size memory comes out to twice the memory of the highest iPad memory storage (64GB). There are other factors that must determine your purchase, but if 64GB is enough for you, you need not wait until five months from now to purchase a tablet.

When Will It Be Fixed? Repairability

 Next on the list of factors to consider when purchasing one of the three popular tablets is repairability, how easy the device can be repaired. According to Kyle Wiens from iFixit, Apple’s new iPad received a 2 out of 10 on the repairability scale. The Nexus, on the other hand, received a 7 or 8 out of 10 in terms of its repairability; Microsoft’s Surface tablet looks to be the most repairable out of the three tablets. While the Microsoft Surface will cost you $400 or $800 more than the Nexus (depending on which version you purchase) and at or above the price of the new iPad (depending on the version of the iPad 3), it will also be easy to repair—thus maintaining your financial investment. If you are an individual who likes to purchase nice things and make them last for a long time, the Microsoft Surface may be worth waiting for.

What Will You Do With It? The Tablet’s Purpose

 Lastly, everyday activity is another factor you cannot overlook when deciding which tablet is right for you. According to Charles Moore at MacPrices.net, corporate employees need a Windows Surface tablet (which is more like a desktop PC than the new iPad or Google Nexus) because of the nature of their work. Corporate servers necessitate the use of a device like the Microsoft Surface. If you do not have a corporate job and want a device for leisure purposes and not work, then other factors such as pricing, memory size, and repairability may place your affections on one of the other two tablets.

Priority Rank: What Do You Want Most?

 In the end, you are the ultimate decision-maker over the device that wins your money. While only a few factors have been mentioned here, there are other factors such as whether or not your device runs on a 3G or 4G network vs. wifi network, as well as the cost of tablet warranties, how many years of warranty you want to place on your device, and so on. When it comes to tablet accessories, the Microsoft Surface offers you a stand and smart cover/keyboard, while Apple’s iPad and the Nexus 7 do not. You will need another $100 to purchase a wireless/Bluetooth keyboard at the Apple Store online (in addition to the price of the new iPad).

Finally, so little is known about the Nexus (except for online reviews) and the Surface that hands-on demonstrations will provide more insight into these tablets to help you make the right choice. While much more can be said, the above factors should serve as a useful tool to point you in the right direction.