Tech writers who got their hands on the Microsoft Surface tablet early are returning their results today, with lots of reports balancing gushy praise with harsh criticisms.
- Price: The Surface starts at $499 for 32GB or $599 for 64GB, versus the now 4th generation iPad which starts at $599 32GB or $699 for 64GB.
- USB 2.0: Compatible with current accesories and peripherals.
- Expandable memory: Offers a memory-card slot to up capacity by as much as 64 GB.
- Software: Windows RT, the variation of Windows 8 the device runs on, won't support current Windows programs, and thus will have a limited selection of apps (3,500 in the Windows App Store compared to 275,000 in Apple's App Store). Though previously expected to only run a preview version of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, Microsoft was able to deliver the final version of Office 2013 RT earlier than expected and users may download it starting October 26.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi only.
- Screen sharpness: Even at 1,366 by 768 pixels it can't approach the iPad’s Retina screen at 2,048 by 1,536 pixels.
- Battery life: Up to eight hours, versus 10 on the iPad.
- The keyboard: Reviews indicate poor experiences with the Touch Cover, but the Type Cover with real keys seems to perform as promised, letting you decide when you want the expanded keyboard of a laptop, and when you'll opt for a tablet experience.
- Size: Larger and heavier than the newest iPad at 10.81 inches tall and 1.5 pounds vs. the 9.5-inch and 1.44-pound iPad, but a smaller width at 6.77 inches vs. the 7.31-inch-wide iPad. The longer rectangle shape of the Surface and 16:9 ratio make it better suited for movie watching, some reviewers said, in which case the 10.6-inch screen size (vs. iPad's 9.7 inches) may be a plus as well.
Considerations for photographers:
- Desktop editors on tablet: The Microsoft Surface won't run full-scale Windows programs, but the upcoming Surface Pro will. Think Photoshop and Lightroom on a tablet. However, this device is going to be heavier and more expensive, so you may be back to pondering if a small laptop or something like the Surface is the better way to go for on-the-go workflow solutions.
- Foldable keyboard: Though it sounds like the Type Cover is the better choice, the option of a keyboard may make it easer to switch between tablet and almost-laptop on the fly, allowing you to choose when to use the device for portfolio display or when to switch to serious editing work with the benefit of laptop functionality. Don't forget this in the price though -- neither keyboard is included and the Touch version will add on another $120 or $130 for the Type version.
- Smart stylus capabilities: The Surface's proximity sensor makes for seamless swiching between stylus and your fingers.
The tablet officially launches on Friday, Oct. 26, though preorders started last week. If you just can't wait to hear more, Microsoft will also offer a webcast about the Surface tomorrow, starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT on its consumer site.
Next up for Microsoft: The release of its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system (first available on phones from both Nokia and HTC) on Monday, Oct. 29, the same day Google is expected to showcase a new Nexus smarthphone from LG, an updated Nexus 7 tablet and a larger tablet from Samsung.
Oct 22, 2015
Oct 20, 2015
Oct 20, 2015
Oct 24, 2015
|scrum break away by al booth|
from Sport competition
|Chinese Acrobat by lim yau tong|
|Parking Deck by Olaf R|
from Your City - Parking Garage
|Communication Tech by alberto_b|
|With & without by OBellini|
from Empty - Full
In this weeks' Throwback Thursday article, Simon raises a toast to the Sony Digital Mavica FD71 - a little camera which used really big memory cards.
It's been half a decade since Canon first debuted the original 6D and finally its successor is here. So what does five years of innovation look like?
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II brings more resolution, better autofocus and faster continuous shooting to Canon's entry-level full-frame camera. And we've had the opportunity to shoot with one.
The Canon 6D Mark II will ship to consumers in August, but we've been able to do some shooting with a pre-production unit well in advance.
Rumors have been swirling around for a while, and Canon has just unveiled the long-awaited successor to the popular and long-serving EOS 6D. Read all about it in our hands-on preview.
Canon's latest entry-level DSLR is here. The new Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) is the belated successor to 2013's Rebel SL1, billed at the time as the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market.
Nearly five years after the announcement of the EOS 6D, Canon has finally replaced it with the EOS 6D Mark II. The Mark II features an all-new 26.2MP Dual Pixel AF full-frame sensor, 6.5 fps burst shooting, a fully articulating touchscreen, 1080/60p video and much more.
Canon has announced the EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D), which replaces the aging SL1. This ultra-compact DSLR features a 24MP sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, Dual Pixel AF system and a 3" fully articulating touchscreen LCD.
When one of his friends got a filter stuck on his $1,700 Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L, former MythBuster Adam Savage removed it using an unlikely, terrifying tool: a band saw.
The New Yorker asked Magnum's famed photographers, in town for the agency's 70th anniversary, to go out and capture 'the fleeting beauty of New York City's golden hour.' This is what they shot.
Roger Cicala is a difficult man to impress, but he's been waxing lyrical over at Lensrentals about Sony's new 12-24mm wide zoom.
Glassware is one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, especially against a white background. This tutorial shows you how to do it with hardly any gear.
Handevision is now shipping its all-metal Iberit 90mm F2.4 short telephoto lens for Leica M-mount 35mm and full-frame cameras.
Isocell comprises four sub-brands: Bright, Fast, Slim and Dual which are tailored to specific mobile device market demands.
The new store will be located at the Fotografiska center for contemporary photography in Stockhom, Sweden and carry the full range of Hasselblad products.
A recent vacation gave Richard a chance to think about the needs of travel photography – and how our reviews might recognize the perfect travel camera.
Need more evidence that 2017 is the year analog begins its comeback? Well, welcome another new film stock to the world.
The winners of the 10th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and they're striking.
If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with adapted Canon glass, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest update.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. Prices of the SD card-based recorders will be reduced in all markets, while supplies last.
Instagram has started testing a new feature called 'favorites' that enables users to share photos with only certain people. Only a small number of users have access to the feature at this time, though it may roll out to everyone in the future.
Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.
It's the end of an era. Parent company Micron has announced that they are discontinuing the Lexar retail brand. This includes 'memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.'
Youthful trainspotter turned adult photographer, John Sanderson has traveled across the United States, documenting the country's railroads. But you won't find any trains in his pictures.
Sony's new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning.
Shoulderpod has converted its offerings into a lego-like modular system by offering all individual parts of existing products separately, allowing users to build exactly the rig they need for a specific project or simply replace a damaged part.
Photographer Felix AAA has spent the past ten years touring the world with a variety of musicians, capturing behind the scenes shots and portraits. He talks about some of his favorite images on the FujiFilm Blog.
A roll of film discovered in an Argus C2 from an Oregon Goodwill turned out to contain some incredible images – and has been re-united with the original owner's family.
Nikon's 28mm F1.4E ED appears to roundly complete the company's updated lineup of fast, professional prime lenses. We've already seen some initial images from a Nikon ambassador, but we've worked through a gallery of our own, with a lens of our own over the past week. Take a look.
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens.