Alex Cranz thinks “The Microsoft Surface Go is Practically Perfect.” If you need computer horsepower and a larger screen, then, no, Alex’s pick for practically perfect is all wrong.
The Surface Go is Microsoft’s latest attempt to poke some dents into Apple’s high-flying Mac line. Don’t think airliner. Think dirigible. That’s because Apple has been painfully slow at updating the Mac line and the rest of the PC market is lapping our favorite iPhone maker.
In short, PC sales are up– thanks to Microsoft’s continued push on notebook tablet hybrid devices like the aforementioned Surface Go. It’s not a notebook that does what a MacBook Air can do, but it does enough to spur the market, increase sales, which, by the way, are leaving the Mac in the dust. Uh huh. PC sales up. Mac sales down. Down 13-percent in the recent quarter.
So, what’s the perfect notebook tablet hybrid? Surface models run Windows 10 and Windows software, and despite the fact that they are more notebook than tablet, so less like an iPad and more like very underpowered Macs.
The Surface Go is a 2-in-1 laptop. But it’s a very, very good one that jumps up to being exceptional when you consider its price versus other devices of the same ilk.
Apple’s iPad does not ship with a keyboard, has a touchscreen, works superbly as a tablet, but less exciting as a notebook.
But not perfect because perfection is in the eye of the beholder.
Also not quite perfect is Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 4 which is somewhat like the early 2017 iPad Pro It comes with the S Pen which mimics iPad’s Pencil and you can add a keyboard similar to Apple’s Smart Keyboard.
What I like about the Tab 4 is the option to use DeX. That’s Samsung’s system for turning a Galaxy smartphone or Galaxy tablet into a desktop PC. Plug in the Samsung device to a dock, and that connects to a keyboard, mouse, and display. Think Mac mini but in your pocket.
No personal computer or smartphone or tablet is perfect, but I applaud both Samsung and Microsoft for pushing the envelope and differentiating their wares from Apple.
Just remember that perfection is in the eyes of the beholder.