History is made

The first personal computer actually made by Microsoft! That’s history. They’ve made mice, and X-boxes, but never desktops, laptops, or tablets. 

What impressive me about this computer is that it’s not a me-too. Unlike Android, you can’t pigeonhole it as just another iPhone knock off. It’s fundamentally different user interface is stunning and unique.

Here’s the venerable (yeah) Walt Mossberg’s review:

“But the tablet I’m using is very different—historic, actually. It’s the first personal computer made by Microsoft, a company determined for decades to make only the software driving others’ computers.” (from Wall Street Journal)

In addition to the computer and the new version of Windows, these computers have a unique keyboard built into soft screen protector. Very cool! Secondly, the tablets have a built in ‘kick-stand’ for standing it upright. Cool again! Well done Microsoft!

Weight of tablets

I’ve been playing around with each of the major tablets while considering ‘my next move’ 🙂

Oddly I have not been able to find a side by side comparison of their weights. After googling for 3 minutes. So as a public service let me transcribe my notes on this vital topic.

  • Apple iPad 2: 21.1 oz
  • Barnes and Nobel Nook Color: 15.8 oz
  • Amazon Kindle Fire: 14.6 oz
  • Barnes and Nobel Nook Tablet: 14.1 oz
  • Amazon Kindle Touch: 7.8 oz
  • Amazon Kindle 4: 5.9 oz