As I mentioned, I got a Surface tablet last week and blogged about my first impressions.
Since then, I’ve been using it quite a bit. I also have been reading lots of other reviews to see what people like and don’t like. It would seem the #1 thing people dislike is that there are “not enough apps in the app store”.
This isn’t just one or two people, it seems EVERYONE is saying this. But why is this important? If you ask the same person: “Is there some functionality you want, where there isn’t an app?” or “Is there something you can’t do now, because there isn’t an app?” – almost everyone would respond “no”.
So, for “most” people, the apps that are available more than suffice. There is an app for just about anything you can imagine. You only have like 5 choices instead of 25 different options – that’s basically the difference. So, “how many apps are in the store” seems to be this major sore point!
I will say this, there are apps that do come out JUST for iOS – like this Phillips Hue light bulb that you can control (only) from your iPhone. If things like this are valuable to you, or if you commonly use vendor-specific apps (away from major companies – like amazon, ebay, bofa, chase, etc) – then true, those apps have not been ported to WinRT.
But for the other 95% of people?
All I can say is I have completely replaced my iPad experience with my Surface. A couple of newer apps are a little buggy, which is frustrating, but most apps are pushing out updates every day or two (since this is all still pretty new) – so I feel somewhat confident that those issues will wind down. So after using this pretty heavily for 3 days, I don’t have any real issues or problems. In fact, I’d say I’m “completely” happy with it.
Oh, and tonight on AOTS, even self-described iOS fanboi Matt Mira gave the Surface a 4.5 out of 5 stars – which is nothing short of shocking. Why did he take off the .5 point? Because there weren’t enough apps in the app store.