So, you find yourself a few days after you've purchased a new device. It could be a smartphone or a tablet. If it's the former, then you've probably been using it quite a bit every single day; if it's the tablet, then your usage may have varied quite a bit. But, one thing's the same: you're a fan. You may have found a few issues here and there that rub you the wrong way, but in the end you're happy with the purchase you've made. No buyer's remorse here, am I right?
This particular situation probably isn't all that foreign to you. Of the majority of devices that you've purchased over the years, I'm sure that you've liked more than you've hated (and got rid of). I can't say the same for myself, but then again I also have to admit that I've found myself getting rid of devices that I've liked, simply because they haven't fit my day-to-day need. It took me a long time to find a reason to own a tablet in general, and in that span I owned/tried a lot of them.
For instance, I've tried every single version of the Surface and Surface Pro lineups from Microsoft since their debut. Why? Because I think Microsoft unveiled a ridiculously nice family of tablets with their Surface branding, and after using each one, I can say that Microsoft knows where to improve devices from one year to the next. When upgrading a device every years, you aren't going to find huge changes from one year to the next very often, so the small changes are going to be key if you want to keep people coming back.
One of the changes to the Surface Pro 2 that Microsoft unveiled last year was to the kickstand, which is probably one of the best features on the tablet in general -- or any tablet for that matter. It now has a two-stage setting, which makes using the device on your lap so much easier. It's these sort of changes, the attention to detail and listening to the needs of the people out there, that can make yearly refreshes work for a lot of people.
I've tried each Surface tablet, but haven't kept one yet. I really like the tablets, I love the kickstand, and I love the stylus support in the Pro lineup quite a bit. And I'm very excited to see what Microsoft unveils on May 20. Many believe it'll be a smaller Surface Pro. At the same time, it's believed that the Washington state-based company will also unveil a new Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 3.
I want a mini Surface Pro. Especially with stylus support. That would make me incredibly happy.
However, I think it's the Surface Pro 3 that could very well steal the show, especially if Microsoft makes the right changes. That doesn't mean the tablet needs a bigger display, though. Because it doesn't. There have been rumors that suggest the SP3 could boast a display that's near 12 inches, and I really hope that isn't the case. A slightly smaller bezel might be okay, but a display that's around 12 inches will make it a no-go for me. I won't even try it out in that situation.
There are changes needed, though. For instance, the charger/stylus holder situation needs to go away. Seriously. The fact that I can't "store" the stylus on the Surface Pro models while I'm charging the device at the same time is silly. Honestly, if Microsoft only makes one change for their Surface Pro 3 (other than making the device a little lighter and thinner in key areas), that would be enough for me.
Have you tried out a Surface-branded tablet yet? Did you fall in love with a particular model, or was it just not the right fit for you? What changes should Microsoft make to their next Surface Pro device? Let me know!