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Microsoft's first big jump into the tablet market is the Microsoft Surface. Included standard is an USB port, a slot for a microSD card as well as two internal cameras. The surface is bulkier than the iPad, but offers more in the way of hardware and computing power. The Surface is the first tablet that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and mobile devices with its inclusion of its kickstand for upright viewing and, most importantly, Microsoft Office apps, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. A touch sensitive keyboard (shown in picture) is available separately to give users a traditional platform to type out documents like a personal computer. It is currently unknown if e-book lending from the library will be available on this platform.
- Operating System Windows RT (Windows 8 in Pro)
- 10.6 ClearType HD Display
- USB port
- Cover with keyboard standard (purchased separately)
- Two cameras (forward facing and outward)
- Touchscreen available
- Wi-Fi only
- Available in 32, 64 and 128 GB memory model.
- MicroSD and microSDXC compatible
- Office Home or Student RT available
- Battery life of 8 hours of high usage
- Best for: Users looking for more computing power than iPad