I don’t know what happened in the past week, but something hit me, and I started to really get into Microsoft services. In order:
I use OneDrive for everything, mainly because Windows Phone backs up all my photos to it, so I use it anyway.
I put all my songs on the XBOX Music app thing.
I’m using a lot more Metro apps than before.
I’m using Bing as my default search engine.
And this one might shock some people, I’m using Internet Explorer.
You’re probably wondering what drugs I’m on to be using IE and Bing.
First of all, I don’t do drugs. Second of all, IE is not as bad as you think. Okay, that makes it sound bad. It’s very good. And it makes text look really smooth on any device. And it’s nothing like it used to be. It’s much faster and just does things really well. So honestly, give IE a good try, as long as it’s IE 11. I can’t really speak for anything else.
Oh and Bing is honestly just as good as Google. Much more cleaner. Although I’ll admit, sometimes the results aren’t as good, it’s still much more pleasing to the eye. That, and I get free money to Amazon through their rewards program. I’ve even shown some people side-by-side results of Bing and Google, and most of the time, they pick Bing. Try it yourself at http://www.bingiton.com/
Don’t be closed minded, and give Microsoft a fair shake. They’re not that bad.
So here’s the deal-e-oh. I wanted to purchase a top of the line Windows 8 tablet. Why? Because I’m a Microsoft fanboy, and honestly, I think the Metro UI is the best touch experience out there. So when it came to researching for a tablet, immediately there was no contest. The Surface Pro 3 was first on my list for many reasons. One, it’s made by the same people who make the operating system, so it’s gotta be good, right? And two, it’s extremely well designed. But the only thing that made me hesitant was the price. For a mid-range Surface Pro 3, we’re talkin’ $1,299 for an i5 256 GB model. And that’s not including the $149 keyboard cover, which is essentially mandatory for a good Windows 8 experience. Nonetheless, I was ready. I came this close to clicking the “buy” button, when I stopped, looked at the price, and said “eh, might as well go check it out in person.” So I hopped in the AnthonyMobile and drove to Best Buy. And there it was, the same Surface Pro 3 in stock, with a keyboard cover. I started using it, and just was not as impressed as I thought I would be. I don’t know if it was the price or if I’m not too sold on tablets as a whole, but I just stopped and looked around Best Buy. I thought “why not go for a Mac?” Then I looked and saw that the MacBook Air 13 inch was about the same price for the Surface Pro 3, and it didn’t have touch, and I’d have to install Windows on it anyway. Not only that, but I’m already in the Microsoft ecosystem, so I voted nay on the Mac. Then I looked all over and simply wasn't impressed by anything else. Then I found the Lenovo section. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got a thing for Lenovos. Maybe it’s the fact that they own the ThinkPad line-up, or maybe they just make really good computers, but I was impressed with the selection. Then I found the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. I had heard good reviews on CNET and was interested, and I started using it, and it was a really cool computer. And I saw the price of $1,199 and thought it was an amazing deal to get a touch screen, with a keyboard, and an i7 processor, and 256 GB of storage, AND a transformer design to fold into whatever the hell you want it to be, I was sold. Well, I would’ve been sold if they had it in stock.
So, the moral of the story is if you’re looking for a great deal, check out Lenovo and the Yoga 2 Pro. And if you’re thinking about buying a Surface Pro 3, use it first, and see if you can justify what I feel is an outrageous price. Especially without the keyboard cover.