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A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

Gabriella Davis  19 November 2008 21:46:47
This week I'm working in New York (where it's freezing cold btw) and staying at the Sheraton in midtown.  In the lobby of the Sheraton we discovered they have one of the new MS Surface tables with a touch sensitive screen so Tim and I sat down to have a play.  Some photos and details below but there were things I liked and things I didn't.
  • It was incredibly touch sensitive which meant I kept accidentally rotating album covers or photos by brushing the heel of my hand when I lent forward or if Tim tried to work on one part of the table whilst I worked on the other
  • There was something very satisfying about swinging pictures and albums around the pushing them flying across the table with a flick then overlaying other items on top of them by sweeping across the screen
  • I couldn't grasp the playlist interface, the albums were on a scroll but you had to drag the album off the scroller then click on it to rotate it (as per coverflow) then click on a track to start it playing and add it to the playlist - a lot of steps and the idea that it kept stopping the playlist and starting with the newly added track was dumb
  • It was stunning how much it looked and behaved like the Apple behaviour such as Coverflow, 'spinning' an album round to see the tracks, using pinch and expand to shrink and grow a picture and finger 'spin' gestures to rotate

After testing,  I don't think it's usable unless you can 'lock off' a part of the table to disable the touch sensitivity there, otherwise you've got yourself a table you can never touch or rest anything on and what's the point of that?  Oh and i'd like to thank Tim for being such a glamorous hand model in the cool photos we took below !

Image:A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

Image:A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

Image:A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

Image:A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

Image:A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

Image:A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos
Comments

1Phil Dawson  28/11/2008 00:28:17  A Play With MS Surface And Some Photos

I'm sure you meant to write, "Apples interface is like Microsofts" not the other way around.

: )

I can see the steam coming out of your ears from here!