Yesterday we ventured out to the AT&T Experience stores in San Bruno, CA to check out Microsoft's Surface table, which is now appearing in four cities across the United States. Set to become available in all AT&T stores nationwide within the next few months, the Surface table is already bringing eyes and lots of hands to the four AT&T stores where it is located. Thankfully, we had our pick from six different tables and wasted no time experimenting with its interactive features.
The giant 30-inch plastic-covered display screen on the Surface (they swear it's spill and dance proof), is totally touch-friendly, as your fingertips can move objects around and expand windows. By placing two cell phones (we suggested they should up this total) on the table, customers can read the features from each phone and decide which one better suits their needs . . . without having to deal with a salesperson. My thoughts? Actually my exact words. . . ."It's cool, but it has the potential to be cooler."
To find out more about my up close and personal account with Microsoft's surface,
What can the table, which costs between $5,000 to $10,000, do right now? Basically just compare specs on phones and zoom in on maps to see AT&T network coverage, but AT&T swears that more fun features are set to come, including: being able to add new ringtones to your phone and exchange photos by dragging and dropping them on the table. I'm more excited about what they'll be able to do once they make their way to the Harrah's hotel chain — which is said to be next on the list. When asked why the iPhone didn't make the cut to being one of the featured phones at the table? An AT&T rep said that stores already have designated "iPhone locations" and that they wanted to focus on some of their other popular phones that would benefit from being displayed on the Surface.