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Microsoft's Surface Unveiled at the AT&T Experience Store

Microsoft's Surface Gets Touched, and Touched Some More

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.

Join The Conversation
LuxuryAddict LuxuryAddict 9 years
Hehe of course the iPhone doesn't work. I really like the idea of the surface! Seems like a really easy and fun way to share your files with friends and family.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
I hope to see more of these elsewhere. i like Calamari's idea - having this as a table would be pretty great, given all the things you could (potentially) do with it. in 5-10 years i'm sure the price will be about the same as a nice table, so i could see this working in that way. i also like the idea that an apple branded one would be the ultimate in cool.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Cool video geeks!
Tameeko Tameeko 9 years
I remember reading about the surface sometime last year. I really thought there were a few more features than checking out phone specs and zooming in/out of maps. I thought you could stick your digital camera on it and flip through pictures. I wonder if that is still a feature. Either way I agree with geek sugar's comment, "It's cool, but ..." especially for the amount of dough you'd have to shell out. I too can't wait to see where the future takes this concept.
calamari calamari 9 years
Maybe the iPhone would just make the other phones look bad? Ha!! I kid, I kid. ;)
Performita Performita 9 years
Calamari, I am sure that in 5-10 years we will have our iTable or something even better in our Apple user friendly style :D When I red this bottom line about AT&T person saying we want some other of our phones to be presented, I sense some jealousy in it :D Don't you?
calamari calamari 9 years
Can't wait until this kind of interface starts showing up in more locations. In 5-10 years, I'll be able to set my iPhone 5.0 down on my kitchen table/touch surface and simply push the latest music, TV and news right onto my iPhone. There's so much happening right now, it's only beginning to get cool.
7bits 7bits 9 years
is it because apple is too smug?
syako syako 9 years
do you really question why the iphone didn't work? I mean, really? :?
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