incrediBILL - 5:47 pm on Oct 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
USB port just gives you connectivity to all the existing USB devices around. I'm not sure how you could write it off so easily. It doesn't make it bigger/bulkier by any means. The Surface is only .06 lbs heavier than iPad 3.
Who said I was dismissing it?
Please don't twist words if you want to have an intelligent discussion.
I said 2 USB are bulky. My tablet obviously has a USB port but it's mini USB, which perhaps is what Surface uses but the spec doesn't say that.
Besides, what the heck do you need a USB port for anymore other than as a power connection to charge the tablet? Printers are wireless and even if it isn't, you can get software that allows you to print from the tablet via the desktop. Keyboards and mice run off blue tooth, etc. so unless you're running a computer museum and have ancient TVs, pretty much everything can be accomplished via wifi and bluetooth without all the extra bulk and expense of all those needless ports. I pretty much need just the one USB port and I'm good.
Who needs NFC on a tablet?
Apparently I do and my tablet has it. However, a 7" tablet is more like an oversized smartphone and I carry it around alot like a smartphone. Doubt I'd carry some 10" behemoth around all the time and perhaps for that reason NFC isn't needed on such a bulky beast but I'd include it if I were writing the specs.
When MS fully catches up with modern tablet technology then I'll consider their offering ;)