Is this the next step in the evolution of the personal computer? Merging of the laptop with the tablet?
Last time I was browsing in PC World, the idea of a laptop-cum-tablet really tempted me. Before I knew it I was making for home with a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 in the bag.
Mind you, even before unboxing I realised this tablet was a lump. 2 pounds. Not too bad for a laptop, but tiring to hold for a tablet.
Another disadvantage reared up soon after. At first I was attracted by those Microsoft desktop panels with their simple, no-nonsense squares. It didn’t last. Several years ago I switched to Mac from Windows, and I soon discovered I didn’t take kindly to going back.
Alas, my elegant Surface Pro is Ebay bound pretty shortly.
One thing I shall really miss. Even in the few days I have had the Surface Pro, I have come to love the painting app Fresh Paint.
Fresh Paint comes with the Surface tablet. During its evolution, Fresh Paint was developed in the materials lab at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was tried by some 60,000 people at the museum in over a year.
The app has wonderful oil and watercolour brushes. I used them together with the blender tool for the autumn leaf above.
Fresh Paint even works with my marvellous Wacom Bamboo Feel stylus, though the tablet does come with a stylus of its own.