By Adam Z. Lein | February 11, 2013 7:00 AM
Back when the original iPad came out, all of the tech reviewers constantly harped on about how difficult it was to use on your lap. (Or did they?) Sure the optional cover could flip around to the back and allow you to stand the iPad up on a table, but that didn’t work well at all on your lap. It kept falling over when touching the screen, and there wasn’t even a keyboard attachment available at that time. Today, history is repeating itself, and again all of the tech reviewers of the world are hung up with how difficult it is to use the Microsoft Surface on your lap.
Luckily Apple was able to respond with a video commercial that teaches everybody how to comfortably use an iPad’s tablet form factor on your lap.
Considering Microsoft’s Surface has the same basic form factor as the original iPad (well, it may include slightly different screen dimensions), it’s pretty obvious that the Apple’s iPad lap-usage video tutorial will translate very easily to Microsoft’s Surface tablet.
In fact, the Surface tablet should be even easier to use in these scenarios since the operating system’s UI is designed for screen edge swipe commands and it also includes a split keyboard so that you don’t have to type with one finger. Having frequently used commands such as home, search, sharing, task switching, settings, and printing right on the edge under your thumb while you’re holding it is so much easier than reaching all the way to the bottom to press a home button. Then there’s the Microsoft Surface Pro with a pressure sensitive stylus which will give you precision content creation control that surpasses the accuracy of any finger (or mouse for that matter). Do you have trouble using a pad of paper and a pen on your lap? If not, then the Surface Pro should be no different.