The original iPad didn't excite me very much. In fact, I was confused what to do with it. Over time, I ended up using the iPad 2, and recently its successor. I’ve also tried the Blackberry PlayBook, the HP TouchPad, and more recently Google Nexus 7. But, for the first time in a long time, I was very excited to get a tablet -- the new Microsoft Surface. I think Windows RT had a lot to do with it, and the touchscreen aspect.
I worried about the new operating system being touch-based. “How will I use Excel or PowerPoint, or other applications in Windows RT if they are all tile-based?” The good news: I learned that the Windows Desktop is still accessible. So while there normally are lots of tiles, when you start to edit a document, you go back to a familiar desktop and normal Office -- well, its Office 2013 -- so that's cool, too.