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The micro USB can be used for transferring files and connecting up other electronic devices.
The Nexus has Wi-Fi for connectivity, but there is no Ethernet jack (RJ-45) so you can't plug a LAN cable into it directly.
Micro USB on Nexus tablets are a two way street. You can pull images off it as well as copy files to it. Most tablets let you do this, an example is mp3 music files, pdf/mobi book/magazine files, etc. jpegs/image files are no different. But these devices don't usually have easily accessible/sophisticated file systems.
The biggest issue with tablets is their limited storage and the Surface Pro has the same problem, only worse as the native Windows 8 it uses is the real full version of Windows. Windows is a huge O/S and on the largest Surface Pro with 128gb of storage, the O/S takes about 1/3rd of this memory; leaving the user with a bit less than 84gb,. That's not much storage space for additional software or files, and the O/Ss temp memory needs..
I see some pretty big down sides to thinking of the Surface Pro as anything but an enhanced tablet. But as we move away from device based installations of software, use the cloud to it's real potential, this machine looks quite useful. In tech's current state, with devices storing most software locally, this tablet won't be a DO-IT-ALL like an Ultrabook, Laptop type device, but it will serve very targeted situations quite well; as long as you have a power source near by.
This tablet is expensive, but it is a glimpse of the future, one already seen to a degree in the Google Chromebook. We still have a huge gap in the software area. There are two camps, Apps that run on mobile devices; phones/tablets, and software that runs on traditional computers; laptops/desktops.
I've been seriously looking at the Surface Pro as an alternative to a 'traditional' tablet. I still haven't decided if I'll jump as I've been looking at UltraBooks; including MacAir's as well. I'm still struggling with the need/want of a 'Touch' interface on my laptop/desktop device.
The Surface muddies things up a bit, has the limits of tablets, but runs a fully proven O/S and most all the software we use everyday. I like this idea, I think...with Win8 and USB 3.0, power external storage is available anf I've got 4 1.5TB drives that would work just fine for storing images/files
At two pounds it's a heavy beast, would sit on my lap just fine but I wouldn't be hand holding it in bed while reading. Where it shines tho is in it's software base, not doubt I'd have LR, Photoshop and MS office, even a few development tools on it and be quite productive. But I'd also be packing a power converter, maybe two, one for the wall socket and one for the car. With less than four hours of battery life you're going to be charging this puppy all the time, and it doesn't have a removable/rechargeable battery.
Is battery life the deal breaker, I'm not sure, might just be a big inconvenience
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