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Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/26/2013 | 8:08:07 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
Yep, I was surprised too. An iPad does what it's supposed to be out of the box; when people throw keyboards on them, the accessories are supplements, not something crucial to the device's appeal. But with the Windows Store being what it is, Windows tablets rely much more on keyboards.

Do I use my Surface Pro without a keyboard? Yes-- but the keyboard is still the thing that makes its desktop compatibility useful, and that helps make using a Surface Pro different (in a potentially good way) than using an iPad. If Microsoft has just thrown the Type Cover in, I'd consider the event a solid, but not necessarily overwhelming, success. They'd still be able to upsell people (especially Pro users) to the Power Cover, but they'd avoid the perception of market-deaf pricing. But with the current structure, consumers are going to feel nickel and dimed.

The new machines look much nicer and I'm looking forward to playing around with them more extensively. But at these prices, and with keyboards and docks adding hundreds more to the "true" cost, I think the new devices face many of the same questions that the previous ones faced.
hohum
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hohum,
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9/24/2013 | 11:06:12 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
It was a tad funny the write -down
Microsoft are just not a HW company yet.... Hopefully they have the Nokia
team handle this stuff from now on.
@shaneco:disqus
The issue always is ... is need.
I do a lot of remote travelling and surface pro is the best all round product for these needs.
- BD movies
- digital/analog TV reception (antenna-free to air)
- mapping
( no need to reply to this as i have tried many options)
1:1 sat views not the lousy 1:25k or the worse 1:50 1:250
and a wide variety of imported maps all supported off-line
- I can use it in the car on the go....
( thinking tablet ? no the apps are shyt on all ecosystems)
A full/real OS- yes all my programs work -unlike the app world
I do take my phone with off-line maps and the are the best ones Navteq.
and do provide a basic functionality.
And all this fits neatly in a small case not much bigger than the surface pro itself
- this is just a load and run scenerio
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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9/24/2013 | 6:43:54 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
Again, you hit the mark here. They have done absolutely nothing to clear up the RT/Pro distinctions. If they could price the Pro around $600/$700 and provide a full computer to users at a tablet price, they could rake in the money through the Microsoft Store and make huge strides in market share. They should take their own lead from Xbox - break even on the device and make money on the software and apps.
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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9/24/2013 | 6:41:25 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
I agree...for those prices, the touch covers should be included with an upgrade of $20 for the type cover. I love the idea of the Surface, but the device is quite heavy and I'll stick with my iPad2 until I upgrade to an Android tablet. The Surface has so much potential, but pricing and marketing are killing it.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/24/2013 | 3:53:51 PM
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Also, MS should have never used "RT" in the name of the product. Windows RT -- and thereby the Surface RT device -- confused consumers (and why wouldn't it?). They didn't know what Windows RT was ... "Is it the same thing as Windows 8?" Now Microsoft just replaced RT with a 2 for Surface 2, but they've also added a 2 to the Surface Pro name. Sigh.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/24/2013 | 3:21:05 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
The Skype and SkyDrive storage freebies are nice features, but I'm shocked they are still charging $119 and $129 for the touch and type covers even if they are thinner, lighter and more rigid. The pricing on the power cover and docking station also seem aggressive. Improved battery life is a big plus, but there's not enough new here to motivate me to buy a Surface. Does anyone disagree?
dbtinc
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dbtinc,
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9/24/2013 | 1:01:58 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Tablet Details, Examined
Did I just hallucinate on those MSRP's! And Ballmer is still collecting a salary?!


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