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Which Windows tablet do you own?

  1. #41


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    I think the Surface 3 should sell well. It has much of the Pro 3's capability at a lower cost. Besides using a quad core Atom as opposed to the i5 cpu, a major difference is the micro USB power port. The dedicated power connector on the Pro 3 allows for charging as well as for connecting to the docking station.

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  2. #42


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    Yeah, no matter how you slice it, and as much as I like my Surface RT, I'm looking forward to a speed increase in whatever I upgrade it to. That and increased screen resolution, and maybe a couple other things. But honestly, the quality of the Surface RT screen is great, even though it's only 720p, and the battery life is very respectable. But technology marches on.
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  3. #43


    I still think the Surface 3 is overpriced and under-powered. It should be $299.00 if they want to REALLY eat into the iPad market.

    What's up with just a 1.6Ghz quad core? Cost savings? It needs to be beefier than that. The tablet needs to dazzle and shine..not just get by. The original Surface was painfully under powered, and overpriced as well. Don't they learn from the mistakes of their past??

    Oh well..just my 2 cents. That and $2.00 might get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
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  4. #44


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    I'm thinking that maybe the Surfaces are what Microsoft might think of (and what some tech pundits have called) as "aspirational devices." In other words, it's something that's built really well, pretty, free of crapware and is something that just gets people to walk in the door, ooh and awe at, and then start looking at the ecosystem. They might buy the more expensive tablet with the Microsoft name on it, but then probably more of them are going to buy the cheaper mainstream Windows tablets. And either choice is going to ultimately make Microsoft happy.
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  5. #45


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    I still think the Surface 3 is overpriced and under-powered. It should be $299.00 if they want to REALLY eat into the iPad market.

    What's up with just a 1.6Ghz quad core? Cost savings? It needs to be beefier than that. The tablet needs to dazzle and shine..not just get by. The original Surface was painfully under powered, and overpriced as well. Don't they learn from the mistakes of their past??

    Oh well..just my 2 cents. That and $2.00 might get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
    Don't blame Microsoft, Intel just provides a mediocre performing x86 CPU. If MS used a Core M on this, it would've essentially cost as much as SP3.
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  6. #46


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    It would be nice to have more power in a Tablet but there's always a trade-off concerning power requirements, more powerful equals more heat.
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  7. #47


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    I have the original Yoga 13 and a Toshiba Encore Mini 7" tablet. Love them both.
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  8. #48


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuyGeek View Post
    I have the original Yoga 13 and a Toshiba Encore Mini 7" tablet. Love them both.
    That's interesting (regarding the Toshiba Encore). When I first read about it, Paul Thurrott had some criticisms he felt made the tablet not a good buy.

    You can see the article here: http://winsupersite.com/mobile/toshi...st-impressions

    Any thoughts on that?
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  9. #49


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    Well, his biggest issue is that for $120 you could get a better tablet at a slightly increased price. I got it on sale for $79 last year. It's now back up to $110 on the MS Store. I doubt that would have bought it at that price. Probably would have went with some of the other tablets I was considering.

    But now that I have it, it's great, Even at my old, decrepit state, I can still read it fine for what I do. Sure the desktop stuff is small, but that's going to happen on any tablet around 7-8 inches. But for Win Apps, like news or mail or anything like them, it's great. I read my mail and calendar on my Windows 928 phone every day, but the increase size on the Encore makes quite a difference.

    Not ever buying an Atom based system before, I was pleasantly surprised at the speed. Works quickly and flawlessly. HD space? I got a Samsung Ultra microSD card with 32GB for a lousy $17 bucks.

    Finally, I also bought a Microsoft TV adapter. I hooked it up to the TV and sure enough the Encore attached to it as a wireless display and I can browse the web and do other stuff via the larger screen TV.

    I suppose a larger, more expensive tablet would be great, but I think this fits most of my needs, if not all.

    Here's a video I did back in December 2014

    https://youtu.be/4F8eG33A_Ag
    Last edited by OldGuyGeek; 09 Apr 2015 at 16:21. Reason: spelling error
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  10. #50


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    That's cool. Hey if you're happy with it then that's all that matters. It really doesn't seem so bad for the money. Honestly, I'm a big Paul Thurrott fan, but I think sometimes ... sometimes ... he can be a bit stubborn with his viewpoints. It helps to hear another side of the story.

    Looks like you've got a nice channel going as well on YouTube.
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