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    Welcome back to Excellence!!


    GoodBye IPad, HoneyComb and Laptop, Hello Windows 8 Pro Slate.

    It seems like it was just yesterday when I was so happy to be the owner of a 64 GB apple IPad, an Apple MacBook pro and a 64 GB apple iPhone. However, as most tech savvy individuals will attest, owning any of these devices makes one thing abundantly clear; apple products are not for the technically inclined. The best way I can explain this is with analogy. Itís like being a surgeon and being handed a butter knife to perform a surgical task. Itís like being a soldier on a battlefield and being handed a slingshot to defend oneself. The feeling can only be described as a lacking of options, possibilities, and flexibility with a foreboding yet a subdued sense of restriction.
    Fast-forward 18 months a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7 inch, an Asus Transformer TF300t and now I am the proud owner of the Samsung Series 7 Slate running Windows8 Professional on a power sipping Intel i5 processor with 4 GB of Ram. The device uniquely covers both the needs of a laptop as well as a tablet. The Modern (previously Metro) interface allows the user a functionality best described as a casual one. A functionality and interface that appear to be perfectly adapted for use on the go, on the train, on a plane, in a cab, in the park or at the local coffee shop, Library or Cyber Cafť. Tasks can be performed with the touch or swipe of the finger, all, unbelievably, with the simplicity of the IPad OS but with the elegance, power and flexibility of the Android OS. This symbiosis of characteristics had to be intentional on the part of Microsoft engineers because the interface works so cleanly , all while the desktop offers the user the familiar interface and full-fledged applications we have all come to know and love for sit down productivity sessions.
    The Microsoft Apps market, like the Android and Apple Markets, provide the user with the casual apps one would need for things like weather, news, sport highlights and gaming.
    The two environments function as one to a point where they flow together in a way that forces one to forget that the OS is still just Windows. The user is engulfed by the experience once the learning curve has been achieved.

    Advanced functionality is now just a right click or a press and hold away. Goodbye Tablet and laptop, hello Windows 8 Slate. I am pleasantly pleased and abundantly surprised to be able to say that THIS Windows Iteration Really, Really Just works and works well, very well. 10 points Microsoft and welcome back to excellence..

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    I question your inability to notice how lacking Apple products were until you managed to buy all of them. I have never purchased one of them for myself because it was easy to tell they weren't for me.
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    I wish Microsoft kept the Zune HD and made it better. I would've bought it. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I question your inability to notice how lacking Apple products were until you managed to buy all of them. I have never purchased one of them for myself because it was easy to tell they weren't for me.
    And You should be a little less willing to judge anything until you have first hand knowledge of it. That way when you say you don't like it, at least you'll be educated about it and not going on just what you may have heard.
    With that being said, I think it would be safe for me to say that you are most likely more ignorant of apple ios than not. Don't be a fanboi.
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    I don't personally own any Apple products. My wife on the other hand has owned an iPhone 3gs for approx 3 years. I've used some older G4 macs in the past at an old job. Where I work currently, we have some Mac Book Pros. I was very close recently to getting a MacBook to get more acquainted with the OS for some side projects that I have going on doing some audio work where almost everything is done on a Mac. But I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money on the hardware. Ultimately got a recent version of OSX up and running under VMWare, so I could at least familiarize myself with more core concepts of the OS.

    So, not even close to being an expert, and certainly not a fan. But not completely ignorant of what it brings to the table and I can understand why a lot of people use it.

    Sorry if I offended you with my comments, it just seemed like you went "all out" Apple and then made the realization that it wasn't really suited for the tech savvy and have come back full circle to appreciating what Microsoft has done. Seems like you must have known Apple very well to invest in all of those gadgets...and it seems you would have been cognizant of the limitations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8Nation View Post
    This symbiosis of characteristics had to be intentional on the part of Microsoft engineers because the interface works so cleanly , all while the desktop offers the user the familiar interface and full-fledged applications we have all come to know and love for sit down productivity sessions.

    The Microsoft Apps market, like the Android and Apple Markets, provide the user with the casual apps one would need for things like weather, news, sport highlights and gaming.

    The two environments function as one to a point where they flow together in a way that forces one to forget that the OS is still just Windows. The user is engulfed by the experience once the learning curve has been achieved.
    That's beautiful! Well Done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I don't personally own any Apple products. My wife on the other hand has owned an iPhone 3gs for approx 3 years. I've used some older G4 macs in the past at an old job. Where I work currently, we have some Mac Book Pros. I was very close recently to getting a MacBook to get more acquainted with the OS for some side projects that I have going on doing some audio work where almost everything is done on a Mac. But I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money on the hardware. Ultimately got a recent version of OSX up and running under VMWare, so I could at least familiarize myself with more core concepts of the OS.

    So, not even close to being an expert, and certainly not a fan. But not completely ignorant of what it brings to the table and I can understand why a lot of people use it.

    Sorry if I offended you with my comments, it just seemed like you went "all out" Apple and then made the realization that it wasn't really suited for the tech savvy and have come back full circle to appreciating what Microsoft has done. Seems like you must have known Apple very well to invest in all of those gadgets...and it seems you would have been cognizant of the limitations.
    One thing Apple does abundantly we'll, as illegal as it may be, or not, is to create devices, environments and applications that demand each other. In this scenario, the IPhone is the gateway drug.
    After having the iPhone for a few months I found myself in need of a new computer. Consciously searching for a laptop with the build quality and attention to detail like that of a MacBook Pro, I could find nothing. Eventually, I decided to go ahead with the VMware option on a 13 inch i5, which worked we'll, at least for a while. But like every relationship, once the novelty has worn off, the realities begin to become more obvious. My initial obsession with MacBook Pro build quality was now overcast by the limitations of VMware and the restrictive nature of iTunes and the IOS operating system. Just as easily as I made the investment, I sold the entire bundle, inclusive of the Ipad I was given as a gift.
    Closure is a good thing, now I can safely say that my long lived Apple desires are completely out of my system.." Exhale"...
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    I always felt that I would end up with huge buyers remorse if I went with a Mac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I always felt that I would end up with huge buyers remorse if I went with a Mac.
    I thought you were once considering a macbook air?....
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    If I should say so, very well put! I met a guy the other day that spent over 1,100 dollars on a 64 gig ipad for school work only to realize that a giant ipod touch isn't a Windows PC. We were discussing this at best buy while I was playing with the Lenevo Yoga laptop and the benefits of one far exceed ANYTHING an ios device could even try to do, and for less money and vastly better hardware. It's surprising to see though, how Windows 8 and Windows Phone actually seems to convert apple people over. Interesting phenomenon. I've read a few stories already about this happening and it's surprising to read about some devout apple followers turn to Windows 8 tablets because, of well Windows 8.

    I want to ask, did you ever buy the magic mouse for the mac?
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