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Microsoft Boxes Apple's Ears With Surface Tablet

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    Microsoft Boxes Apple's Ears With Surface Tablet


    You really don't get a sense of just how limited the iPad is until you actually explore the Surface tablet that Microsoft released last week. It is like the designers sat down over beers and argued over every single shortcoming they found in the iPad and then built into Surface just the right features to make the iPad look inadequate.
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    Haven't seen a "Surface" in the wild has of yet, so unable to comment on that specific point. I do know that I am just a little upset with Apple for not porting IO 6 to the first gen iPad. . .
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    Surface seems great, although I have an iPad, and am writing this off of it right now, I am a windows fan, and look forward to buying the pro version of it.

    Either way there is still a lot of hate and grumbling against it. It's a first gen tablet, and I think people are expecting too much of it...

    I'm also working on getting w8 on my iPad instead of ios (kill me)
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    Why you get what you pay for everywhere, except Apple.
    Those who still fail to acknowledge Apples shortcomings for the prices they charge..... well..huh... that's all I will say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Why you get what you pay for everywhere, except Apple.
    Those who still fail to acknowledge Apples shortcomings for the prices they charge..... well..huh... that's all I will say.
    You get very high quality built hardware, usually fantastic displays, and warranty coverage (when you have an Apple store nearby), that's nearly second to none.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Why you get what you pay for everywhere, except Apple.
    Those who still fail to acknowledge Apples shortcomings for the prices they charge..... well..huh... that's all I will say.

    and we are here again ........ peoples have the right to do what they want with their money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Why you get what you pay for everywhere, except Apple.
    Those who still fail to acknowledge Apples shortcomings for the prices they charge..... well..huh... that's all I will say.
    You get very high quality built hardware, usually fantastic displays, and warranty coverage (when you have an Apple store nearby), that's nearly second to none.
    I think Tepid and the article was referring to the Op system included with the iPad which falls short as an Operating system when compared to even the RT version of Windows 8.

    The Pro version will mop the floor with the iPad simply because it comes with a fully functional Op system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I think Tepid and the article was referring to the Op system included with the iPad which falls short as an Operating system when compared to even the RT version of Windows 8.
    Well, nobody bought the iPad for it's stellar operating system.

    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    The Pro version will mop the floor with the iPad simply because it comes with a fully functional Op system.
    Of course, if it costs $1,000 and people see the iPad at $499....it might be a little less compelling. Even as a tech nerd, at that price point, I'd be looking at laptops instead. Laptops have bigger displays, ability to add additional displays, often has more USB and ports like eSata, optical drives, more storage space, user replaceable batteries, etc.
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    I agree with most things in the article except there's one big lacking point for the Surface. It is still sorely lacking in apps. Hopefully that will change with time, hopefully not too much time. So while the Surface may fill that niche that exists between a tablet and a laptop, without any real nice applications, it is a moot point.

    And yes I am dictating this on a third-generation iPad using voice dictation. This is my second iPad. I bought my first iPad the first day the iPad came out. I never bought something on the first day of the release before, and especially not an Apple device on the first day. But that's not because I'm an Apple fan, but rather I really wanted a tablet.

    That said, in the last week my iPad usage has fallen dramatically. With the release of Windows 8, Samsung has finally released the drivers for my Slate. So I really started to put my Slate through the paces and realize it is so much more than an iPad. Yes it has terrible battery life, and why wouldn't it with an i5 processor. I also have to admit that the sweet part of the deal is the Windows desktop. But the surface RT lacks that desktop, except for a few bundled apps that Microsoft puts in it.

    So until the Windows store get some really good metro UI apps, the full potential of the surface remains limited. Perhaps in another six months the story will be different...
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