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Report: Little demand for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet

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    I think if people want a dumbed down tablet there are a lot of cheaper alternatives, ipad not being cheaper but what people want because it's good, marketed to death and what people they know have.

    To me the RT is dumbed down and not worth my cash. The pro will be too expensive so where are most people going to go?

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  2. #22


    I stopped by the Microsoft surface Kiosk in our local Mall, they had the older I am guessing the know all's inside and a bunch of young people on outside trying to tell us about the new Surfaces. After looking at them and their prices and hearing how they were saying this new tablet/computer would make all my needs become easy. My first thought was after the Holidays and the Microsoft Surface Kiosk is gone, where does someone get any needed help? and after looking at the many faces of the Surface I just kept thinking the Microsoft RT O.S. that come installed is really not a full Win8 O.S. But this tablet/computer is priced right with many full blown notebook computers. A little farther down inside the Mall Apple has a full sized room that is were they are year round. Everyone working there is out in the open not behind a counter, and all I spoke with knew their Apple products and gave IMHO good correct answers to my questions. I have both Windows computers and Apple computers I am testing Win8 on just one computer right now. I have iPads and Android tablets. For what Microsoft is thinking they can do with their new Surface tablet/computer meaning get the buying public to really start buying them IMHO is a dream that will not come true. My advice to Microsoft is stick with Software stay out of the hardware ball games.
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    I don't understand the meaning of the "RT"at all. the existing environments are Apple, Android and X86 (split in Linux and Windows). when i consciously buy a new device and do more than browsing, I decide based on what software i already have or want (the same way people bought VHS, and not Betamax).

    why would anyone now go with another incompatible (to any of the above) system and buy a surface RT?

    Things are different with the surface Pro since that gives me x86 on a tablet and this is a huge benefit.
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  4. #24


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    It might seem odd they bothered with the RT at all.

    Perhaps because they aren't going to be able to get anything decent with PRO on it at near ipad price.

    They didn't want to leave that sector wide open.

    They will be wary of lowering the price - that would infuriate the oem's even more.

    They might not have much choice, if things aren't going too well.
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It might seem odd they bothered with the RT at all.

    Perhaps because they aren't going to be able to get anything decent with PRO on it at near ipad price.

    They didn't want to leave that sector wide open.

    They will be wary of lowering the price - that would infuriate the oem's even more.

    They might not have much choice, if things aren't going too well.
    It was said they wanted to use ARM to force Intel to get their shit together in low-power CPUs. Maybe the development cost for MS was cheap and they wanted something in the $600 category. I think a student who normally would buy an iPad, the RT is not bad since it has Office.
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    I have a Gigabyte S1080 tablet that runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 pro, in many respects, it has better specs than the upcoming Suface Pro, yet cost under $600. The later versions of the Gigabyte are even better and still cost under $700, so if manufacturers want to build competitive tablets there doesn't appear to be any impediment. That's what makes me wonder why the Surface Pro is so expensive.
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  7. #27


    It will have high resolution, not sure what these other tablets have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    I have a Gigabyte S1080 tablet that runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 pro, in many respects, it has better specs than the upcoming Suface Pro, yet cost under $600. The later versions of the Gigabyte are even better and still cost under $700, so if manufacturers want to build competitive tablets there doesn't appear to be any impediment. That's what makes me wonder why the Surface Pro is so expensive.
    The only reason I find that the Surface Pro and other Windows 8 tablet PCs cost so bloody much is that OEMs can argue that it's both a PC, a laptop in this case, but yet also a tablet in one package versus two separate devices; and the one package costs just less than the two separate devices in most cases.
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    I have a Gigabyte S1080 tablet that runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 pro, in many respects, it has better specs than the upcoming Suface Pro, yet cost under $600. The later versions of the Gigabyte are even better and still cost under $700, so if manufacturers want to build competitive tablets there doesn't appear to be any impediment. That's what makes me wonder why the Surface Pro is so expensive.
    I am right with you I just can't understand where this Surface can compete, against many notebooks that will do it all and at a much better price. Maybe Microsoft's cool T.V. Adds with people jumping around and snapping their Surfaces and keyboards together will pull it off for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwatcher474 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    I have a Gigabyte S1080 tablet that runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 pro, in many respects, it has better specs than the upcoming Suface Pro, yet cost under $600. The later versions of the Gigabyte are even better and still cost under $700, so if manufacturers want to build competitive tablets there doesn't appear to be any impediment. That's what makes me wonder why the Surface Pro is so expensive.
    I am right with you I just can't understand where this Surface can compete, against many notebooks that will do it all and at a much better price. Maybe Microsoft's cool T.V. Adds with people jumping around and snapping their Surfaces and keyboards together will pull it off for them.
    They did say the Pro will cost relatively to current ultrabooks, but the thing is is that it's coming down to screen size usually, capacity, and a few other things like a keyboard that makes the ultrabook arguable for.

    Then again, there is technology in the Surface Pro that isn't on other tablets like a full 1080p display and Wacom stylus. Also, the wifi antennae were specifically designed for Surface and apparently picks up better signal than anything out there; as well as the 200 or so specially designed and engineered parts....
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