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Microsoft's New Surface Tablets: No Easy Sell
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RobMark
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9/26/2013 | 1:32:52 PM
re: Microsoft's New Surface Tablets: No Easy Sell
The problem is not the Surface or other Windows 8 / Windows RT hardware (now), it is with the availability of applications in the metro/modern UI. Once most of the top apps are available and fully functional (not watered down), then the hardware sales will increase.
Greg MacSweeney
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9/26/2013 | 11:41:30 AM
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I have a Surface Pro now and I'm just used to it. (In full disclosure, I'm a long-time Mac user). Windows 8 shows promise and I like many of its features. Windows 8 makes sense on a tablet. I'm not sure how useful it would be on a laptop or desktop ... that might take some getting used to. However, the Surface Pro really just does seem like old PC stuff in a tablet. The Surface Pro tablet itself is unimpressive. It's heavy and the battery life is really bad.
DDURBIN1
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9/25/2013 | 6:38:21 PM
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Not only is the cost much higher but the technology is much older except for the chip upgrade.
DDURBIN1
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9/25/2013 | 6:32:29 PM
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Surface technology is still behind other mobile devices. It's still old "PC" stuff where as Apple and Samsung retooled their manufacturing years ago for lighter and thinner products. In addition, Asus and Acer make lighter, thinner, and cheaper tablets running Windows 8. Jack Gold is right about no change in sales for the Surface redo.
ChrisMurphy
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9/24/2013 | 10:10:38 PM
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What did you end up with? I just shopped for 7 inch tablets and ended up with the iPad Mini -- really entirely because of legacy data I had in one app that I watned to bring over.
Tom Murphy
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9/24/2013 | 6:42:08 PM
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I may be in the minority, but my wife and I just shopped for tablets and liked the Surface a lot -- except for the price, which seemed a tad high. I'm wondering if Microsoft is going to cut the price on the older models now. The original RT would be attractive at, say, $225-250.


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