09-29-2013, 01:07 PM #1
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Try this: Compare Microsoft's Surface to the iPad
Comparing the Surface Pro to the iPad can get pretty ugly, says CNET's Brooke Crothers. And he's not even talking about the design.
Surface Pro 2. It's bigger, thicker, heavier than the iPad. Oh yeah, it's more expensive too
SUMMARY from Brooke Cothers of CNET:
* Surface Pro is ugly
* Surface Pro is poor compared to the ipad
* Surface Pro is a laptop, not a tablet
* Surface Pro is bigger, heavier, and more expensive than the iPad
* Surface 2 sucks too, because it doesn't use Bay Trail.
* Things are just going to get worse for Microsoft in the coming months
* Buy an iPad, duh!
That makes it 3 different writers in a month that have slagged off on Microsoft products with nonsensical, misleading, and outright incorrect reasoning.
This website is a joke. Does anyone know of a more evenhanded tech website?
- 09-29-2013, 04:03 PM #6
Guys, we can calm down, the comment section of that article let them have it.
I'm impressed though, its been 6 days since the Surface came out that they posted an anti-Surface article, normally its the same day for something from Microsoft.
- 09-29-2013, 05:20 PM #7
I saw this earlier today...pretty annoy and hard to read. Sure the iPads cheaper, but the references to the Pros below average crying is overboard. I used to like CNET, the last few articles by them towards MS has been nothing but plain ignorance or lack of knowledge on the product. I agree, this is beyond a fan boy prospective.
- 09-29-2013, 06:37 PM #11
CNET is pretty much a joke now however there continue to be serious issues with Microsoft branding, features and pricing for the surface.
First. Sell the Surface as simply the Surface. No RT. No Surface 2. Just Surface. You can differentiate generations, (like the Nexus 7), but that's it. Market the Surface as a TABLET. A very flexible and capable TABLET. Not a hybrid, not a laptop, a TABLET.
Design wise go for thin and light all the time and everytime. Period.
Bundle the type cover with the 32gig tablet and price it at a flat $400. Period. It would instantly be serious competition in the TABLET space as long as they continue to flesh out the app ecosystem.
Finally. Scrap the pro. The Pro is a joke of a device. You can easily spend almost $2000 for a spec'd -out Surface Pro with all the accessories. That's ridiculous considering the laptops available now that run Windows.
Microsoft has good engineers but couldn't sell ice cubes to a room full of Eskimos.
- 09-29-2013, 06:47 PM #12
If there was no Surface Pro, I wouldn't even take interest in a tablet and disregard the devices altogether. Why is the Pro a joke?...even if the market is small now, the probability of growing considering the consumer market is positive.
- 09-29-2013, 06:49 PM #13
- 09-29-2013, 07:10 PM #14
I have no issues with that strategy however what they are offering is counterintuitive to that end. They cannot hope to get a toehold in market share by having a weak sales/ marketing strategy backed by confusing product branding, and overpriced hardware that can run a handful of programs in a weak apps ecosystem.
The Pro is a joke because no one knows what it is. Is it a tablet? NO. Is it a laptop? NO. Is it expensive as hell? YES.
So hows that for marketing a product. Microsoft has a knack for muddying the waters...
- 09-29-2013, 07:38 PM #16
I think they have the Surface marketing nailed down. Really the main ads that I see for the Surface are comparing it to the iPad and how its better.
As for the Pro side.... Yeah, they have a way to go with that. No dancing people, and I do agree they should bundle the keyboard with the pro since they show it in literally every ad (just the pro, not the Surface, since the Surface is a tablet).
IMO, one of my biggest pet peeves in their marketing is the unveiling of their products. It always seems so under the rug, forget about it. To make the OEMs try to be the Surface, they should show off the Surface way more than they do now. Have big, cheering audiences, live video feed directly from Surface.com, all that jazz that people get to see and be excited about at Apple events.
- 09-29-2013, 07:39 PM #17
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- 09-29-2013, 07:47 PM #18
a lot of websites are saying similar things about wether this compares with that.
ms's own executives are making classification of both software and hardware difficult for coonsumers from their descriptions:
Microsoft Surface head: Surface Pro is a PC, Surface RT is a tablet - Neowin
- 09-29-2013, 09:47 PM #22
09-29-2013, 11:15 PM #24
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Long story short, Microsoft describes the SP2 as a device with all the power of a laptop in the form factor of a laptop. Its a great device...It has potential...I've seen it sell (I work at Best Buy)...And its funny that both devices are more capable of replacing a laptop than any iPad or Android tablet...
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