- 03-08-2013, 02:24 PM #1
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03-08-2013, 03:41 PM #2
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I don't understand the comparisons either. Every review you read mentions the ipad. When Apple comes out with a I-5 powered, Windows 8 ipad I'd love to compare, till then, don't care about it nor do I need it compared to every full Windows 8 tablet I look up. That was ALMOST a rant:D
- 03-08-2013, 04:20 PM #4
I stopped reading at the processor comparison, it was clearly all going downhill from there.
The lack of responsibility in this avenue of journalism disgusts me. All they are concerned with is page views, even when those page views are people flocking to the article to see the writer making a fool of themselves, which seems to happen too often recently. Where are the "dislike" and "-1" buttons?
- 03-09-2013, 11:01 AM #9
Yeah, when his entire processor comparison came down to number of cores and clock speed with out taking architecture into account, my face and palm were destined to come together. I sent the guy an "informative" email.
- 03-09-2013, 04:14 PM #10Aside from its shyness about full OS disclosure (it comes with Windows 8 Pro), or its reluctance to provide the CRN Test Center with a Surface review unit, Microsoft's second-edition tablet stacks up nicely next to Apple's latest iPad, at least technically
"...shyness about full OS disclosure..." Huh? It runs Windows 8 Pro. You want the build number?
"...review unit..." Sour grapes much? Maybe they realized you didn't have a clue.
"...second generation tablet..." This isn't a second generation. The RT is targeted at a different segment and both were announced at the same time.
"...at least technically..." Looking at the review, the "non-technical" comparisons come from trying to fit it into the wrong product class. A Ford Focus is a better value than a Lincoln Towncar, if you're looking at gas mileage, too.
- 03-09-2013, 07:53 PM #11
- 03-09-2013, 08:46 PM #13
As many have said, the beauty of Surface Pro is that it doesn't fit into a predefined category. I'm not sure that it will ever beat the sales numbers of an iPad, but for many of us, it's a much more appealing device. Unfortunately comparing it to an iPad 4, or to a Macbook Air, misses the point - it would need to be compared to an iPad/Air hybrid, which does not exist.
- 03-09-2013, 11:10 PM #14
Comparisons like this are the reason for me waiting for a tablet that competes in the same way the Surface Pro does.
That is an unfilled niche, if you ask me.
Microsoft better not screw up availability in the next few months.
- 03-09-2013, 11:43 PM #15
After seeing family members purchase and use iPads, I'm fully convinced they are completely dumb devices. However, that's all that most people need. The problem is with these publications who fail to see that there may be people who want something more. Just look at the Penny Arcade article.
- 03-10-2013, 12:25 PM #17
Function wise, the are very similar and serve similar target audience. Individuals that are willing to pay a premium for a device that is portable and does what they want it to do. The surface pro wins in terms of productivity but loses in terms of entertainment, price, and portability.
When seeking primarily productivity and legacy apps we will want to compare the surface pro against the MBA, but when considering entertainment and portability we will want to compare it against the iPad.
Apple proved this when the iPad too over the netbook market and pushed the current ms touch tablets out of the market.
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- 03-10-2013, 12:33 PM #18
You can't compare the Surface Pro in ANY way because it really IS a Laptop (be it ultra portable and all that), it is just in more of a Tablet form factor.
Surface RT is more of a direct competitor to the iPad as it is an actual Tablet, thinking he Pro is a tablet because it looks like an RT is just pain... Well... idiotic (speaking to the reviewer at this point).
Just because I make a car in the shape of a chicken does not make the car a chicken, nor does it now make a chicken a car.
- 03-10-2013, 08:40 PM #19
The fact is.... MS has told them to categorize it as a tablet and the tablet is taking away sales from laptops. So, the tablet is the next evolution to computers. The way desktops were replaced by laptops, tablets will do the same with laptops, which is why traditional laptop sales are down.
03-10-2013, 09:12 PM #21
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I don't understand how the reviewer can compare the lack of ports on the Ipad to the Surface Pro's USB 3 and Micro SD slot, concluding that "The input/output category is a wash; neither platform offers a better value." How is that a "wash"???? How is having USB 3/Micro SD not a better value???? I would say there is plenty of bias in this "comparison".
- 03-11-2013, 11:22 AM #22
@irspecere, the type of idiotic statements you pointed out was my point here, not the fact he is comparing an iPad to a Surface, it was his results and reasons for them. If someone is going to sit down and compare them, and say the iPad4 has the better processor, is a wash on input/output, and the Pro is shy about its, OS - then I say the person is an ***** and has no idea what they are talking about.
I do encourage everyone to email this ***** and request he learn something about computing before ever putting hand to keyboard again.
03-11-2013, 11:40 AM #23
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Think its about time somebody set up a site a la metacritic - but for the reviewers of new tech. All the latest reviews are pooled and the public get to give said reviewer a score out of 10 while people with hands on experience of said device can offer device reviews themselves with scores out of 100.
Think it would make life a lot fairer and would probably stop a lot of the facepalms.
- 03-11-2013, 11:51 AM #24
I stopped reading when I saw the OP mention the iPad 4. I weigh a device's usefulness by its capability and functions provided from its core OS. Sure, Apple gets all the apps and third party developer support, but Windows 8 is a fully fledged OS, not a mobile platform optimized for a bigger screen solution and also looks EXACTLY like its mobile counterpart. Tell me something that iOS has that Windows 8 can't do.
When Apple decides to have the next iPad running OSX, perhaps I'll have a look at it. For now, any recommendation from anyone involving the use of an iPad over any other device will be considered as flame-war banter material.
03-11-2013, 12:08 PM #25
- 37 Posts
Calling the input and output capabilities of each a wash is grounds for being hit with a frying pan. Surface offers displayport, USB 3.0, SD mini, keyboard input, pen, Apple offers proprietary dock connector. Wash? How does someone whose synapses are so obviously defective remember to breath?
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