- 10-16-2012, 12:14 PM #1
My sister’s laptop is her main computer. However, she lets her son use it for homework. They have some Office starter thing or something. It’s a pretty basic version of Office. Her son is just in Jr. High, so it’s good enough for now.
So I suggested Surface. It is pretty much everything she, the average consumer, needs.
She’d get something extremely secure so she doesn’t have to worry about viruses. She’d be able to do all her web browsing. She can still watch her videos, get Netflix, and look at pictures. She can post to her social networks.
Most of all, her son could still use it for school since it comes with Office. And she can let him use it without worrying about viruses.
I mentioned that it was $700, and she said, “Really? That’s all?"
I think A LOT of people are in a similar situation.
She’s not comparing it to an iPad. She’s comparing it to her laptop because it does all the things that she does on her laptop.
Last edited by Winning Guy; 10-16-2012 at 12:22 PM.
- 10-16-2012, 12:30 PM #2
I just don't understand how anyone can compare it to an iPad. Its not the same thing. For starter is has full Windows, so think Windows File Explorer. My friend has an iPad and his favourite artists released free tracks on their blog. He can't download into his iTunes library on the iPad. He needs his MacBook for that. With my Surface I can download things and put them straight into the respective library.
Then you have full Office with a keyboard and trackpad for accuracy. And its a cover that easily gets out of your way. No need to sync a BT keyboard or attach a physical one.
You also have paint, notepad, and a free games (such as Minesweeper and Solitaire).
The hardware is mostly better as well. USB & MicroSDXC. Awesome build quality. Actually drop tested. No Apple product can be dropped.
Unless you need legacy desktop apps, this is a 100% laptop replacement as you said.
I'm glad I preordered one today.
- 10-16-2012, 12:57 PM #7
- 10-16-2012, 12:58 PM #8
Windows RT isn't full windows. It's a step between WP8 and W8... I'd call it WP8 with a faux W8 interface, it really only runs metro apps. Windows RT is Microsoft's version of iOS for the iPad, basically.
Surface pro, on the other hand, does run W8.
Tablets are a weird little niche market. To me, $600 is a big waste on an inconveniently large WP8 device with a faux W8 interface. However, there are plenty of people (like the OP's sister) who would call it a steal for a computer that does everything they need.
I wish the pro model was available for preorder, I would order one with a red keyboard today. With three months more to wait, I just might have enough time to realize that something like the Dell XPS 12 suits my needs just fine
- 10-16-2012, 01:34 PM #11
- 10-16-2012, 01:37 PM #12
My point is still 100% correct. Unless you need a legacy apps I did not list, or your legacy app is replaced by an adequate Metro/RT app then this is a laptop replacement.
This is not just a tablet like the iPad. The iPad does not have a file explorer, or browser that supports flash (IE Desktop). Does not have a full featured office suite. (Just a simpled downed iWorks). And this costs about the same as an iPad. So it makes perfect financial sense to me.
- 10-16-2012, 01:38 PM #13
Unless there is any real mobility involved, I'd probably get a bigger laptop for that need, but I guess the RT has the good side of being secure with the lack of x86 apps.
Sort of reminds me about at least the local trend of netbooks. People would get those instead of laptops or desktops for home use. Sure, most people necessarily dont need a laptop, but to gimp oneself with a horribly performing netbook with small screen and small keyboard when there was just about no mobility involved was weird to me.
Dont get me wrong, I'm all about the Surface RT, but if it's just sitting home on a desk I feel there would be better devices with better returns? That said, it does double as a sexy tablet too.
- 10-16-2012, 02:05 PM #14
Well, Surface RT should perform much more quickly than netbooks.
Netbooks were a decent idea with poor execution. People did want devices that they mainly used to surft the web and do some small productivity stuff (like Office). But most netbooks were ridiculously slow.
- 10-16-2012, 02:47 PM #15
I'd probably suggest a traditional laptop for $700. A junior high kid (or even any casual user) could install LibreOffice for free. It supports MS Office and is free.
- 10-16-2012, 03:33 PM #17
- 10-16-2012, 04:07 PM #19
I suppose during the approval process, MS will check that it has no malicious capabilities.
- 10-16-2012, 05:48 PM #21
As for apps.. If people buy it, they will come. Apple wasn't blessed with all the apps in the world when the iPhone app store launched. Microsoft will regulate everything that goes into the market (like Apple) which would minimize malicious software... Pro version will be able to catch anything your windows 7 pc can catch.
- 10-17-2012, 02:09 AM #22
Apps will definetly come with Win8 but if they will be compatable with ARM devcies is another matter (it says in the info part before you buy an app)
If winRT takes off, and I think for the business side of the market it will, then it will develop nicely..
- 10-18-2012, 12:37 AM #24
In the info section of the app I thought it stated if it would be compatable with ARM devices, please correct me if I am wrong on that though.
If this is true that all metro(eeeee) type apps will work on win8 and winRT then it has a extermly good chance of gaining alot of traction.