06-23-2012 09:53 PM
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  1. ninjaap's Avatar
    I think the RT version will be a niche product and Pro will be seen as a replacement for laptops/ultrabooks. People will still buy iPads, alongside the Surface Pro. The Pro version will be seen as a necessity and iPad an accessory (like an MP3 player or mobile phone). And you know what? I think MS and Apple are okay with that. I truely believe the two are working together to get rid of Google.
    06-19-2012 12:47 PM
  2. vp710's Avatar
    I somewhat agree with that. The RT will have a hard time competing with the iPad considering it will probably lack of quality apps for the Metro interface and it will take time to populate the marketplace with them.

    Now the Pro version is something else. Full Windows desktop experience plus Metro tablet= WIN! It will be like owning a MacBook Air Touch!
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    06-19-2012 01:18 PM
  3. ninjaap's Avatar
    And why get the RT version when you can get both with the Pro? It's like, when asked, most people would opt to pay more for unlimited data, even if they don't come close to using 2GB.
    06-19-2012 01:29 PM
  4. larrynj's Avatar
    And you know what? I think MS and Apple are okay with that. I truely believe the two are working together to get rid of Google.
    Interesting ... I never thought of that.
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    06-19-2012 02:06 PM
  5. eric12341's Avatar
    I think it will overthrow the iPad, a case that doubles as a keyboard? Who would've thought, that's absolutely brilliant.
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    06-19-2012 02:24 PM
  6. ninjaap's Avatar
    I think it will overthrow the iPad, a case that doubles as a keyboard? Who would've thought, that's absolutely brilliant.
    But how long before the iPad gets the same accessory? I'm willing to bet a 3rd party will come out with one, even before the Surface is released.
    Last edited by ninjaap; 06-19-2012 at 03:27 PM.
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    06-19-2012 02:30 PM
  7. naplesbill's Avatar
    A third party cannot integrate the kickstand though. That is a genius design feature IMO.

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    06-19-2012 02:53 PM
  8. ninjaap's Avatar
    A third party cannot integrate the kickstand though. That is a genius design feature IMO.

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    Yeah thats cool. But I don't know if an integrated kickstand would be a deciding factor to buy tablet A over tablet B.
    06-19-2012 02:58 PM
  9. undisputed n00b's Avatar
    The RT will eventually catch up in apps because consumers will buy it since it is light and thin. The Pro is thick and heavy and has more features but not many people will buy it due to its thickness and weight.
    06-19-2012 03:08 PM
  10. ninjaap's Avatar
    The RT will eventually catch up in apps because consumers will buy it since it is light and thin. The Pro is thick and heavy and has more features but not many people will buy it due to its thickness and weight.
    The Surface W8 Pro is thicker and lighter than the Surface RT, yes. But who's to say that Nokia or Samsung won't come out with a lighter W8 Pro version? The Surface isn't going to be the only W8 tablet out there. I don't see a reason why OEMs can't integrate cover KB and kickstand on their devices.
    06-19-2012 03:22 PM
  11. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I'd get the Pro directly from Microsoft just to avoid all the crapware OEMs love to add.

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    06-19-2012 03:43 PM
  12. ninjaap's Avatar
    I'd get the Pro directly from Microsoft just to avoid all the crapware OEMs love to add.

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    I would too... if they had a MS store here Vegas... :dry
    06-19-2012 03:54 PM
  13. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    No MS store here either, but online would work. I usually order PC hardware online anyway, from newegg.com.

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    06-19-2012 04:11 PM
  14. ninjaap's Avatar
    No MS store here either, but online would work. I usually order PC hardware online anyway, from newegg.com.

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    Oh thats true. I keep forgetting there's an online MS store. DUH! Thanks for reminding me :D
    06-19-2012 04:18 PM
  15. cckgz4's Avatar
    Depends. And being that both tablets have full desktop capabilities, you van use a lot of apps through the web. Google chrome? Angry birds? Facebook? Words with friends? See where I'm going with it?
    06-19-2012 04:20 PM
  16. ninjaap's Avatar
    Depends. And being that both tablets have full desktop capabilities, you van use a lot of apps through the web. Google chrome? Angry birds? Facebook? Words with friends? See where I'm going with it?
    Now you just confused me right there. I don't think it has been verified that RT will have desktop. I'm going off the notion that RT will only have Metro and the other versions will have both.
    06-19-2012 04:37 PM
  17. mud314's Avatar
    I don't want any of these companies to go away. I like what each of them has to offer for different reasons. I like that there are different flavors out there for everyone. It provides for companies to develop. Imagine always standing in line for the same bread day after day. Nothing changes. Is that the world you would want? If so, you are living in the wrong country.
    06-19-2012 05:53 PM
  18. ninjaap's Avatar
    I don't want any of these companies to go away. I like what each of them has to offer for different reasons. I like that there are different flavors out there for everyone. It provides for companies to develop. Imagine always standing in line for the same bread day after day. Nothing changes. Is that the world you would want? If so, you are living in the wrong country.
    Woah woah woah! I didn't say that's I want. I said I think that's what they want. Choice is good for us consumers, bad for them (MS & Apple). Google disrupted their business models by providing a free mobile OS. Its as simple as that.
    06-19-2012 06:02 PM
  19. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    I think the RT version will be a niche product and Pro will be seen as a replacement for laptops/ultrabooks. People will still buy iPads, alongside the Surface Pro. The Pro version will be seen as a necessity and iPad an accessory (like an MP3 player or mobile phone). And you know what? I think MS and Apple are okay with that. I truely believe the two are working together to get rid of Google.
    As for desktop computing, Windows still reigns supreme. Yes, you see a lot more people with Macs nowadays, but if it weren't for Windows on them, I don't think people would buy very many of them.

    There's nothing stopping Windows 8 from being a blockbuster. It's the tablet everyone's been waiting for, because there hasn't been a real tablet until now.
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    06-19-2012 06:31 PM
  20. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    The Surface W8 Pro is thicker and lighter than the Surface RT, yes. But who's to say that Nokia or Samsung won't come out with a lighter W8 Pro version? The Surface isn't going to be the only W8 tablet out there. I don't see a reason why OEMs can't integrate cover KB and kickstand on their devices.
    Maybe because of the batteries. As far as I know, the Intel processors aren't as power efficient as the ARM ones, so you need a larger capacity battery, and that, of course, takes up more space.
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    06-19-2012 06:40 PM
  21. ninjaap's Avatar
    As for desktop computing, Windows still reigns supreme. Yes, you see a lot more people with Macs nowadays, but if it weren't for Windows on them, I don't think people would buy very many of them.

    There's nothing stopping Windows 8 from being a blockbuster. It's the tablet everyone's been waiting for, because there hasn't been a real tablet until now.
    Yes. And that "real tablet" dream rests on the shoulders of WP8 Pro, not RT. I see RT as just another iPad with less apps.
    06-19-2012 06:42 PM
  22. jdevenberg's Avatar
    I doubt the Surface will outsell the iPad, though it may. I do think Windows 8 Tablets will outsell the iPad though, and that is what Microsoft really cares about. Ballmer told Engadget that the purpose of the Surface was to prime the pump for Windows 8 Tabs.
    06-19-2012 06:48 PM
  23. jimski's Avatar
    I would bet that a very small percentage of iPad owners use it as a tool. The rest; to play a game, read a book, or tinker. The RT will sell well, because it will be affordable and it will work at least as good as an iPad. Apps will come very quickly, and personally I was quite content when Marketplace had 5-10k apps. So it won't be a long wait for me. And there is that number about less that 50% of mobile device owners ever installing a single app. That's a lot of potential satisfied people.

    Sure, there will be people salivating for the Pro. The same group that can't wait for quad core, high res, WP8s. But face it. That represents a small, single digit percentage, of the overall market.

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    06-19-2012 07:18 PM
  24. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    I would bet that a very small percentage of iPad owners use it as a tool. The rest; to play a game, read a book, or tinker. The RT will sell well, because it will be affordable and it will work at least as good as an iPad. Apps will come very quickly, and personally I was quite content when Marketplace had 5-10k apps. So it won't be a long wait for me. And there is that number about less that 50% of mobile device owners ever installing a single app. That's a lot of potential satisfied people.

    Sure, there will be people salivating for the Pro. The same group that can't wait for quad core, high res, WP8s. But face it. That represents a small, single digit percentage, of the overall market.

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    I think it'll need to work better than the iPad to sell well, not just "as good as an iPad."

    The different versions I'm sure are aimed to compete with different products. The RT version is an iPad competitor, while the Pro is will compete with ultrabooks and the MacBook Air.
    06-19-2012 07:29 PM
  25. blehblehbleh's Avatar
    But how long before the iPad gets the same accessory? I'm willing to bet a 3rd party will come out with one, even before the Surface is released.
    I thought the only port the ipad has is the connector at the bottom? How could any 3rd party replicate the touch/type cover?
    06-19-2012 09:08 PM
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