10-18-2012 06:26 AM
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  1. sentimentGX4's Avatar
    I think $200 as reported by Engadget. Anything more than that and the Surface will flop considering the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. No one is enthusiastic about Windows RT and with the prices other OEMs are setting, Windows RT will flop and flop badly. I don't see any reason why they should cost a hundred dollars over the iPad. If Microsoft is serious in any way about RT, the Surface cannot cost more than $200.
    10-15-2012 07:13 AM
  2. Mr. MacPhisto's Avatar
    I think $200 as reported by Engadget. Anything more than that and the Surface will flop considering the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. No one is enthusiastic about Windows RT and with the prices other OEMs are setting, Windows RT will flop and flop badly. I don't see any reason why they should cost a hundred dollars over the iPad. If Microsoft is serious in any way about RT, the Surface cannot cost more than $200.
    Disagree. This is much larger than the Nexus 7 and RT will not flop long term. All the Windows Store apps that will go out to the hundreds of millions who will adopt Windows 8 will be available on RT. And MS Office will be there as part of the package.
    10-15-2012 08:14 PM
  3. jdevenberg's Avatar
    Given the big AD push, I am more convinced that the surface is going to be priced competitively. I don't think that Ms would spend all this on ads to price it as a niche product
    10-15-2012 10:30 PM
  4. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Given the big AD push, I am more convinced that the surface is going to be priced competitively. I don't think that Ms would spend all this on ads to price it as a niche product
    Define "competitively". Based on prices that we know, the least expensive RT is 599.00 right now. Compared to iPad, it's about even; but compared to some of the lower end Android tabs it's not.

    My initial thought of 349.00 I have no faith in, and some saying 200.00 is utterly ridiculous. Now the best I'm hoping for is 499.00 (no keyboard)
    10-16-2012 07:15 AM
  5. Scout_313's Avatar
    Define "competitively". Based on prices that we know, the least expensive RT is 599.00 right now. Compared to iPad, it's about even; but compared to some of the lower end Android tabs it's not.

    My initial thought of 349.00 I have no faith in, and some saying 200.00 is utterly ridiculous. Now the best I'm hoping for is 499.00 (no keyboard)
    Turns out you were right about $499 without the keyboard: Microsoft News Microsoft Surface Pricing Revealed, $499 For 32GB Without Touch Cover

    The price is higher than what I was hoping for, but I may still pick one up.
    10-16-2012 07:24 AM
  6. Vallos's Avatar
    Based on that, I will be jumping on the $599 price point. I was hoping for $100 less, but hey, what can you do?
    10-16-2012 07:54 AM
  7. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Yay for me. But I wish I was wrong. Good enough for first day purchase though.

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    10-16-2012 08:16 AM
  8. doomtuba's Avatar
    499 for a 32 GB premium tab is a good price. I just wish the touch cover was cheaper.

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    10-16-2012 08:35 AM
  9. doomtuba's Avatar
    That being said, 599 Surface with touch cover is better than a 599 iPad with the same capacity without.

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    10-16-2012 08:36 AM
  10. jdevenberg's Avatar
    It is a good price and totally worth it, but it is too high an entry price for RT. I do not think the Surface should be the lowest priced RT device, as it is a premium device, but I think for RT to succeed, they need something at $399 for the entry level. Even Apple does this, you can still buy a brand new 16 GB iPad 2 at $399.
    10-16-2012 09:35 AM
  11. sentimentGX4's Avatar
    Even as the lowest priced RT device, it's still not competitively priced vs. the iPad. RT has exactly one reasonably priced product and a bunch of rippoff others. Furthermore, I'm not investing money in an OS that's certain to be dead. If iPad doesn't kill it, Windows 8 Pro tablets surely will.
    10-16-2012 10:05 AM
  12. crystal_planet's Avatar
    It is a good price and totally worth it, but it is too high an entry price for RT. I do not think the Surface should be the lowest priced RT device, as it is a premium device, but I think for RT to succeed, they need something at $399 for the entry level. Even Apple does this, you can still buy a brand new 16 GB iPad 2 at $399.
    The iPad 2 is a previous generation tablet, so it's not really a fair comparison.

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    10-16-2012 10:08 AM
  13. Reflexx's Avatar
    The prices we see are decent. Not amazing, but fair.

    I wonder if we'll see some Black Friday deals. Or maybe a subsidized price if you get an XBOX Music subscription.
    10-16-2012 10:10 AM
  14. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Even as the lowest priced RT device, it's still not competitively priced vs. the iPad. RT has exactly one reasonably priced product and a bunch of rippoff others. Furthermore, I'm not investing money in an OS that's certain to be dead. If iPad doesn't kill it, Windows 8 Pro tablets surely will.
    Were you expecting 199.00? It's pretty cool you not only are writing off the tablet but the entire o/s as well. I'll alert Balmer - he'll be so disappointed

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    10-16-2012 10:13 AM
  15. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    So, it's gonna cost the same as the iPad 3? In the UK it is determined to flop. Looks like even MS aren't trying to beat the iPad here. Plus, with the iPad Mini being revealed and likely a huge chunk of change cheaper than the main iPad, who in their right mind will think "Oo, Surface tablet, must have that." I'm expecting if Apple start advertising their ecosystem better, that we'll start seeing Windows users flee to Mac en-masse too, causing them to lose their dominant PC position too.

    All I can say is best of luck, and I will try and see if I can pick one up myself.
    10-16-2012 11:26 AM
  16. jdevenberg's Avatar
    The iPad 2 is a previous generation tablet, so it's not really a fair comparison.

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    A fair comparison or not, its the comparison people will make.
    10-16-2012 02:25 PM
  17. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The other issue is with apps. People are not going to pay prices similar to those of the iPad for an RT device that lacks the apps the iPad has.

    That's what killed the Blackberry Playbook.
    10-16-2012 03:41 PM
  18. VagrantWade's Avatar
    The iPod Touch is $300. I can't believe people actually expected the Surface RT to cost just 50 dollars more lol.
    10-16-2012 03:48 PM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The Nexus 7 is only $199, and it has all the Google Play apps.

    Surface RT is overpriced.
    10-16-2012 03:55 PM
  20. odin09's Avatar
    I'm out! Can't justify $499. Guess I will have to wait until prices come down. $350 was my ceiling.

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    10-16-2012 03:58 PM
  21. crystal_planet's Avatar
    The Nexus 7 is only $199, and it has all the Google Play apps.

    Surface RT is overpriced.
    The Nexus 7 is also only 7 inches. A more apt comparison would be a full size Android tablet.
    10-16-2012 03:59 PM
  22. squire777's Avatar
    The Nexus 7 has much lower end hardware compared to the Surface (Storage, RAM, screen size, screen quality, HD out, micro SD etc) so you are getting what you pay for.

    Even with the lower end hardware it has been rumored that Google subsidizing the Nexus 7 to keep the price at 199
    10-16-2012 04:02 PM
  23. squire777's Avatar
    I was looking at US websites to see prices for Android tablets and I see that tablets that have been out for a while are still $499. I don't see how people can say the Surface RT is overpriced.
    10-16-2012 04:05 PM
  24. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I was looking at US websites to see prices for Android tablets and I see that tablets that have been out for a while are still $499. I don't see how people can say the Surface RT is overpriced.
    The Surface RT can only get apps from the Microsoft store, which is minuscule, compared to Google Play.

    The Surface Pro would not be overpriced even around $1000, since it will run desktop software and won't need any "app stores".
    10-16-2012 04:26 PM
  25. VagrantWade's Avatar
    The Surface RT can only get apps from the Microsoft store, which is minuscule, compared to Google Play.

    The Surface Pro would not be overpriced even around $1000, since it will run desktop software and won't need any "app stores".
    Well, that's one man's opinion.
    10-16-2012 06:16 PM
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