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#31 siah1214

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 23:45

There are two variants, the Surface, and the Surface Pro. The 'normal' Surface is launching with Windows 8, and is powered by a Tegra 3 ARM processor. It does not have digital ink capability. The Surface Pro, launching a few months behind the Surface, has a ULV Core i5 processor, and the Surface Pro does have digital ink capability (but only on the Surface Pro). The Surface Pro hasn't had its pricing revealed, but it's priced in-line with current ultrabook pricing. A price point of $999 is very likely.

Why do you think WinRT doesn't have digital ink capability? It's something built into all Windows versions since windows xp tablet edition.

The surface pro does come with a pen, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get the pen for the Surface.


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Posted 21 July 2012 - 00:09

In the past I'd call myself an avid Apple hater. Today I own an iPad 3 and so does my wife. I tried every Android tablet and I mean every one of them (9 in total).
Nothing beats the functionality of the iPad and I mean nothing. The thing just works and works well. Apps are polished. SD card slot can be overcome with apps like dropbox or like others said you could jailbreak it.

Honestly Android tablets aren't quite as polished and the main problem is app quality. Flash has been a non-issue on ios an dhaven't run into one roadblock yet.

I haven't tried the Nexus 7 but if the build quality is anything like the Transformer TF300 I wouldnt bother. Light bleed, cheap plastic construction.

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#33 TheReaperMan

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 00:21

Just add to add. I got a flyer in december for £150(hot uk deals).

It looks to do everything you want. I run this lot on mine

ebook reader, kindle, kobo, pdf and epub format
web, iplayer, netflix, dvblink(live tv from mediacentre)
loads of games, gtaIII, pac mand and emulators.
fine control with the pen and ink(very good) for scetching
tv out(with extra cable) to hdmi tv. for my emulators and netflix
usb host, I plug a usb hub in and can use it with a usb hd
i also use it in the car as sat nav with sygic with a screen mount.

It all depends on what you want to spend on your tablet.


for the price its great.

i also have a ipad and a acer a500 and a playbook but i like my flyer more due to how flexable it is.

#34 kurupy

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 00:23

I will say that you wont miss not having a SD card in a device that much, once you get used to using dropbox or a similar service. i started using it on my tablet even thought i do have a microsd installed and i couldnt be happier.

its so much easier than taking it out, finding the adaptor plugging it in, copying it over then putting it back in, or finding the lead to connect it to the pc; and now that i have the htc one x that doesnt have a sd card slot its become the norm and i dont notice it anymore

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 08:20

Why do you think WinRT doesn't have digital ink capability? It's something built into all Windows versions since windows xp tablet edition.

The surface pro does come with a pen, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get the pen for the Surface.


I'm sure WinRT has software support for digital ink. That's no problem. The problem is the Surface doesn't have a digitizer behind the screen to support a pen. At best you'd be using a capacitive stylus, which is effectively a finger on a stick. It's no use for writing, or drawing (unless you like finger painting). It won't support the official surface pen in the same way the Surface Pro will, as the Surface Pro has a digitizer for pen support that the Surface lacks.

#36 OP metro2012

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 18:05

look get the nexus 7 tablet here is a comparsion

http://www.theverge....2506/3767/5147/ nexus 7 vs kindle fire vs nook vs





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that chart is completely bias.

the nook tablet does have bluetooth and can be upgraded to ice cream sandwich and problably in the future to jelly bean. it also Google Play store. and how can it be only charged by wall and not by pc? completely bias.


I also agree with getting a tablet with e-ink. If you plan on doing extended amounts of reading, a lcd tablet will make you want to gouge your eyes out. They are cheap enough that you can buy one of those for reading and then something else for browsing/media needs.

i dont need a tablet for absolutly nothing. it just happens that i will get the tablet with browsing/media abilities. i just dont want some black/white thing as ive seen most e-ink tablets are just that: black and white :(

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 19:29

that chart is completely bias.

the nook tablet does have bluetooth and can be upgraded to ice cream sandwich and problably in the future to jelly bean. it also Google Play store. and how can it be only charged by wall and not by pc? completely bias.



i dont need a tablet for absolutly nothing. it just happens that i will get the tablet with browsing/media abilities. i just dont want some black/white thing as ive seen most e-ink tablets are just that: black and white :(

You have to root (+ install ROM) the nook tablet to actually make it a tablet. Otherwise you're stuck in the B&N ecosystem, with very limited capabilities. It was one of the better tablets out there (with the Kindle Fire), but now with Nexus 7, they both are weak competitors. The Nexus 7 is the definitive best Android tablet on the market today bar none. The Nexus 7 has overwhelmingly positive reviews (hell even from iPad users). I've used both Nook Tablet (16GB, my roommate's) and I purchased a Nexus 7 8GB, and I can say the Nexus 7 is the better product.

Color e-ink is in line for the future...

#38 +warwagon

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 19:42

I know you don't want an E-reader but have you ever seen an e-ink display before? Even though you think you don't want one, if you've never seen one i'd highly recommend you check one out before making your Decision. I will never read on an LCD screen. E-ink.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:24

check this out



ULTIMAte hack: Nexus 7 hooks up with external USB storage, floppy drive for retro-gaming

http://www.engadget....-storage-flopp/


now that is just great so now it is more worth it then before

#40 OP metro2012

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:46

I know you don't want an E-reader but have you ever seen an e-ink display before? Even though you think you don't want one, if you've never seen one i'd highly recommend you check one out before making your Decision. I will never read on an LCD screen. E-ink.

no i havent but all ive seen are in black and white (grayscale) is there any android tablet with a color e-ink display?

#41 OP metro2012

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:50

check this out



ULTIMAte hack: Nexus 7 hooks up with external USB storage, floppy drive for retro-gaming

http://www.engadget....-storage-flopp/


now that is just great so now it is more worth it then before

this isnt too impresive as since Honeycomb USB host mode has been supported.

and im not going to carry around a pen drive with all i need (mostly my large music collection) and be plugging it in/out.

dont get me wrong, the nexus is needed great but no external storage imo was wroth a extra 50 bucks (if google wanted to rape us that way for a sd slot)

#42 notuptome2004

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 09:20

this isnt too impresive as since Honeycomb USB host mode has been supported.

and im not going to carry around a pen drive with all i need (mostly my large music collection) and be plugging it in/out.

dont get me wrong, the nexus is needed great but no external storage imo was wroth a extra 50 bucks (if google wanted to rape us that way for a sd slot)



Well they chose to not have those things because well cost but also so ya know on the nexus 7 it is required to root the device to have usb host i guess so that is not a big deal .

#43 simplezz

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 09:54

dont get me wrong, the nexus is needed great but no external storage imo was wroth a extra 50 bucks (if google wanted to rape us that way for a sd slot)


The Nexus 7 is designed to be a cloud-based storage device. You have Google Music, or DropBox to store all your albums/files. Or when at home you can stream music directly from a PC or server.

and im not going to carry around a pen drive with all i need (mostly my large music collection) and be plugging it in/out.


You could always get a low profile micro-usb stick and leave it plugged in. They are so small you'll hardly notice they're there. Amazon has a ton of them.


But if you prefer paying $1k vs $199 for a tablet then wait for the Surface (if it ever arrives).

#44 Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 09:57

Nexus 7.

Dropbox and Google Play Music (assuming you're from the US) more than make up for the lack of an SD card slot.

#45 +warwagon

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 14:26

no i havent but all ive seen are in black and white (grayscale) is there any android tablet with a color e-ink display?


No color text, but the the lack of eye strain is bar none!