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#31 firey

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:40

mm, even at 199$.. I have a Blackberry Playbook that does what I need, won't be using Windows 8 on my desktop so not going to be using any of the cross-system stuff.. so no, even at 199$ I wouldn't be buying one.


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:42

I don't see it being $199, maybe $299 but not the former.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:47

mm, even at 199$.. I have a Blackberry Playbook that does what I need, won't be using Windows 8 on my desktop so not going to be using any of the cross-system stuff.. so no, even at 199$ I wouldn't be buying one.

Oh man... the utter fail that is the Blackberry Playbook cannot even be compared to an unproven device like the Surface.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:49

Oh man... the utter fail that is the Blackberry Playbook cannot even be compared to an unproven device like the Surface.


Hmm.. it has a great ui, has awesome multi-tasking, has email, browser, video, android. I don't see it as a fail at all. I mean, at least 3 of those things won't be on the surface. I'll let you guess which ones.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:49

Given how late to the market microsoft is, $200 would be the necessary price point (especially now with the nexus 7 and other decent tablets coming in at that price point) for Microsoft to make any headway in the market.
The pro IMO will also have to come in under the price of an equivalent iPad.


I don't think so. People now buy a tablet and when a new one comes out they run and buy the new one. Therefore, I think people who have an existing tablet will have no problems buying a Microsoft Slate when it comes out. The Microsoft Slate is a nice piece of hardware, packs a lot of features and has more value then an Android based device. At least that is how I feel. The Microsoft Surface is worth the price and people will being buying them.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:58

Don't really believe they will be selling the Surface RT for $199, just seems to low.
They said it would be comparable with other tablets, that would be the iPad, so I think it will be at least $399 to $499

Then again, I hope I'm wrong, because for that price i'll buy 2 :)

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:59

I would be shocked to see the RT version under $499. I think at $199 I still wouldnt buy one for myself. I probly would for the kids. Im holding out for the PRO as a notebook replacement and expect that to be $999.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:59

Hmm.. it has a great ui, has awesome multi-tasking, has email, browser, video, android. I don't see it as a fail at all. I mean, at least 3 of those things won't be on the surface. I'll let you guess which ones.

The Playbook didn't ship with so much as a native mail client at launch and was quite expensive for 7-inch. Just shows how important a successful launch is.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:00

Given how late to the market microsoft is, $200 would be the necessary price point (especially now with the nexus 7 and other decent tablets coming in at that price point) for Microsoft to make any headway in the market.
The pro IMO will also have to come in under the price of an equivalent iPad.


Exactly what I was comming here to post.

Next to a Nexus 7, a +$200 entry level Surface would be a hard sell.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:03

Next to a Nexus 7, a +$200 entry level Surface would be a hard sell.

For somebody like my mom a low-end Surface could be a notebook replacement. Especially with Microsoft Office installed. A Nexus 7, not so much.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:09

I don't think the surface is a hard sell even at $299, regardless of what some may think it's not that restricted even for the RT version. Sure you can't run you desktop apps but the winrt side should support things like in-app purchasing which opens it up for amazon and others to sell you more content through their apps and not just what MS has through Xbox Music and Video. So even on the content consumption side I think it's got more going for it already. Besides, we're talking 2 versions here, 32GB and 64GB iirc, plus the two different types of covers to pick. Toss in office and a few other things and it's a easer sell compared to the Nexus 7 IMO.

I'm personally holding out for the Pro but if the RT, the base 32GB model, has a good price set for it I could see myself maybe buying both. I'd juse use the Pro as more of a laptop/desktop replacement and the RT for my media needs.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:16

I don't think the surface is a hard sell even at $299,

Maybe. What's Surface RT's unique value proposition though: Office? At $299 you're only $100 away from an iPad. You could also easily get a used iPad for less.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:21

Maybe. What's Surface RT's unique value proposition though: Office? At $299 you're only $100 away from an iPad. You could also easily get a used iPad for less.

I think for people like me it's the integration with the rest of their products (Xbox, WLive stuff).

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:22

I think for people like me it's the integration with the rest of their products (Xbox, WLive stuff).

Okay, yeah. That makes sense, if you've already bought into the ecosystem.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:29

Maybe. What's Surface RT's unique value proposition though: Office? At $299 you're only $100 away from an iPad. You could also easily get a used iPad for less.


I see it as more flexible than an iPad. For all the people crying over "lock-in" and "walled gardens" compared to the iPad the Surface gives you more options for content and services. Sure you need to get apps through the store, but those apps aren't blocked from selling you other things, like a Amazon kindle app that looks and acts more or less like it does on the kindle fire for example. Then you can have others. As far as content goes the options are more the way I see it. Apples done pretty much everything it can think of to this point to stop these types of apps from working, it's pretty much against Apples rules to have in-app purchasing iirc. MS is bringing that to the phone in WP8, so it should also be in Win8 as well, I haven't heard anything that says otherwise.