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#31 jakem1

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 23:07

:rofl: So bad


Only if you have an axe to grind. The majority of the reviews have been very good and the main gripe is limited to the lack of apps currently in the store. That will change very quickly once Windows 8 is released.


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 23:08

Man, 9 people. That's a comprehensive test right there...

#33 Stetson

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 23:20

You do realize that motion video is not a great test of perceived resolution, right?

The better test is static images with fine detail, or static text. The iPad won Wired's comparison when text is displayed.

Not saying that that's necessarily bad for the Surface. If it won the video test then it clearly is a great display. Contrast, black levels, saturation, etc. all count towards good looking video but have little to do with perceived resolution.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:00

If the reviews say the text looked good on the surface and then also say the videos looked good then I think to the average consumer it's good. You can bang on about higher resolution but honestly it's like any other hardware spec out there and when it comes to average users they don't know the difference and really don't care.

I think the more important information to them , after price, is storage, battery life and finally if it's got the apps they want to use etc. Only the people on forums like this go on and on about the details to this extent.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:13

doesn't text come down to text rendering algorithms also? we all know ClearType is different then how Apple does smoothing on fonts... ClearType even though it does the whole subpixel thing, still can look pixelated at times

I doubt MS is doing ClearType on these devices, or if they are they're only doing it in certain cases (When the device is in landscape)

iOS doesn't do sub-pixel AA at all, even on the first gen devices with the 163ppi (or so), and on higher PPI devices it's not needed.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:25

Ok is a n00b. I'm going to have to quote a huge chunk of the article, though. Bold and italic is mine.

In our video test, running an HD version of The Avengers, twice as many viewers preferred the Surface to the iPad (six to three). Two others expressed no preference. Most noted that the difference in video quality was negligible. Read: Surface wins but not a big step up.

Text was an entirely different story.

We pulled up a page from The New York Times’ website that had multiple typefaces and an image, and allowed testers to zoom in or out and scroll the screens up and down to each person’s comfort level. It was a blowout. Every single person expressed a preference for the iPad display. In most cases, a strong one. Multiple people described it as “no contest.” Read: Text is much better on the iPad. Well duh, reading is the main reason we want retina displays. We have work to do.

What is wrong with OP??

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:49

Pretty much everyone hates Surface.. watch Joshua Topolsky review but most of them are reactions like his.

He complained about kickstand not working properly on his lap and in portrait - not sure if I want to trust his review.
Oh btw, not everyone hated it. Read wired, anandtech, ars or even Mossberg!

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:12

He complained about kickstand not working properly on his lap and in portrait - not sure if I want to trust his review.
Oh btw, not everyone hated it. Read wired, anandtech, ars or even Mossberg!


I'm not going to waste my time reading anything written by Mossberg, the biggest douchebag 'journalist' I know of. But if his love of Apple and irrational hate of anything Microsoft has still permitted a positive review, either Surface is spectacular, or he's been paid off. While I'm sure Surface has a lot of positive qualities, and I'd easily pick one over an iPad, I'm tempted to believe he has a wheelbarrow of Microsoft cash.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:20

I'm not going to waste my time reading anything written by Mossberg, the biggest douchebag 'journalist' I know of. But if his love of Apple and irrational hate of anything Microsoft has still permitted a positive review, either Surface is spectacular, or he's been paid off. While I'm sure Surface has a lot of positive qualities, and I'd easily pick one over an iPad, I'm tempted to believe he has a wheelbarrow of Microsoft cash.

That cynicism and speculation is really unfair because you have nothing to back your suspicions up :/

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:56

On topic - I am sure iPad's increased resolution is better than Surface in many cases but in practice if I had a Surface - I guess I won't be bothered too much about the PPI count. It's the same case on my aging WP7 (Focus) - where every single Android/iOS fanboy has made fun of limited screen resolution of WP but in practice it holds up nicely to any retina phone screens in actual use. This is just another iteration of MP myth. It's good and makes a difference but only up to a certain extent.
I wish MS had chosen to go with higher PPI just to shut up spec-######.

I'm not going to waste my time reading anything written by Mossberg, the biggest douchebag 'journalist' I know of. But if his love of Apple and irrational hate of anything Microsoft has still permitted a positive review, either Surface is spectacular, or he's been paid off. While I'm sure Surface has a lot of positive qualities, and I'd easily pick one over an iPad, I'm tempted to believe he has a wheelbarrow of Microsoft cash.

Believe me - I avoid him as much as possible but I think it was MJF's review roundup that linked him and it was too tempting to pass over.

That cynicism and speculation is really unfair because you have nothing to back your suspicions up :/

I too, will be cynical if Mossberg or Pogue said anything positive about Microsoft (or non-Apple in particular). They both are well known Apple shills.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:15

I can't help but be amused by the slating certain people are levelling at Walt Mossberg without even having the decency to read his damn review.. it took me 10 seconds to find it on Google and is largely very positive.

http://allthingsd.co...-with-pc-chops/


I have been testing the Surface almost daily for three weeks and I like it. It’s beautifully and solidly built and it’s the purest expression of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 touchscreen operating system which, like the Surface, goes on sale on Friday. The new operating system also works on laptops and desktops. It can be operated with a mouse or touch pad, but its dramatically different, touch-optimized user interface begs to be used on a touchscreen tablet.




This isn’t a cheap iPad knockoff. It’s a unique tablet, made of a type of magnesium with a feeling of quality and care.



These don't seem like the comments of an Apple shill to me.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:25

Read carefully.

He said that when playing video people chose the Surface - meaning the perceived image quality was better.
But when looking at text they hands-down chose the iPad - meaning the Surface's resolution is worse.

What his test supports is that the Surface's screen has better color reproduction, contrast and/or viewing angles. His tests confirm that the iPad's perceived resolution is superior.


or the surface has better video codecs

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:30

Ok is a n00b. I'm going to have to quote a huge chunk of the article, though. Bold and italic is mine.

In our video test, running an HD version of The Avengers, twice as many viewers preferred the Surface to the iPad (six to three). Two others expressed no preference. Most noted that the difference in video quality was negligible. Read: Surface wins but not a big step up.

Text was an entirely different story.

We pulled up a page from The New York Times’ website that had multiple typefaces and an image, and allowed testers to zoom in or out and scroll the screens up and down to each person’s comfort level. It was a blowout. Every single person expressed a preference for the iPad display. In most cases, a strong one. Multiple people described it as “no contest.” Read: Text is much better on the iPad. Well duh, reading is the main reason we want retina displays. We have work to do.

What is wrong with OP??


And that's where we touch upon the fundamentals, for phones and tablets readability of text is the most important matter. Especially important when your tablet is the same price as those of your competitors.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:51

[. . .]
I too, will be cynical if Mossberg or Pogue said anything positive about Microsoft (or non-Apple in particular). They both are well known Apple shills.

But there's no proof or evidence to suggest that they're merely not being biased. They're Apple fans, just like MG Siegler is, but that doesn't automatically mean any of them are being paid by Microsoft to state that they like a product, if they ever happen to like a Microsoft product.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:05

We ran two blind tests, pitting the Surface RT
against a third-generation Retina Display iPad. Both
tablets were side by side in a room with ambient light
from large windows.

Basically saying - they are trying to find an excuse. Yet still failed. Whatever they do with 174 ppi text will still be so noticeably pixelated.