Microsoft shows you why the Asus VivoTab RT is better than the iPad in new video

On Wednesday, Microsoft debuted a new, and very funny, TV ad promoting Windows 8, this time by comparing the features of the Asus VivoTab Smart tablet against those of Apple's iPad. Today, Microsoft released a new video that once again takes on the iPad, but this time with an Asus tablet that's running Windows RT.

The new commercial, as uploaded on YouTube, is not like the humorous clip that Microsoft released Wednesday, where it was basically making fun of Apple's Siri voice command feature. Instead the ad, which compares the fourth generation iPad to the Asus VivoTab RT, is all about facts.

They include things like showing the iPad needs an adapter to put in a microSD card slot, while the Asus VivoTab RT has one built in. It also brings up the fact that Windows RT allows uses to run two Modern apps at once, with one in Snap mode, while the iPad can only run one app at a time. The clip suggests that the iPad can only link to a limited number of supported printers, while the Asus VivoTab RT reportedly works with almost all printers.

It's interesting that Microsoft is using third party tablets in its comparison against the iPad, rather than its own Surface family of hardware. However, the company has also launched a new webpage on its Windows site that does compare the iPad to the Surface RT, along with other Windows 8 tablets.

Source: Microsoft on YouTube

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I just finished doing a monthly job I do for the same customer, every month. Their kid plays games on computer, and F*(ks it up every time. Installs every pc cleaner and toolbar under the sun etc. etc. etc. Whoever says there is no place for RT is an idiot. KIDS and Morons which basically means all consumers, need RT.

All great points that hold true for both W8 and RT. Seems like that was their point otherwise they should have included the ability to run desktop applications on your tablet. This is something that blows some mainstream consumers away. Having that desktop tile really is a nice suprise after you show them the new interface. If uou show it in that order people are more acceptive of the new interface and the desktop feels like a bonus.

This was definitely the best ad I have ever seen in Microsoft history of advertisement. straight to the point not destructive yet fairly mentioning key advantages/

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Of course Windows 8 is better than a modified, enlarged cell phone operating system!

Windows RT was used for the comparison for cheaper device and bundled office.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Of course Windows 8 is better than a modified, enlarged cell phone operating system!

Oh that's funny, it looks like to me Windows RT/8 is a stretched / enlarged version of Windows Phone 8 designed for tablets and PC's?

-=MagMan=- said,

Oh that's funny, it looks like to me Windows RT/8 is a stretched / enlarged version of Windows Phone 8 designed for tablets and PC's?
I wasn't aware windows phone had local group policy, powershell, drive mapping etc

I call this false advertising...

A) Weight of ASUS is lighter because it's made of plastic and not aluminium, and is less durable.
B) Size is smaller because ASUS has a different aspect ratio on the screen, and is overall smaller.
C) Comparing "OneNote App only vs Comes with Office" is their only real selling point, and not a strong one as better alternatives exist in iOS App Store that do the same job (if not better) for 90% of the user base.
D) Multitasking doesn't work as advertised unless the developer of the app has correctly used the app state flags in their code to allow the app to actually multitask; majority do not do this correctly, and MS doesn't examine this function when reviewing apps for the app store.
E) microSD expansion is not all it's cracked up to be, because the speed of these cards is far slower than flash storage that's built-in, something NO OEM tells the customer: "You get expansion room, but it's a slow dog compared to built-in".
F) Drivers are needed for Windows printers to work, whereas almost ALL current-generation printers natively support AirPrint now, with no drivers required, and instant access for all iOS devices. Check this list to see what I mean:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT...cale=en_US&locale=en_US

Typical ad that bends the truth, or falsifies information to the point where they hope they can sway the less informed, gullible consumers into their product. Truth in marketing doesn't exist, remember that folks.

No, actually plastic is more durable than aluminum because it absorbs shock better (accidental falls, and placing it on a table) and is less prone to static electricity. Windows RT can actually can install almost any device you hook up to it via usb. The Ipad iOS is nearly the same as the Iphone's OS except they modified it to fit a bigger screen and different components.

-=MagMan=- said,
I call this false advertising...

A) Weight of ASUS is lighter because it's made of plastic and not aluminium, and is less durable.
B) Size is smaller because ASUS has a different aspect ratio on the screen, and is overall smaller.
C) Comparing "OneNote App only vs Comes with Office" is their only real selling point, and not a strong one as better alternatives exist in iOS App Store that do the same job (if not better) for 90% of the user base.
D) Multitasking doesn't work as advertised unless the developer of the app has correctly used the app state flags in their code to allow the app to actually multitask; majority do not do this correctly, and MS doesn't examine this function when reviewing apps for the app store.
E) microSD expansion is not all it's cracked up to be, because the speed of these cards is far slower than flash storage that's built-in, something NO OEM tells the customer: "You get expansion room, but it's a slow dog compared to built-in".
F) Drivers are needed for Windows printers to work, whereas almost ALL current-generation printers natively support AirPrint now, with no drivers required, and instant access for all iOS devices. Check this list to see what I mean:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT...cale=en_US&locale=en_US

Typical ad that bends the truth, or falsifies information to the point where they hope they can sway the less informed, gullible consumers into their product. Truth in marketing doesn't exist, remember that folks.

E - cameras use sd card slots. Instead of downloading pictures to PC then uploading to the cloud or the iPad I can simply plug in the card.
F - my wireless printer that works well does not support AirPrint. So I need to buy a new printer if I needed to print from my iPad.

-=MagMan=- said,
I call this false advertising...

None of your points make sense and none of the claims in the ad are untrue or open to interpretation. This is a great ad by MS.

-=MagMan=- said,
I call this false advertising...

A) Weight of ASUS is lighter because it's made of plastic and not aluminium, and is less durable.
B) Size is smaller because ASUS has a different aspect ratio on the screen, and is overall smaller.
C) Comparing "OneNote App only vs Comes with Office" is their only real selling point, and not a strong one as better alternatives exist in iOS App Store that do the same job (if not better) for 90% of the user base.
D) Multitasking doesn't work as advertised unless the developer of the app has correctly used the app state flags in their code to allow the app to actually multitask; majority do not do this correctly, and MS doesn't examine this function when reviewing apps for the app store.
E) microSD expansion is not all it's cracked up to be, because the speed of these cards is far slower than flash storage that's built-in, something NO OEM tells the customer: "You get expansion room, but it's a slow dog compared to built-in".
F) Drivers are needed for Windows printers to work, whereas almost ALL current-generation printers natively support AirPrint now, with no drivers required, and instant access for all iOS devices. Check this list to see what I mean:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT...cale=en_US&locale=en_US

Typical ad that bends the truth, or falsifies information to the point where they hope they can sway the less informed, gullible consumers into their product. Truth in marketing doesn't exist, remember that folks.

Windows supports thousands of printers out of the box, with no drivers required. It's nice that there are quite a few current generation printers that ship with airprint support, but that means nothing for people that aren't using those, which using a guess is the vast majority of people.

Your point about the expandable storage is silly, yes of course it will be slower than the integrated storage, but I am sure Apple's camera connection kit has the exact same problem in terms of speed and a much bigger problem in that it restricts you greatly in the things you could actually use it for.

-=MagMan=- said,
Apple fanboy arguments

I don't think you know what "false advertising" really means. Seems like you are just doing a lot of whining because Windows tablets beat the iPad in those areas that you listed (and many more).

-=MagMan=- said,
I call this false advertising...

A) Weight of ASUS is lighter because it's made of plastic and not aluminium, and is less durable.

Yes. Totally not the opposite.

-=MagMan=- said,

C) Comparing "OneNote App only vs Comes with Office" is their only real selling point, and not a strong one as better alternatives exist in iOS App Store that do the same job (if not better) for 90% of the user base.

Yes. Those hundreds of overfeatured amazing office suites that barely allow setting bold/italic/underline are so much better than Office.

-=MagMan=- said,

E) microSD expansion is not all it's cracked up to be, because the speed of these cards is far slower than flash storage that's built-in, something NO OEM tells the customer: "You get expansion room, but it's a slow dog compared to built-in".

Yes. Viewing videos and watching photos on your tablet is totally going to benefit from an higher internal read speed. The >10mb/s of a cheap UHS card are totally not more than twice the speed of a full-bandwidth blu-ray-quality video.

-=MagMan=- said,

F) Drivers are needed for Windows printers to work, whereas almost ALL current-generation printers natively support AirPrint now, with no drivers required, and instant access for all iOS devices. Check this list to see what I mean:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT...cale=en_US&locale=en_US


Yes. Because being able to access only a microscopic subset of print settings is awesome. I can't wait to waste all the unicorn-blood-expensive ink with the awesomely hardcoded 'optimized' manufacturer settings.

-=MagMan=- said,

B) Size is smaller because ASUS has a different aspect ratio on the screen, and is overall smaller.
Invalid point.
Actually the iPad has a smaller screen. Its screen is 9.7" while the Asus VivoTab RT is 10.1".

-=MagMan=- said,

D) Multitasking doesn't work as advertised unless the developer of the app has correctly used the app state flags in their code to allow the app to actually multitask; majority do not do this correctly, and MS doesn't examine this function when reviewing apps for the app store.
Invalid point.
A majority actually do it right as it's been a feature the entire time and there are very few apps I've seen that don't do it at all.

-=MagMan=- said,

E) microSD expansion is not all it's cracked up to be, because the speed of these cards is far slower than flash storage that's built-in, something NO OEM tells the customer: "You get expansion room, but it's a slow dog compared to built-in".
Invalid point.
Having expandable storage is better than expandable storage where you have to buy an adapter for, even if it is slower. Expandable storage isn't going to be faster on the iPad either.

-=MagMan=- said,

Typical ad that bends the truth, or falsifies information to the point where they hope they can sway the less informed, gullible consumers into their product. Truth in marketing doesn't exist, remember that folks.
Typical comment that makes up facts, or falsifies information to the point where they hope they can sway the less informed, gullible internet users into becoming fanboys as well. Truth in trolls doesn't exist, remember that folks.


A) It's still lighter, they weren't lying about that.
B) Nothing to do with thickness (I don't even care about that anyway)
C) OneNote is part of Office(?). At any rate, at least this machine can run Office.
D) If it's Windows 8 it multitasks just like any other Win8 machine. WinRT will as well. Yes, the apps have to be written for it but the good ones are anyway.
E) It's more about convenience. I work in an office full of Macs and I'm the only one, running a PC, that has SD built into my machine. It's just a good idea to have it.
F) So it needs drivers? If the printer has WiFi and it's setup then there's nothing to it.

WinMunkee said,
Are you claiming they lied about something? That commercial is pretty straight forward.

Actually, anyone with an ounce of reason would be able to see YES I AM saying Microsoft LIED, and let me clarify it for you...

SCREEN

Microsoft claims the tablet depicted, the ASUS VivoTab Smart, has a bigger screen than the iPad, this is FALSE... iPad screen "size" is 7.76" x 5.82", which equals an area of 45.1632" - the Asus screen is 8.8" x 4.95", equaling 43.56" of screen area. Not to mention the resolution difference of 1366x768 to iPad's 2048 x 1536. Feel like calling Einstein a dumb ass and debate this math?

THICKNESS

This is coming from spec pages from both manufacturers' sites...

Asus VivoTab Smart: 9.7mm - http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_VivoTab_Smart/

iPad 4th Generation: 9.4mm - http://www.apple.com/ca/ipad/specs/

Sorry, but which one is thinner again?

OFFICE

Have you tried using Office on a tablet with no keyboard? Both the VivoTab and iPad are equally BAD at this without it. Ask any professional who has used a tablet to try and write a document, or enter data into a spreadsheet on the screen, and they'll throw it at you. Software wise, like I said before, Office is not the end-all-and-be-all, and there are BETTER options available, which are more intuitive on a touch device.

This is what I said going back to bending and falsifying the truth in order to push product and misleading the gullible public. While both Apple and MS (and probably every other big corporation) have been caught doing this, I am simply calling them out on FACTS. If you think I'm fabricating this, take a calculator, a ruler, and check the links I posted. If you STILL think this is BS, then have fun living in YOUR dream world, must be nice to live disconnected from reality and being spoon fed BS daily...

-=MagMan=- said,
I call this false advertising...

You have absolutely no valid points!
A) Plastic can be more durable and stronger than aluminum. ASUS makes quality devices
B) The screen of the ASUS is actually bigger and is widescreen, which is better for both movies and multitasking
C) There are many office alternatives, but largely MS Office is the de facto standard. Plus, there's nothing wrong with using a popular product to increase value of another. Apple advertises the benefits of iPad based on having iTunes, Facetime, etc.
D) Multitasking works exactly as advertised and every metro app that makes sense to be docked can be docked. Only some games don't do anything while docked because it doesn't make sense having the as secondary apps, but they work as main apps next to another app.
E) I have Surface RT with a 64gig microSD card and I load 1080p movies from it, no problem with speed nowadays. You're false advertising microSD's!
F) Instead of hoping that OEM's embrace a new Apple ‘standard' for printers, MS included support for most newer printers and so far, my surface detects every wifi printer I attempted. Even my dad installed his own printer, no cd, no manual, not even regular PC's as this easy
For years, both Apple and MS did advertising without making comparisons or mockery with competing products, until Apple started the Mac vs. PC smearing campaign. They did lots of real falsr advertising, such as:
1) Claiming that Windows cannot ‘talk' with as many cameras as Apple
2) Indicating that in order to upgrade to Windows you needed a hardware upgrade, conveniently ignoring that most Apple upgrades require buying a brand new machine
3) Unfair attack on issues caused by Windows success, such as the existence of more viruses, that macs have bundled every app you need (MS did it, but was forced to unbundle by envious competitors)
If you start an attack campaign don't cry when the competition fires back, be a good sport.

-=MagMan=- said,

Actually, anyone with an ounce of reason would be able to see YES I AM saying Microsoft LIED, and let me clarify it for you...

SCREEN

Microsoft claims the tablet depicted, the ASUS VivoTab Smart, has a bigger screen than the iPad, this is FALSE... iPad screen "size" is 7.76" x 5.82", which equals an area of 45.1632" - the Asus screen is 8.8" x 4.95", equaling 43.56" of screen area. Not to mention the resolution difference of 1366x768 to iPad's 2048 x 1536. Feel like calling Einstein a dumb ass and debate this math?

THICKNESS

This is coming from spec pages from both manufacturers' sites...

Asus VivoTab Smart: 9.7mm - http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_VivoTab_Smart/

iPad 4th Generation: 9.4mm - http://www.apple.com/ca/ipad/specs/

Sorry, but which one is thinner again?


I'll just ignore this, because Pluto is a Planet pretty much proved you wrong

OFFICE

Have you tried using Office on a tablet with no keyboard? Both the VivoTab and iPad are equally BAD at this without it. Ask any professional who has used a tablet to try and write a document, or enter data into a spreadsheet on the screen, and they'll throw it at you.


Yes, actually, I have and I have to say that it's not as bad as you make it out to be. Sure, I'm not going to want to write an essay on it, but a paragraph or two is no problem. Plus, if you're writing an essay, there are oodles of wireless keyboards that already work perfectly with Windows I personally have a Sculpt Comfort Keyboard from Microsoft that I use a lot, but if i'm just typing out short email or a facebook post I don't have any real problems using the touch screen. Of course Microsoft isn't saying "Oh, look, Office means you can type a novel on a tablet now!" they're saying that you actually have the option to use a full-powered Office suite on your tablet.

Software wise, like I said before, Office is not the end-all-and-be-all, and there are BETTER options available, which are more intuitive on a touch device.

I'm sure this is true, but could you point me towards some for iOS? I haven't been able to find one that comes close to Office's usability and features IME :\


This is what I said going back to bending and falsifying the truth in order to push product and misleading the gullible public. While both Apple and MS (and probably every other big corporation) have been caught doing this, I am simply calling them out on FACTS. If you think I'm fabricating this, take a calculator, a ruler, and check the links I posted. If you STILL think this is BS, then have fun living in YOUR dream world, must be nice to live disconnected from reality and being spoon fed BS daily...

As you said, this is what we call advertising. Do you really expect Microsoft to go out and say in the advert that they paid for "Windows 8 has Office, but there are some apps on iOS that will let you type out a .txt file and it's easier if you don't have a keyboard!" no, they're going to focus on the strengths of their product and where it differs in a good way with competitors. Advertisers don't pay money to advertise their competitors product, even if a competitor's product is better in some areas. That's just the way it works, and consumers know this. Nothing in the ad was factually incorrect.

-=MagMan=- said,

Software wise, like I said before, Office is not the end-all-and-be-all

The mac version perhaps, This side of the pond its not even up for discussion.

Also your comment about removable storage is silly, Im going to dismantle my 10 tb raid6 now because its not as fast as my SSD and move all my movies & music onto my SSD itll totally help might have to move my programs onto an external drive /s

Avatar Roku said,
Title is wrong. This is Vivotab Smart, a Windows 8 tablet, not an RT tablet.


Quite clearly says in the advert itself. Asus VivoTab RT.

Avatar Roku said,
Title is wrong. This is Vivotab Smart, a Windows 8 tablet, not an RT tablet.

I think the issue is the YouTube video says "Comparison: iPad vs. Windows 8 Tablet"

Should read "Comparison: iPad vs. Windows RT Tablet" or "Comparison: iPad vs. Windows Tablet "

Avatar Roku said,
Title is wrong. This is Vivotab Smart, a Windows 8 tablet, not an RT tablet.

They used both... The first ad used the VivoTab Smart and the second ad used the VivoTab RT...