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Here’s why there is no 16GB Microsoft Surface: Windows RT with Office is nearly 12x bigger than iOS

0. phoneArena 17 Oct 2012, 09:09 posted on

The Microsoft Surface is already up for pre-order and prices are in line with those for the iPad starting at $499 for a 32GB model without the Touch Cover…

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:13 28

1. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Sounds like jealousy and someone trying to kill Microsoft sells.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:13 1

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


But 32GB is certainly better than 16GB b-c we can port Android to Surface which will free up a lot of memory.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:32 11

21. ithinkimjoe (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


you don't know this.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:35 3

26. 8logic (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


hmmm..... but since its arm based, i think i would work fine

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 23:47 2

40. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


yeah but why woul u do that. when Surface supports SD and external memory via USB... :)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:17 13

28. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Agreed.

Did the author forget the Surface has USB ports and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion? Onboard doesn't matter as much when you have expandable memory. Not only that, cloud storage!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:28 5

32. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


phonearena wont like to mention the number of features windows has more wrt ios. windows rt is a full os except that thirdparty legacy apps need to be rewritten.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:13 12

2. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I dont Think MicroSoft is that stupid....

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:16 14

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I think this is just a rumor. This may be true with the Pro version as it offers the full windows experience, but with RT, no way it's gonna consume 12GB space.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:04 3

24. saiki4116 (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


It may consume that much space because,they share the same kernel.The stack above the kernel in RT might have been toned down in order to accommodate in tablet.But In the end,it does not matter for a consumer,when it can get things done and the pricing too is not that bad..

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:16 1

4. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


"Seems Legit"

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:18 11

5. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Interesting....when the Iphone 5 went on pre-order, no one cared about what the phone actually will be like in real life. There was a media event, where nobody could touch it, and then tha pre-orders started.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:51

17. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


i can't believe how stupid you are, apple open the pre order the next day, by then media event and bloggers already posted some hands on, even only a little, and all the specs are crystal clear stated on keynote. the size of the OS, you can already see it on ipsw file, so you can get picture of it. comparing to that, what MSurface do is to make buyers buy cat in a bag -- schrodingers cat -- it can be alive and it can be dead already.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:18 6

29. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Technically they opened it 2 days later.

Just sayin'.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:19 18

6. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


"you have roughly 20GB, not much more than the memory on the 16GB iPad."
you mean a fourth of the ipads memory isnt big enough difference for you to pay the same money, and feel that you got more of the deal?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:21 14

7. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


and another thing, do you acually have 16gb free on the ipad?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:26 6

10. random1204 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 May 2010)


No. No you don't. You have like...12-13gb.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 21:11 4

36. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


That's what I don't get. Surprisingly, PhoneArena seems slightly biased against the surface. "20 gigabytes doesn't seem like much more than 14?" uhmmmm I don't know how you define "much more" at Phone Arena, but 6 gigabytes is plenty more when you're paying the same amount of money

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 21:49 2

38. jeff1434325 (Posts: 97; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


you're totally right.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:24 7

8. MarcMaiden (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 2009)


Hey PhoneArena - you took the guys comment out of context a bit here - he said "After loading office 2013 and a bunch of apps - I still have over 20gb free.

I highly doubt the OS takes 12gb itself.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:30 3

11. Victor.H (Posts: 671; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks! We've actually mentioned this in the article, but you do have a point. I've now made some corrections so it is extra clear that it's not just the OS, but Office and some apps as well.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:25 1

9. dcutting (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


This is not true. When asked in a forum, they said that win rt plus default apps and OFFICE, there would be over 20GB left. The OS itself is not 12GB.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:30 1

12. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


The OS itself is not 12GB. MS said that you only get 20GB of free space because of all the Programs pre-installed on it, such as MS office, etc.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:31 7

13. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


looks like someone forgot about the microSD expansion...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 21:52 2

39. jeff1434325 (Posts: 97; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


.....yeah, and it also has a USB port for extra storage. (pathetic article)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:33 3

14. pongkie (Posts: 634; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


it has an micro sd card and usb so it may compensate somehow

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:35 3

15. xtroid2k (Posts: 521; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Windows RT is a full version of windows however it only supports the ARM architecture. This does make sense as win 7 takes up to 10gb or more on a clean install as opposed to XP which only took about 2 to 3gb as it was thought the user would install additional features as needed. Remember MS designed a new mobile platform and not really a mobile OS. So with all the built in products such as office and metro style apps its easy to reach 12GB.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:09 3

16. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Agreed OS might be slightly bulky but there's no way Ppl at Redmond are that dumb. That 12GB out of 16 GB for Man this new sure is from iPhone Arena :).

I just remember a couple of years back they went after Iphone, was it AntennaGate or some other goof up, PA was down for some reason :P. Since then they have been pro Fruit Ninja :D

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:01 3

18. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Well for the same money you get more storage space, but all of you and pa are forgetting that the surface has a sd slot for up to 64gb cards plus a real usb conectorr for thumb drives and even hard drives. So basically you get a lot more for the same buck. Not to mention that w rt is a kick ass os, not a upscaled phone os...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:22 2

20. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I am not sure what the point of this is. We all know that operating systems take up a certain amount of memory on drives. It is also no question that Windows RT or Pro is a much more robust offering than what is on the iPad or Android; which obviously accounts for the greater space. My question is what is the point of stating the obvious? With expansion cards, something which other tablets except Android, do not have, is there a limit? Really its not.

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