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Microsoft lying about screen sizes in iPad vs Windows 8 tablet comparison

Microsoft lying about screen sizes in iPad vs Windows 8 tablet comparison
Microsoft's reputation isn't really top-notch, but there's probably a good reason for this. Interestingly, the company isn't willing to stop reminding us of that. A great example is a recent ad by the Redmond-based tech giant, which is trying to portray Apple's iPad as an inferior product to one of the Windows 8-powered tablets out there - the Asus VivoTab Smart.

Funnily, Microsoft argues that the VivoTab Smart actually has a bigger screen than the iPad, only because it has a larger diagonal - 10.6" vs the iPad's 9.7 inches. That's been proven wrong, however, since due to the difference in aspect ratio, the iPad's screen area actually happens to be larger. Of course, the uneducated viewer will simply look at the diagonals, thinking that this is the ultimate metric that illustrates screen size, and that's what Microsoft's probably hoping for here.

Microsoft is also trying to make a point by stating that the Windows 8 powered tablets are the only ones capable of running the Office suite. Now, that's actually true (since Microsoft hasn't released an official Office suite for iOS), but there are many apps that can do the same thing.

Ah, Microsoft, you never seem to learn. With the weak sales of Windows 8 tablets (and we can easily ignore the couple of RT tablets sold), Redmond is trying to take on the market leader by using false statements. Way to go, Microsoft!

via: AppleInsider

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posted on 24 May 2013, 02:34 20

1. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Microsoft FAIL

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:44 5

14. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


MS started at its very beginnings with Gates stealing from Jobs to create their first OS. It's no surprise that the company still lies about everything today.

posted on 24 May 2013, 08:06 2

32. Gdrye (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I really dont know that story about if bill gates stole from microsoft, but i do know that Bill Gates and Co helped write some coding for apple...i wanna know the whole story

posted on 27 May 2013, 06:24

59. tambyq (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 May 2013)


Apple stole the GUI from xerox, and asked for msoft help in building it since the only way to build it was through BASIC, and then msoft did their own version of GUI.
when Steve jobs was faced with this fact after he said msoft stole apples GUI, he said quoting from Picasso, "good artist copy, gr8 artist steal !!!

posted on 25 May 2013, 01:27 1

54. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Where do Apple fanboys come up with such kinda stories.. Get a life...

posted on 24 May 2013, 04:00 17

17. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


no, its a fail of the author of the article....the article is ridiculously defending incapable iToy with:

1) no free copy
+
2) default app selection
+
3) just an iConboard

= a dumb device :)

and W8RT no one buys = a few major manufacturers no longer sell this because of poor demand :)

the article quality = zero :)

posted on 24 May 2013, 04:17 9

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 22068; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You typed this from your iPad huh?

posted on 24 May 2013, 06:33 14

28. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Im an adult, I dont use toys :)

posted on 24 May 2013, 13:34 3

42. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You typed it from your iPhone, huh?

posted on 24 May 2013, 06:59 6

30. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


This article isn't defending the iPad in any way. It just states a clear fact that the iPad's screen area is actually larger than the Asus's tab and that there are third party 'office' apps that work pretty well.
Why can't you fanboys accept the facts? Butthurt much?

posted on 25 May 2013, 00:31 2

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


and why can't you accept the fact that the ipad is really just an incapable iToy?....butthurt much too?

posted on 24 May 2013, 05:23 22

22. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


How is this a lie, they said the screen has a larger diagonal which is the truth,if you want to bash Microsoft atleast bash it for credible reasons and not with this bulcr*p of an article.This article is a fail, and Ray.S just lost his credibility for anything that he will ever write.

posted on 24 May 2013, 06:48 16

29. AkoSiMio (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 May 2013)


I totally agree with you here! This article is misleading... :(

posted on 24 May 2013, 09:49 9

37. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Agree. Another bad example of free Journalism. Highly opinionated but posted as news.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Lumia-920-camera-beats-iPhone-5-and-Galaxy-S-III-in-low-light...-in-a-Microsoft-ad_id43340

posted on 24 May 2013, 07:39

31. Tuxedo (Posts: 350; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


The point is the images are scaled differently in favor of the Asus tab. The avg person will just look at the picture comparison since they can't visualize what a 0.4" diff in diagonal means, specially when different aspect ratios are involved.

posted on 24 May 2013, 13:38 2

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And that is the essence of the claim of dishonesty being made against MS. They would have a more valid claim to make if they stressed that Office is not available on the iToys. The Office wannabes with maybe the exception of Google Docs, just aren't exactly ready for prime time.

But it is much easier to take a cheap shot and lie about screen size, which is what MS did.

posted on 24 May 2013, 12:45 8

39. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


"Of course, the uneducated viewer will simply look at the diagonals, thinking that this is the ultimate metric that illustrates screen size, and that's what Microsoft's probably hoping for here."

The only uneducated are the readers who will read this article and believe your buffoonary idiotic crap of an article. Nuff said.

posted on 24 May 2013, 02:36 19

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


ZOMG they lied!!! What's next, Nokia is lying about Samsung and Apple fanboys? It was supposed to be funny not dead accurate even though if there's a lawsuit, Microsoft can argue that they meant diagonal size and MS Office, in which case the commercial wasn't wrong. Seems like AppleInsider took it a little too seriously.

posted on 24 May 2013, 02:42 23

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


are there large corporations that doesn't lie?

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:13 5

10. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


i heard someone say Samsung doesn't lie!

posted on 24 May 2013, 04:27 5

19. raphz (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


it's sarcasm right?

posted on 24 May 2013, 08:58 1

33. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Sony? Haha

posted on 24 May 2013, 02:48 13

4. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It is very normal for any tech company to lie in advertisements and MS is not different than the others. Just like Apple said in their latest iPhone Ad that 'More people use iPhone to listen to music to any other phone'.... Again that is not true either.... If Ads were meant to be dead right than all ads would suck...

posted on 24 May 2013, 02:50 14

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


Duh, like the apple’s advertisement in Australia that has been fined because of misleading facts doesn’t ring a bell to you, Ray? As if the word LIE is new to you.

Oh Ray, you’re always a die hard apple fan. get a life please.

posted on 24 May 2013, 02:55 5

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


---it's there iPad advertisement to be exact.

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:01 3

7. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Piss off. If you dont like the site or the reviewers then gtfo.

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:04 9

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


Pissed off too?...well, if you don't like my comment then gtfo too.

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:12 8

9. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Hah, they wouldn't be lying if they were going of straight numbers. The numbers 10.6 > 9.7. They probably didn't mention anything about screen real estate, just how diagonal the plot is.

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:22 8

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Oh my god another multinational company lied......tell us something we don't know!?

posted on 24 May 2013, 03:24 15

12. shennawew (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 May 2013)


LOL the source is apple insider.

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