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Would you buy one of the Microsoft Surface tablets?

0. phoneArena 19 Jun 2012, 08:06 posted on

Last night Microsoft dropped a bombshell on all existing and aspiring tablet makers by announcing it is entering this device market with a slate line of its own called Surface. The software giant from Redmond lifted the veil over two 10.6" tablets, powered by different silicon...

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posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:07 5

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


I prefer iPad :)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:07 9

32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NO ONE doesn't want a OVER RATED PRODUCT that looks the same every year

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:22 2

53. hepresearch (unregistered)


Ummmm... apparently, some people do. Speak for yourself, and let them speak for themselves. Personally, I would never get an iPad... and I likely will not get a Windows tablet, either, unless that was the only option remaining to replace my aging desktop some day, in which case I would go on the cheap side with Windows RT if it was still only for my personal use by then.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:30 8

41. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Its interesting that you got 13 dislikes for your personal opinion.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:22 4

54. hepresearch (unregistered)


Indeed...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 13:55 5

58. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1552; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


everyone knows wendy is a troll and not really a women

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:37 1

61. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its probably taco in another sub account.

at least the pic is of a cute chick. makes it more bearable.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:51 1

80. hepresearch (unregistered)


I don't care if it is a troll, not a woman, or whatever... the key here is that they, whoever they might be, used the word "prefer". The word "prefer" indicates a personal preference, and I am not going to thumb down somebody for announcing a personal preference that is actually in line with the topic of the article, anyway... yeah, it is directed primarily at the Microsoft announcement, but the voting card mentions the iPad and other Android tablets as well. So, what's all this big beef about somebody just sayin' "I prefer the iPad"? I don't care who they are... what is so wrong about having an opinion, whether dissenting or not, as long as they are writing it reasonably... and including the smiley-face at the end is NOT unreasonable...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 15:35 1

65. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


25 right now

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:50

72. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


31 now.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:50

66. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Are u a girl, boy, or couples?

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 10:55

85. hepresearch (unregistered)


Does it really matter?

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:04 1

68. The_Godfather (Posts: 146; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Because you don't know how to operate a real operating system lolzzzz :) ofcourse you would prefer iPad dude:)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:46

70. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1651; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol he picks iPad, cause its more user friendly... even a child can operate it

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:46

71. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


It's Eaxvac or Taco.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:22

81. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Microsoft messed up the windows to compete with Apple...Win8 is very good for tablets but it looks weird on a pc...:(

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:08 9

2. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I chose the second option.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 15:02

63. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 164; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Agreed.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:12 2

3. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


NavisWorks & BIM software will only work on full computers.. and having a tough tablet on a jobsite will be a HUGE boost for the construction market.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:13 5

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I'm sure Samsung will have better offering of Windows 8 Tab

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:27 8

6. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


You mean just like their awesome Android offerings thus far? Oh wait...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:34 4

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


but the Note 10.1 IS awesome! and they are the top tablet seller... just saying

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:39 2

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


top ANDROID* tablet seller

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:55 7

17. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Here comes the Omnia Tab!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:03 7

20. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


as long as there is no touchwiz on it I will get it

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:00 2

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


cmon TW is not that bad

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:08 2

33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Hey Ray.S do you guys know anything bout NOKIA making a tablet at this time? Wouldn't mine buying theirs

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:13 2

35. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Samsung Omnia Tab. Lol, not bad.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:18

39. ph00ny (Posts: 586; Member since: 26 May 2011)


They wouldn't use Omnia name for the windows device. It will be named Series x

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:04 1

45. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


Huh? They already use the Omnia name for Windows Phones.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:44

50. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that makes no sense.

Omnia IS the name of the samsung windows series.. lol.

That said, I hope they dont use it. That brand left a bad taste in my mouth.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:57

52. ph00ny (Posts: 586; Member since: 26 May 2011)


For the phones yes but not for Laptop/slate/PCs

They're even using the series moniker for the monitors (still waiting for the series 9 monitor to be released)

Typically series 5 for mainstream, series 7 for business, series 9 for flagship

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:39

62. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Note phone.. Note tablet.
Omnia phone.. Omnia tablet. Makes sense to me.

Of course, they might make "Omnia" the RT version while making Series the Pro version to make an easy distinction

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:59

67. ph00ny (Posts: 586; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Both Notes are Galaxy devices technically.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 19:34

76. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


pretty much every android phone they make is called "galaxy". not much of a meaning to it. lol

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:03

82. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


And once you buy they'll forget about OS related updates..

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:14

5. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I guess its gonna be the same case for Microsoft's own tablets just like how Google Nexus products are given priority in updates.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:28 5

8. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


Windows 8, at least as far as I'm aware, doesn't work like Android in the updates way. In fact nothing works like Android and their updates. Apple updates all their products in one go, just as Microsoft do with Windows 7 and/or Windows Phone updates. I doubt that'll be an issue.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:15

37. sniper1087 (Posts: 332; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


not true apple IOS 6 several iphone devices and ipad one wont get the update and this was stated before when the Iphone 4S came out they didnt give siri to everybody of course fragmentation started, Google releases a source code and manufacturers take long to update because of all the UIs they want to add, after the manufacturer is done then the carrier has to put all the bloatware on the phones and make sure it works before updating the phone so it takes even longer, is not android itself google updates their phones pretty fast, check how many updates the galaxy nexus had.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:02 1

44. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


Performance is taken as a whole OS, not just one part of it. With iOS 6, we're not saying the iPad 1 isn't getting it so fragmentations started. I'm saying the current devices who ARE getting it can update to it right away as soon as it is out.

Don't get me started on fragmentation on Android, because it's not a pretty picture. How many hundreds of phones won't ever get ICS? That's not the point I'm trying to get across.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:23

60. sniper1087 (Posts: 332; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


I take your point but the fact that google has the nexus devices that they update because OEMs tend to put all their crap on them and makes them harder to update, really at this point updates dont matter much, as long as your device can operate the way it is supposed to most people will be happy with it. Updates are ok but if we check ios most of the pdates were incremental, not mind blowing except for ios 5. Anyways windows did step up with this tablet, and i can see a winner here, definitely getting the pro version, finally a tablet that can operate as a pc with x86 applications

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:28 3

7. TrainFromUkraine (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Too many unknowns at this moment to make a decision. Final specs, battery life, and price are important to know before I'd consider buying one.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:29

9. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


True.. I'm curious to see how much Microsoft will sell this at. I'm sure they can afford to price it a little lower than other OEM's. But if it's too expensive I may not consider buying one in the future, maybe just stick with iPads.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:38

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


agreed

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:31 2

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


One area MSFT does not get is consumer pricing .....the RT tablet will be more than $500 (unit cost +licence) and this is in the 32GB ipad territory which is a put off since RT is not the full windows experience ...the Pro is too expensive for a tablet and its better off you get a i5 laptop at a cheaper....considering this a nexus tablet or a ipad2 will be the overall possible winners this year ........if msft doesn not fix prices they will make another "kin"

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:33 1

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think people might need to look forward some other details before taking a choice but MS needs to learn from the other dead products.

1. It need a competitive price, not just average , we have asus transformer for around $400 and the nexus tablet for $200 so they need a price that's competitive

2. I needs to be out this summer ot it will give other companies time to improve their devices making the release of this one less popular

3. It needs to be competitive (at least the arm version) in terms of apps and usability, people need a reason to buy this over the transformer or the Galaxy Note 10.1 ot the Galaxy tab 2

4. office must be impressive, remember Google bought quick office, witch means they are working on making an office suite totally integrated with drive and full of the basic features your average uses needs (I can see them adding more and more support for Google Docs giving QO the features it was lacking)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:34 3

12. cocote177 (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I just want that type of tablet: an extremely portable device that can run full versions of popular softwares available in the market: like MS Office, Autocad, among others. That could be a revolution at the bussiness and education market.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:41

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


you can us Autocad on current both iPad and android tablets.... and office is rumored to come to the android market as well as others

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:09 1

21. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


barely use Autocad, still need laptop to really be efficient.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:52 1

28. cocote177 (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


But with a lot of limitations.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:14

36. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


will have to see if by the time this comes developers have already created much competitive versions for current tablets...

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 19:08

74. arqjav (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)


You can used it to just check some minor details on your file not make big changes and you cannot make new files neither can you import export files,the app is barely for showing info.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:57 1

18. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


$109 7" (capacitive) Android tablet with ICS pre-installed.

Runs lag-free, plays 2160p videos, plays almost every game out there.

Why would I possibly want anything else?

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:58 5

19. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Vaio tablet and I'm sold.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:10

22. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I like how you can have it propped up with the built-in kickstand and close it by just flipping up the cover.

I think after the 'must have' iPad, the Surface is going to be a must have gadget to own purely because of the smart keyboard touch cover. :)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:12 1

24. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I replaced my desktop with a laptop. Now I'll replace my laptop with a Surface. :D

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:17

38. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


The problem with the keyboard is that u can't put in on yo lap and type. But this is one hell of a slate. Luv it. This is what I call, revolutionary, just my own opinion, I'm not speaking for anybody here.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:10

23. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


As much as I would have loved a "Full" and working Windows tablet 7 years ago, after their Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1, 6.5, 7.0 disasters and not to mention their now defunct Windows Market for Windows Mobile 6+, I'll pass (initially). I can't imagine their being even apps available for these tablets except, of course, Microsoft proprietary products, i.e., Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Silverlight, etc. Oh, and lest we not forget BING (cuz' everybody I know uses that)!!!

Remember, there are people still out there with Windows Mobile phones that have never been able to play Angry Birds (Basic).

Yes, Steve Ballmer, we love you!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:20

40. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Ah! I thinking Pro edition will be just like yo laptop or desktop, it's not like iOS wher u only need App Store to download apps. U don't need an App Store to download apps on yo PC. Unless if ur talking about the RT version.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:30

26. pistolashtc (Posts: 29; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)


I've "the new iPad", but for sure this one its better... But, i still like the iPad. For web browsing and a few apps and movies its perfect.

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