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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57 Comments

1. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Microsoft FAIL

14. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

32. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 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

59. tambyq

Posts: 2; Member since: May 24, 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 !!!

54. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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 :)

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You typed this from your iPad huh?

28. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Im an adult, I dont use toys :)

42. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You typed it from your iPhone, huh?

30. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 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?

52. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

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

22. Shaznek

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 18, 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.

29. AkoSiMio

Posts: 9; Member since: May 24, 2013

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

37. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 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

31. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

43. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

39. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

are there large corporations that doesn't lie?

10. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

i heard someone say Samsung doesn't lie!

19. raphz

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

it's sarcasm right?

33. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Sony? Haha

4. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

5. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

6. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

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

7. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

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

8. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

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

9. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

12. shennawew

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2013

LOL the source is apple insider.

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