Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:43 UTC
Windows A California man is suing Microsoft, alledging that his Surface tablet did not provide the advertised amount of disk space. The 32G device has 16G of space for users, as the operating system uses the other 16G. The 64G Surface leaves 45G free for users. The case will turn on whether Microsoft has clearly explained to customers how much free space the Surface leaves for their use outside of the OS. How much disk space does your OS consume?
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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 16th Nov 2012 19:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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A 32GB iPad has 28GB available while a 32GB Surface has 16GB. Can't you understand that at some point it becomes false advertising?

It doesn't matter if the ipad has 28GB available or 2.8GB available. Advertising a 32GB Surface as 32GB is exactly the same as advertising a 32GB ipad as 32GB. Does the device come with 32GB? Yes. They are not advertising "32GB of free space available" therefore they are not falsely advertising their product.

I will point out, again, that Apple, Google, and Amazon don't advertise how much free space is available either. Microsoft is doing nothing more, less, or worse than any of them. Yet when they do it it's fine but when Microsoft follows their lead, certain people start crying foul. It's just dumb.

It's almost sad how quickly people throw common sense out the window just to try taking a cheap (and unjustified) jab at Microsoft.

In many reviews I've read one can read that the Surface is cheaper than the iPad by $100, the 32GB Surface being priced as the 16GB iPad which is seen by many as a clear advantage. Problem is that the 32GB Surface should be compared to the 16GB iPad in which case the price advantage disappear.

No, ...the 32GB Surface should be compared to other 32GB devices.

Moving the goal posts in an attempt to take away an advantage only means you have no real merit for your case.

If this is fair advertising for you, fine, but many won't agree.

Of course it's fair. There isn't a single company advertising how much "free space available" their device comes with. At least with the Surface you have a few expansion options -- good luck plugging a $40 64GB SDXC card into your ipad.

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