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[5]: Comment by ilovebeer
by segedunum on Sat 17th Nov 2012 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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It doesn't matter if the ipad has 28GB available or 2.8GB available.

Errrr, yes it does. Leaving someone with 50% of their advertised storage has become false advertising. It's not an absolute, as anything is with advertising, but it's got to the point where it is beyond being reasonable.

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"

I think you need to read the article. Microsoft are marketing this on the basis of storage space and that it's better than an iPad. They're charging a premium for these devices, just to make things worse.

You're on a slippery slope when you make those claims and fall well, well short. No other device comes even close to leaving you with 50% of your storage left.

There isn't a single company advertising how much "free space available" their device comes with.

Doesn't work that way I'm afraid and you can't rephrase this as 'free space available'. If you are advertising 32GB of storage then you need to reasonably have most of that 32GB available. That's the way it's happened in other industries with misrepresentation.

If Office is taking up most of that space then you advertise that it has Office and cut down the advertised storage space.

Something has to give here. Splitting hairs and trying to redefine the argument won't wash.

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