Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2013 00:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Marco Arment: "Everyone should play by the same rules. A proposal: storage capacities referenced or implied in the names or advertisements for personal computers, tablets, and smartphones should not exceed the amount of space available for end-user installation of third-party applications and data, after enough software has been installed to enable all commonly advertised functionality. With today's OSes, iPads could advertise capacities no larger than 12, 28, 60, and 124 GB and the Surface Pros could be named 23 and 83 GB." Wholly agreed. When I buy a box of 100 staples, I expect it to contain ~100 staples - not 50 because the other 50 are holding the box together.
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by vaette on Wed 30th Jan 2013 13:56 UTC
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I think there is some truth here, but on the other hand it seems to me like Microsoft does the right thing in shipping the Surface with a full recovery partition that the user can easily remove if they prefer. If they are forced to advertise only free disk space on delivery they would no doubt remove that option and just offer the recovery as a download, which is strictly worse for the consumer.

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