Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Sep 2013 12:55 UTC

Microsoft is kicking up a notch its competition with Apple's iPad with a new, limited time trade-in offer.

"Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card," according to the deal, outlined on the Microsoft Online store site. The gift card may be used towards the purchase of a Microsoft Surface or other products available through the Microsoft Store.

Yeah, good luck with that.

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by Nelson on Fri 13th Sep 2013 16:46 UTC
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This can be significant used in conjunction with the new Baytrail tablets.

There's a 10.1 inch ASUS device with a 12 hour battery running $329 that's coming out. That's running full Windows 8.1, not RT. That's including the keyboard dock.

So an old iPad can go quite a way towards a new Windows 8 device if that's your thing. Lenovo similarly has an 8inch tablet running full Windows 8 coming out (8hr battery life) which is $249.

Keep in mind a mint iPad 2 has a 1024x768 resolution, so any one of these devices are an improvement over that. Not to mention the CPU and GPU inside Baytrail blow it out of the water.

Intel is gunning for ARM pretty aggressively.

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