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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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 13th Sep 2013 17:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Yeah, it's only a small bump -- but the $200 is baseline not maximum so there's a very real possibility of getting more in exchange for a mint condition device.

There are also more choices, for example Dell's new 8 inch tablet is 1280x800. The Lenovo $249 Miix 8 is also 1280x800.

I think its a good deal either way, especially if they can act as full PCs and be docked/connected via HDMI to external monitors.

Bay Trail performance looks like it's exceptional (enough to run Photoshop, Visual Studio, and other heavyweights so certainly acceptable to me) in both battery life and performance. Price points seem to be pretty good too.

It makes one wonder what the point of Windows RT is, but whatever it is, it made Intel wake up and get their mobile processors into shape.

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