Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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RE: Too expensive
by ronaldst on Tue 16th Oct 2012 13:46 UTC in reply to "Too expensive"
ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

If China can build acceptable 89$ ICS/Android tablets why should I buy an overpriced 500$+ WinRT tablet that has zero apps?

All revealed Windows tablets are priced to stay on the shelves.

I am sooo disappointed. ;)

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RE[2]: Too expensive
by WorknMan on Tue 16th Oct 2012 17:41 in reply to "RE: Too expensive"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If China can build acceptable 89$ ICS/Android tablets why should I buy an overpriced 500$+ WinRT tablet that has zero apps?


If by 'acceptable', do you mean sub-par? I've not seen one for under $200 that wasn't absolute shit.

Everybody wanting to scrape the bottom of the barrel and demanding a $300 or lower price point is the reason why we struggle to get any decent Android tablets. The only really good one so far is the Nexus 7, but that's missing HDMI, and has anemic storage space.

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RE[3]: Too expensive
by unclefester on Wed 17th Oct 2012 02:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Too expensive"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The only really good one so far is the Nexus 7, but that's missing HDMI, and has anemic storage space.


Most people don't use HDMI. The cheap tablets all have an SD slot.

Techies nearly always confuse their needs with the needs of the vast majority of people. Most people just want to browse, watch youtube videos or read emails.

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RE[3]: Too expensive
by ze_jerkface on Wed 17th Oct 2012 02:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Too expensive"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

What the hell are you talking about? Ever heard of the Kindle Fire? It's $199 and the #2 selling tablet. I have a Nook Tablet and I prefer it over the iPad.

The Kindle Fire HD just came out and the screen is excellent. So for $200 you can get a nice tablet with a decent software library or pay more than 2x for Surface which gets you IE10 and Office Light.

IM GONNA GO GET IN LINE FOR MAH SURFACE PAD

500 DOLLARS IS A GOOD PRICE FOR IE10

Edited 2012-10-17 03:04 UTC

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RE[3]: Too expensive
by chithanh on Wed 17th Oct 2012 15:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Too expensive"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

If by 'acceptable', do you mean sub-par? I've not seen one for under $200 that wasn't absolute shit.

7" tablets for under $200 are very popular, and they work well.

E.g. the Ainol Novo7 Crystal, Android 4.1, 1024x600 MVA panel, 1.5 GHz dual-core Amlogic CPU, 1GB RAM, 8 GB flash, mini-HDMI, microSD starting at $130 on eBay.

For $10 more, you get the Aurora 2 with IPS screen and 16 GB flash. The $170 Flame comes with 1280x800 screen (essentially a slower Nexus7 with microSD+HDMI).

If you go below $100 as the GP suggested, you will have to live with one ore more limitations, like TN panel, only 2-point multitouch, single-core CPU or measly 800x480 resolution. Maybe not enough for serious work, but still decent for casual web surfing, email, etc.

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RE[2]: Too expensive
by ze_jerkface on Wed 17th Oct 2012 02:46 in reply to "RE: Too expensive"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

If China can build acceptable 89$ ICS/Android tablets why should I buy an overpriced 500$+ WinRT tablet that has zero apps?

All revealed Windows tablets are priced to stay on the shelves.

I am sooo disappointed. ;)


Why was he voted down for this comment? The general reaction has been that the prices are too high.

I guess Microsoft fanboys actually have to watch the bus fall off a cliff and explode before they have a discussion on whether or not the driver might be crazy.

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RE[3]: Too expensive
by unclefester on Wed 17th Oct 2012 07:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Too expensive"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

+1

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