Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Oct 2012 23:09 UTC
Windows "The Surface is a nice tablet. The design and aesthetic are pleasing, the feel in the hands, particularly of the kickstand and magnetic cover connection is excellent. But is it worth buying on the day of release?" After these three reviews, I still want a Surface RT. As much as I think Metro - and especially its applications - has a long way to go, I feel like I should reward the fact that Microsoft dares to be different. Too bad Microsoft doesn't want me to buy one.
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I'm not going to...
by thavith_osn on Thu 25th Oct 2012 00:14 UTC
thavith_osn
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2005-07-11

...reward MS for being daring, though I give them credit for it!!!

I will reward MS if the product is a good one and is sustainable, does what I want and so forth...

I rewarded Google earlier this year by buying a Nexus 7 (rewarding is such the wrong term, LOL). Now I have had the Nexus for a while, I wonder if I wasn't a bit too hasty with my praise, but it's a good tablet all the same.

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RE: I'm not going to...
by kwan_e on Thu 25th Oct 2012 07:41 in reply to "I'm not going to..."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

...reward MS for being daring, though I give them credit for it!!!


That's the difference between MS customers and Apple customers. Apple customers will more than happily reward Apple for being daring and will blatantly overlook any flaw that would be deal breaking for an MS/non-Apple product.

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RE[2]: I'm not going to...
by tylerdurden on Thu 25th Oct 2012 19:30 in reply to "RE: I'm not going to..."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

No that is the simplistic childish view, not everything is based around the silly dramatic dynamics of a grade school playground.

First off, Apple's stock has been down almost $100 in the past 6 weeks, which means that Apple's customers are not returning/growing at the same rate since their product offering is stagnating. So they have to come up with something big and new soon, if they want to keep being at the top.

But Apple's initial success in the mobile markets, at least in the US, is due to the fact that Apple understood that these devices would be used as media/content consumption devices mostly. And they provided an ecosystem that could give customers a very very convenient way of addressing most media needs: Apple has a very large selection of music, video, books, etc. And it is very easy for people to access and consume all that content. And yes, some people seem to really like the design and style of Apple's products. But the reason why people bought the iPhone/iPad/iPod in droves is not because they just looked good, but also because those products did exactly what they wanted and they could access the media they craved. So there is more than just style and fashion sense.

Microsoft does not seem to understand that. They think people chose apple because of stylistic concerns, but that is only a part of it. MS has a monopoly on the Desktop, so they assumed they can leverage Office, once again, as the value proposition for their nice and shiny tablet. Which is ironic, because MS does have a good strategy with the Xbox as a content consuming device for the living room, but they do not know how to execute it in the mobile space (e.g. Zune). The irony is that Apple has not been able to execute a good strategy on the living room with their AppleTV.

I can see windows RT and Windows Phone to be a success with the business crowd, not in the consumer space. Probably RIM, and to a lesser extent Google, are the ones in trouble with the new MS strategy, not Apple.

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