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 desiring one, too
by sj87 on Thu 25th Oct 2012 04:36 UTC
sj87
Member since:
2007-12-16

Although I am a devoted Linux / Unix lover, I'm still pondering about buying a Surface RT device. Just to see how well the Metro interface actually works on such a device.

I'm just overly worried my new tech toy would end up on the shelf and be left there for the lack of any apps worthwhile using.

Too bad they really are too expensive.

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RE: I'm desiring one, too
by Alfman on Thu 25th Oct 2012 05:57 in reply to "I'm desiring one, too"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

SJ87,

+1

I wouldn't mind having one myself to use metro as it was meant to be used, on a *real* tablet. But in the end I know I'd be frustrated by the restrictions imposed on my device and not being able to run the software I wrote and being able to distribute it to friends & colleagues without microsoft's approval. I really hate that a walled garden overshadows the platform, since otherwise I'd be able to get behind it as an alternative to the apple walled garden. They can paint it any color they want, but it's always going to stink.

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RE[2]: I'm desiring one, too
by Nelson on Thu 25th Oct 2012 07:21 in reply to "RE: I'm desiring one, too"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I believe Acer has a Windows 8 tablet for $499 (same price as Surface) which can run traditional x86 applications and where the garden door is left open.

And I am almost certain some enterprising hacker will make it so Windows RT tablets can run ARM compiled programs.

At least, that's my hope.

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RE: I'm desiring one, too
by Radio on Thu 25th Oct 2012 07:23 in reply to "I'm desiring one, too"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

The bootloader is completely locked, isn't it?

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