Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:46 UTC
Windows "Taiwanese computer maker Acer is putting off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet fares. The world's No. 4 PC vendor by shipments initially planned to roll out Windows RT tablets based on ARM chips early next year. However, the launch of Microsoft's tablet last week and the mixed reviews it has drawn has prompted Acer to wait and see until at least the second quarter of 2013." Whatever the reason, this doesn't send a very promising message about Windows RT. Or, not entirely unlikely, Acer and other OEMs just can't measure up to Surface RT.
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RE: Some Speculation
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 31st Oct 2012 13:02 UTC in reply to "Some Speculation"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I think its kind of both problems:
Windows RT is questionable
They won't be able to match surface style at a simular price point.

I'm not sure what I would be doing if I were a windows OEM these days, except maybe resurrect the swivel neck laptop/tablet.

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-PORTEGE-Tablet-Pentium-512MB/dp/B0001...

I wanted one of those, but not at the $2200 price point they originally sold for.

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RE[2]: Some Speculation
by Alfman on Wed 31st Oct 2012 13:51 in reply to "RE: Some Speculation"
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2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

"I wanted one of those, but not at the $2200 price point they originally sold for."

I've always wanted one of those too, but not at the ridiculous price points they were going for.

Imagine how different tablets would be today if those had been affordable for consumers at the turn of the decade. The tablet market would have grown before walled gardens could take off and we would not have this artificial divide between open desktop/laptops & restricted tablets.

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RE[3]: Some Speculation
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 31st Oct 2012 14:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Some Speculation"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

EXACTLY!! MS pushed tablets as an ultra expensive luxury item with terrible performance and was shocked when they didn't take off. The same computer guts that went into the convertible I linked to, was available at less than half the price without the touch screen.

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RE[2]: Some Speculation
by bassbeast on Thu 1st Nov 2012 09:59 in reply to "RE: Some Speculation"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

They never stopped making swivel tablets, they are just crazy priced so nobody buys 'em..

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=LJ539UT-ABA-DT&cat=NBB

As you can see they are a thousand bucks and only running a dual core i3 with Intel graphics, they just aren't a good buy. Dell tried selling convertable Atom tablets at $600, they ended up on Woot! for like $300 and still had trouble moving them.

The simple fact is there is NO point in WinRT, as the only reason people buy Windows is to run Windows X86 programs, which just don't work on WinRT. And the swivel convertibles end up too high so you do what most people do, they have a Windows desktop or laptop AND a tablet or smartphone. Frankly MSFT just doesn't seem to understand that desktops and tablets are too radically different when it comes to function and form factor to use the same OS, what you end up with is "jack of all trades, master of none" and a device that doesn't make anybody happy.

It doesn't run X86, so it can't take the place of your laptop, yet at the same time it has practically no apps and the ones it does have are half baked, so it can't take the place of a good droid or iPad tablet...its just not a good product, any way you slice it.

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