Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 23:38 UTC
Microsoft The Verge is reporting Microsoft is building its own gaming tablet. "The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. We're told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture. Microsoft's Xbox Surface won't run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming." Custom kernel. So, incompatible with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Question. Why?
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Why would anyone with a high resolution phone need a tablet?


Reading books and watching videos on a phone is a whole LOT inferior an experience compared to doing that on a tablet. Just try spending several hours reading a book on a phone and you'll see.

Devices you need to charge nearly every day should all be charged wirelessly.


I disagree. Wireless charging is a waste of electricity, you're trading a lot higher electricity use for convenience.

So why would I need a tablet? (I have good eye sight and holding the device a little closer to my face is no problem, because it weighs only 1/3 of a 7-inch tablet)


You asked why people use tablets and I gave you two good examples. I don't know why you specifically would need one.

Having 2 devices for the same purpose seems really dumb to me. I have friends with Ipads and they only play games on them .. they read news etc on their phone.


That's their prerogative.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

the loss via inductive charging when in contact (like a charging pad) is not too bad < 5% so that is probably a good trade off for most people.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

the loss via inductive charging when in contact (like a charging pad) is not too bad < 5% so that is probably a good trade off for most people.

I tried to imagine inductive charging without device contact seriously for a few seconds.

Then a picture of Nikola Tesla's gigantic antennas popped up in my head.

Edited 2012-11-07 16:54 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

the loss via inductive charging when in contact (like a charging pad) is not too bad < 5% so that is probably a good trade off for most people.

Now consider if it would become really popular ...on a global scale* that quickly starts getting into "how many more power plants will we need?" kind of questions.

*global is the scale here, with "most people" - among them, 5+ billion mobile subscribers already.

Anyway, inductive/pad charging can be seen as less convenient in some regards: its spot needs to remain relatively undisturbed (and recharging in a car is outright out basically - unless in a holder, which pretty much doesn't change the status quo), using the phone and recharging at the same time is harder. I even suspect it might also lead to some domestic disputes ;p (when somebody "bumps off" a recharging mobile from its pad)

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