Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 22:53 UTC
Windows Well, this can't be a good sign. Samsung has told CNET that the company will not be launching its Windows RT tablet in the United States, citing a lack of demand and consumer confusion. After I spent an afternoon in my country's largest electronics retailer, it's hard not to agree with Samsung.
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RE: What's the point of RT?
by No it isnt on Sun 13th Jan 2013 02:39 UTC in reply to "What's the point of RT?"
No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

Devices like the Asus Transformer are pretty much the ideal portable computing device, in my opinion: a good, full-size keyboard for typing (touchscreen keyboards suck -- yes, all of them), detachable for when you want to walk around or lie down on the couch. Sadly, Android is a very poor OS for laptops, as it never was intended for that. Surely some kind of compromise should be possible when the hardware is there.

Windows RT seems like a better idea, but the problem is of course that it's a crippled Windows 8. Why should people buy something that's worse than the standard Windows? The answer is, of course, that Microsoft has noticed that Apple rakes in cash from selling a crippled and locked-down consumer OS, and merely emulate that instead of giving the consumers a real advantage. There's no reason to buy Windows RT (until the software is there), but Microsoft wants to sell it.

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RE[2]: What's the point of RT?
by WereCatf on Sun 13th Jan 2013 04:27 in reply to "RE: What's the point of RT?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Not only that, but e.g. Dell's newly-unveiled ( http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/dell-unveils-... ) Windows 8 - tablet isn't really much different from the Microsoft's Surface RT, it weighs in at $499, yet still ships with the full Windows 8 instead of Windows RT -- if the price-point and the hardware-features are similar there is absolutely NO point in buying the latter at all. And I don't doubt for a second that there'll be lots and lots more of these Intel-based tablets coming out soon.

I do understand Microsoft's wish to lock people in and to create separate markets, but their execution of the plan with the Windows RT in mind just ain't working out. Without price, speed, features or app ecosystem advantage it just doesn't fly.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

The latest iteration of the Atom processors are actually quite goof from a performance and power consumption standpoint. Compared to ARM they are neck and neck. given that is there really a reason to use an ARM based platform for a windows tablet?

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RE[2]: What's the point of RT?
by moondevil on Sun 13th Jan 2013 10:58 in reply to "RE: What's the point of RT?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

When I bought my dual core Brazos EeePC Linux netbook, I also experimented with the idea of getting the Transformer model with keyboard.

The battery duration was almost the same, both were multicore and have proper GPU available, not the Intel joke.

In the end I went with the EeePC, because I was getting the freedom of a full operating system at half of the price of the Transfomer.

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