Meh I don't care about battery life. I use my iPad till it dies then plug it in and keep using it. I'll do the same with any tablet.
Microsoft's problem with the Windows Phone is not the hardware or software...it's the marketing and the apps. There are tons of billboards and print ads, etc., that say that some app is available for iPhone and Android, without Windows Phone being mentioned in the same line.
A)People with the income and privilege to afford the very real increased price points of Apple computers forget this too easily. Do you own a Mac or iPod? Do actually buy things from the Apple Store instead of Amazon? Congratulations! You're part of the economic elite who can afford nicer things on this planet!
A) I keep thinking about a story someone wrote about the Zune, he said kids would show up in school with a Zune after christmas because their parents were too cheap to buy an iPod like they really wanted, so they doomed their kids to playground fights while the other kids taunted them by chanting "zuney zuney zuney, zuney zuney zuney."
And meanwhile, down the road in Palo Alto and over in Round Rock and across the sea in Beijing, a bunch of execs at HP, Dell, and Lenovo are going to be royally pissed that Microsoft just threw them and their entire ultrabook push under the bus in the name of selling Windows 8.
I would bet that there's probably already a plan for Windows 9 in the near future for the nerds who support things like Windows 8/Metro. Microsoft seems to be developing an ongoing bifurcation between "User" and "Elite".
I like that it has a built-in Micro-SD slot and a USB port, something Apple still hasn't figured out that people really really want in a tablet. I just hope they've made some real improvements to the Metro UI, because damn is it awful.
The hardware looks cool at first, but given a moments thought it starts to remind me of the "The Homer" car. Too many wheels within wheels within wheels.
(Seriously, you're announcing a potentially huge product release, and after showing off a major feature like the integrated keyboard/cover you take time to show that it comes in several colors?)
I do enjoy this world where everyone uses Apple stuff and superstar programmers only write for the Mac OS. (I do admit those fart apps are pretty slick.)
Owning 80% of a increasingly larger market isn't a niche. When it comes to iPads and their clones, the GM and Mercedes stuff just doesn't compute, mainly because Mercedes doesn't sell 80% of all compact cars. A Mac Pro might be expensive, sure, but that's a speciality computer, and the iPads and MacBook Airs are just killing the competition in price. Everyday people are buying these "Mercedes" compact cars by the millions and millions, all in order to replace 95% of the functionality of older computers — many of them former Windows boxes — and the economy sucks!
And thus we have the marvel of the free market. The problem is that if you have the same materials budget and the same manufacturing skill, the device with fewer features will be better made. So a $500 tablet with 5 features will be of higher quality for those features, than a $500 tablet with 10 features.
Funny thing is, the days of the shrill Apple fanboy are mostly long past.
nor anything about strategic partnerships for things like maps.
Window's stuff just works. Want to take a photo. Click a button twice. Email just works; the phone just works. The iPhone may look nicer than my HTC, but by God, the HTC works. I've never had an app kill the entire phone, and I've never had my windows phone brick itself for no reason.
Android missed the mark by going for Linux types. But this market doesn't want to customize everything to the nth degree, it just wants to get things done efficiently in a well-designed and thought-out space that doesn't waste their time.
I was talking more about perception there than technicalities.
I play CDs because on decent equipment MP3s sound like ass. On Apple earbuds, compressed brick-walled indie rock MP3s might sound good to you. But taking jazz or Pink Floyd and drilling it down to a lossy format sounds terrible on a good pair of headphones.
Keep ignoring iPads as you see fit, but the rest of the world still counts them as iOS devices, which have the lion's share of usage, as other samples of the broader Internet confirm.
Maybe it's more useful to look at how many people use a particular type of car, instead. If more people are using hatchbacks to commute to work, as opposed to tractor trailers or even hovercrafts, maybe there's something useful about knowing what it is about hatchbacks that is unique or important, when trying to learn where personal transportation options are going in the next ten years or so.
Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.
"Here I am—a tech reporter—actually using it... with the letters appearing on the Surface's screen as I type."
So even the word "save" is being used in a sense that is grotesquely misleading---"destroy one version, save another" would be more accurate.
Anyone who uses a word processor for very long inevitably has the experience of putting hours of work into a long document and then losing it because the computer crashes or the power goes out. Until the moment that it disappears from the screen, the document seems every bit as solid and real as if it had been typed out in ink on paper. But in the next moment, without warning, it is completely and irretrievably gone, as if it had never existed. The user is left with a feeling of disorientation (to say nothing of annoyance) stemming from a kind of metaphor shear--you realize that you've been living and thinking inside of a metaphor that is essentially bogus.
Microsoft’s Surface tablet will launch as a Wi-Fi-only device, according to a report from Bloomberg. And though Microsoft has remained ambiguous about its tablet’s pricing, saying it will be “comparable” to tablets with similar specs, a report from The Next Web indicates the Windows RT model will start at $599, and the Windows 8 Pro model will start at $999.
"If we were lucky, we were allowed to hold one for a few seconds. But if you tried to do anything with it, bang, it was gone.
Believe me, I know. I tried. I had kept hearing everyone on Twitter screaming about how no one at Microsoft was saying what the screen resolution was. Since it was such a big uber-secret, I figured I’d try to find out.
After asking repeatedly if I could hold one — I felt like a seven-year-old, “please can I hold it, please can I try, would you mind if I try” — one of the Microsoft guys gave me a shot. I brought up the Start screen by hitting the Windows button on the front of the tablet, hit Desktop to get to the Windows 8 desktop, did a long press guessing that would bring up the Screen Resolution setting and it did — at which point, the unit was literally jerked out of my hands."
I hope didn't actually push past him at the Surface event at any point, when I was reaching across the tables and touching the screens on the Surface units we were being shown, or when I picked up the Touch Cover and Type Cover and tried typing on them, or when I was talking to folks from the Windows team after the formal demos and getting them to show me more things on the Surfaces they were carrying or when I went back to the first table with the various Surface units on them and asked the PR folks if I could pick them up and take pictures of the ports and compare the size to the hefty tablet PC I carry
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