I'm curious to see if they actually come up with something unique and compelling or if it will just be a large Windows Phone. I keep waiting for somebody to release a tablet that I actually want but it seems that, for me anyway, tablets try to fill a void between my smartphone and my laptop that simply doesn't exist.
It may just be my interpretation but it seems as if youre saying there is no room for another device between your laptop and your phone. If that is indeed what you are saying then it just might be you arent a good candidate for a tablet. In other words, there is nothing wrong with tablets as they stand now and likely in the future, they just don't serve a need or niche for you.
If that be the case Im not clear on why you would be waiting for a compelling tablet that you actually want.
The Asus PadFone seems like an unholy marriage between a phone and a tablet but it also seems a little like a gimmick. So beyond oddities like that I dont think youll ever find what youre supposedly looking for.
In a very odd way, I think one of Apples greatest strength is their lack of choice and variety. If you buy Apples latest model when it is released you know there wont be anything better in the ecosystem until the next product refresh. That gives you a decent run before the next big thing (from Apple). That works out well for people who dont want to research what they are buying or are uninitiated users. Little or no choice makes things simple and a lot of people like things simple, ..(Ill resist the obvious simple minded joke but others feel free).
On the other hand there are a plethora of Windows OS, Windows phone and Android devices. So much choice that inexperienced users can easily be overwhelmed. One of the advantages of independent product cycles is that there can be faster responses to new hardware. So for example, the Intel Sandy Bridge-E platform or just about any new Intel platform can be rolled out by HP, Dell and others much faster then Apple. Serendipity or some kind of under the table deal would have to be made to allow Apple to get their products out faster (and I think we have seen evidence of this).
Microsoft releasing their own hardware can put them in the position of tighter controller over the given device as a whole but it doesn't stop the rush of other OEM products. It also puts them in competition with their partners which isnt a good way to build trust and harmony.
I have an ASUS Eee Pad (Eee Slate) EP121-1A010M Windows Tablet PC with Intel Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz Turbo Boost up to 1.86GHz), 12.1" Wide SVGA, 4GB Memory DDR3 1333, 64GB mSATA SSD and Intel HD Graphics.
Its battery life isnt anywhere near my iPad 3 or HP Touchpad but powerful x86 / x64 processor based Windows tablets (or even weaker Atom based) are not designed to compete with such ARM devises either. In addition, more powerful x86 / x64 based tablets will cost more (~$1000+ range. Its more akin to a laptop then an ARM tablet. Windows RT (ARM) will be more of a direct competitor so I think there may be some confusion if people think this is a direct competitor to the iPad or like ARM based devices.
Surface for Windows RT tablet »www.engadget.com/2012/06/18/micr···nounced/ Processor: NVIDIA-made ARM chip Weight: 676 grams Thickness: 9.3 millimeters Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capactive touchpanel Battery: 31.5Wh I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand Capacity: 32GB / 64GB Availability: "Around" the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012) Pricing: To be determined
Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet »www.engadget.com/2012/06/18/micr···s-8-pro/ Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) Weight: 903 grams Thickness: 13.5 millimeters Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capactive touchpanel Battery: 42Wh I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2x2 MIMO antennae Software: Windows 8 Pro Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block Capacity: 64GB / 128GB Availability: "Three months after" the Windows 8 launch this fall Pricing: To be determined
It's worth pointing out that the ARM-based WinRT (psst -- you can catch up on what exactly Windows RT is here) model is both thinner and lighter than the version with Windows 8 Pro. Moreover, the battery is sized up in the latter, presumably to handle the higher power drain of the 1080p panel and the Core i5 processor.
Re: [Other] Microsoft to Launch Tablet to Rival iPad?
They are making a HUGE mistake, and it's going to cost them. They are effectively biting the hand that feeds them. What do you think all the OEM's that buy MS licenses for their hardware are going to think, when their software supplier has gotten into the hardware business to compete directly against them?
If I was HP/Dell I'd be screaming pretty loud right now. -- No, I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake.......
Im just trying to recall a market where Microsoft basically competed with their partners successfully. With Microsoft Media Center and extenders 3rd party devices were all rendered obsolete and nonfunctional with the exception of the Xbox 360. Maybe not the best example though, .
Oooh...nice in lime but I want the magenta! I am interested in this too...the Pro one. But I wish Microsoft would change the name as "Surface" is stupid and hard to remember. I was trying to tell someone about it when I was out walking earlier today and, for the life of me, even though I had just been reading several articles about it....I couldn't recall the name. -- When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson