What is the Microsoft Surface?
Haven’t you heard? Microsoft has launched its first tablet – Surface is what they call it and just like other tablets on the market it comes in a few flavors – Surface Windows RT and Surface Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface Windows RT was launched October 2012, and the Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch near the end of January 2013. Yes, these two tablets are identical in its sleek styling, durability, detachable keyboard, kickstand, front facing camera and social media and networking features. The sales and reviews for the RT version were not that great due to the omission of one key component buyers where looking for – Microsoft Office. Windows RT sold just 1 million tablets since its release in October. In comparison, the iPad sold 3 million tablets its first 3 days on the market. However, the high-end Windows 8 version as garnered much praised and it’s not even available yet. Why? Let’s compare the two.
|Starting Price||$499 Surface Windows RT||$899 Surface Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating Systems||Runs Windows RT – best for mobile computing with tablets.||Runs Windows 8, uses Windows desktop applications and integrates with enterprise infrastructure.|
|Stylus Pen||n/a||Standard with Stylus Pen|
|CPU||Quad-core NVDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM||Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM|
|Cloud Computing||SkyDrive, Xbox Music||SkyDrive, Xbox Music|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office Home, Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), joy of Xbox||Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more.|
|Connections/Slots||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port|
|Storage||32gb, 64gb||64gb, 128gb|
|Screen||10.6in, 1366 x 768||10.6in, 1920 x 1080|
|Interoperability||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store and add software that are not Windows based.|
The big differences between these two tablets is the storage space, the size and screen quality, the powerful CPU, and full Microsoft Office applications installed on the Surface Windows 8 Pro. Also, the added benefit of adding non-Microsoft products is a plus. Tell a diva – which would you buy?
We checked out the Surface and other Microsoft goodies a while back, check out our Microsoft Times Square visit below…
It’s been reported from several sources that Apple has decided to manufacture a more cost-effective version of the next iPhone device. (I guess if you can’t beat em with quality, at least kill em with price…*shrugs*) According to WSJ.com Apple is developing a cheaper version of its iPhone and could launch the new device as early as this year.
The tech giant has been exploring a lower-end iPhone for years but plans have accelerated as Apple’s supremacy in smartphones has slipped, sources told the Wall Street Journal. The less expensive phone is likely to resemble the standard iPhone, but with a different, cheaper body. Making the shell out of polycarbonate plastic rather than the aluminum casing of the iPhone 5 would allow Apple to lower the cost.
In the works: The less expensive iPhone has been in the works since at least 2009, with Apple seeing it as a way to grab market share and introduce people to the brand.
Not only does Apple have plans of developing cheaper phones but they’ll be available via WalMart’s pre-paid phone plans on Friday! No, seriously! According to various sources online, Straight Talk Wireless has announced that customers have been able to enjoy the iPhone experience on Walmart’s Straight Talk “BYOD” phone plans for quite some time now, but the prepaid provider will begin directly selling the iPhone 5 — as well as the iPhone 4 — on January 11th. The iPhone 5 will be offered in 16GB and will be sold for $649, while the iPhone 4 will come with 8GB storage and go for $449. If you don’t want to pay the entire cost up front, you can take advantage of Walmart’s monthly installment-financing plans for $25.
This can only lead to two ending results later this year and depending on your preferences both options will be bad. 1. Apple will lose its grip on the lifestyle marketing chokehold it once had on technology and mobile consumers. (Remember a time when Baby Phat, Guess & FUBU were hot commodities sold only at fine department stores? Now you can only find them at discount stores with “manager’s special” tags on them.) Because Apple products are becoming the norm and available to everyone, it will lose its position as a coveted product that everyone wants, WHY? Because everyone will already have it (or have access to it!) So once the mass appeal weakens, what’s next? Say goodbye to celebrity endorsements in commercials.
Remember those entertaining Apple commercials starring Siri with Samuel Jackson and Zoey Dechanel? They’re most likely to be replaced w/ the likes of Sweet Brown or worse, one of those computer happy weirdos from MTVs Catfish.
Now that Apple has made their move, I wonder what Samsung and Windows has in store next? What’s the next go-to lifestyle smartphone that true techies will turn to? Can you guess which device will become the next great lifestyle phone? Share your thoughts and opinions below…
With the iPhone 5 cultmania taking place all weekend long (or until Apple’s inventory is completely sucked dry) – it makes you wonder, of all the cash that’ll be shelved out…how much of it is really paying for the iPhone 5 device itself. Sure you know that Apple will have somewhat of a markup…but when you compare how much it cost to make the phone and how much consumers are buying it for…it may surprise you…
The gorilla glass display and touchscreen: $44.00
Improved camera: $18.00
That’s not all…
The entire cost to manufacture an iPhone 5 device is only $206.85…and eBay already has listings of the device in the thousands??? So how much did you really pay for the device and how much did you pay for the Apple logo?