>>If it tarnished the <Microsoft> brand<< Perhaps they could use the polish that BoJo mentioned last week.
For left pondians BoJo is our recently resigned Foreign Sec.
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I don't get the market this is aimed at
It looks good, but basically for £379 you get a sub-standard iPad with a non-existent app store. To do anything useful you need to spend £100 to get a keyboard and mouse, which is optimised for travel not work.
The killer app would be the touch interface, but a pen is another £100! for a device which is certain to go missing at some point in its life.
You can get a pretty decent laptop for £500. The only advantage being a slightly improved iportability. Basically you either the combination of tablet with limited functionality combined with less than optimal laptop. Ok its less than say a iPad and a laptop, but most people in this market will go for that option
I'm sure it fits some people need, but I'm not sure there is a big market out there
A laptop is not an alternative - at least not if portability (i.e. size and battery life) is the key.
Use case 1: work on a plane (or a train). Good luck with opening that laptop (though the weird surface-stand-thingy means it will be inconvenient at least!) - ok, so you need a netbook-sized machine.
Use case 2: a conference. Look at all of the geeks running around looking for a free power outlet to charge their mobile workstations.
As this had a sim card it was perfect for what management wanted and exactly what a bit of CRM software required.
Bloody charging the thing is a pain (Has to be a charger at least 2.5 Amp, has to be a specific quality cable or it doesn't charge (Amazon basics usb cables oddly we found worked perfect)), building the thing with standard MS SCCM tools is a bloody pain.
They don't want a more epensive version and with the sim card removed from most models means once people drop them they are impossible to replace with the same thing.
I feel they will just do the same thing for their student grade surface and fear someone will go Aha thats what we need.
Didn't know it was a typo -- this was the first article I read on the device, and 800x1200, though in portrait mode, is a much more common resolution than 1800x1200.
However, my point still stands -- and is perhaps reinforced:
1. my 5-year old 8-inch tablet still has a higher resolution, and cost significantly less.
2. 1800x1200 is still not FHD, as a minimum horizontal resolution of 1920 is required for that.
This second point makes me think someone at Microsoft wanted to keep this product on-point and didn't want people looking to use it as a budget FHD media player, as it's suspiciously close to FHD.
1920 X 1080 = 2073600
1800 X 1200 = 2160000
The surface go has a slightly higher resolution and is going for the 3:2 aspect ratio which I find really works on the other surface devices for reading and annotating scientific journals. However, that's my personal usage scenario and the resolution probably isn't great for content consumption.
I take your point, but Apple continually flout the accepted wisdom of cheaper, faster, better, usually in favour of shiner, more expensive, less features and get away with it.
I accept that Microsoft do not have the consumer brand awareness that allows Apple to get away with this however.
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