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A few early reviews from around the Web

The long-awaited Windows 8 OS is almost here, and while it will make its way into consumer's hands through various devices, the most intriguing is Microsoft's new Surface RT tablet -- which also happens to be Microsoft's first tablet.

What's Under the Hood?

The Surface is a Windows RT-based tablet, which is a variation of Windows 8. The Windows Pro version will be released at a later date, but for now, only the RT is available. Some Surface RT specs include a 10.6-inch display, an ARM-based processor (NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3), 32GB or 64GB storage options, 2GB of memory, 1366x768 resolution, 720p rear- and front-facing cameras, a USB port and a microSDXC slot. Also, the tablet has a VaporMg magnesium casing and a built-in kickstand.

Touch Cover vs. Type Cover

The Surface is especially unique in that it offers a keyboard accessory, but not just any keyboard: two keyboard options that double as protective covers. There's a touch cover, which is a thinner (3.25 millimeters) pressure-sensitive keyboard, and a type cover, which feels more like a laptop keyboard at 6 millimeters and physical keys.

On to the Reviews!

The Surface isn't due for release until October 26, but of course, tech blogs like The Verge, Engadget, AnandTech and Laptop Mag have gotten their hands on some Surface tablets for review purposes. So, before you run to the store and drop $499 for the 32GB, $599 for the 32GB with touch cover, or $699 for the 64GB with touch cover, here are a few reviews from those who've spent some time with Microsoft's new baby.

The Surface's design has been a popular topic with varying opinions. Anandtech's Anand Shimpi compared it to the iPad's design, saying its heavier and larger than Apple's signature tablet, but is more comfortable to carry.

The added weight is offset by superb internal weight distribution. Microsoft claims a lower moment of inertia by more evenly distributing weight inside Surface’s chassis. I don’t know that I’d consider Surface light but it is very comfortable to carry around. It’s not quite like porting around a pad of paper, but carrying Surface feels very natural.

The focus on weight distribution results in a device that is honestly comfortable to hold in tablet mode and very comfortable to carry around. The more squared design of Surface actually makes in hand feel more like a book than the iPad, which was an early goal for the device.

However, one part of the Surface's design that could use some work is the built-in kickstand, which is meant to sit the tablet upright on a desk. Shimpi and Tim Stevens from Engadget both had pretty much the same complaint: the kickstand is durable, but not adjustable.


With a fixed angle of deployment the kickstand doesn’t always deliver the best viewing experience, although it’s usually good enough. The kickstand is perfect for desk use and even for using while reclined on a couch or even in bed. Where it does fall short is if you’re hunched over Surface on an airplane in coach without a lot of room to move the device away from you. In those situations you’re going to find that you’d wish the kickstand could open at a wider angle.


Its hinge is complex but feels durable, though we do wish Microsoft had put a notch on either side of the stand, instead of just the one on the left. Flipping it out with your right hand can be a little tricky at times.

David Pierce from The Verge added that the kickstand would be better with more adjustable options, but serves a great purpose since the Surface is "awkward" in both landscape and portrait mode and "just wants to be on a desk."

A convenient feature that is appearing in more and more tablets is the ability to turn into a laptop or a tablet via keyboard docks or covers. In the Surface's case, it has two keyboard cover options that are winning the hearts of many tech reviewers. Shimpi praised the Surface for its transformation capabilities.

Microsoft wants you to be able to quickly transition between notebook, tablet and display modes. It’s rare that I see a goal so well executed. Surface really masters the art of quick transitions between all three modes. I can be in word, typing out this review and quickly switch to a tablet mode where I’m browsing the web with the keyboard cover folded neatly behind the display. If I need to respond to a comment or answer an email, I can just as easily switch back.

Pierce, on the other hand, said the type cover is responsive but a bit odd feeling when folded into tablet form. He added that the touch cover and track pad are very responsive and comfortable as well.

On a last design note, Shimpi said the colorful options of the Surface cases gives them a "consumer twist," helping Microsoft appeal to more than just business folks.

As far as software goes, Pierce had a few complaints. Namely, apps took awhile to load, games were sluggish and Flash video was subpar compared to HTML5. However, Pierce did say the Windows RT user interface was "inventive and useful."

Avram Piltch from Laptop Mag warns, however, that Microsoft fans are in for a whole new experience with Windows 8.

If you've never used Windows 8 or Windows RT before, you're in for a shock, because Microsoft has completely redesigned its OS to be more touch-friendly.
The touch-friendly environment is meant to create a convenient mobile platform, and with mobile devices of course comes applications -- and the reviewers have a beef to pick with Microsoft over some app-related issues.

One of the top complaints was that the Microsoft Store isn't heavily loaded. Piltch was happy to elaborate.

At present, the Windows Store has less than 5,000 apps, with few truly compelling titles available. We saw many casual games, but only a handful of graphically intensive titles. Other than the built-in Internet Explorer 10, we did not find any Web browsers, nor did we see many useful utilities or, apart from the built-in Microsoft Office, any good productivity apps.
Another app-related complaint was that Windows RT doesn't have legacy support for Windows software. Stevens shared his experience with legacy apps on the Surface, but has high hopes that new, useful apps will make their way to the Windows Store.

There's nothing stopping you from downloading legacy apps from the browser, but none will run on Windows RT. As we discovered, you can go so far as to create desktop shortcuts for apps. But when you try and load them, a banner will stretch across the screen, telling you the app won't run on your device. As for apps you can run, the selection is small, but growing. Netflix, for instance, just arrived in the Windows Store, and we expect plenty more soon (including our own app). So far, there's a comforting group of heavy hitters, including Skitch,, Associated Press, Evernote, eBay, StumbleUpon, Pandora and Slacker Radio. We'd like to believe that bodes well for other major apps that still haven't arrived on the platform.

But the Surface's power seems to make up for the lack of app selection (for now.) Piltch said it's a great multi-tasker.
With its 1.3-GHz, quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Surface with RT had enough power to take on all the tasks we threw at it, from viewing HD videos and using Microsoft Offfice to video chatting and playing demanding games like "Dredd vs Zombies."

However, serious photgraphers might want to steer clear: the cameras haven't received the best reviews from the likes of Pierce or Stevens. Steven, specifically, said the cameras won't be used for much more than video chatting.
The Surface has dual 720p cameras, but unless you're in the mood for video chatting, you probably won't be using them much. Even by tablet standards, the image quality here is pretty poor. Our full-res, 1,280 x 720 shots look awfully pixelated, even in brightly lit environments that shouldn't have yielded any noise. You'll also notice a good deal of color saturation (take a look at those fire-engine-red peppers in the sample gallery to see what we mean). As for the Surface's 720p video recording, we noticed some motion blur, but we were pleasantly surprised by how gentle the audio rendering was. Too often, our clips taken with tablets have a buzzing, distorted quality. In this case, the tablet didn't pick up any stray gusts of wind that might have otherwise spoiled our recording.

An important mobile question is, "How long does the battery last?" Shimpi answers that question with a little over 9 hours.
To measure battery life I put Surface through our 2012 tablet battery life suite. All tests were run with the display calibrated to 200 nits and with Surface, its Touch Cover was attached. Overall battery life is pretty competitive with the iPad. In lighter use cases Apple pulls ahead slightly, but if you look at our updated web browsing test the heavier CPU load pushes Surface ahead of the third gen iPad. It’s not clear how the 4th gen iPad would stack up in this comparison.

One final, but absolutely important factor in considering a Surface purchase is cost. Many complained about the Surface's high price tag of $499-$699, saying that it's as much as a new iPad. Also, a touch cover or type cover can cost an extra $120-$130.

Whether or not Surface is priced appropriately really depends on how much you value Windows RT and getting Office 2013 for free. I suspect if you’re already a big Office user, you’ll see a lot of value in the bundle. On the Windows RT side, whether or not that platform has value really depends on how frustrated you are by the multitasking, task switching and lack of screen sharing (two apps on the screen at once) of other mobile OSes. Depending on your feelings on those two issues Surface will either feel like a bargain, or too much.

Final words?

As a device, Surface is incredibly well executed. It makes sense that Microsoft’s OEM partners are feeling the pressure as there’s very little that I would change about Surface from a design perspective. The chassis is well built and the integrated kickstand is seriously one of the most useful features to ever meet a tablet. The optional Touch and Type Covers complete the package. While a full sized notebook is going to deliver a better typing experience, when paired with its Touch/Type covers Surface results in a more productive platform than any other tablet.

If gaming and music and movies and reading are what you're looking to enjoy, then we might advise sitting this one out for a few months just to make sure that all your bases will indeed be covered. If, however, you're looking for an impeccably engineered tablet upon which you can do some serious work, a device that doesn't look, feel or act like a toy, then you should get yourself a Surface with Windows RT.

The Surface with Windows RT proves that Microsoft can beat its own partners on hardware. Between the build quality, kickstand, and truly innovative Touch Cover, this is a tablet whose design and fresh interface will turn heads away from the iPad. But for how long? For a flagship product with a premium price, Microsoft compromises on too many things by including poor cameras, weak speakers, slow internal memory and a screen that, while better than most, isn't as good as the iPad's Retina display.

If all of the above sounds like a good deal, you can preorder the Surface to your specifications here. The tablet goes on sale October 26.

Sources: AnandTech, Laptop Mag, Engadget, The Verge

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New Apps and Updates
By GoodBytes on 10/24/2012 8:21:53 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has just announced that the Windows App Store has now over 7000 apps!

Also, for those who runs Windows 8 RTM, a bunch of apps are nearly daily updated, with new features and performance improvements.

So essentially, all the "big issues" from reviews are being cleared out rather rapidly. I guess that is what happens when you review a product that isn't officially out or even had a chance.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By testerguy on 10/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: New Apps and Updates
By themaster08 on 10/24/2012 8:54:38 AM , Rating: 4
So in other words, Windows 8/Windows RT haven't even been released yet.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By Luticus on 10/24/2012 9:01:57 AM , Rating: 5
Rule out all the "fart apps" and we get a much better percentage.

It's a new platform, stop being a tool.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By Luticus on 10/24/2012 9:03:02 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, this was obviously mentioned for the comment above.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By Spuke on 10/24/2012 10:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to wait for the reviews of the released product. I will say that I'm WAY more interested in the Pro version.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 11:07:29 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, RT is a cool consumer toy, but the prospects of Pro are excellent so far.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By Mint on 10/25/2012 7:31:00 AM , Rating: 3
The Surface Pro (and Win8 tablets/hybrids in general) will take away the iPad's halo status, and will crush any long term business sector ambitions that Apple has with the iPad.

I'm also pretty sure that their opposition to the stylus will hurt them. The stylus is the perfect mouse replacement when fingertips won't do, and in business you need that flexibility. They made hooplah about using the iPad mini in schools, and how iBooks has 90%+ of school curriculum, but a stylus makes a tablet so much more useful as an educational assistant.

It's a good thing that many Win8 tablets are including support for them. Can't wait for the surface pro.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By RufusM on 10/24/2012 11:07:49 AM , Rating: 2
The WinRT (Surface) version has some advantages over the Win8 version like better battery life due to its ARM SoC, but every tech enthusiast I know is waiting to see what the Win8 (Surface Pro) versions or convertible laptops look like.

In a way the Surface is a good reset for Microsoft because it doesn't carry the baggage of legacy application compatibility. At the same time that's its biggest weakness until enough good Metro-stype apps come out.

Lastly, I still think there are going to be a lot of people getting the WinRT version thinking they can run all Windows applications on it and getting pissed when they can't. Microsoft has not made it clear to the average consumer what the difference is between the WinRT and Win8 versions. It's a marketing nightmare.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 12:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with just about everything you've said with exception (a little) to the consumer expectation of Windows apps running on RT.

It's completely conceivable that consumers will assume they can run legacy programs on RT devices. Obviously that's not ideal. However, I don't think it will happen en masse and also it would be a rough time trying to approve marketting money to highlight what could be spun off as a deficiency in their product by competitors.

I'm not really sure what the right way to address that is honestly. One of many unenviable positions MS finds itself in. Valid point none-the-less though.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By nafhan on 10/24/2012 1:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the number of people who don't understand why Windows apps won't run on a Mac, people confusing Win RT/Surface with Windows 8/Surface Pro will happen - a LOT.

...that's assuming that Win RT devices initially sell well. If they don't, the problem will solve itself.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 3:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
Your point goes both ways though. The confusion you describe has done nothing to hinder Apple. It's hard to imagine why it would harm MS, particularly when they have an option to offer than does provide that functionality.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By nafhan on 10/24/2012 5:03:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think there's less confusion to be had with iPad vs. iMac.
MS is selling two very functional products with essentially the same name. We'll see, though.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By nafhan on 10/24/2012 5:10:06 PM , Rating: 2
*two functionally different products

RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/25/2012 10:22:22 AM , Rating: 2
No, I mean it was said peopel are confused why windows application don't run on macs. My answer is that didn't stop Apple from succeeding.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By bug77 on 10/24/2012 9:14:58 AM , Rating: 5
True. The difference between 10 and 400 calculators is what makes or breaks a tablet.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By lamerz4391 on 10/24/2012 9:27:11 AM , Rating: 4
Use your brain and don't be a fanboy butthole. Obviously RT has a way to go, but the platform is not even released yet and already has a large number of apps. As long as the essentials are there or show up soon, app count will not matter.

Do you have more than 7000 apps on your iPad? You FAIL, hard.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By bug77 on 10/24/2012 9:35:40 AM , Rating: 3
Use your brain

If they did, they wouldn't need Apple's walled garden crap.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By mcnabney on 10/24/2012 10:19:52 AM , Rating: 5
Pssst - Windows RT is a walled garden too.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By bug77 on 10/24/2012 10:25:32 AM , Rating: 3
I admit I didn't pay much attention, but I'd expect it lets you install from 3rd party sources. If not, Win8 will definitely let you do it.
But I was just pointing to the fact that judging ecosystems by the number of available apps doesn't tell you much. Sure the difference between 10 and 1,000 apps is huge, but between 10,000 and 1,000,000 the difference is quite small.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By RufusM on 10/24/2012 11:10:57 AM , Rating: 1
Point in fact right here: those that aren't paying close attention are going to be shocked they cannot install normal Windows applications on WinRT. They look exactly the same, right down to the desktop.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By ssimo on 10/24/2012 10:36:39 AM , Rating: 3
>>> Pssst - Windows RT is a walled garden too.


RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 11:08:12 AM , Rating: 2
True that.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 11:06:35 AM , Rating: 2
I've never heard of a previously unreleased OS releaseing with anywhere near 1000 apps nevermind 5000 (or 7000).

How many apps existed when the iPad first came out? Non-issue.

They'll start to pick up, once, you know.... it actually releases.

Frankly, I'm impressed.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By bug77 on 10/24/2012 11:28:50 AM , Rating: 2
To be honest, we don't know how many work on WinRT. I suspect most are just plain Win apps that will only work on Win8 tablets. But come on, if Microsoft was ever able to do something right, that was making developers code for their platforms (just think about Xbox).

RE: New Apps and Updates
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 12:12:25 PM , Rating: 1
I agree. MS gets developers and software development (go figure!).

Yeah, I can't say I know that total applies to anything other than Wintel 8 but at least between that and RT they should run well.

Admittedly, I'm not very clear on the cross-platofrm compatibility between RT and WP8. Presumably only desktop mode is the difference but there was a rumor it was a little bit more complex than that.

I'm loving my S3, particularly the screen size. However, if the synergy between RT and WP8 (and Win8 to an extent) is good, I may switch it up... for a phone of equal size only, of course.

RE: New Apps and Updates
By sviola on 10/24/2012 1:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
Well, when there was around 5500, 94% of them run on both Windows RT and Windows 8. If the same percentage applies now, there would be 6580 that runs on both platforms.

By StevoLincolnite on 10/24/2012 7:37:40 AM , Rating: 3
demanding games like "Dredd vs Zombies."

I've never even heard of it... I doubt it's a big AAA title at any rate.

Anyway, the issues such as the Tegra 3's single core not keeping up, lack of apps etc'... All an easy fix to it. - Jump on the x86 bandwagon when it launches, you will then have decades worth of software at your finger tips and the best performance that an Arm chip could even hope to imagine.

The prices are high due to the early adopter tax, with Dell, Acer, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo etc' jumping on the bandwagon and competing against each other, it's only a matter of time before the prices plummet and the x86 tablets look more appealing from a price perspective.

RE: .
By GoodBytes on 10/24/2012 8:16:14 AM , Rating: 4
Tegra 3 is a quad core CPU.
The problem with some games, is that developer NEVER touched or saw their games run on Windows RT. They were using Visual Studio built-in emulator. So it was using your desktop super powerful CPU. So yes, you are going to have performance issues. Nothing that can't be fix.

The exception is Nvidia, they had Windows RT tablet.. cause you know they worked with Microsoft. And Nvidia made a game for it. And as you can see, perform isn't an issue for demanding games, once optimized:

RE: .
By GoodBytes on 10/24/2012 8:17:59 AM , Rating: 2
clarification, the game is more of a demo of the Unreal Engine 3.

RE: .
By othercents on 10/24/2012 8:59:07 AM , Rating: 2
I read through Anand Shimpi's review and he mentioned another Window 8 device running Atom that performed significantly better. Power consumption of the Atom device is still in the air, however I think the RT platform is good for below average consumers and the x86 platform would be better for average to above average consumers starting with the Atom device for average users.

The one major hold back of this device taking a quick lead over the iPad and Android devices is the lack of apps. However if Microsoft comes out with one or two major Xbox only titles (IE. Halo w/ bluetooth controller) that run on Windows RT then we could see a significant jump in sales.


RE: .
By RufusM on 10/24/2012 11:15:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm very interested to see what the HP Envy X2's battery life looks. If it can do a combined tablet+keyboard dock 8-10 hours of battery life AND have somewhat decent performance for non-gaming things, I think I'll pull the trigger to replace my aging laptop.

RE: .
By StevoLincolnite on 10/24/2012 9:37:11 AM , Rating: 2
Tegra 3 is a quad core CPU.

I'm aware, I should have said "Single core performance".

And as you can see, perform isn't an issue for demanding games, once optimized:

We seem to have a very different idea of "demanding games".
Running the Unreal 3 engine is great, especially for a tablet, however the games are usually very low quality graphically.
Small worlds and areas and more often than not a developer will replace something like grass or leaves on a tree with simple 2D sprites, low amounts of Anti-Aliasing, Anisotropic filtering, lower quality shadows and lighting, low quality textures... Lower framerates... Simpler shaders, lower poly models... The list goes on.
Graphically to me the games are on par with the first generation Xbox 360, PS3 console games, which is nothing to sneeze at for a portable device, but nothing that can compete with the likes of a High-End AAA PC game in Eyefinity/Surround Vision with all the graphics options set to Ultra. - Where a single GPU which draws 500x more power from the wall may not be enough.

Add on the fact that the Unreal Engine 3 is only a few years from hitting a decade old, and you can run Unreal Tournament 3 games on Brazos APU... Well. You get the idea.

RE: .
By B3an on 10/24/2012 9:57:29 AM , Rating: 2
The prices are high due to the early adopter tax, with Dell, Acer, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo etc' jumping on the bandwagon and competing against each other, it's only a matter of time before the prices plummet and the x86 tablets look more appealing from a price perspective.

Nothing to do with early adapter tax. Take one look at the hardware in most of these Win 8 tablets. You're getting Ultrabook hardware in many of them. Obviously they will cost more, as they really are laptop replacements.

If anything you get BETTER hardware than most Ultrabooks, as you usually get IPS displays in these Win 8 tablets, not the cheap TN junk, and a extra battery in the keyboard dock as well.

Something like the Asus Transformer Book has a 1080p IPS screen, plus a 500GB HDD in the dock (with 128GB SSD in the tablet) and another battery in the dock.

The x86 tablets already look far more appealing than any other tablet as they're a laptop replacement as well. In the long run you save money as you no longer need a laptop.

RE: .
By Netscorer on 10/24/2012 10:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
'Ultrabook hardware'? What planet are you from? Here's my ultrabook:
- 14'' 1600x900 IPS screen
- iCore 3 Ivy Bridge CPU
- HD4000 GPU
- 128GB SSD Storage
- 2 USB3 ports, HDMI, SD Card
- Aluminium unibody design
- $599 as configured

Now compare this to Surface:
- 10.6'' 1366x768 IPS screen (equal)
- Nvidia Tegra 3 (much inferior)
- 32GB Flash Storage (much inferior)
- 2GB RAM (inferior)
- 1 USB2 port, pseudo-HDMI (much inferior)
- magensium body (equal)
- $599 with touch keyboard

Internals are hardly Ultrabook like. They are more like Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is $250 with the same 32GB of flash storage and higher-clocked Tegra 3.

RE: .
By geddarkstorm on 10/24/2012 11:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
Your last sentence is really the only true problem with the Surface. It's a beautiful tablet but... targeting the wrong price point.

Gotta see how the x86 price plays out, but I'm just hoping this overpricing of the ARM tablet doesn't mean the x86 will be priced into crazy land. Otherwise I'd love to have this thing.

RE: .
By Ramstark on 10/24/2012 3:13:59 PM , Rating: 2
You are comparing wrong. The ultrabook should be compared to the WinPro version, not the RT...

The hardware in the RT, as you point out, is equal to an ultrabook in equal in a 30% of the "market characteristics" so, as I see it, is actually pretty good, considering its a TABLET not a bulky ultrabook.

By the way, in other countries, the Ultras are considered "dead" simply because the Win8 tablets are on its if you purchased one and considered it a great acquisition....

RE: .
By nafhan on 10/24/2012 5:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
Except... Ultrabooks are close to the price point of Surface (with keyboard). Since some people will be choosing between the two, a comparison is perfectly valid.

That said, I checked out a couple Win 8, touchscreen ultrabooks: not bad at all. Being able to easily switch between keyboard/mouse and touchscreen based on which makes sense for the application and task you are performing is nice and intuitive. In fact, I would say it was better than having just one or the other. That experience gave me a much better feeling about Windows 8 in general, which actually makes RT seem even more pointless.

RE: .
By BillyBatson on 10/24/2012 6:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't heard about it until I read it in the comments. If its not free I am not downloading it any way

By NullSubroutine on 10/24/2012 7:39:43 AM , Rating: 3
Still too expensive.

RE: $$$$$$
By Bubbacub on 10/24/2012 8:49:24 AM , Rating: 3
uk pricing -
£400 for 32gb
£480 (or $770!) with touch cover

totally ridiculous pricing

RE: $$$$$$
By retrospooty on 10/24/2012 8:52:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yup... There just isnt enough price difference from a 1/2 decent laptop.

MS should really just lower the price now and help spur some initial sales. The alternative is to have lackluster sales at the front end and then lower prices later to kill off excess inventory.

RE: $$$$$$
By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 11:10:55 AM , Rating: 2
The Nexus 7 is for you.

By Arsynic on 10/24/2012 9:11:08 AM , Rating: 3
The whole "Apps" argument is a bit perplexing. It's a temporary problem. Where were all of the iOS apps on day one. Was the amount of apps a selling point for the iPhone and iPad on day one?

It's the quality of apps that make a difference. So what if MS doesn't have 10 crappy clones of every legit app. It's just a dick-measuring contest created by iOS fantards based on Apple's marketing.

By andrewaggb on 10/24/2012 11:37:40 AM , Rating: 2
It will sort itself out soon enough. The real question is does it have the apps you want, are they good/fast/stable. Not how many.

Personally it doesn't have all the ones I want yet, but it has a few, and the built in apps are enough to get by until more are available. But that's me, obviously for some people no angry birds pre-launch to run on the tablet you can't get yet may be a deal breaker :-)

By NellyFromMA on 10/24/2012 3:26:53 PM , Rating: 1
How dare Angry Birds not be out pre-release!?! I'm appalled and will now only consider devices that have 10k+ apps pre-launch!!!!! lol jk

Waiting on Haswell
By edge929 on 10/25/2012 5:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
Good first effort but I'm waiting for the x86 Haswell version next year. Iron out the kinks and let the app store fill up.

By tharik on 10/27/2012 3:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
It is obvious that many of you have been drinking the Microsoft koolaid for quite a while.

I hope you all go out and buy one of these as soon as possible.

Something very strange
By testerguy on 10/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: Something very strange
By zzynko on 10/24/2012 12:48:27 PM , Rating: 4
Can you at least be a little more selective, quoting Topolsky really? As if a biased blog reviewer point of view could've let anything other than his personal agenda show time and again.

Let me know when that changes, so I'll consider anything he writes seriously.

By Nortel on 10/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: beta
By cknobman on 10/24/2012 11:08:49 AM , Rating: 5
A. 32GB iPad with no cover/keyboard is $599, 32GB Surface with no cover/keyboard is $499

B. iOS is a smartphone OS on a tablet that has about 1/3 of the potential capabilities of Windows RT.

C. After years of your miserable life you still fail at basic comprehension and logical thought.

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