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Microsoft really wants you to switch from the iPad to Surface

Microsoft has decided to aggressively target iPad users in an attempt to get them to convert to its own Surface RT or Surface Pro tablets. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant says that users who bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 will get at least a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.

Microsoft doesn't specifically say that gift card has to be used for a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet. However, right after offering the $200 gift card for the iPad Microsoft does take the opportunity to mention that the Surface RT is available starting at $349 while the Surface Pro is available starting at $799.


The special offer is valid from September 5 until October 27, 2013 and is valid at select Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. The offer is not available online so if you don't have a Microsoft Store nearby you're out of luck.
 
To be eligible for the trade-in the iPad must include the power cord and the device can't be password-protected. 

Source: Microsoft



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Nice!
By SpartanJet on 9/13/2013 12:39:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have an ipad 2 I never use and I've been waiting to jump on Windows RT. Hopefully this will last until the surface refresh is launched I wouldn't buy one right now with the new ones so close.




RE: Nice!
By fic2 on 9/13/2013 12:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
Time to start shopping for a used, cheap used iPad2....


RE: Nice!
By Shig on 9/13/2013 1:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
Sweeeeet. I got to buy one off of my friend before he sees this xD


RE: Nice!
By troysavary on 9/13/2013 1:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
Good idea. I've got relatives who have bought every new iPad, they are sure to have an old one they no longer want.


RE: Nice!
By SAN-Man on 9/13/2013 1:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly.


RE: Nice!
By Da W on 9/13/2013 1:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see anything listed below 250$ on ebay.


RE: Nice!
By Solandri on 9/13/2013 3:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
Ebay has a "show only completed listings" option you can use to quickly check the market price (though incomplete Buy It Now listings still show up and have to be filtered out manually).

Looks like market price for a first gen iPad is about $150, iPad 2 is $250, and iPad 3 $300. The range for the first gen iPad is about $100-$170, so there's room to make some money if you were planning to buy a Surface tablet. I suppose you could also buy iPads to flip them to people buying a Surface tablet (buy off eBay, stand outside the Microsoft Store in a trenchcoat and whisper "Pssst, wanna buy an iPad?").


RE: Nice!
By ShaolinSoccer on 9/13/2013 4:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
"The Redmond, Washington-based software giant says that users who bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 will get at least a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store."

Nowhere in that does it mention the 1st generation iPad.


RE: Nice!
By sigmatau on 9/16/2013 10:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
It also says at least $200. Not exactly $200.


RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 9/13/13, Rating: -1
RE: Nice!
By Samus on 9/13/2013 11:56:56 PM , Rating: 3
Really? Are you dense?


RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 9/14/13, Rating: 0
RE: Nice!
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/14/2013 6:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, yes he is.


RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 9/15/2013 11:39:47 AM , Rating: 1
And you must be ignorant then


RE: Nice!
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/15/2013 6:45:54 PM , Rating: 1
Coming from you, LOL...that's amusing.

And as for your moronic comment on "who uses ebay", millions of people do.


RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 9/19/2013 11:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
God damn you're an idiot. Do you really think I meant no one uses eBay? No. What I did mean is that people trying to get the BEST deal on certain things like electronics especially tablets and smart phones won't find it on eBay but Craigslist. Now move along before you hurt yourself trying to understand the English language.


RE: Nice!
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/15/2013 6:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
Lolz, the dense one isn't the sharpest tool in the shed is he.


RE: Nice!
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/15/2013 6:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
No, he isn't. Another one of those types of people who thinks he is right no matter what, even when he is completely and absurdly wrong. And notice how it's always the Apple defenders?


RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 9/19/2013 11:30:19 PM , Rating: 1
LOL where on earth are you making this shit up?!?!? I'm wrong and I refuse to admit it?! I don't see how I'm wrong about the price, you can find CHEAPER priced iPads on cl over eBay end of story there is nothing to be wrong or right about.
And I am an apple defender??? LOL where did you pull this from your moms ass? I'm a PC guy, I don't even own an iPad nor would I want to, and I don't see me defending apple anywhere I was simply stating you can find better deals on one on cl but it's just easier for you to make up arguments then to argue the facts.
Maybe you're ignorant because you're an apple fanboy? See I can make stuff up too =D


RE: Nice!
RE: Nice!
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/16/2013 7:24:00 AM , Rating: 1
Hey Billy-boy.

You realize that when you buy off of CL at prices that seem a little too good, chances are really good that what you are buying had fallen off the back of the truck, right?


RE: Nice!
By BillyBatson on 9/19/2013 11:40:36 PM , Rating: 2
Hey monkey-baby.
You realize that some things aren't too good to be true but appropriate for the situation? I never said you're going to find a $25 iPad and it was obtained legally. But say 16gb iPad 2's are $200 on eBay how do you know it didn't "fall off a truck"? But that's another story let's get to the situation differences... That $200 iPad on eBay most likely is getting paid through PayPal who demands a % fee, the eBay listing had a fee, there are shipping costs and materials, you have to go out of your way to ship, and payment or transfer to your bank account isn't immediate... So many people, including myself, would rather sell the same item for $175 cash same day out my front door than $200 on eBay. In the end I get to keep almost the same amount but cl offers instant gratification for both buyer and seller. There are many people like this who lower their price on cl because it doesn't come with fees, it's easier, some sellers don't know the true value of their items, many sellers will negotiate their price while that isn't the case on eBay, and yes some might be ill-gotten goods but the same could be said for eBay where you might be paying more for your back of the truck iPad. No shopping portal where individuals list items are safe.


RE: Nice!
By rtrski on 9/13/2013 4:35:08 PM , Rating: 2
I think I've heard there will be an announcement for the next generation Surfaces (RT at least, not sure about "Pro") on 23 Sept, and the deal goes until late Oct. So enough time to find out if its worth waiting, at least.

If I didn't already have an S Pro (128G) I'd be tempted; I'm pretty sure my brother has an old iBad 2 he hasn't used in forever. But as I do already bought the Proj, I can say I like it a lot, with the one serious downside to my mind being battery life. Do wish it lasted a little longer. A 2nd gen using Haswell should take care of that quite nicely.


RE: Nice!
By captainBOB on 9/13/2013 9:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
That's if the Surface / Surface Pro 2 is released next month, and not 6 months or more later like last time.

I'm itching to get my hands on a Surface Pro 2.


RE: Nice!
By Nagorak on 9/14/2013 2:37:13 AM , Rating: 2
You could check how long the gift card is good for. If it's good for a year or something then you could go ahead and trade in for it and use it later.


More meh
By bug77 on 9/13/2013 1:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
The only things Windows has still got going are games and Office. Neither of which offer a particularly enticing experience on a tablet.




RE: More meh
By Shig on 9/13/2013 1:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.

Tablets need another input sensor besides touch to get a competitive game with a ladder system. If you combined the touchscreen with something that can read hand gestures in open space you might have something. Or you'd have to have it project something into space that you could interact with. No one is carrying around a mouse and keyboard with a tablet, it'll never happen.

There's a lot of innovation to be done and Microsoft isn't doing any of it.


RE: More meh
By Shig on 9/13/2013 1:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just that, you'll never have good online gaming on a tablet as long as the telecoms can charge extortion level prices for 4G LTE on them.


RE: More meh
By Nekrik on 9/13/2013 1:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
sounds like you're talking about Kinect on a tablet. If it's not going to be Microsoft who brings this to the table who do you suspect it will be?


RE: More meh
By eagle470 on 9/13/2013 1:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
Razor


RE: More meh
By Nekrik on 9/13/2013 2:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
did not know about that, seems kinda cool, but very difficult to build into a tablet (and as OP said, people won't carry a mouse around and this seems a little bulkier)


RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/13/2013 7:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Though it isn't identical to Kinect, the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro hybrid ultrabook has a hands free motion sensor that allows you to swipe etc without actually touching the screen, a lot like the tech in the Samsung S4. It is also a matter of time before handsfree motion navigation like Leap and several others are integrated into devices.


RE: More meh
By troysavary on 9/14/2013 6:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
It definitely needs to be better than Leap Motion. I haven't heard much good from early adopters.


RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/14/2013 12:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
I said several others as well... and I also said "a matter of time" which gives the tech time to improve. I wasn't plugging Leap so go bash on them somewhere else.


RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/19/2013 11:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
Soooooo the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion was just announced with the leap motion built in :)


RE: More meh
By invidious on 9/13/2013 2:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
bluetooth keyboards, mice, and controllers...


RE: More meh
By rtrski on 9/13/2013 4:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
"No one is carrying around a mouse and keyboard with a tablet"...

Mouse I'll grant you, I don't always carry around with it. Keyboard? Actually, the touch keyboards that come with the surface are basically 'free' since they double as a screen protector, still fit in the sleeve, and fold up right behind it if you want to use as a tablet only. I rarely take the S Pro anywhere without also having the keyboard. Including just from one room of the house to another to slouch on my easy chair and websurf a bit while paying half-attention to the TV.

So, guess I'm "nobody".

Bigger issue really is if you want to talk some sort of serious gaming, that screen real-estate is just too small. Sharp as all get-out, but tiny. I've played some fairly good looking games on it and always feel like a troll hunched over the tiny thing. For anything much beyond casual or rogue-likes (love FTL, favorite time-waster on the Surface, ever!) desktops with a real screen (and yes, keyboard and mouse) are the way to go for me and likely always will be. Until perhaps the VR headsets get a heck of a lot nicer.


RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/13/2013 7:31:26 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
No one is carrying around a mouse and keyboard with a tablet, it'll never happen.


Really? It will never happen? How about all those people with a Surface Pro or Razer Edge who carry around a keyboard and mouse (not counting the keyboard covers)? It's not that anyone won't carry those items it's the fact that right now with nearly all tablets it isn't an option but if it were I promise you more people would carry around those items especially if the tablet is being used for productivity or gaming if the tablet is capable.


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