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Are Windows 8 tablets an expensive bag of fail?

We all know that Microsoft, and its partners are going to be pushing Windows 8 heavily for tablets. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far have some interesting features, but are also saddled with expensive prices. Bob O'Donnell, an analyst from the research firm IDC, thinks that Windows 8 tablets are simply too expensive. 
 
O'Donnell doesn't believe the traditional PC pricing on Windows 8 tablets bodes well for the new hybrid devices. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far from Acer and Lenovo that are able to convert between tablet and laptop use come in at a price between $499 and $1099 depending on options.


Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 starts at $1,099
 
"The problem is these things are priced way too high. Look at the history of tablet products priced above the iPad. Not pretty," O'Donnell told CNET.
 
Computer manufacturers are hoping that consumers will see the value in Windows 8 tablets that are promising better productivity thanks to keyboards and the Windows operating system that tablets such as the iPad can't offer.
 
The analyst believes that the Microsoft Surface tablet won't undercut the pricing of Apple’s iPad. O'Donnell says that he expects the RT version of the Surface tablet to sell for $599 and the Intel-powered version to sell for $999.

Source: CNET



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RE: These Aren't Traditional Tablets
By kmmatney on 10/11/2012 10:47:57 AM , Rating: 2
yes, but you can also do work on a $399 laptop, that's the problem.


RE: These Aren't Traditional Tablets
By Lonyo on 10/11/2012 11:43:47 AM , Rating: 2
You don't get anywhere near the portability or battery life of an $800 tablet on a $400 laptop (Lenovo G580)
I have a $400 laptop. 3~4 hours battery life, and 15" screen.
Compare to an $800 tablet (Acer W700) which claims 8 hours battery life and is much more portable.

Just like you can buy a $100 tablet, and yet more expensive tablets are better. Just because you can buy cheaper doesn't mean it's better/more useful. Otherwise $1k+ laptops wouldn't even exist at all.


RE: These Aren't Traditional Tablets
By Arsynic on 10/11/2012 12:05:22 PM , Rating: 3
You're missing the point. You can do BOTH on a Windows 8 tablet. People don't like doing spreadsheets or term papers on an iPad, but then again, they don't like bringing a hot, loud laptop to bed to watch Netflix.


By lawrance on 10/15/2012 12:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
You are right in saying that people don't like doing spread sheets on an iPad (even though they can) but what in the world makes you think they'll suddenly like doing them on a Windoz 8 tablet? It's still going to be a touchscreen interface!

The early pre-iPad tablets got it wrong and they're about to make the same mistake. Tablets and laptops server two different purposes. A Windoz 8 tablet is not going to suddenly change that.


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