Analyst: Windows 8 Tablet Pricing Is Too High
October 11, 2012 9:08 AM
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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
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.
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RE: Who are these tablets for?
10/11/2012 11:53:34 AM
I kinda agree. I want a windows 8 tablet but in my experience so far...
netbooks suck, owned 2, an atom one and an amd c-50 one. The amd one was better in every way, better display, higher resolution, more ram, way way way better gpu. Both sucked. Mostly because they had slow hard disks and because working on a 10" screen sucks. And I really wanted them to be good enough to do some work on the road and they weren't.
the ipad is a better experience. It's got instant startup and surprisingly good performance. But it totally sucks at anything productive - like writing an email or comment. so much so it infuriates me and I just grab my laptop (which with an ssd and now windows 8 boots pretty fast).
I think the surface has potential, in that I could write a comment or an email without taking up half my screen and open a real word document, etc.
But I think the reality is, if you buy a 10" tablet and hope to run visual studio (like I did with netbooks) you're kidding yourself. Now the lenovo 13" yoga I'm sure could do it all, but it weighs way way more than a normal tablet and I have no experience using a 13" tablet (is it too big?). So that would need a hands on.
Anyways thats where I'm sitting. I don't think anything less than 13" is suitable for work, and stuff in the 13"+ size is losing the thin and light profile that currently defines the tablet market. I'd love to be proven wrong.
RE: Who are these tablets for?
10/11/2012 4:44:44 PM
Your comparison is poor. You say you like the iPad because
It's got instant startup
then you state that the boot up for the laptop is acceptable. Shut down your iPad all the way and then turn it on and you'll see it's NOT instant. Put your laptop in standby and start it up and it'll be a bit slower starting back up but a full OS's standby is much more dormant than a tablet's standby.
As for work it really isn't the size necessarily. Full Windows8 tablets will have VGA ports so you can plug in a monitor and get a much bigger desktop to work with.
Personally I've been using a Note 10.1 since it came out and it's perfect. I use the hell out of Photoshop Touch and because it's so portable I can take it anywhere I know I'll have to wait and do my thing then. The SPen made it immediately more productive.
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