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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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Well duh
By GatoRat on 10/11/2012 12:24:29 PM , Rating: 1
Microsoft has largely been successful by NOT being a boutique vendor like almost everyone before them. Windows ran on pretty much any x86 hardware configuration--not well, sometimes due to drivers, but it ran. This truly allowed computing to be bought by the masses and they did. Even their developer tools were essentially given away along with a rich set of API documentation.

That changed with Ballmer and is getting worse. There are elements within Microsoft who clearly reject Microsoft's rather egalitarian, configuration agnostic, approach to providing software and who believe that acting arrogant and taking the customer for granted is the recipe for success.

Here's how bad it's getting: I've been a major Windows and Microsoft fan since the mid-80s and have built a career on their products, yet I'm seriously considering switching to a Mac for my next computer. And I really don't like Macs, but their better than the direction Microsoft's heading.

RE: Well duh
By PsychoPif on 10/11/2012 3:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
I love how you praises everything that Apple is not and rant on everything that it is and yet, you're considering it as your next purchase.

If you think Windows is becoming too much of a walled garden, be true to yourself and switch to Linux, not the fort Knox of all ecosystem.

Myself, I can see why MS want to push their own marketplace, but for now we get full x86 compatibility, so I'll push back the end of the PC, if it ever comes to that, for Windows 9.

RE: Well duh
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/11/2012 3:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that Microsoft is going in a bad direction, but switching to Apple isn't the answer, man. Just buy a couple retail copies of Windows 7 (I have three). You can transfer them when you upgrade to a new computer, and put Linux on the old one, or put Windows 8 back on it and sell it, or whatever.

For what it's worth, though, when Vista came out, I got a PowerBook G4 (the 12" version). I really liked it; it was a great little ultra-portable. But since I bought it, Apple has turned into something that I don't want to have anything to do with, so I went back to Microsoft when Windows 7 came out. Unfortunately, now Microsoft wants to do what Apple does, and they have the market share to drag everyone else kicking and screaming along with them.

RE: Well duh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/11/2012 4:17:47 PM , Rating: 1
You nailed it. It's hard to argue with this analysis. MS is moving in the wrong direction...for us. From their point of view, this is a way to make even more profits so it's right for them. However this certainly isn't the approach that drove them to being the largest software company ever.

However what I don't get about the OP was the last paragraph. No matter how bad it gets, Apple is NEVER an option.

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