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Some analysts have even mentioned that this suggests the overall failure of the OS

If Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT are siblings, it would be fair to say that Windows 8 Pro would be considered the "good" son with decent grades and a football scholarship while Windows RT is the trouble-maker that parents tell their daughters to stay away from. 

Windows RT-based tablets have seen significant price drops recently, and analysts believe its because user demand for the operating system has been low. Some analysts have even mentioned that this suggests the overall failure of the OS, and that it will likely fade away entirely over time -- allowing Windows 8 Pro to shine on its own. 

"I think you're seeing discounting based on user demand. I never thought RT was going to be that successful," said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "RT will fade away over time. It's not a full Windows 8 experience. That said, why wouldn't I spend more and get a full Pro version of the device?" 

Some examples of major price drops include the Dell XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT, which launched at $500 for the 32GB and is now $450. The 64GB model launched at $599 and is now $499. 



ASUS VivoTab RT

Dell isn't the only one seeing price cuts. ASUS' VivoTab RT launched at $599 and is now available on Amazon for only $382 for 32GB. Newegg has even listed this device as "discontinued."

Lenovo is offering a seven-day deal where its IdeaPad Yoga 11 will be available for just $599 -- down from the original $799 price. Amazon sells the model for just $499.

At this point, many device makers are likely looking to clear their inventory of the Windows RT tablets by lowering prices and focusing on other operating systems. 

Microsoft has kept its Surface with Windows RT tablet price the same (starts at $499) but adoption of the device has been pretty disappointing so far. A Bloomberg source anonymously revealed that Microsoft has sold 1.5 million Surface tablets to date. More specifically, the company has sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets and about 400,000 Surface with Windows Pro tablets.

However, recent news suggests that Microsoft is directing its Surface tablets toward the enterprise now after seeing lukewarm consumer sales. It's starting to market the Surface with Windows RT as a tablet, but Surface with Windows 8 Pro as a PC. Likely, businesses will adopt the PC workhorse over the tablet that doesn't even provide a full experience of the OS. 

Despite criticism of Windows RT, Microsoft has been defending its baby and denying rumors that it will die off. 

Source: TechWorld



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Inferior at all things.
By tayb on 4/3/2013 10:45:10 AM , Rating: 0
It's worse at almost everything when compared to competing tablets.

-More expensive
-Lower resolution screen
-Lower performance
-Reduced battery life
-Reduced app availability
-Heavier
-No 3G/4G options

I'm looking for a tablet right now to replace my iPad 2. Even if Microsoft gifted me a Surface RT I wouldn't use it. I would sell it and get something else. It is just an all around shitty device and Microsoft is trying to charge premium tablet pricing for it.

Someone needs to slap some reality into these clowns. What the fuck are they thinking.




RE: Inferior at all things.
By datdamonfoo on 4/3/2013 11:38:43 AM , Rating: 3
More expensive than what?
Lower resolution screen than what?
Lower performance as compared to what?
Reduced battery life? The surface RT has the same battery life as the iPad.
Reduced app availability? The product just came out, it already has tens of thousands of apps.
Heavier than what? WHICH tablet is heavier?
There are several Windows RT tablets with 3G/4G. And you can also stick a 4G usb stick into any of them.

Come on, try harder.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By ResStellarum on 4/3/2013 12:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
More expensive than what?


Most Android tablets. Hell even old gen iPad's sell for less. Surface RT is priced completely wrong.

quote:
Lower resolution screen than what?


Pretty much every other tablet out there. Surface RT is a 10 inch tablet running at 720p (1366 x 768) resolution. That's unforgivable for a $500+ tablet. The Nexus 10 is far beyond 1080p (2560×1600) and so is the retina iPad. Hell even the Nexus 7 (7 inch) tablet has 720p (1280×800), and that sells for £150/$200. Who is their right mind would pay high-end prices for a low end tablet?

I won't bother answering the rest because frankly I don't have the time, and it's obvious to most people that the Surface RT is worse in almost every aspect than the competition.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By datdamonfoo on 4/3/2013 12:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
So you are ONLY talking about Surface RT? Why? That's like only talking about the Samsung Note or only talking about the Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1. Do you not realize that there are several tablets that run Windows RT? How can you make blanket statements when you obviously have no idea what you are talking about? Oh, that's right. It's the internet.

And you are still wrong about the battery life of the Surface RT.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By tayb on 4/3/2013 1:22:14 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
More expensive than what?


Nearly every Android tablet on the market and 2/3 of Apple tablets.

quote:
Lower resolution screen than what?


Nearly every Android tablet on the market and 1/3 of Apple tablets.

quote:
Lower performance as compared to what?


Nearly every tablet released in the past 6 months and some released within the past 12 months.

quote:
Reduced battery life? The surface RT has the same battery life as the iPad.


No, it doesn't. It's not even close. All iPad models have superior battery life.

quote:
Reduced app availability? The product just came out, it already has tens of thousands of apps.


No one cares about the app excuses. Android and iOS have better app selections by a factor of 50-100 times.

quote:
Heavier than what? WHICH tablet is heavier?


Nearly every tablet on the market. Yes, nearly every single one. Name a tablet, it's probably heavier.

quote:
There are several Windows RT tablets with 3G/4G. And you can also stick a 4G usb stick into any of them.


I'm only referring to Surface RT here.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By datdamonfoo on 4/3/2013 2:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, you are only talking about the Surface RT, but I can't figure out why. Your opening paragraph does not state that you are only talking about the Surface, this article is not about the Surface, but for some reason you've decided to only focus on one model. It's a ridiculous argument when you discount all tablets based on one model.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By dgingerich on 4/3/2013 12:21:02 PM , Rating: 3
1. all WinRT devices currently available are less expensive than the iPads two generations old. The 32GB iPad2 is listed on Amazon.com for $580, and that's the cheapest I could find it. Even refurbished ones are more expensive than new WinRT tablets. The OS is far more sophisticated than the iPad, too. You get an actual desktop, allowing you to move files between storage options easily and access the full operational abilities of the tablet, not just run apps.

2. Seriously? Who needs that high of resolution on a 10" screen? I've seen both the Nexus 10 (text frequently too tiny to see unless I get really close to the screen) and the newest iPad (seems to have no real difference from the old iPad2, they scaled the display so that everything is the same size anyway, and that made some things fuzzy) and saw no advantage. There were some disadvantages because of it. If the text is scaled properly, it might work, but with fixed sized fonts, like many tablets have, it just doesn't work.

3. lower performance? I'd like to too your numbers to prove that. I'm betting on the same hardware (there are multiple WinRT and Android Tegra3 tablets, for instance) would be near the same performance between OSes. We'll know soon when 3Dmark for WinRT comes out. (MS did screw up the performance on the Surface RT in one respect, though. The storage is only single channel, severely restricting the storage performance. That problem does not exist on the Dell XPS 10.)

4. reduced battery life? I'd like to see numbers on that. My XPS10 gets very good battery life at about 8 hours. It would be difficult to prove, in that different tablets have different size batteries.

5. I'll give you this one, the apps are more than a little lacking. However, app developers are able to adapt to that quicker than you may think. WinRT and Win8 both run .Net 4 apps, which is pretty much platform agnostic, considering it is a scripted, non-compiled programming language. There should be several apps that would only require some minor adjustment to run on both platforms. With some encouragement from MS, this should correct itself.

6. Heavier? Compared to what? There are a myriad of WinRT tablets that range in weight. You're argument is invalid.

7. I cannot address the lack of LTE options at this time. Maybe I'll come back later.

In short, your arguments are not valid


RE: Inferior at all things.
By tayb on 4/3/2013 1:15:27 PM , Rating: 1
1. Surface RT is $499. There are MANY Android tablets $100 - $300 cheaper. Do I really need to compile a list here? Google exists for everyone.

2. I suppose you've never considered watching a movie on a tablet? Even though watching movies is a huge feature of tablets. What about crisp and easier to read text? At a certain point resolution increases become pointless but that point is well above 1366x768. Phones have higher resolution screens that that. It's pathetic, especially for a $500 device.

3. Do you want me to link you to the front page of Anandtech where they recently did a performance review of many tablets? This should have been self evident but apparently not. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6872/the-great-equal... . Surface RT is underpowered.

4. Again, have you ever browsed Anandtech? This isn't nebulous information, it's widely available for everyone. iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad 2,4, iPad 4, Transformer Prime ALL have better battery life than the Surface RT. And most of those are older tablets.

5. The future potential of Metro apps means little to be and the average buyer.

6. Heavier than what? Well, iPad 2, iPad 4, Galaxy Note 10.1, Nexus 10, Transformer Prime. That's just a few that I wasn't too lazy enough to look up.

In short, you need to browse Anandtech more often. Most of the stuff I posted was drawn from articles written on this very site.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By Belard on 4/4/2013 11:47:00 AM , Rating: 2
You are so full of crap. Ipad2 32mb has been out of production for a long time. That price you quoted is more than then ipad3. The 16gb ipad2 ver retails for $400 but sells for $360 in some places.

These typically have about a 10hr life.

Nd yes, most people notice low resolution tablets... My phone is sharper than winRt tablets.

In terms of CPU power, RT is pretty damn slow.

Hell, the new HTC One has about 60% the horse power of the surface PRO.


RE: Inferior at all things.
By Belard on 4/4/2013 11:47:01 AM , Rating: 2
You are so full of crap. Ipad2 32mb has been out of production for a long time. That price you quoted is more than then ipad3. The 16gb ipad2 ver retails for $400 but sells for $360 in some places.

These typically have about a 10hr life.

Nd yes, most people notice low resolution tablets... My phone is sharper than winRt tablets.

In terms of CPU power, RT is pretty damn slow.

Hell, the new HTC One has about 60% the horse power of the surface PRO.


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