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2013-02-10 09:03:12 PM
Remember when Microsoft had a funeral for the iPhone?

www.geeky-gadgets.com
 
2013-02-10 09:06:37 PM
Its easy to sell out when every store only had a few in stock. Call me when Microsoft releases sales figures on Monday.

/which they won't since they simply couldn't deliver many units and the reaction has been subpar at best
 
2013-02-10 09:08:55 PM
I bought both of them.
 
2013-02-10 09:11:01 PM
The samsung windows 8 tablet/pc looks awesome (like the note 10.1 but with windows!).  I've been wanting one, but every time I go to a Best Buy / Staples / etc they are sold out.
 
2013-02-10 09:15:35 PM
I totally want a Surface Pro. It'll be way easier to carry that thing when I travel to China than my massive 5 pound laptop.
 
2013-02-10 09:16:58 PM

kukukupo: The samsung windows 8 tablet/pc looks awesome (like the note 10.1 but with windows!).  I've been wanting one, but every time I go to a Best Buy / Staples / etc they are sold out.


This. Despite all the push by pro-Apple fanbois, it's actually a nice piece of work.
 
2013-02-10 09:18:13 PM

SpdrJay: I bought both of them.


How does it feel to be Microsoft's target demographic?
 
2013-02-10 09:24:03 PM
I'm quite sure a source like Apple insider will report without any bias about MS sales.

Though it's a $900 device, I don't expect them to sell in large amounts.
 
2013-02-10 09:35:18 PM
apple insider + fark's recent hard-on for hating MS anything.   a recipe for great reading, come morning ..
 
2013-02-10 09:38:08 PM
Really?   AppleInsider.com?
 
2013-02-10 09:40:53 PM
Sounds like most Apple launches . . .

Me, a couple days after the iPad 2 launched.

Boss: "Steve, I want to give our major client an iPad as a gift. I'm flying out to see him late tomorrow. See if you can get one before then."
Me: "Ok, I'll see what I can do."

So I called around to the Apple stores, who said that they'd get some more in tomorrow morning, and no, I can't reserve one in advance. I go into the South Center Mall the next morning at 7am (stores open at 9), and see that there's already some 15 people in line in front of the store. I hear chit chat about being able to buy the devices and shipping them overseas for big profit - as one guy was going to buy all he could and ship them to his cousin in Taiwan. Occasionally an Apple store rep comes out and checks on the crowd. Most times, he's asked if they know how many iPads are in stock. He'd lie out of his butt, saying they wouldn't know until they opened the store.

The second the store opened, they announced to the crowd (now some 60 strong), that they only had 8 iPads, and we could try again later in the week, when they would get more in stock. He wouldn't say when, what models or how many they expected. You'd just have to line up each morning before store hours.

I decided to try my luck and head over to the Target on the other side of the mall parking lot. I asked the electronics guy if they had any iPad 2's in stock. His reply: "Yeah, we got an additional 40 in this morning. Lots to choose from. We'll be getting an additional 50 in two days."

Fark you Apple. You build up these launch events, eat up all the press of people lining up out in front of stores, then have your customer service people lie to customers faces ("Oh, we have no idea how many we're getting today, you just have to wait in line until we open our doors"). I hope to never go through that bullshiat again.

/might go pick up a Surface Pro tomorrow.
 
2013-02-10 09:46:48 PM
I know this sounds weird... but... that thing is almost too powerful.

I want a tablet that can both do tablet stuff AND let me get some work done. I've got a GPU-equipped PC back home with 8 gigs of RAM if I want to do Adobe AfterEffects. The i5 is overkill for anything more casual than that, really.

If Microsoft (or Nokia, since they're sounding like the next Windows OEM, tablet-wise) released a Clover Trail-powered tablet with a removable keyboard, I'd be sold. The Acer Iconia W510 I've got on loan from my university packs that, and well... it's wonderful. It'd be even better with some non-Acer-level refinement.

9-hour battery life, a real keyboard, real USB ports, real Windows 8, real x64 compatibility... if you have work to do and want some entertainment in your down time, it's very, very hard to beat a Windows 8 unit.
 
2013-02-10 09:47:13 PM
The inventory part in the Apple store is actually true. My cousin used to work there and he said that was the most annoying shiat he had to deal with. No one would know how many ipads or iphones were coming in, neither did the manager apparently. The stock delivery was all decided by someone who didn't even work at the store. And everyday when the truck pulled in, that would be the first time they knew how much stock came in.
 
2013-02-10 09:52:48 PM

MrSteve007: Sounds like most Apple launches . . .

Me, a couple days after the iPad 2 launched.

Boss: "Steve, I want to give our major client an iPad as a gift. I'm flying out to see him late tomorrow. See if you can get one before then."
Me: "Ok, I'll see what I can do."

So I called around to the Apple stores, who said that they'd get some more in tomorrow morning, and no, I can't reserve one in advance. I go into the South Center Mall the next morning at 7am (stores open at 9), and see that there's already some 15 people in line in front of the store. I hear chit chat about being able to buy the devices and shipping them overseas for big profit - as one guy was going to buy all he could and ship them to his cousin in Taiwan. Occasionally an Apple store rep comes out and checks on the crowd. Most times, he's asked if they know how many iPads are in stock. He'd lie out of his butt, saying they wouldn't know until they opened the store.

The second the store opened, they announced to the crowd (now some 60 strong), that they only had 8 iPads, and we could try again later in the week, when they would get more in stock. He wouldn't say when, what models or how many they expected. You'd just have to line up each morning before store hours.

I decided to try my luck and head over to the Target on the other side of the mall parking lot. I asked the electronics guy if they had any iPad 2's in stock. His reply: "Yeah, we got an additional 40 in this morning. Lots to choose from. We'll be getting an additional 50 in two days."

Fark you Apple. You build up these launch events, eat up all the press of people lining up out in front of stores, then have your customer service people lie to customers faces ("Oh, we have no idea how many we're getting today, you just have to wait in line until we open our doors"). I hope to never go through that bullshiat again.

/might go pick up a Surface Pro tomorrow.


same thing happened to me for ipad 2...  i was on a mission from the boss and got to blow 6 hours of sitting around on a camping chair to make up the human meat in apples publicity stunt.  they had "no idea!" how many units they were getting before turning away 80% of the folks in a 500 meter queue
 
2013-02-10 09:52:53 PM

roflmaonow: The inventory part in the Apple store is actually true. My cousin used to work there and he said that was the most annoying shiat he had to deal with. No one would know how many ipads or iphones were coming in, neither did the manager apparently. The stock delivery was all decided by someone who didn't even work at the store. And everyday when the truck pulled in, that would be the first time they knew how much stock came in.


Knowing about future stock shipments is one thing. Having 40 people wait outside the store and then tell them they only have 8 only when the store officially opens it's doors is another.
 
2013-02-10 09:59:47 PM
I'd love a Surface Pro... Can't afford to be buying one of those right now, but I would still love to have one.
 
2013-02-10 10:01:44 PM
I bought an ASUS slate lat month. Runs on Windows 7, has a superb Wacom pen setup and other good stuff.
 
2013-02-10 10:13:05 PM
Surface Pro "sells out" on first day

All 12 of them?  That's awesome!
 
2013-02-10 10:13:26 PM
I'm waiting until our group executives announces his latest restructure plan tomorrow, then depending on the news I am rushing out to either the pub or to buy a surface pro.

Okay, I might actually do both regardless.
 
2013-02-10 10:15:37 PM
I bought one...
 
2013-02-10 10:16:28 PM

gingerjet: Its easy to sell out when every store only had a few in stock. Call me when Microsoft releases sales figures on Monday.

/which they won't since they simply couldn't deliver many units and the reaction has been subpar at best


i've seen a lot more companies do this lately to try and generate buzz... sony did it with the vita, with stores saying they were constantly out of stock on launch day except really they didn't ship that many games and memory cards to begin with, so people were walking around with vitas and no games even if they were desperate

nintendo did the same thing with the wii u, only shipping consoles to stores who had reservations/pre-orders i guess in an attempt to replicate the wii's buzz

it seems like such a gimmick... if your device needs scarcity sales buzz at launch just to get it in the public mind, you're doing it wrong, just put enough units out there at a reasonable price and maybe then word of mouth spreads - kinda hard to do when barely anybody owns one and the ones that do are having a bad experience - better off having a low sales great experience for the early adopters so they can be positive about the device to friends & family
 
2013-02-10 10:26:05 PM

MrSteve007: Sounds like most Apple launches . . .

Me, a couple days after the iPad 2 launched.

Boss: "Steve, I want to give our major client an iPad as a gift. I'm flying out to see him late tomorrow. See if you can get one before then."
Me: "Ok, I'll see what I can do."

So I called around to the Apple stores, who said that they'd get some more in tomorrow morning, and no, I can't reserve one in advance. I go into the South Center Mall the next morning at 7am (stores open at 9), and see that there's already some 15 people in line in front of the store. I hear chit chat about being able to buy the devices and shipping them overseas for big profit - as one guy was going to buy all he could and ship them to his cousin in Taiwan. Occasionally an Apple store rep comes out and checks on the crowd. Most times, he's asked if they know how many iPads are in stock. He'd lie out of his butt, saying they wouldn't know until they opened the store.

The second the store opened, they announced to the crowd (now some 60 strong), that they only had 8 iPads, and we could try again later in the week, when they would get more in stock. He wouldn't say when, what models or how many they expected. You'd just have to line up each morning before store hours.

I decided to try my luck and head over to the Target on the other side of the mall parking lot. I asked the electronics guy if they had any iPad 2's in stock. His reply: "Yeah, we got an additional 40 in this morning. Lots to choose from. We'll be getting an additional 50 in two days."

Fark you Apple. You build up these launch events, eat up all the press of people lining up out in front of stores, then have your customer service people lie to customers faces ("Oh, we have no idea how many we're getting today, you just have to wait in line until we open our doors"). I hope to never go through that bullshiat again.

/might go pick up a Surface Pro tomorrow.


Reminds me of one of the Harry Potter midnight releases. I drove past the local B&N that had a line into the parking lot over and went over to the 24 hour Walmart, grabbed a copy, and headed home.
 
2013-02-10 10:29:23 PM
I am curious if Best Buy knew how many they were getting at each location.  They made customers purchase a $50 gift card in order to pre-order a Surface Pro.
 
2013-02-10 10:34:23 PM
A few years ago i worked at Wal-mart, i was the manager of the photo lab, but i frequently picked up extra shifts in electronics. At the height of the Wiis popularity, we had people there on the days we got trucks in hoping to get them, one day there was a rep from Microsoft their setting up our display case with new signage and new demo models of whatever new Zune had just been released, im standing at the desk sorta chatting with him and the phone rings.

"No, sorry maam, were out of stock, they sell out pretty much as soon as we get them in."
"We generally receive shipments on tuesdays and fridays around 11am."
"Ok, youre welcome, sorry again and good luck."

Overhearing this the Microsoft guy goes...

"Was that about the new Zune?"

I couldnt help it but i laughed right in his face. Felt sort of bad about it, but cmon dude.
 
2013-02-10 10:44:17 PM

Cyno01: I couldnt help it but i laughed right in his face. Felt sort of bad about it, but cmon dude.


Did he resemble this guy?
leaderslegends.files.wordpress.com
"C'mon! I haven't eaten in days!"
 
2013-02-10 10:44:29 PM
Now how about us folks that aren't professional IT folks is there a regular or home edition Surface tablet? Surface Pro sounds a little daunting for us layfolks.

Also I am assuming the Surface Pro will have way less viruses then the Ipad?
 
2013-02-10 10:57:58 PM
I took a look at one at the Microsoft store in the Yorkdale Mall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).  No lineups, and I had to just wait a few minutes to try out the only display model they had with a Type cover.
Not bad, but I think I'll probably go for the Dell XPS 12 convertible ultrabook.  I just don't like the cheap little kickstand to hold the screen at only one fixed angle, assuming you are at a table.
And you can get a better processor, and 2x the HDD and RAM on the XPS 12.  Comparably-equipped, they are about the same price.
 
2013-02-10 10:58:15 PM
I'm not taking that bait...
 
2013-02-10 10:58:55 PM

Elzar: Now how about us folks that aren't professional IT folks is there a regular or home edition Surface tablet? Surface Pro sounds a little daunting for us layfolks.

Also I am assuming the Surface Pro will have way less viruses then the Ipad?


As the name suggests the Surface pro is really for professionals who need extra power to run resource hungry programs on the go. I know a friend of mine is getting it, it will come in handy for his presentations, running various VMs to demo, etc..

I personally believe regular folks are better off with a laptop with a touchscreen if they so need it. I've seen windows 8 ones go for around $450. It's not a bad deal for a touchscreen interface which will run all older windows programs.
 
2013-02-10 10:59:45 PM
Can't comment on the Surface tablet, but I still use my Zune and will be disappointed when it finally croaks.

/fan of the Asus Transformer
 
2013-02-10 10:59:50 PM
I was considering a surface RT for college. (I know they are not the same, but my point is still valid.)  I sold my ipad 2 and was so close to getting a surface until I actually used it.  It can't do anywhere near as much as my ipad could.  no recording class lectures, no remote access to my home computer, no flipboard, no airprint or wireless scanning, crappy battery life, SLOOOOOW, abhorrent ergonomics, and using office on it was much worse than just using iWork until I got home.

I really wanted to like the surface, but it's just microsoft trying to be cool instead of making a practical device.  a regular laptop is still more useful.
 
2013-02-10 11:06:21 PM
I'll say it, I still love my Zune HD.
 
2013-02-10 11:07:24 PM
regindyn: Can't comment on the Surface tablet, but I still use my Zune and will be disappointed when it finally croaks.

I'm still using my Zune 120 on my work commutes. Will also be sad the day it croaks.
 
2013-02-10 11:29:51 PM

TwistedFark: I'm waiting until our group executives announces his latest restructure plan tomorrow, then depending on the news I am rushing out to either the pub or to buy a surface pro.

Okay, I might actually do both regardless.


Just make sure you have those TPS Reports in before you leave.
 
2013-02-10 11:54:29 PM

Sargun: Really?   AppleInsider.com?


Yeah, that's like going to infowars for the truth about black hawk helicopters.
 
2013-02-11 12:13:16 AM
I'm assuming the Asinine tag was for that snark-fest of an article.
 
2013-02-11 12:15:26 AM

GoldDude: I took a look at one at the Microsoft store in the Yorkdale Mall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).  No lineups, and I had to just wait a few minutes to try out the only display model they had with a Type cover.
Not bad, but I think I'll probably go for the Dell XPS 12 convertible ultrabook.  I just don't like the cheap little kickstand to hold the screen at only one fixed angle, assuming you are at a table.
And you can get a better processor, and 2x the HDD and RAM on the XPS 12.  Comparably-equipped, they are about the same price.


I've got an XPS 12 and love it. It's great for work (can run a few VMs) and then I installed Steam on it for Civilization.  Solid laptop.
 
hej
2013-02-11 12:16:37 AM

gingerjet: Its easy to sell out when every store only had a few in stock. Call me when Microsoft releases sales figures on Monday.

/which they won't since they simply couldn't deliver many units and the reaction has been subpar at best


I stopped at the Microsoft Store to check out the Pro.  They had sold about 140 units by that point (the day was about half over) and only had a handful of the 64GB models left.
 
hej
2013-02-11 12:20:32 AM

hej: gingerjet: Its easy to sell out when every store only had a few in stock. Call me when Microsoft releases sales figures on Monday.

/which they won't since they simply couldn't deliver many units and the reaction has been subpar at best

I stopped at the Microsoft Store to check out the Pro.  They had sold about 140 units by that point (the day was about half over) and only had a handful of the 64GB models left.


On launch day, that is.
 
2013-02-11 12:37:23 AM
Fark all o'yall... I like my Zune HD!
/listening to it now
//goddamn apple fanbois
 
2013-02-11 12:43:51 AM

SN1987a goes boom: Sargun: Really?   AppleInsider.com?

Yeah, that's like going to infowars for the truth about black hawk helicopters.


Thank God all the other websites are totally impartial.

/you don't even know how brainwashed you are
 
2013-02-11 12:44:34 AM

mentaluproar: I was considering a surface RT for college. (I know they are not the same, but my point is still valid.)

 a regular laptop is still more useful.


Actually, I don't believe your point is valid.  The Pro can basically do everything a regular laptop can (although no optical drive may make installation of certain programs a little trickier).
 
2013-02-11 12:56:23 AM

DarthBart: Reminds me of one of the Harry Potter midnight releases. I drove past the local B&N that had a line into the parking lot over and went over to the 24 hour Walmart, grabbed a copy, and headed home.


Ha! I loved doing that. First time I reserved a copy at the mall and just walked in at 11am release day and picked it up. Store was empty.

For the last book there was no parking at B&N. Went over to Hastings around 11:30 and was out of there 10 after midnight. The wife's birthday was in July so she'd always have a present she wanted. She'd tear through the damn thing nonstop on the first day.
 
2013-02-11 01:00:25 AM
Subby is trying way way too hard.

The surface pro is a very nice machine, without all of the ridiculous apple-ecosystem-imposed limitations.

The samsung win8 tablet is looking good too. It is going to be a tough choice.
 
2013-02-11 01:07:20 AM
Haha, I actually just RTFA.

Apple sounds like a nerdy kid begging for people to remember that he once won a chess club contest 4 years ago, and to stop liking the new smart kids that moved in.

I also love the liberal use of "apostrophes"

Apple's iPad remains "popular" among "certain" demographics that share "interests" with certain "Fashion designers" and Barbara Streisand "fans" (etc)
 
2013-02-11 01:29:11 AM

ISO15693: Subby is trying way way too hard.

The surface pro is a very nice machine, without all of the ridiculous apple-ecosystem-imposed limitations.

The samsung win8 tablet is looking good too. It is going to be a tough choice.



I'm seriously tempted to get one of the new Asus VivoTab Smart's. Tiger direct has them selling for $480 and it's a full Windows 8 machine. I could put Zoom Player on it and watch stuff straight over my LAN from my fileserver. A full Windows PC in tablet form and for under $500 is pretty appealing to me. I'll be heading to a Windows store soon to see if I can check one out. If it can also deliver the instant-wake, minimal battery usage with the screen locked, experiences that Android and iOS do while being able to play HD files I have stored on other computers on my network directly then I am probably going to buy one.
 
2013-02-11 01:46:58 AM
I'm happy enough at the moment with my Surface RT + touchscreen Win 8 ultrabook, but I did stop by Best Buy over the weekend to look at the Surface Pro, and there were a number of people standing around playing with the Surfaces that they had on display.
 
2013-02-11 01:48:44 AM
Im curious about the performance of the  Asus VivoTab Smart tablet as well. I'm generally turned off by the mention of an Atom processor. These are however supposed to be the clovertrail dual core ones and might be a lot better than their predecessors. What really draws me to the Pro is the use of an actual SSD (C400) which makes a ton of difference in performance.
 
2013-02-11 01:51:43 AM
When people come into my home office, they're awed by my setup. It looks impressive, but it's simple. A Dell tower with two monitors, a Mac Pro with two monitors.

I use my PC for 85-90% of my work. The Mac is great for Email blasts, video editing and other specialized tasks.

The difference, in my opinion, is that my work Mac (and personal Mac's) are updated with the current OS. I usually wait 3-6 months to upgrade because I use a ton of music software that needs time to upgrade.

On my Window's PC, I'm still running XP. My companies IT Manager is a die-hard Windows guy and he refused to upgrade us to 7 and has been vocal about no one upgrading to 8.

We've had an iPad for several years and it still works like a charm. I'm looking to get an iPad mini, not because it's an Apple, but because it works like I need it to. Not perfect, but predictable.
 
2013-02-11 01:52:34 AM
Price is really the only bad thing about it
 
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