Posts tagged with: Surface
  • by | January 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    There’s no denying that the tablet industry has evolved at a tremendous pace in less than three years. For those of us non-believers of the original Microsoft Tablet PC, or even the first iPad and its potential, it was hard to even predict that the services and devices that we see ubiquitous today, would’ve been possible so quickly. That being said, there is no such thing as a perfect tablet, and not every device fits every user. Make sure you watch today’s Top 5 as we talk about the things we all wish to see happening in 2014. We discuss the things that are still not fixed, and the ...

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  • by | December 4, 2013 12:00 PM

    Productivity tablet = oxymoron? I’m not so sure about that. There is a place for productivity tablets in this world. I opined several months ago about how I don’t want a tablet until it is a viable laptop replacement. And here I sit typing on a Surface RT. Full disclosure: the Surface RT is a Pocketnow-owned Surface. I did not buy it on my own. Having used it for several weeks now, I probably never will. It’s nice in several ways, which I will expound upon later, but it’s not quite the laptop replacement I need. My biggest beef is with the screen size and my specific use case, but ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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  • by | October 1, 2013 6:59 PM

    Earlier today, I explained that Windows Phone is finally gaining the traction it deserves in countries around the world. It's great to finally see the platform give Android and iOS some much-needed competition, though the platform has a lot of ground to make up to compete with the likes of either on a global scale. And Microsoft's most recent program is indicative of just that. Forbes reported last week that Microsoft was extending its iPad buyback program, in which the company will give customers a minimum of $200 in the form of a Microsoft Store gift card for "gently used" iPads – iPad ...

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  • by | September 24, 2013 8:30 AM

    Sometimes, even the things that make a ton of sense, fail to impress. When Bill Gates announced the Tablet PC so many years ago, the idea took the world by storm when it came to making headlines. What wasn't there to be cool about a portable computer you could write on, seriously? Well, the product failed to deliver in the bottom line for over 8 years, and the reasons why are still things many debate. In my opinion, the reasons why were mainly because the products were too big, too expensive and too underpowered to deliver back in the day. It just didn't make sense to pay more for a ...

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  • by | September 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    Microsoft's got some new tablets on the horizon, and tomorrow, at the company's New York City launch event, we plan to get the full scoop on the second generation of Surface models. Of course, even with these tablets still under wraps we've been talking a lot about them, and have heard all nature of rumors concerning what could be waiting for us. As we wait for Microsoft to pull back the curtain, let's take a look at what we're expecting to see. Well, for one we might not see a new Surface RT this year - or rather, we will, but Microsoft could be dropping the "RT" bit from the tablet's ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 7:56 PM

    Today, Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting took place, and as company execs talked about investment, performance, and the future, we've been hearing a few scattered news reports on topics relevant to us and our mobile focus. Steve Ballmer may be on the way out, but today he was in old form at the shareholder meeting. He offered some surprisingly frank comments on Windows Phone's inability to grab a substantial chunk of the market, but doesn't think that means the platform is dead, saying, "I'm an optimistic guy. Any time we have low market share sounds like upside opportunity to ...

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  • by | August 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    If you're rocking a Microsoft Surface tablet without either the matching Touch or Type cover, you're seriously missing out. Unfortunately, the keyboard covers have been positioned as accessories, rather than innate parts of the Surface experience, and pretty darn expensive ones at that, running at least an extra $100 on top of your tablet purchase. We've already seen Microsoft take an axe to Surface prices, and a new leak suggest that Touch Covers are about to see some price cuts of their own. Sadly, the free-with-purchase offer from earlier this year isn't making a return, but these new ...

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  • by | August 20, 2013 8:59 PM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | August 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    Microsoft's Surface tablets – and the Surface RT in particular – haven't been the runaway hits the company might have hoped for. Recently, we've witnessed a number of price cuts in efforts to boost sales, and learned of the nearly billion dollar losses Microsoft was facing due to making more Surface RTs than it could sell. Now a lawsuit seeks to hold Microsoft accountable for its failings, accusing the company of engaging in false and misleading statements regarding Surface sales. Specifically, the suit says that in the three months up leading to the revelation of Microsoft's massive ...

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  • by | August 4, 2013 8:37 AM

    The information we've heard in July, according to which Microsoft was about to seriously slash Surface prices, was not a joke. Following the heavy discounts on the Surface RT, the Redmond-based company is now cutting prices for the Surface Pro. $100 is what you can save now if you want to grab a full-fledged Windows 8-powered Surface. Down from $999, the 128GB model now costs $899; similarly, the 64GB flavor is now priced at $799. There might be multiple reasons for such a move: either Microsoft realized that it was losing too much (as a reminder, it lost about $900 million on Surface RT ...

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  • by | July 26, 2013 1:05 PM

    Earlier this month, we heard rumors about Microsoft implementing some big discounts on Surface RT tablet hardware, and just a few days later, that news was confirmed: Surface RT hardware saw an across-the-board $150 price cut. While that might be seen as Microsoft getting more aggressive in the tablet space, the company's quarterly financial details – disclosed in the days following this pricing adjustment – revealed another motivation, in the form of $900 million in losses due to excess Surface RT inventory. Today we hear some new reports out of Redmond, where CEO Steve Ballmer has ...

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  • by | July 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    Late last week, rumors arrived that Microsoft was about to begin a big new retail push for sales of its Surface tablet, and in order to spur things on it was going to knock $150 off the pricing for Surface RT models. The source made this sound like it was all but a certainty, and sure enough, over the weekend Microsoft has gone ahead and implemented those savings, just like was rumored. To recap: Microsoft is cutting prices on both the 32GB and 64GB Surface RT tablets by $150, reducing them to about $350 and $450. You're still going to have to pay $100 extra for a Touch Cover, and Surface ...

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  • by | July 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    There may be more than a few rumors about new Surface tablets from Microsoft just over the horizon, but for now, there's still plenty happening with first-gen models. For instance, we just saw the Surface Pro get a new 256GB edition, and Microsoft's been sweetening the Surface deal by bundling in some of its expensive keyboard covers for free. Today we get word of a move that could seriously make the Surface RT a lot more attractive, with rumors suggesting that Microsoft's about to announce a $150 price cut. Granted, that still doesn't bring us down to the crazy-low levels we saw at ...

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  • by | July 1, 2013 4:24 PM

    The Surface RT sure has had its share of detractors, but for as many places where Microsoft missed the mark with this tablet, it sure came through with the Surface Pro. From hardware to software, the Pro version of the tablet rectified a whole bunch of our big issues with the Surface RT, and it's since gotten even better: when launching the tablet in Japan, Microsoft revealed a new, high-capacity 256GB edition. So far relegated to Asia, that 256GB Surface Pro is about to become available to a lot more users, as Microsoft brings the tablet to the US. WPCentral noticed the 256GB Pro showing ...

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