Although Microsoft's ARM tablet definitively looks more appealing than the vast majority of iOS/Android tablets, it is simply priced to high to succeed.
Launch prices need to be around $400 (including a keyboard/case) to help Windows RT gain traction in the market.
Do you buy an Android or Apple at a lower price then spend additonal money getting Apps that replicate the tasks that you do with software for Windows that you have already purchased
Or do you pay slighty more for the hardware but take full advantage of your existing purchased (or not) software collection
OK it's a personal choice but it's always a factor when you are buying
For me, the x86 version could replace both my laptop and my TF201. $800 isn't unreasonable considering it's less than an Ultrabook, has a touchscreen, and will be able to use Windows 8's Metro interface like no standard non-touch PC can. As a fan of Windows phones (as well as Metro), I'm sure the two will jibe perfectly too. I hope I'll be able to tether a Windows Phone 8 to it for non-wifi connectivity. Looks like the wife and daughter are getting hand-me-downs for Christmas!
I think this is finally the device I've been waiting for. Standard laptops won't pair up with W8 well, Android tablets are a PITA sometimes, and iPads are for children and the non tech-savvy. Bring it on!!!
If it comes with a version of office bundled on the ARM version then that would be useful for some light use. Not sure what else it'll come with to add all that value, never paid anything on my phone for the usual social networking stuff etc.
Still on the bright side...it might actually make WIndows 8 usable
Well, if these prices are accurate, so much for taking on Apple. I would think coming into the tablet market SO LATE they would want to make a big statement. $600 - $800 is a big statement, but in the wrong direction.
But still, way over-priced considering it has a massive reliance on the Windows app store filling with useful stuff in future, at least the Win8 Pro variant can run standard Windows apps regardless of market traction in the app store.
So the Surface RT will:
- come out 6 months after the new iPad,
- have a 1366 x 768 display,
- be incompatible with every existing Windows application
- have a much smaller app library than the competition
- use the same class of hardware as currently available Android tablets
- cost at least 20% more than the competition