I am gonna eat my hat! The RT version costs as much as the iPad? And the the type/touch covers (the stand-out feature) is optional and pricey?
Oh, yeah, I am back. Who got teary eyes?
@Ian2: I assume the xx GB is HDD space and not RAM...
I'm only interested in the Pro version for my laptop replacement, not the RT consumer version.
Is anyone planning to write code on an RT?
@JohnAskew: I can't see anyone writing code on it though the terminal emulation is so good now that it might be possible to have a remote machine (ie over terminal services from the rt device) also use the rt device as its default build machine - that might be interesting?
So was this a mistake or did the pre-orders go really quickly?
So, essentially the same as the iPad plus a keyboard cover, or $100 less than iPad with an optional $100 keyboard cover.
I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. If MS really wanted these to sell, they would be $299, $399, $499. This makes me wonder if any Surface Pro will be under $1000.
The basic 499$ Surface has NO KEYBOARD ("without Black Touch Cover")
In short: The crippled bare bones RT version, without keyboard, without the ability to run Win32 programs and with a very limited selection of apps compared to IOS and Android costs as much as the iPad!
I thought the touch cover keyboard was an essential component, and featured on all the ads and promos? Way to go making the one stand-out feature optional..
Tell me when the "real" Surface is available...not the useless RT.
I don't think that there is any doubt that people will pay for quality - Apple have shown that to be case regardless of how you might feel about their products.
Microsoft are going after that market - which is obviously a lot bigger than might have been suspected a few years ago. Presumably leaving the mid and lower ground for the OEMs at the same time as raising the bar for their premium products.
Suspect that they will drop the prices by $100 or so with the release of the Pro units in January.
Lets face it, no body has been able to challenge Apple over the last few years.
It will be interesting to see how the market reacts over XMAS.
Costs the same as an iPad + can only run WinRT apps from the Microsoft store == HP Touchpad 2.0
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