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    Ian2

    I liked the idea of a small, light and thin form factor - with the same keyboard/cover styling as it's big brothers (Was also hoping that I could use the larger Surface keyboard with it)

     

    Hopefully it is still on the way?

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    MasterPi

    In one sense, I'm glad they killed it - it would have literally just been another "me-too" device. On the other hand, all the "mini" tablets basically suck.

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    PeterF

    They must have built a decent batch, I'd love to be a beta tester for one of those...

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    Proton2

    I still "believe" that I need a surface mini.

    I sure could use the Surface Pro 3 as well. I was going to buy a monitor for my Surface Pro (original), very expensive for not quite 4K monitor. With the 3 supporting 4k, I'm glad I didn't buy the monitor yet.

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    kettch

    @Proton2: I don't really need a smart phone, mini-tablet, a standard sized tablet, a laptop, and a desktop. However, it's nice to have the option of picking up whichever one fits a given situation and knowing that they all have the same OS, apps, and data. I'm looking hard at the Surface Pro 3 to fill the standard tablet and laptop slot. It's given me the option of only "needing" 4 devices. ;)

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    Bas

    , MasterPi wrote

    In one sense, I'm glad they killed it - it would have literally just been another "me-too" device. On the other hand, all the "mini" tablets basically suck.

    They're sort of presenting the SP3 as a digital notepad, especially with the new pen. I could see myself happily using an 8" notepad if they add this kind of pen support and fleshed out the next version of Office to heavily support this. It could potentially become a more realistic (and more usable) Courier.

    Judging from those leaked Office screenshots and the work they did with SP3, it seems like all the pieces are in place. We'll see...

    Only drawback I see on the whole pen thing: you're still writing on slippery glass. All the touch screens we use at work have special coatings to make them feel less like glass and more like something your fingers can smoothly glide over. Maybe they need a coating that does that, yet provides paper-like resistance for the pen tip. Maybe all they need to do is coat the pen tip.

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    Blue Ink

    , Bas wrote

    *snip*

    Maybe all they need to do is coat the pen tip.

    That would be my guess too, even though I doubt they can get away with a single tip: maybe that would be OK for us OneNote users, but if they want to cater for the professional designer/artist, they would be better off doing what Wacom does and provide a wide choice of tips of various hardness and friction.

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    Bas

    , Bas wrote

    *snip*

    They're sort of presenting the SP3 as a digital notepad, especially with the new pen. I could see myself happily using an 8" notepad if they add this kind of pen support and fleshed out the next version of Office to heavily support this. It could potentially become a more realistic (and more usable) Courier.

    Judging from those leaked Office screenshots and the work they did with SP3, it seems like all the pieces are in place. We'll see...

     

    http://www.wpcentral.com/more-info-microsofts-postponed-surface-mini

    Well well...

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    spivonious

    I don't think a Surface Mini is needed. We already have 8" options from Dell, Lenovo, and Acer.

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    Bas

    , spivonious wrote

    I don't think a Surface Mini is needed. We already have 8" options from Dell, Lenovo, and Acer.

    True, but none of them are better (enough, relative to price) than an iPad Mini or a good 8" Android tablet, nor do they offer something compelling enough that the others just don't have. If they can make an 8" Windows tablet that does stuff none of the other 8" tablets can do, Windows or otherwise, then I'd say it's worth it.

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    spivonious

    @Bas: Well, I could argue that they all run full Windows, but on an 8" device the desktop is really worthless. And they're 30% cheaper than the iPad Mini, but I do agree with you.

    The real question is, what makes an 8" tablet better than a 5.5" phone, e.g. Galaxy Note? What could Surface Mini (especially an ARM-based one) bring to the equation? I don't believe a true market exists for an 8' tablet outside of reading devices, and that market is already saturated.

     

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    MasterPi

    , Bas wrote

    If they can make an 8" Windows tablet that does stuff none of the other 8" tablets can do, Windows or otherwise, then I'd say it's worth it.

    From the article you linked, it seems they want differentiation and don't want to release anything until they have it. They should only release ARM Surfaces with pen and maybe even do something special with the cover (courier-esque?).

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    canhosaigon

    what hot?

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    giovanni

    @MasterPi: I also think that an 8 in device makes little sense until a version of Office fully optimized for touch is out. At that point if Microsoft pulls out something Courier like and with an interesting cover (for example with e-ink on the cover side) it could be an interesting device.

    I think that in that case it could be an ARM device as battery life would be a very critical point and that desktop apps would probably be useless on such a small form factor.

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