Tim Cook catalogues the new Microsoft tablet as being compromised and confusing
At the Apple earnings call, CEO Tim Cook was asked to make a few comments about the new Microsoft Surface tablet. Even if he admitted he hasn’t yet played with the new device, he still had some words to say about it. Cook stated that he read some reviews about the product and so made an opinion of it as being a “fairly compromised, confusing product”.
Cook thinks that the issues with Surface stem from the fact that Microsoft is not willing or capable of making “hard trade offs” like Apple is. Admittedly he knows what he is talking about. Cupertino sold 100 million iPods so far and reported a profit of $8.2 billion in the last three months leading to September 29.
Cook also seemed to be confident that users will continue to prefer the iPad due to the amazing user experience it provides. This is not the first time Apple CEO provides negative feedback about the Microsoft tablet. He previously stated that:
“You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but it won’t please anyone”.
In the enemy camp, Microsoft strongly believes it is filling a gap, uniting tablet and computer experience with the Surface.
Cook’s opinion might have been influenced by articles like Wired’s Mathew Honan review who talked about Surface as being “a tablet of both compromise and confusion”. The Verge’s Josh Topolsky also wrote: “Instead of being a no-compromise device, it often feels like a more-compromise one” – commenting on Microsoft’s statement of last year: “our goal was a no compromise design”.
Source - Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'
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I love the IPAD, it sits by the sofa, for surfing the internet and watching movies on it with air play, but that is all it is good for. It is **** for data manipulation and entry, it is ponderous to type on, and I cannot live without my laptop as I cannot use the IPAD to function professionally, and that is where apple has lost the plot! There is a huge gap between the IPAD which is a consumer device and the mac which is both a consumer and business capable machine.
Too many people are trying to run in IOS on IPAD with business needs, and the attempts to pass basic data between colleagues relies on cloud content or syncing with iTunes (Roll on the lightning connector - 5 years too late). All Microsoft are doing is breaking the gap between with Windows 8 pro, and going more head to head with the IPAD on RT.
Apple showed a new way to interface that people liked, but never closed the door in giving a device that could be a consumer and productivity tool scalable to a full MAC solution. (This despite customers screaming for it with very clunky and poor third party products to fill the gap and complaints that interface is via Itunes or cloud and email). What Windows RT and PRO do is give the ability to have a device that is your pen and paper, tablet media device and productivity tool and that is why I have just spent $900 on a slate with stylus and widi and USB and "Windows 8". I will miss the IPAD, but I think it now belongs in the hands of my two year old to play funny little Apps, Daddy is going to work!
PS.. I love VMWARE on the MAC so I can run windows!