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    I live a pretty Apple centric lifestyle (i5, ipad mini, Apple TV) but I have to say that I am pretty about Microsofts Surface tablets.

    Anyone have one, or have any opinions or little know facts. I'm am seriously considering picking up one of these or a Samsung Chromebook and would love to hear some opinions

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    Hi,

    you might want to head over to a Surface forum to get some first hand info.

    I do have a surface RT but for my daily usage I prefer my iPad.

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    Thanks for the info

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    i want to see and test out a surface tablet just out of curiosity, however no shop in London have them, been to pc world, carphone ware house and several others. have tested a windows 8 laptop and computer at a shop and it was UNIMPRESSIVE
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    MS is selling Surfaces only at Microsoft stores (including popup ones for Christmas) and on its website.

    I live five minutes from a Microsoft store, and happened to kick the tires on an RT last nite. My time with it was brief because I stopped by just before closing time, but it seemed good during my drive-by testing. It ran smoothly and the interface seemed straightforward. I've considered buying a Surface, but was holding out for the pro model. Plus, I want to see how they sell. I don't want to be stranded with abandoned hardware.
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    Possible development, though this report is suspect without any clue to the source of the info:

    I can’t say too much about this, but within days, Microsoft’s Surface with Windows RT tablets will be available far more broadly than via its current, limited distribution system (i.e., only via Microsoft’s retail and online stores). This was always going to happen in very early 2013, but the software giant has apparently decided to ramp up the speed and make it happen before the holiday selling season is over.

    Excerpted from here:

    WinInfo Short Takes, December 7, 2012
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    Well if microsoft wants to compete with apple, especially it's hardware, then it needs to sort out its retail channels, the way they are right now they will never catch up with apple. I tried to look for a ms surface to try out and I along with many would never buy on the web something we never seen.
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    Agree that distribution needs widening if they want to move more units. But it was announced from the start that sales would be limited to MS stores and its website, so you wasted effort looking for it.

    Personally, I buy lots of electronics that I've never tested in person. It just depends on how serious I am about a product. I return stuff if it doesn't work out.

    Having brick and mortar stores to test drive stuff will be increasingly limited at the rate that things are going; people like to try in stores and then often buy cheaper online, as stores like Best Buy have noticed. If you like brick and mortar, best support that model financially. For people like me, who buy mostly online, disappearing stores isn't as big a prob.
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    If a "Surface" is in your future - it may be worth waiting for the "Windows 8 Pro" device. The RT device has limitations that may be objectionable to many users.
    RT doesn't support legacy applications. It can run only apps that are preinstalled by Microsoft or downloaded from the limited Windows Store.
    There's no Facebook, no Twitter, no LinkedIn.

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    Yes, that's why I was holding out for the pro version. Though no FB, Twitter or LinkedIn would not bother me a bit, lol.
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    In England, they are available in John Lewis, I saw it there for the first time today

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    I've been reading that MS is pushing aggressively to quickly widen retail distribution. They might've finally realized that missing Christmas season would mean missing a prime opportunity. Even if people aren't looking specifically for a Surface, people are hitting the stores for holidays, so it's a great chance to grab eyeballs and introduce your products.
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    I agree, but iPad users are limited to preinstalled and App Store apps. Right?

    Forget Jailbreaking, I know what that means. And perhaps the Surface will be rooted or "jailbroken" or hacked so you can do things Applesoft or Microapple (Microsoft introduceded Surface to tie the MS Fanboys to one ecosystem and we all know MS/Android/Blackberry wants to be Apple, that is just a fact I made up so it is true) will not allow.

    So we need a new term and I gots me one.

    I decided to introduce a new term: "Softened." Rooting is generally for Android tablets and phones. Jailbreaking is ours, Dag Nabbit. Both rooting/jailbreaking 'softens' the restrictions imposed by Apple and Android phone/tablet makers. So we combine the 'soft' part of Microsoft and 'often" because every MS user usually does all kinds of things to mane their systems act properly, quite often, because, it is, well, a Microsoft product. Smiley.

    You are left with "Soften."

    It is setteled. We have Rooting and Jailbreaking and Soften. Or Softening. I should develop some software and sell it on the net. I think the Internet is now open 24 hours per day so I'll get rich super quickly fast.

    As for Blackberry, who cares. Only Ari Gold uses them and his show was cancelled.

    As for now, I will not buy one. I am mad at MS. The phones are as ugly as a boiled dragon, the GUI looks like it was designed by kids in craft class and if you buy a new PC running Win8, that darn UEFI/BIOS Bootloader thing might mean your new PC running Windows 8 might forever run 8 because until someone cracks or hacks the BIOS/OS/Whatever, you cannot install anything else, including Linux or my favorite, Microsoft Bob.

    I will stick with my iPad Mini. I mean my iPod. Or perhaps my underpowered iPad 1, better known as the iPod Maxi. Perhaps an iPad Mini or as I like to call it, the Apple HalfAPad. Or a QuarterPod. I lost track of the products but Apple should hire me.
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    If I were Apple, I would release the next big thing every time some other company dares to go against my Master, Apple, the Great and Wise and Litigious. We would dispatch MS right darn quickly fastly. Besides, the Surface is not usable in this country because it is 220 volts only and you need a Type-N adapter. Or so I hear, but I might be not correct.

    I would release matching iPad/iPhone Gift Sets for Christmas in red and green for $225.00 plus tax. Perhaps lower the price of the new iPhone 6 to 129.95. Or, my favorite product, an iPhone running Android. That would get more sales dollars into Apple diminishing coffers and IT WOULD TICK OFF ANDROID USERS! They could not complain about Apple's OS or moan about crappy phones. Their heads would spin and they will explode.

    After that, it is time to introduce the 49.99 AppleBerry. Then AppleT&T will arrive and we will purchase Microsoft with the change we get from the vending machines in the Worker's Breakroom.

    "Ve vill crush you," so say our Overlords. If you see those words on a T-Shirt, better head them because Apple will be the last thing standing.

    Apple will eventually become part of our DNA through injections. If you read the next Apple/itunes TOS, you must have a shot or they cancel your Apple account and itunes eats your music. The often talked about Men In Black will visit you and use one of thse little flashy things on your brain. I mean Men in Red.

    I just saw a documentery on basic cable and in the half-hour video, Steve was introducing a new device that actually melds iDevices with the human body and it is self-sustaining in that those connected to the device are fed by the person in front. Amazing Apple tech.

    It was an amazing documentry. Anyone here see it?
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    Apple moved to our latest mall leaving the mall they left for a better deal. Quite the battle; CC was (apparenty) accused of "stealing" Apple away from the old mall and CC (apparently) said, "Yup, we did, pound sand." Anyway . . .

    I read where Microsoft also wants to open a store in CC. They applied for some sort of permit or what have you.

    The "fake but it almost looks real because it is real, because it is carries water from the real natural City Creek hence the name City Creek" Mall will run red with Apple juice if they oppose the Great and Powerful Microsoft! Long Live Microsoft..."Ve Vill Crush You" so say my Microsoft Overlords. All I know is Android is banned. Or perhaps I made that up.

    As for BlackBerry, they make nice pies.
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    WOW . . how do you expect to become a Certified Microsoft Fanboy with an attitude like that? I'll tell you what.
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    I personally tried to call Bill Gates to suggest that he starts off slowly with a few of those little carts and kiosks first, and see how it goes. The gal on the phone said, "We have nobody by the name of this Bill Gates fellow you speak of working here." I said, "really?" She said, "Really."

    Then she connected me to thMicrosoftft Help Center in India, and I spoke to some Indian chap named Pahkatos Owyeen. (Translates to Five Wounds, if my Cherokee to English translator is any good) He said "Thank You, Come Again." So I thanked him and I said "mosdefinitelyly, I will indeed arrive once again to partake in youbountifullyll wisdom" and he said "thank you, Pale eyes, come again." How he knew my given Indian name, I will never know.

    I wanted to suggest that they can open a small store and go from there. If they have a hard time of it, perhaps they can add sunglasses as a side line. Everyone in the mall goes nuts over cheap sunglasses. If you do not believe me, remember, some long haired freaky rock group sang about Cheap Sunglasses which is why they sell so well in malls. I know there ivacancyency because the BJerkyrkey card folded; the space is open.

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