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Discussion in 'Gadgets and Technology' started by wdwmagic, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. StarWarsGirl

    StarWarsGirl Well-Known Member

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    It was hell for users too. Being stuck with IE is my biggest complaint about my old tablet.

    It's a nice alternative if you don't want to spend the big bucks for the Pro.
     
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  2. StarWarsGirl

    StarWarsGirl Well-Known Member

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    By modern day standards, yes it's clunky.

    Compared to that...nope:in pain:
     
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  3. Jahona

    Jahona Well-Known Member

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    I was talking more for the Windows Phone and tablet market. Both of which suffer from a lack of decent app support.
     
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  4. Jahona

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    Unfortunately my needs required a portable powerhouse so sacrifices had to be made. Definitely don't regret the purchase and it does turn heads when you are using it. I do have a Samsung Note 10.1 (2014) That I carry around as my daily portable device. Surface 3 does make a tempting upgrade.
     
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  5. StarWarsGirl

    StarWarsGirl Well-Known Member

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    Not nearly as good as MS's deal.

    10% off everything, including accessories.

    Plus I had a 5% discount in addition to that. Easily saved over $100. And no shipping.
     
  6. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    I get that but copying one of Blackberry's desperate moves is probably not the best strategy.
     
  7. Master Yoda

    Master Yoda Pro Star Wars geek. Premium Member

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    MS does not exactly have many more options at this point.
     
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  8. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    They're not a mobile only company. They could leverage other areas as they are already doing, like Office being on iOS and Android. Maybe it's time they just accept that nobody wants a Windows mobile device.
     
  9. Master Yoda

    Master Yoda Pro Star Wars geek. Premium Member

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    I want a Windows mobile device. It is actually a great mobile OS and I would love to have everything under one umbrella. The problem is no one makes apps for it. Sure you can find weather app, a calendar app, etc, but when companies like Disney make their own apps, Windows is left out because the install base is too small.
     
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  10. StarWarsGirl

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    Yeah, I have to plug in my laptop if I take it with me. Thankfully there are places to charge.

    The Surface 3 is a nice device. I've looked at the Samsung tablets when I go in and wander Best Buy. They are nice devices as well. I have a small Samsung Android tablet that I use primarily as an e-reader. Depends on what your needs are.
     
  11. Jahona

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    Actually Microsoft has been a mobile company longer than Apple. They had decent success with early "smart phones" before apple entered with iOS and completely changing the game. They also recently acquired the phone division of Nokia.

    Microsoft had a lot of great incentives for app developers to develop on their platform. They would give you free phones to test for testing and rewards for launching apps.

    If the app selection increases with well known cross platform apps like ones found on Android and iOS then Microsoft could be back in the game.
     
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  12. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    Microsoft had mobile success on Palm devices. Palm is dead. What incentive does someone have to risk Windows when Android definitely runs the Android apps and has good Microsoft apps for things like Office? They're following a strategy that has already been tried and failed.
     
  13. Jahona

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    Why would anyone go with a Windows phone? It's like Master Yoda said:

    Honestly I used a Windows Phone 7 device for a short time before switching to android. I loved the UI and it was a great phone. The issue was the availability of applications. The UI and animations on the Windows phone OS was faster and snappier than android and even iOS. Nokia was creating some great cameras for their phones that just never got much exposure from 3rd party sites like how the big Android and Apple phones get.

    When Windows 10 releases Microsoft is going to need to do a major push with marketing on all fronts to start to gain market share in the mobile phone market.
     
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    It's not copy, Blackberry created an emulator for their phones while Microsoft is producing a means of porting Android/Objective-C code to a Microsoft setup. As a developer I love this, it makes Microsoft an easier market to hit.
     
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    There is a lot of Developer Talk concerning the Microsoft Mobile market lately. More then there has been in years, they have struck some interest. Esp, considering Microsoft has stated that Swift will be supported in a later update for porting apps to Microsoft.
     
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    I don't think that's true. Many students like and use Surfaces. I know at my school that I observe more Surfaces than other tablets like iPads and Android tablets. I would consider a Windows phone, but the app store is the main reason why not. My mother, who currently uses an iPad, said that she would like a Surface as her next tablet. So no, I don't think people aren't buying Microsoft mobile devices because they don't want them. They are getting away from them because the app store is not as good.
     
  17. StarWarsGirl

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    That's funny you mention Disney; they have a pretty decent selection of apps on the Windows app store, at least for tablets. 29 to be exact. MDE and others are missing, but Disney, compared to other developers, made a decent amount of apps for Windows already.

    But I do see your point.
     
  18. lazyboy97o

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    The big selling point going for Windows that is a focal point of their advertising is that use is not beholden to an App Store.
     
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    If you want something that isn't a great tablet, and isn't a great laptop, and you want to pay a lot of money for it, the Surface is perfect for you.

    (mind you, this is coming from someone who has owned 3 of them)
     
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    You're correct. You have to remember the average consumer doesn't like complicated procedures and would prefer an easier one stop shop. Having an expanded app store for Microsoft will only be a boon.

    Have you used the Surface 3 or Surface 3 Pro, or are you just spouting the same internet line? I have used a Surface 3 Pro model for a shot time as a demo and for most things it could keep pace with my hulking behemoth of a laptop. It was handling gig image files in Photoshop fine and was running Autodesk Maya with out missing a beat. A friend of mine who is an animation technical director just loves his and is the computer he recommends to students. Also having the Wacom stylus is also handy. It's not a good as an Intuos Pro but it gets the job done.

    As for the normal Surface 3 we will just have to let @StarWarsGirl95 let us know after extended usage how it holds up for day to day usage.
     
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