You can’t blame Bill Gates for being loyal to his previous company. But when the ex-boss of Microsoft appeared at a recent interview at CNBC and remarked that iPad users were frustrated using the tablet, we really wish he had done his background research properly.
Gates couldn’t help but try to promote Microsoft’s Surface RT and Pro tablets, except these remarks quite literally appeared to have come out of nowhere – especially given that there are quite a few aspects where the Microsoft tablets are lagging behind their competition.
Gates remarked at how revolutionary a product Windows 8 is, since it allows users the benefits of both a PC and a tablet, in the same device, particularly the convenience of the keyboard and Office. However, what he missed mentioning is that the keyboard for Surface is an additional accessory that has to be purchased separately. And that the Surface RT, while shipping with Office, doesn’t run all Windows 8 apps and lacks Outlook.
And then Gates went on to exclaim that iPad users were a frustrated lot, being unable to type conveniently on their devices and how the iPad doesn’t have Office. But, Mr. Gates, we have to ask, if iPad users were really that frustrated, how come Apple’s tablet is the bestselling device in the tablet world?
Apple may still be reigning in the world of tablets, but 2013 could be the year that changes Apple’s fortunes in this category. First it was the competition from low-cost Android tablets like the Google Nexus and the Amazon Kindle Fire, which then gave way to Microsoft’s Surface RT and Pro high-end tablets. But with the Galaxy Note 8.0 launching soon, will it spell Apple’s downfall?
Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini tablets managed to account for 48 percent of worldwide tablet sales up to Q1 of 2013, but others are playing catch-up. Microsoft managed to increase its share to 7.5 percent, in a market that’s witnessing quite the boom – sales have been up by 118 percent in comparison with Q1 of 2012. Last year, during the same period, Apple accounted for 63 percent of the tablet market – and that was even before the iPad Mini was introduced.
But over the past year, a number of new tablets have entered the fray, offering similar or even better features at more competitive prices. And Apple’s biggest threat in the form of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is yet to hit the markets. So far, the tablet has garnered quite a bit of positive media attention, some even calling it the iPad Mini killer.
Along with Samsung, most likely, Microsoft would unveil its new Windows Blue later this year, making their tablets a lot more user friendly, possibly pulling away more of Apple’s share.
The Apple iPad may be enjoying a comfortable lead in the tablet market, but we’ve just found a key reason for Apple to start worrying about losing to its rivals like the Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Sony Xperia Z tablets.
The Surface Pro, even though is a terrific piece of technology, hasn’t quite managed to make a mark yet, but there’s a key strength that it has against the iPad, as do its other competitors – that of multitasking. Even though there’s no doubting the robustness and smoothness of the iOS experience, there’s really no way to run numerous apps on the iPad efficiently.
On the other hand, Microsoft has put in the Snap View feature in its tablet, which lets users split the screen between two apps in a 70:30 ratio – this could soon turn into 50:50 with Windows Blue. The Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Xperia Z let users customize their multitasking requirements, letting you resize the apps on the screen to your convenience.
Is this something Apple could fix in the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, whenever they do come out?… Read the rest
Microsoft almost caved in with Samsung’s reign on phablet ground. Across geographies, geeks and smartphone enthusiasts await Microsoft to offer novice ranges again but the last time it answered prayers was in October 2012.
Now here is buzz that whets our appetite once again– the giants have supposedly geared up to unleash a 7-incher on the block this year. After the Surface wooed us fairly well, we expect that the 7-inch hunky might make us go on knees!
Now before we move on to imagining the next avatars of Surface, here’s some more food for thought—Is Microsoft trekking along Apple and Google’s route with this 7-inch road map in mind?
Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad Mini did wonderfully well in compact tablet kingdom last year and this is well on the path to pick up further this year. Looking back at the earlier era when all I had in my room was a Microsoft PC, the company has prowess enough to arrest disappointment even with this fresh foray.
Initial roadblocks do occur don’t they? However, the company itself smashed chances of stupendous success by tagging high prices onto Surface Pro and Surface RT. This time, Microsoft might just keep this in mind and drop the price counters for its latest baby in making.
Even though Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS met with considerable success, the same doesn’t quite hold true when it comes to its foray into the tablet space with the Surface and Surface RT tablets. Both these tablets boast terrific specs and are quite powerful for their form factor, the high price had been quite a deterrent, keeping many people from ditching their iPads in favor of Microsoft’s offering.
But the upcoming update to Windows 8, Windows Blue could turn things around and make life a lot harder for Apple. To start with, Microsoft can make a huge killing in the enterprise space – given that most companies depend on Microsoft Windows OS as their official OS. Plus, no matter how terrific the iOS experience on the iPad maybe, only Microsoft Surface tablets running on Windows can offer the full fledged Microsoft Office experience – a major advantage for Microsoft.
The compatibility with workstations have already made many companies look into adopting the Microsoft Surface tablets in the workplace, and with Microsoft working pretty hard to sort out all the issues with Windows 8 in the tablet space, looks like there’s no stopping Microsoft from storming into the workplace with its Surface tablets.… Read the rest
We’ve been hearing about the new iPad for a while now, but looks like Apple got busy trying meanwhile. Anyway, the iPad 5 was supposed to be out by spring this year, but looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer for it. Tired of waiting? Maybe these rumors we’ve heard could encourage you. We’re pitting it against the Microsoft Surface to see if Apple can continue maintaining its lead in the full-sized tablet world.
Apple iPad 5: Yes of course it will be thinner, lighter and faster than the iPad 4, but looks like you’ll have to wait till about October this year to finally get your hands on it – you can even expect Apple to unveil the iPad Mini 2 by then. According to rumors, Apple could put in a GF2 touchscreen feature in the new iPad which could help them make the device lighter and thinner. And then there could be a better A6X processor too. For those of you who love sleek, we’re hoping the iPad 5 comes with almost no bezels on the edges of the screen. Going by the hottest trends of the season, the iPad 5 too could support wireless charging through its new Smart Covers.
Microsoft Surface: Microsoft’s debut tablet offering features a 10.6-inch display and runs on Windows RT. Although a minimalistic version of Windows, it does have a distinct edge in performance with its Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM. There’s 64 GB or even 128 GB of internal storage, two 720p cameras and even a full-sized USB 3.0 port. We also love the covers that double up as keyboards and stands for the Surface, letting you carry it around and use it with ease. But, if you’ve got the moolah, we suggest you opt for the Microsoft Surface Pro instead which runs the full version of Windows 8 Pro.… Read the rest
And you thought their rivalry was restricted to just the smartphone space. In what can probably make the battle fiercer, according to a recent market research done by Canalys, both Apple and Samsung have made it to the list of the top 5 PC makers. Confused? That’s because the company included tablets in the category, and made Apple the leader – having shipped 27 million units during the last quarter of 2012.
Following Apple were HP and Lenovo as 2 and 3 respectively, after shipping around 15 million units. Samsung came in fourth, accounting for around 9 percent of the share and shipping 11.7 million PC units. 7.6 million units among this number were tablets from Samsung. The consumption of tablets is continuously growing, as confirmed by this research. Canalys has also featured Amazon in this list, having shipped 18 percent more tablets during 2012 than in 2011.
Apple was anyway leading in the tablet world, thanks to its most popular iPad. However, even though the iPad 4 wasn’t too well received, it did have the advantage of the iPad Mini that it introduced last year, which helped it stay on top. According to estimates, nearly half of Apple’s shipments were iPad Mini tablets.
Microsoft, the newest entrant in the tablet space, managed to rake up 3 percent share in the tablet market, after shipping over 700,000 Surface tablets. But while the new players emerge as leaders, it only spells bad news for traditional PC leaders like Dell, which registered a 19 percent drop down to 9.7 million units since 2011.
For those who have recently bought the 32GB Microsoft Surface, they are in for a rude shock. Users of the tablet actually have access to only 16 GB space. The reason behind this goof up is the Microsoft OS Windows RT, which takes up half of the space in the tablet. A lawyer in California filed a case against Microsoft for deluding the users.
“Microsoft actually stating the free space in the fine print on its site, Andrew Sokolowski insisted that he’s been swindled, and not only wants Microsoft to change its adverts, but damages as well.”
The Surface starts from $499 for the basic 32GB model without the touch cover and goes all the way up to $699 for the highest model with 64GB of storage space a black cover.
The Surface tablet is an ideal option for those who want to work when on the move, but if you think that this can be a replacement for your laptop, we suggest you might as well download Windows 8 on your system instead.
The latest to come out in the Tablet market is the Surface and the iPad mini. Both the Tablets have their advantage and disadvantages. Apple has already gained popularity in the Tablet market, thanks to the soaring sales of iPad. Microsoft Surface has the latest operating system which has been designed to work on multiple platforms.
According to an analyst the worst nightmare of Windows 8 Surface can be iPad mini.
As per a report on Cnet, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu states that the iPad mini will cause major agitation for the competition that runs on the Windows 8 platform. In an investor’s note he states,“We continue to believe iPad Mini is the competition’s worst nightmare and will likely slow down adoption of competitor tablets. In particular, we believe this could end up being a very tough holiday season for Windows 8.”
Windows 8 Surface has been exorbitantly priced at $599 which gives iPad mini an upperhand (priced at $329) in the competition. Wu calls the Surface “arguably overpriced”.
TheiPad mini sports an aluminum and glass body with 7.2mm thick, and weighs only 0.68 pounds. As per an official statement by Apple, the iPad mini has 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets, and up to 67 percent more usable viewing area when browsing the web. The dual-core A5 chip on the iPad mini lets the graphics respond quickly and a multi-touch experience that Apple believes to be both, fast and fluid provides all day battery life.
The iPad mini has a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 5-megapixel iSight camera at the back, which makes for a great video experience. The iSight camera includes video image stabilization and both cameras feature backside illumination, which as per Apple claims lets users to capture great pictures in low light.… Read the rest
Yes, the Surface tablet has finally hit the stores, and if you’re all geared up to pick one up for yourself, we bring you some important information that could be of help to you. People who have had the Surface experience are raving about its design and ease of use, but there’s more to Microsoft’s maiden venture into the tablet arena.
The Surface starts from $499 for the basic 32GB model without the Touch cover, and goes all the way up to $699 for the highest model with 64GB of storage space a black cover. For those of you who want to buy a different colored Touch cover, be prepared to shell out $110, and if it’s the cover with moving keys that you’re after, pay up $129.99.
While the tablet works without the cover, for prolonged use, especially for content creation, you might as well invest in the cover. Another good thing about the Surface against the iPad are the USB and HDMI ports, as well as the Micro SDXC card slot for more storage. The Surface runs on Windows RT, which can only run apps from the Windows store. This means that legacy Windows apps would not function on the tablet.
The Surface tablet is an ideal option for those who want to work when on the move, but if you think that this can be a replacement for your laptop, we suggest you might as well download Windows 8 on your system instead. But if you’re still lusting after the tablet, you can wait for the Windows 8 Pro version for the Surface.… Read the rest