The point is RT is a giant toy with Office. That alone makes it superior to other giant toys and fills the specific gap people with those other toys have been clamoring for. Read some of the RT threads and you will find those here who want that exact device and wish MS would do more to focus on just the Modern UI portion for Win RTI owned a Surface RT and hated it, so I can see why they don't think that RT is gonna make it much longer.
The App Store on its best day, is quite sad, and without legacy apps, the RT is a giant toy.
I now have an Asus tablet running an Intel Atom processor which allows for the use of legacy apps. Not the fastest device by any means but equal in speed to the ARM version, and a heck of a lot more versatile
Nothing because I was simply intrigued by Windows 8 and the device itself. But after having it, I just determined that it wasn't for me. I replaced the RT with an Asus Vivo Tab Smart, which is lighter and runs full Windows 8 via the Atom processor.. What did your RT replace?
You are overlooking the fact that this makes MS completely reliant on Intel in a shrinking PC market. By having an ARM based Windows they opened up an entirely new line of possible devices and partners in the rapidly growing mobile processor space. This is far more important strategically than simply hitting price points and performance steps with Atom/Core devices.IMO Microsoft should have made the RT with the Atom which would allow for use of x86 apps.
Intel isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so I don't quite see that as such a downside.You are overlooking the fact that this makes MS completely reliant on Intel in a shrinking PC market. By having an ARM based Windows they opened up an entirely new line of possible devices and partners in the rapidly growing mobile processor space. This is far more important strategically than simply hitting price points and performance steps with Atom/Core devices.
Intel isn't going anywhere but being exclusively tied to one chip maker is not a good idea. AMD isn't what it once was and ARM is on the rise. It would be a mistake for MS to take the attitude that "Intel is enough."Intel isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so I don't quite see that as such a downside.
But if your going to branch out with a product like this, you have to make it something that people want to buy, and the sales just don't seem to back it up.
I just don't thing RT is a strong enough platform.
lol good catch. Completely unintentional on my part and I updated my post to shipped. The thing is everybody quotes "shipped" and it is taken to mean "sold" that is just the way it works. Now in the case of Surface the numbers being cited by critics are actually "sold" not shipped units. How anybody knows this I don't know but the critics are certainly using a different number than when they say "shipped" because in the same articles they talk about 3 million Surface RTs being manufactured. On my part it was a mistake because I don't normally talk about such numbers but if critics are using sold instead of shipped it is almost certainly to make the numbers look worse in comparison.The interesting thing is the difference between "shipped" and "sold". For instance, you posted:
ASUS sold 600 thousand not first generation devices running Android.
ASUS shipped 3.1 million units in a solid 4th place (that may be counting Nexus 7 devices which were a hit).
I assume "shipped" means released into the retail network and "sold" means actual units transacted for cash.
This is something that I see with the Surface sales too. With specific reference to the Surface RT, MS says that they "shipped" 1.1 million units. But how many of that 1.1 million units were "sold"? And, there is where I think the critics are having a problem.
Regardless, I think after MS releases "Blue" for RT, things will look up because it will wrinkle out the not-so-good elements in RT at the moment. Or, at least I hope so. Why? Because, I think the Surface RT is a very good machine. I also think that MS totally screwed up its advertisement, launch and distribution. By mid this year (or whenever it is that Blue comes online), MS should have got its act together. I don't foresee Apple doing anything earth-shattering with the iPad at least for the next 12-18 months. Any improvements will, at best, be incremental. But for the Surface RT (and for Win 8 more generally) any improvement will be a dramatic leap in capability.
Since 1.25 million shipped by Feb. 1 and 700,00 were sold I would say that statements of more than 1 million sold as of today is evidence of actual sales not shipments.Yes, more than a million of the tablets may have shipped, but that doesn't mean they were sold. In fact, depending on which source you listen to, far fewer than a million Surface slates have been purchased.
IHS iSuppli told our sister site CNET that despite shipping over 1.25 million Surface units, Microsoft only sold about 700,000 of them. Even worse, return rates for the Surface RT were deemed "high," owing perhaps to the learning curve surronding Windows 8/RT. Analyst Rhoda Alexander did suggest, however, that the low initial sales and high returns was reminiscent of the Amazon Kindle Fire's entry into the market.