I read the post in a different way. In that you can upgrade the memory, aka storage, through thumb drive, hard drive, or sd card. I imagine the only option on an iPad would be a painfully slow WiFi hdd
Indeed. But the point being clearly it wasn't some intentional "sabotage" of the device to coerce you to buy more Microsoft products.
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I would take it this (these) are the options you are talking about - I am here to tell you that all devices - in an "imagine that" marketing scheme - will be going away from allowing users to upgrade memory in any capacity. Everyone is migrating towards cloud drives and right now the charges are not that much for storage space - But I estimate that once these devices are all "locked in" with ZERO chance of upgrading memory - Its off to "CLOUDVILLE" we all head. This is why I prefer the Surface Pro - I believe that since the Surface is partially designed to replace laptops etc, that there will always be external storage. Microsoft has really thought out this one as they designed the Surface with 1 USB port - and if you want to extend this port you have to pay the piper in the range of $150-$180 for the Microsoft Surface Dock.... I mean seriously - The Type Cover $120+, the Pen $65+, and while these products are a quality build - they both have issues. Come on Microsoft - for these prices we all should be singing praises - not having a slew of issues across the board. OK - done with my rant and preaching to the choir.
Microsoft has really thought out this one as they designed the Surface with 1 USB port - and if you want to extend this port you have to pay the piper in the range of $150-$180 for the Microsoft Surface Dock
The problem seems to be your command of the English language. You get it correct in this quote where you say "... if you want to expand the Microsoft USB port, you MIGHT have to pay $150-170 for the Microsoft Expansion Port" [emphasis mine]. In your previous post, you say "Microsoft has really thought out this one as they designed the Surface with 1 USB port - and if you want to extend this port you HAVE TO pay the piper in the range of $150-$180 for the Microsoft Surface Dock" [emphasis mine]. By saying "have to", you are explicitly saying that it is necessary to do this to have more USB ports which is a false statement. This is what's causing the confusion, and people quoting you have done so correctly. Also, you use the word "memory" in place of "storage": this is a common misuse of the standard nomenclature since most people use the word "memory" to refer to RAM rather than storage space.Perhaps if you would read what I wrote - you wouldn't misquote me. Feel free to re-read what I wrote, and again, its mostly opinion. By all means feel free to disagree with me - I welcome any and all opinions, but again - I didn't say it was - as you put it "intentional sabotage". It is however a great marketing scheme for companies to stop including expandable memory on or in its products to get the end user (you or me or others) to purchase cloud storage.
To add a little more clarity for you- I said that if you want to expand the Microsoft USB port, you might have to pay $150-$170 for the Microsoft Expansion Port. I didn't say 150-170 for an off brand, I said Microsoft. Some folks like to keep things uniform, and for those that do, Microsoft charges a whole lotta cash for a simple expansion port. As for me, I am more than happy to pay for a Microsoft product, as long as it works. I am waiting on the reviews before I spend the large coin. Again - thanks for reading, and feel free to indulge me with your opinion, but also feel free to leave out the misquotes.