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General Chat Thread, Condemning the Surface? in General; I saw this advert on TV last night. Why is everyone clipping keyboards to their Surface? I though the whole ...
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    Condemning the Surface?

    I saw this advert on TV last night. Why is everyone clipping keyboards to their Surface? I though the whole point of a tablet device is that you didn't need a keyboard.

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    whats with the angry girls dancing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    I saw this advert on TV last night. Why is everyone clipping keyboards to their Surface? I though the whole point of a tablet device is that you didn't need a keyboard.
    the surface keyboard is imo like a car you only need it when you need it. Touch screens are ok for small emails/tweets etc but would anyone use one for anything longer it would drive me up the wall dont know about anyone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    I saw this advert on TV last night. Why is everyone clipping keyboards to their Surface? I though the whole point of a tablet device is that you didn't need a keyboard.
    Because that's their unique selling point - the fancy keyboard cover. Its a tablet, with extras.

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    do you think they will release one without rt on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by januttall View Post
    do you think they will release one without rt on it?
    They've already said they will? The Surface Pro - running Windows 8 Pro.

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    Can you add a poll?

    What does this advert make you think?

    1. OMG!!! THAT'S SO KEWLL! iPADS ARE, LIKE, SOOOO YESTERDAY! I WANT 1!
    2. Does MS really think that will convince people that Surface is cooler/more desirable than an iPad?


    I was actually more interested in a Surface than an iPad, but that advert is forcing me to reconsider.
    Last edited by LeMarchand; 14th November 2012 at 11:42 AM. Reason: Typo

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    If I had all of my emails/cloud/calandar in hotmail then I might get a windows tablet but as mine is all in Gmail ill be getting an android, unless you can link it up with gmail which I cant seem to find so far.

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    It's good because it addresses the issue of word processing on a tablet. It's much harder to type quickly on a virtual keyboard.

    I just question how child proof the keyboard is. You could probably bend it easily and the connector(s) it uses could get damage to. I've not seen a Surface in the flesh as yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I just question how child proof the keyboard is. You could probably bend it easily and the connector(s) it uses could get damage to. I've not seen a Surface in the flesh as yet.
    Apparently some users are already reporting split covers: Microsoft Surface Touch Cover splits within days, some users complain | Technology | guardian.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    If I had all of my emails/cloud/calandar in hotmail then I might get a windows tablet but as mine is all in Gmail ill be getting an android, unless you can link it up with gmail which I cant seem to find so far.
    Mail will indeed link up with Gmail (source: AnandTech - The Windows RT Review)

    I think the keyboard is a great idea - stops it just being a window onto the internet. Getting one for my 11yo daughter this Xmas as she wants something to do her homework on (so needs a keyboard and Office - check) but also spends a lot of her time with the laptop just watching catch-up telly or watching videos on YouTube for how to draw - both of which will be better on a tablet she can prop up or hold in her lap than on a full laptop.

    It's not the device for every situation, but I think it covers more situations than the iPad does. I'm willing to give Win8/WinRT* the benefit of the doubt as well, because WP7 is brilliantly usable.

    *I know it's not a valid shortening but that's Microsoft's fault for all their daft naming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    Bit worrying isn't it. You'd of thought they'd put it through an aggression test wouldn't you? I suppose you also need to weigh up strength vs weight vs costs too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Mail will indeed link up with Gmail (source: AnandTech - The Windows RT Review)
    Cheers, I shall look more into it then!

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    Well I know some people have been having problems but my touch cover is just fine No splits or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    I saw this advert on TV last night. Why is everyone clipping keyboards to their Surface? I though the whole point of a tablet device is that you didn't need a keyboard.
    Think its to do with bridging the gap to basic device for internet and notes to actually a good keyboard to produce mass of amount of documents. I am not a fan of the touch screen keyboard, I hate it but give me a keyboard and I can type fast and not look at the keyboard to do it.

    I totally struggle on touchscreen keyboards, too slippery!#

    Am a fan of the idea, I like USB keyboards/Mice but the concept of an easy keyboard to clip on - I like.

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