On Black Friday I ordered the Microsoft Surface RT for $199 at Microsoft online store and last week I ordered the Google Nexus 7 32 GB 2013 edition. Both tablets should be arriving to my home tomorrow. Right now I'm leaning towards the Google Nexus 7, because it has better specs, better reviews, a more established app store and I read that Microsoft will be discontinuing Windows 8 RT.
When Windows 8 Surface tablets launch this fall, maybe Microsoft should steal a page from the Google Nexus 7 tablet launch: Microsoft should sell Surface tablets mainly online and keep inventories low to ensure initial tablet shipments “sell out.” Here’s why.
Google’s 16GB Nexus tablet, which counters Amazon’s Kindle Fire, apparently is sold out.
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) might be planning to sell its Surface for Windows RT tablet for $199, a staggeringly low price to potentially counter Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire tablets. Is Microsoft ready to make some Surface tablets loss leaders, figuring to make up the shortfall on application and media sales, according to a published report?
Microsoft has renamed, or partially unnamed its Surface RT tablet to merely the “Surface.” The Surface RT struggled in the market through its first year in the wild. It has been mostly replaced by the new, and quite nice, Surface 2.
However, Microsoft intends to continue selling the Surface RT for some time, perhaps getting rid of unsold inventory, at a reduced price.
“What’s the best feature of the Surface?”
Thus began my experience at a local mall buying a Microsoft Surface.
Yes, I bought a Surface — me, the lover of all things Apple and perhaps the biggest fan of the iPad out there. It’s important for me to have the competitive landscape context for my continued musings on Apple’s tablets.
Here’s a non-surprise: Microsoft is discounting its line of Surface Pro 2 tablets by $100 to $200, configuration depending. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, a device that has received stronger reviews by the media than its predecessors, we asked if it would continue to sell the Surface Pro 2.