deals64gb microsoft surface rt tablet for $249.99…

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A shame this is Windows RT and not the full Windows OS.

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They've got the other Surface tablets if you click the link and view the other sales.

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I would not buy anything Windows RT based at the moment, at any price. All hardware makers besides MS itself have dropped RT support due to very low sales and RT is likely to be dropped or incorporated into the Windows Phone architecture.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/385609/windows-rt-faces-the-axe-microsoft-exec-suggests

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RT is going to die out...buyer beware.....

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I had an RT with a type cover for a few days. I really liked it, but they are extremely limited in apps. I had to exchange it for an android in order to use it for what I bought it for, e-textbooks. If I had been able to get my textbook app on it I would definitely still have it over my Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

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Windows RT has both the Nook and Kindle apps, plus an e-reader app. How could you not read a textbook?

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I have a surface RT and outside of a few little things, the tablet is great for productivity, learning, movies, reading, surfing, email, and music, as well as casual gaming.

First, electronic textbooks work fine, the browser is a full IE implementation so, it can use the web readers if an app doesn't exist. I have Nook, Amazon, and Play Books on my surface without an issue.

Also, IE has flash built in so, you can actually use it for things like Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu.

The downsides, going back a page in the full screen browser takes forever! And, the touch keyboard / trackpad is horrible. If you want a keyboard, get the Type Cover instead.

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@starblind: Nah, if ARM takes over the data center, you'll see Windows RT become more like a full fledged Windows but, it will not go away.

Also, the tablets have been moving very well this holiday season so, it is likely that MS will look to optimize the pricing.

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I gave up my iPad mini for a Surface RT w/keyboard cover. Worst mistake ever. I traded it to the first sap who'd take it. I might have "downgraded" cost wise getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, but good Lord this actually has apps I want to use. Plus, the Surface is too heavy to use like I want. Windows can die slowly...

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We own and use iPads, Android tablets and have an original gen Windows RT tablet with keyboard cover.

They all have their strengths depending on your needs.

iPad - still the most elegant and solid feeling experience.

Android - if you need to get under the hood, but even the latest versions are not as elegant as iOS.

Windows RT tablet - for productivity stuff. Hard to argue (especially if you get a deal on the tablet) with real Microsoft Office being included free and it's a pretty full powered version, very little functionality missing. If you like and are comfortable with Windows it is an easy transition - it feels completely like Windows but in a compact form factor. And it's not like there are no apps - the mainstream productivity apps are there. Microsoft cannot give up on Windows tablets - they have no choice, will push forward, and have a huge bankroll to persist with it.

If are relying on others' words against Windows on a tablet, you might be shortchanging yourself.

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If you want just a base tablet, this is OK, the problem with RT and the ARM processor is that you are isolated to only the apps available on the Windows Marketplace.

If you want a true laptop replacement spend a little more and get the "Pro" version. It has a full 64bit processor and will install just about any .exe application. Since it involves use of an Intel Core i5 processor.

I have both an iPad and an Android tablet. I've used a coworkers Surface2 RT, didn't like it, but another coworker had just gotten the Surface Pro 2, and I liked it much better and functioned as a true laptop replacement with the Type Cover.

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@bigshayne: To be fair, a "true laptop replacement" Windows 8 i5 tablet is not currently available for anywhere near the $300 or less price range.

If you want very compact productivity functionality at inexpensive prices these "RT" tablets can do the job nicely. But don't expect to "live" on them.

The original Surface is a pretty nice tablet for the $180 (new) that I paid, with key-cover. I too had a mediocre perception of it after playing with a colleague's Surface.. but that changed after giving it a longer chance. If Microsoft could keep the transaction prices for the "RT" tablets in the $200-250 or less range I suspect it would sell much better.

BTW, I'm not a fan of either the Touch or Type keyboard covers as keyboards, but they get the job done if you want to preserve screen real estate on this short-wide format tablet.

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Android tablets are where its at. Apple bends you over, pokes you, and steals your money. So much hype because they're a pretty product and a 2 year old can operate it. Any Android tablet is cheaper, most have memory expansion slots, and if you have a half of a brain they're simple to operate. I honestly why people pay through the nose for apple products, they're not better by any stretch. Its the same with Beats headphones, they're shiny, expensive, and endorsed by famous people.

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@futebolista86: You do know that this is neither Apple nor Android, right?

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@futebolista86: Apple's products are pretty solid and what you get from them that you don't get with windows or Android is one company making their product, so you don't have to worry about getting a brand that's more cheaply made than another. Android's OS is great and I won't take anything away from them, but I wouldn't dog Apple in the process. I think those two operating systems are both great for what they do and yes an iPad is less complicated than Android. Some people want to buy a product and just use it rather than having to be their own I.T. tech. My daughter's had her own iPad since she was 2 and I wouldn't dare switch her to Android because she'd have to learn it from scratch. For myself, I prefer iPad, but for now I'll keep my Galaxy tab and make no complaints about it.

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I thought I was buying a RT tablet with type cover for $199 during a Black Friday deal directly from the Microsoft Store. It came without the cover and they will not honor the deal, so it is going back. This after contacting them because the delivery went to the wrong address(three hour call-back waiting time), then a online chat about the missing keyboard cover that for some reason took over 45 minutes and then the connection was lost before resolution and finally talking to them again. All three connections took nearly an hour for something that should have been resolved in minutes.

So, not sure if the surface is any good but I sure will stay away from making any purchases directly from Microsoft in the future.

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Oh, I will add that I own or have owned a Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, Nook HD+ and a Retina Ipad. The Ipad is easily the best of the bunch although I hate the high prices of Apple products, especially the criminal prices for a device with more memory. I guess that is why I keep trying other tablets, to save some money.

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@ponagathos: I received this in 2 days and it is not shipped directly from Microsoft. Your complaint really has nothing to do with this particular deal.

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@ponagathos: Looking at the following current Surface 64GB deal @ the Microsoft store ($329 new, today only, free shipping both ways), the way they select with and without touch cover looks like it would be easy to order without cover when you intended to order with cover. (When I order something significant online I always print and screen capture the full deal page as evidence. Never had to use it, but....)

http://holiday.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/html/pbPage.PDPS/productID.286870700?tid=ssI256g1T_dc&cid=5250&pcrid=28469936573&pkw=microsoft%20-%20surface&pmt=b&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=pointitsem_Microsoft+US_google_5+-+Surface&WT.term=microsoft%20-%20surface&WT.campaign=5+-+Surface&WT.content=sI256g1T&WT.source=google&WT.medium=cpc

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@morriea: What's the condition like - as new? Was it already updated to 8.1? (Free but long update.)

Some not so obvious pluses about these RT tablets vs. other tablets -- the Windows OS means it really does silently and automatically join your existing home network. It acts just like another PC/laptop on your network with to/from visibility to files, media, etc... Ours even auto-found and auto-loaded the Brother MFP printer driver in the background so it prints Excel/Word/Powerpoint files just like any Windows box without needing a separate print app + configuration.

The microSD slot makes it easy to add cheap memory and while I have not tried it, the full size USB port should allow you to plug in a large USB hard drive.

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@starblind: I believe the RT tablets are outstaning. I have used Android phones and tablets for years. My main phone is a Nexus 5. What I need is something smaller and lighter than a laptop that lasts long on batteries and allows me to work when I am on a plane or away from my office. My phone is too small.

The RT has a more complete browser, more compatible office suite and better multi-tasking any other tablet I have tested. Sales for the new Surface have been outstanding through the holiday. The Surface RT is nearly sold out. The Surface can drive an external monitor, it can accept standard USB devices. It also is one of the best built tablets ever.

I have no reason to carry around another Android device simply because it is bigger. If I want to Play Angry Bird, I can always use my phone. The RT comes with all the software that I need to do the work I need to do .

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@zawood1: That Surface Pro @$499 from the same seller looks handy. Windows 8 Pro (not RT), 1920 x 1080 resolution, Intel i5 3rd-gen CPU in a lot more compact form factor than the corresponding laptop. On the downside, unlike the plain Surface, no free MS Office... and I don't think any Surface's have GPS chips if that matters.

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@bluemaple: It did need to be updated after I received it, but it is LIKE NEW condition,

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Buyer beware Surface 2's are already out and surface rt's are most likely going extinct.

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@dekard: I do not think you are correct about the extinction. The one I own (and all others in the wild) will continue to be alive. I could care less what Microsoft does. This is a tablet that will have Office on it, pure and simple. I have no idea why you would think I would need to BEWARE. Of what? How could RT departing affect me? Mine will already be in my hand doing what it was purchased to do. I research this type of item and I assure, mine cannot be remotely shut down by Microsoft even if they stop selling it.

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buyer beware as in support/updates on future issues you may or may not have. If they stop selling the RT there is no future plans for support/updates many people would like to be aware of that before they purchase a product at it's end of life. That's all. I had a MS Surface Pro 128 GB and loved it for what it was, but I needed to go ahead and return it for a full functioning laptop. I loved it though and hope MS can pull this off just don't want people to make a mistake buying the 'next thing' when MS is thinking about killing off all the RT line. It's not going to stop working but you may lose support and updates. Usually MS is way awesome in supporting stuff longer then they need too; as WinXP is still getting updates until April of 2014.. :)

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@dekard: huh?

1) While Microsoft has announced they intend to collapse down to 2 OS's, that might mean the full PC OS + a single mobile phone/tablet OS...perhaps still ARM CPU-compatible.

2) The Surface 2 is a hardware-tweaked version of the original Surface. They both run the same OS. MS's mistake was launching the original Surface at a too-high price point. They should have R&D-subsidized the launch year down to a more reasonable price until the production volume brought cost down.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424791,00.asp

3) The original Surface continues to be sold along side the Surface 2.
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/overview

4) As you acknowldege, MS is likely to support (security patches, etc...) RT after it eventually discountinues the hardware. In the case of still the maturing Tablet market, this hardware is likely to become obsolete prior to MS de-supporting the RT OS.

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5) Microsoft simply cannot abandon the Tablet market - it is eating their PC OS business alive.