Microsoft Launches New Surface RT vs. iPad Ad Highlighting iPad Shortcomings

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    Microsoft is continuing its anti-iPad ad campaign, today releasing a new commercial comparing the Surface RT to the fourth generation iPad. The ad, which displays a Surface RT tablet and an iPad side-by-side, highlights both pricing and size differences between the two products.

    Microsoft also uses the spot to summarize other iPad shortcomings that it has highlighted in previous ads, including the iPad's lack of an integrated kickstand and keyboard, the absence of dedicated productivity software on the tablet, its poor multitasking capabilities, and its failure to offer expandable storage.

    Despite its vigorous advertising campaign, Microsoft revealed last week that its Surface lineup had earned just $853 million in revenue for the company, less than a $900 million writedown the company took for the Surface RT earlier this month.

    As a result of the tablet's weak sales, Microsoft was forced to drop the price of the Surface RT by $150 in July, pricing its entry level offering at just $349.99. The company has since dropped the price of the Surface Pro as well, offering it for $100 off through the end of August.

    Article Link: Microsoft Launches New Surface RT vs. iPad Ad Highlighting iPad Shortcomings
     
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    Oh jeez....is it me or are these ads just getting more embarrassing?!
     
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    wah wah

    Average consumer: "Hmm, I have a limited amount of funds to spend on a tablet, I guess I'll go with the leader"

    MSFT FAIL
     
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    I'm sure sales of the Surface will make up for the cost of producing these kinds of commercials.

    (I'll have you know I said that with a straight face! :D )
     
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    Microsoft should really just focus on itself rather than always benchmarking with the iPad.
     
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    Seriously Microsoft, stop touting that awful kickstand. Especially if you're not even going to show the iPad's Smart Cover in the comparison.
     
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    Fanboy aside... thats pretty impressive. If Apple did that, you'd be lined up around the corner. The only turnout is the name Microsoft.
     
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    Actually to be honest I liked it how in a way they did do a relatively far comparison, showing that the Surface is indeed heavier than the iPad. Either way the Surface for the price actually seems rather reasonable and enticing.
     
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    ....and

    on, and on, and on, and on..................... :apple:
     
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    All I saw was that beautiful woman in the video chat...
     
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    I predict the RT will be dead in two years, max.

    The Pro will probably stick around because improved technology can remove its major shortcomings, and it can actually run things.
     
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    Ironically, the 16GB iPad has more free space for data and apps than the 32GB Surface RT.

    BTW. The Surface RT (or otherwise) cannot be used on the lap with that kickstand and that flimsy keyboard whereas an iPad with a keyboard case can.

    If you want a stand, get a smartcover.
     
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    Microsoft: Die Apple, die!

    Apple: Hey, free advertising :D
     
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    That's one of the best Microsoft ads I've seen in a very long time. At least as good as the Apple ones, maybe more-so.
     
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    um did anyone else notice the girls face on the microsoft surface side during the video conference?

    maybe its flash/youtube.. or is that really in the commercial? lol

    the quality of the video on the surface side doesn't look as good to me. not that i was expecting it to. :)
     
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    How about getting someone who actually knows how to use an iPad to play the part?
     
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    Dear Microsoft

    These ad campaigns are not helping you sell your tablets. Try something else.

    Sincerely,
    Free iPad promotion
     
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    Don't know why they would go to all the trouble with the comparison and not compare the price with the same 32gb version, to make the iPad look even worse! One of the downsides of Apple is definitely the price increases for doubling memory, all about profit rather than component cost.
     
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    This is the first ad of theirs I enjoy (except for the Super Fanboy one). Well done, all the stuff is true, I just wish they had more apps available. Then it would be good.
     
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    Seriously? My immediate thought was it looked like some poor PowerPoint presentation.
     
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    Hey,come on now. We all know 8.1 is coming. Let's be positive. ;)
     
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    poor campaign tactic...

    In trying to be "aggressive" with these ads Microsoft is just coming off desperate.
     

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