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    I am curious....have you taken your RT or Pro into what I call Macland ( Starbucks ) ???

    I went off to visit my Mom, take her some treats and the finish cut of a video of my Father in his marching band prior to his passing. (She loved it)

    Any way I don't drive, so I use a combo of bus and taxi to make my way, and at the change over spot (Starbucks), I got coffee for us and called the cab.

    I was told it would be a bit as the cab company was overloaded. As I had my Surface with me I was happy to wait.

    Well you would have thought I pulled out kittens from my backpack and started to tear them apart. It went from nice and quiet to mumbles and grumbles. One comment I did manage to hear was " Ugh what's that doing here?"

    Being I live in a University town there is a large population of Mac users......and they do not seem to like us Surface dwellers.

    What reaction have you gotten from your Surface? Good or Bad????
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    You need to move to a less pretentious town.
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    I've never spotted a Surface in Starbucks. There aren't that many MacBook users either, mostly I see Acer or Lenovo laptops at the Starbucks in my neighbourhood.

    The most unusual spotting I ever made in Starbucks was an HP Touchpad (webOS).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    I've never spotted a Surface in Starbucks. There aren't that many MacBook users either, mostly I see Acer or Lenovo laptops at the Starbucks in my neighbourhood.

    The most unusual spotting I ever made in Starbucks was an HP Touchpad (webOS).
    OMG you saw an HP out in the wild??? That is a good spotting !!! I didn't think anybody bought one !!

    Here in Guelph most Windows machines will be spotted in Tim Horton's or at the mall food court. Starbucks and the other Posh Coffee house is normally wall to wall Macbook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    OMG you saw an HP out in the wild??? That is a good spotting !!! I didn't think anybody bought one !!

    Here in Guelph most Windows machines will be spotted in Tim Horton's or at the mall food court. Starbucks and the other Posh Coffee house is normally wall to wall Macbook.
    I also know a guy in one of my local Linux User Groups who has a Touchpad. I played with it at one of the Linux User Group meetings. I wish I would've gotten a Touchpad during the fire sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    I also know a guy in one of my local Linux User Groups who has a Touchpad. I played with it at one of the Linux User Group meetings. I wish I would've gotten a Touchpad during the fire sale.
    The video review I watched said it was not fully finished in terms of OS. Overall the review was good, but the person's opinion was it was kinda buggy. That and he was waiting on some form of hack to finish.
    HP WebOS and the BB Playbook are 2 items I never really looked at, and I know so little about them. It would be fun to learn and tinker with them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    The video review I watched said it was not fully finished in terms of OS. Overall the review was good, but the person's opinion was it was kinda buggy. That and he was waiting on some form of hack to finish.
    HP WebOS and the BB Playbook are 2 items I never really looked at, and I know so little about them. It would be fun to learn and tinker with them!
    I don't think it is too bad considering how cheap it was when HP discontinued it. It would've been worth it for me at the fire sale price, but as they say "you snooze, you lose".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    I also know a guy in one of my local Linux User Groups who has a Touchpad. I played with it at one of the Linux User Group meetings. I wish I would've gotten a Touchpad during the fire sale.
    I had a 32gb and my wife has a 16gb. Our son now uses the TP occasionally for playing games or watching YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    The video review I watched said it was not fully finished in terms of OS. Overall the review was good, but the person's opinion was it was kinda buggy. That and he was waiting on some form of hack to finish.
    I have an HP Touchpad. I installed Android on it via dual boot and that's what I use most of the time. I played with WebOS some though. I wouldn't say it's buggy. It actually reminds me a lot of WP. Pretty good OS, but the lack of apps affect its usefulness.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    Amazing ...

    I go to sTarbucks on occasion.
    Mainly in and out of the drive thru.

    I find it odd that humans actually rate other humans based on their electronic device preference.
    Laughable not to mention ridiculous.

    (meanwhile in Syria an innocent public element including children continues to starve while a go nowhere war rages on)
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    I feel like I run circles around iPad users when I meet them, I can't really come with with many things the iPad does better (or even does..) than my Surface RT (first gen) for me. That said, I don't play games on mobile devices, so I do admit that the iPad is most likely better for that.

    But it all comes down to what are one's needs. I can't really come up with any reasonable arguments for myself to use an iPad, but I don't go out of my way to recommend Surface to someone who is clearly better off with an iPad :P
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    I have a Touchpad. Also have my old Pre Plus, Pre 2, and Pixi Plus gathering dust. WebOS was an OS that, if it had been able to run as smooth as WP, and had Palm had the money to make the original Pre much more solid, it might have knocked Droid out of the running early. VZW was originally interested in picking it up as it's primary competition to the iPhone, but the Moto Droid was a more solid device, and VZW wanted some changes which the Pre+ had. WebOS is still the best multi-tasking software paradigm out there. If it had the fluidity of WP and at least an active app base as large as WP, I'd still be on it as the experience is better than all the other OS' out there, IMHO. Alas, Hurd was going to make it HP's primary means of becoming relevant in the mobile/tablet space, but then he got axed shortly after the purchase, and Leo ruined Palm and webOS.

    I have CyanogenMod on my Touchpad for the latest games, but Android is just so horrible compared to webOS. It pains me to use it most times. I've moved on, phone wise, now to WP where I plan to stay for the foreseeable future. When you see some other OS tossing applications away to close them...thank webOS. iOS still ain't got nothing on it, and let's be honest, those Macheads are probably just jealous that the Surface can wipe the floor with it in most power user situations. Next time ask them if they can sync their iPad to their OSX desktop like Win8 can do across devices? What do you mean you can't prop your tablet up and whip out a mouse to drive your tablet? And on and on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    Being I live in a University town there is a large population of Mac users......and they do not seem to like us Surface dwellers.
    LOL this is the best part of this! I couldn't help but laugh at "Surface dwellers" haha. I'll have to use that. I have heard people talk about windows 8 badly. One of my friends happened to be one of them. Showed him my windows 8 on my Samsung smart ativ pc. Explained to him that the "Metro" or start screen is just a visual start menu. It blew his mind and it finally made sense to him. Basically he judged windows 8 based on what other people said. I hate that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xboxonthego3 View Post
    LOL this is the best part of this! I couldn't help but laugh at "Surface dwellers" haha. I'll have to use that. I have heard people talk about windows 8 badly. One of my friends happened to be one of them. Showed him my windows 8 on my Samsung smart ativ pc. Explained to him that the "Metro" or start screen is just a visual start menu. It blew his mind and it finally made sense to him. Basically he judged windows 8 based on what other people said. I hate that.
    It is sad how many have passed judgement on Windows 8 or 8.1 without even getting into it. Also nice way to break down the Metro/Modern UI....I hadn't thought to think of it like that !!

    However after using it on a Netbook for a short time, now my Surface.....it is no big deal to use either keyboard and mouse or touch.....it's second nature now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    It is sad how many have passed judgement on Windows 8 or 8.1 without even getting into it. Also nice way to break down the Metro/Modern UI....I hadn't thought to think of it like that !!

    However after using it on a Netbook for a short time, now my Surface.....it is no big deal to use either keyboard and mouse or touch.....it's second nature now.
    I have Windows 8.1 on a 5 1/2 year old laptop. It runs better than Windows 7, since it uses less resources. I have no issues using the touchpad or the keyboard and a mouse.

    I also have a new laptop with a touchscreen, but I hardly ever use the touchscreen, even in metro mode. The touchpad or keyboard/mouse work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xboxonthego3 View Post
    LOL this is the best part of this! I couldn't help but laugh at "Surface dwellers" haha. I'll have to use that. I have heard people talk about windows 8 badly. One of my friends happened to be one of them. Showed him my windows 8 on my Samsung smart ativ pc. Explained to him that the "Metro" or start screen is just a visual start menu. It blew his mind and it finally made sense to him. Basically he judged windows 8 based on what other people said. I hate that.
    There are legitimate complaints about Windows 8 on non-tablet devices. Metro is NOT just a visual start menu. It is an entirely new user interface that affects applications designed for that UI. Modern/Metro UI is optimized (I'd say over-optimized) for touch screens. It is a waste of screen space on typical notebook and desktop systems. It (Metro/Modern) will not be embraced by F500 corporations because of that.
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    Most of these Surface related complains stem from the general hatred towards Windows 8. A hatred that is well deserved IMO.
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    Here come the haters.....
    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillysJeepMan View Post
    There are legitimate complaints about Windows 8 on non-tablet devices. Metro is NOT just a visual start menu. It is an entirely new user interface that affects applications designed for that UI. Modern/Metro UI is optimized (I'd say over-optimized) for touch screens. It is a waste of screen space on typical notebook and desktop systems. It (Metro/Modern) will not be embraced by F500 corporations because of that.
    I think you make a good and valid point. In my opinion it isn't so bad with mouse and keyboard either. Just need to learn some hotkeys and mouse gestures. But I can definitely understand though that it is easier to use with touchscreen. I respect your opinion because it is actually a valid point.

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    Here come the haters.....
    I'm fine with it. As long as they have something to back up their opinion.
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    Sounds like you were in Austin. Austinians are weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    I am curious....have you taken your RT or Pro into what I call Macland ( Starbucks ) ???

    I went off to visit my Mom, take her some treats and the finish cut of a video of my Father in his marching band prior to his passing. (She loved it)

    Any way I don't drive, so I use a combo of bus and taxi to make my way, and at the change over spot (Starbucks), I got coffee for us and called the cab.

    I was told it would be a bit as the cab company was overloaded. As I had my Surface with me I was happy to wait.

    Well you would have thought I pulled out kittens from my backpack and started to tear them apart. It went from nice and quiet to mumbles and grumbles. One comment I did manage to hear was " Ugh what's that doing here?"

    Being I live in a University town there is a large population of Mac users......and they do not seem to like us Surface dwellers.

    What reaction have you gotten from your Surface? Good or Bad????
    Much like BlackBerry owners claiming evil bias at an AT&T or VZW store or by some kid working in. Best Buy, I must admit I always find myself wondering whether people reporting this sort of thing are either overly sensitive or prone to dramatics. I can't say I have ever observed any version of that at any WiFi hotspot. People are generally too busy doing whatever they came in to do to pay attention to anything else. In fact, the only question I have ever been asked is whether the device I am using is one of the Surface tablets. Just a question with no value judgment attached at all.
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    Just try pulling out a Windows Phone or Surface in Cupertino, CA. Heads would explode in Apple-lala-land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    .....it is no big deal to use either keyboard and mouse or touch.....it's second nature now.
    I know, isn't it amazing how you can go from screen, to keyboard to mouse and back around again and not even think about it? Of course, I get irritated with myself when I try to touch the screen on my non-touch work PC!

    That said, I did once sit by a fellow "Surface Dweller" while waiting for a flight in Charlotte. We had a nice chat while everyone else thumbed away on their iPhones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greywolf1967 View Post
    Being I live in a University town there is a large population of Mac users......and they do not seem to like us Surface dwellers.
    Must be a town full of people who don't have to pay their bills with their own money.

    My 6 year old 17" Gateway laptop which I bought for $699 is still going strong with zero issues. That could never be said about a Mac because you'd have to add a "1" in front of that dollar figure.

    I've worked on dozens of OS's and W8 is by far one of my top 2 or 3. Just like buying a new car, once you get used to where the buttons are and what they do, it's effortless.
    Microsoft does not read these Forums. Please go to the Windows Phone Suggestion Site and make your voice be heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen_az View Post
    Much like BlackBerry owners claiming evil bias at an AT&T or VZW store or by some kid working in. Best Buy, I must admit I always find myself wondering whether people reporting this sort of thing are either overly sensitive or prone to dramatics. I can't say I have ever observed any version of that at any WiFi hotspot. People are generally too busy doing whatever they came in to do to pay attention to anything else. In fact, the only question I have ever been asked is whether the device I am using is one of the Surface tablets. Just a question with no value judgment attached at all.
    I don't think I am overly sensitive. However as I said I am in a University town, and the typical person who has time to sit and make use of the WiFi are the people who attend school.

    If there was a Tim Horton's I could have stopped at I would have waited there, as I have also said it is were you will see Windows laptops always open. Now as a rule my wait time for a cab is never that long, but due to a busy day I had to wait. It was the only time I have ever used the WiFi but not the only time I have grabbed coffee for my Mom and myself, and any time I have been in, it is a Mac expo.

    I have never had this issue as I have traveled through Toronto. A place where people don't seem to notice others are even around :) It is also where I have been asked about my phone, and it's "Huge Arse Camera".

    Now trust me when I say I have a thick skin, as I am the only Windows Phone user in a group of iPhones.
    I Love my Windows Phone !!!
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