Actually I was typing that post on my iPad in the airport, so excuse my misspellings. Now that I am on a desktop with a keyboard, you English teacher you
As a retired air controller, I think I am pretty qualified to talk about aviation navigation systems. So as I stated before, the maps issues that other users in the thread are discussing in reality is a non issue, in the fact that it does not matter WHAT tablet goes into the cockpit. Bottom line is they will not use ANY tablet to navigate off of.
The point I WAS making about Surface is that it is using NAVTEQ data that is supplied by Nokia, which we all know, is in cahoots with M$, thanks to Stephen Elop. While your statement is true that all geodetic databases have inaccuracies (even the ones from NGA), the Maps application on Surface has data from a proven and trusted provider.
I will agree that there is a steep learning curve for Windows 8. It is not something that you just pick up and gain full functionality from the get go. You have to spend a little time with it. I will say for some reason though, my Apple friends (which I call them isheep with affection
) are quicker to pick up on how to get around on my Surface, than Windows 7 and below users. Things are a bit simpler in Windows 8 and that is the problem, windows users have been conditioned for things to be complex and difficult.
However, I still stick by my comment that a $200 - $250 Surface would sell quite well. I like the fact that RT is sandboxed and doesn't try to do everything that say a Surface PRO does. Windows 7 (or Legacy programs) do not run well on touch. And the fact now all the products in the Windows 8 family (PRO, RT, Phone) share a common NT kernel, porting apps to all the platforms in the windows ecosystem is a simple affair.
While I will not say that 64 bit ARM is a marketing gimmick, it will be a while before developers take full advantage of the hardware (PC users know this all to well when the first 64 bit processors came around). But you need to put the hardware out for developers to develop on. It's a double edge sword.
drblank I thank you for an intelligent discussion (with the exception of a little flame in the beginning
) but I know everyone on here is passionate
. As I alluded to in my first post, there is room in my bag for the Surface and iPad to coexist.