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[ZDNET] Surface Pro versus MacBook Air: Who's being dishonest with storage space?

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Microsoft has been absolutely pummeled in the press and in reader comments this week by pundits and customers alike. They feel cheated by the amount of free storage space available to them on the new line of Surface Pro devices.

But is that criticism fair or even valid?

If it were valid, then surely Apple would have been scrutinized carefully over its 11.6-inch MacBook Air 128, which has specs that are reasonably similar to the Surface Pro 128. They’re both ultraportable devices that run full-strength operating systems. Both use similar CPUs, offer similar amounts of RAM, and advertise 128 GB of storage. The Surface Pro has touch capabilities and can be used as a tablet, but at its heart it is a full-strength PC designed for extreme mobility. (...)

Forget what you’ve read in the past week. The widely reported number that Microsoft mistakenly confirmed (83 GB of free space for the Surface Pro 128) is not accurate. In its Reddit AMA yesterday, the Surface team confirmed that those numbers were wrong:

 

Source

 

 

 

I recommend reading the whole source, it's very interesting.


Edited by noobhell - 2/8/13 at 12:37am
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Here’s the tl;dr version. The MacBook Air 128 gives you 77.3 percent of the advertised storage space for user data. The Surface Pro 128 gives you 75.2 percent of its advertised capacity for storing data. And with one minor tweak that doesn’t affect the system’s capabilities in any way, you can increase the amount of data storage space on the Surface Pro to 81.8% of the advertised capacity.

Lol, well i suppose more space is only a good thing thumb.gif
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Ha!
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I wonder if all the kneejerking people lobbying for MS to be sued for false advertising in terms of usable space will now join this bandwagon.

Or is it not cool enough to do so yet?
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Wait...MS better than Apple?
Gates more honest than Jobs?

NEVA!
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of course apple fanboys won't gonna complain about the macbook air, what do you expect?
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Omg this article is LOLZ rolleyes.gif
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so apple has been using the 1Gb = 1,000 bytes this entire time? interesting.....trying to make it look like it has more storage space than it really does
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OS X says that disk can hold 999.86 GB. Windows says it can hold 931.51 GB. But it's the exact same disk. The measurements are just expressed differently, in a way that makes Apple look generous and Microsoft look stingy.
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

of course apple fanboys won't gonna complain about the macbook air, what do you expect?

I don't expect to see the usual two apple fanboys to show up in this thread. rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

so apple has been using the 1Gb = 1,000 bytes this entire time? interesting.....trying to make it look like it has more storage space than it really does

Yes. My brother has a MacBook pro and he wonders why when I send him a 38 megabyte file, it takes up 41 or 42 megs of his hard drive... rolleyes.gif Apple is being extremely dishonest about the space in that way.

Yes, I know it's just a different way of reporting it, but it is still cooking the books in my opinion.
 
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