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QOTW: Which Windows 10 devices might you actually buy?

by Parm Mann on 9 October 2015, 16:31

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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It has been a good couple of months for Microsoft, hasn't it? Windows 10 is off to a solid start - 110 million installations in the first three months is not to be scoffed at - and the software technology giant took to the stage this week to unveil a dazzling array of new in-house hardware.

Microsoft has rediscovered its mojo and Windows 10 is proving to be something of a catlyst for the industry as a whole. Multiple vendors are serving up laptops that are a beauty to behold, convertible 2-in-1s have actually become a thing, while the likes of Band, Lumia, Surface, HoloLens and Xbox are all showing promise. If nothing else, Microsoft has edged its way back into contention when it comes to consumer decision making.

But here's the thing, as impressive as the devices are, will they sell in the volume required to upset the status quo? I personally like the look of the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950, but Windows 10 is readily available as a free upgrade, and it's running well enough on my 2012 ThinkPad to minimise the desire to purchase new hardware.

And therein lies a challenge: who is Microsoft's target audience these days? Swathes of traditional loyalists are shying away from Microsoft claiming that the company is becoming too much like Apple or Google. Meanwhile, millions of others will give Windows 10 devices the cold shoulder because they're not made by ... well, Apple or Google.

And then there's the chicken-and-egg situation: Windows 10 hardware is here and it's beautiful, but will the apps and developers follow?

Only time will tell, but it is an interesting topic so for this week's question let us ask: which Windows 10 devices might you actually buy? Be it phone, tablet, laptop, something else or nothing at all, let us know what and why using the comments facility below.



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I would love a book,and whichever 950 fits in my hand.

But there is no way in hell I can afford either yet alone both…
I wouldn't. I'm uncomfortable enough with an Android smartphone, let alone having Microsoft's latest corporate attempts to spy on me!
Nah, I'm saving up for Robohon :D

http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/05/roboho-tiny-robot-smartphone-only-in-japan/

Utterly impractical, sooo cute!
If I had the money, I'd gladly buy them all: Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, Xbox One AND Surface Book. And a Win10 PC thrice as fast as the one I can afford. But considering my budget… I might get some cheaper Lumia phone and MAYBE a Surface Pro 4, though I'll probably end up with some cheaper W10 tablet.
My problem with buying windows 10 devices is that no-one is really making them with the specs I want. Show me a Windows 10 phone with a physical qwerty keyboard and I'll throw money at you. Produce a well-specced 8“ 4:3 retina tablet (ideally with an AMD SoC) and you'll have my attention. But so far the phones are all ”me too" touch smartphones and the tablets are all low spec, low res. Bay Trail clones of each other. Someone needs to innovate in the mass-market space….