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The Macalope Weekly: So much better than Apple

The Macalope | Feb. 4, 2013
As if you needed any more evidence, the Macalope this week brings you three tales of how Apple's competitors are once again smoking the company with the winning. Your feeble 128GB iPad is no match for the computing power of the Surface, Apple!

As if you needed any more evidence, the Macalope this week brings you three tales of how Apple's competitors are once again smoking the company with the winning. Your feeble 128GB iPad is no match for the computing power of the Surface, Apple! And you may as well just roll over like a dog and let Samsung scratch your belly! Go on! ROLL OVER! NO! NO! BAD DOG! BAD DOG!

Asked and answered

Apple announced the 128GB iPad this week, finally answering the question "Can even the most mundane of updates to Apple products drive people insane?"

Writing for TechnoBuffalo, Todd Haselton asks "Who Needs a 128GB iPad? Buy a Surface Pro Instead."

Apple announced a brand new 128GB iPad this morning. Now, I understand that while reading my headline you're probably asking yourself:

What poor life choices led to me reading this article?

What do you mean who needs a 128GB iPad? Isn't more space a good thing?

Well, that would presume we're having a logical, adult conversation here. So, no, the Macalope was not asking himself that question.

Who needs a 128GB iPad? People with plenty of videos and photos and large documents, for sure.

Oh. Well, yeah. So ... are we done here, or ... ?

But that's not what I really meant by the question. At its starting price point of $800, the tablet is just $200 cheaper than a MacBook Air. It's also $200 cheaper than Microsoft's entry-level Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet. Those are full featured computers that can run full desktop applications.

Uh, sure, but maybe that's not what you need. See, there's this whole class of computing device called "tablets" ...

Also, about that Surface "Pro" ...

Microsoft: redefining "professional" since 2013.

I'm sure I'll catch some flack from people who say that the iPad is cheaper than the Surface Pro ...

You mean people who can do basic math? Sure.

... but let's be real: if you have $800 to spend on an iPad, you probably have the extra $200 for a beefier machine.

Oh, totally, right? Really, once numbers go over 800, they kind of become meaningless, don't they? Heck, why not get a Retina display MacBook Pro? Or a Tesla? Those are really cool.

Sure, an iPad is great for some work tasks, especially out in the field, but it's not a replacement computer for me.

Punditry 101: You, the pundit, are everyone.

Let's see if we can clear some of your confusion up, Todd. The Surface "Pro" has 23GB of usable space. The 128GB iPad has about 120GB of usable space. And costs $200 less.

Are we done here now?

 

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