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  Reply # 943703 1-Dec-2013 14:57 Send private message

Airport Extreme?

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  Reply # 943708 1-Dec-2013 15:15 Send private message

sidders80:
Jaxson:
sidders80: I picked up the surface rt for $278 from jb and it was an impulse buy. I have used it for a few minutes and it isn't for me. I am happy with my iPad so gonna sell it now.


What's driving your decision on this please? Considering getting one for my parents so am keen to hear end user opinions.

Where in NZ are you? Will give you $250 ;-)



its not a bad device but using the ios and android for my phone windows rt is not me. good device for a basic use and should be good for your parents. I am in auckland
 

Did you upgrade it to 8.1, which improves it alot. I initially didn't like it that much, but after spending quite a bit of time with it, and learning how everything works, I now find it far better than the ipad. I does true multitasking and side by side windows, unlike the ipad. So you can be viewing a video while browsing the web. It is a bit like an ipad mini with a wider larger screen. 
I don't think it is that suitable for the non technical person, as ios is a lot more intuitive. Windows 8 still has a long way to go with it's interface, it doesn't even have a notifications pull down where you can easily enable and disable services. But the live tiles are far better than icons, and I also prefer it to androids icons and widgets, which seem to slow it all down. The apps are also far more reliable than with my android device.  Even with the ipad2, apps regularly crash in ios 7, which I think it is a lack of memory. In some ways the windows 8 RT ecosystem  does feel more closed off than IOS, as IE is the only web browser you can use, unlike with IOS where you can installer Chrome, Opera etc 
It is  better for video watching than the ipad, due to it's wider screen format. With the ipad, you either have to reduce the size or the video gets cropped. I also find it faster than the ipad 2. 
The app selection is also not great. IOS has far more apps. But many of the things you can do in your web browser. eg google maps, gmail, pandora etc. IE is a pretty good web browser, and you can actually view flash content on it, unlike the ipad. So you can actually view tv3s ondemand content on it, and in full wide screen.  
A pity google haven't really built many apps for windows 8, as I would like to see a chrome browser and google maps.
For something that is a fraction of the price of an ipad, it is a pretty good device, especially as it comes with microsoft office, it's memory can be expanded, it has a USB port,you can have a keyboard and trackpad/mouse, and even plug the screen into another monitor/tv.

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  Reply # 943741 1-Dec-2013 16:57 Send private message

mattwnz:
sidders80:
Jaxson:
sidders80: I picked up the surface rt for $278 from jb and it was an impulse buy. I have used it for a few minutes and it isn't for me. I am happy with my iPad so gonna sell it now.


What's driving your decision on this please? Considering getting one for my parents so am keen to hear end user opinions.

Where in NZ are you? Will give you $250 ;-)



its not a bad device but using the ios and android for my phone windows rt is not me. good device for a basic use and should be good for your parents. I am in auckland
 

Did you upgrade it to 8.1, which improves it alot. I initially didn't like it that much, but after spending quite a bit of time with it, and learning how everything works, I now find it far better than the ipad. I does true multitasking and side by side windows, unlike the ipad. So you can be viewing a video while browsing the web. It is a bit like an ipad mini with a wider larger screen. 
I don't think it is that suitable for the non technical person, as ios is a lot more intuitive. Windows 8 still has a long way to go with it's interface, it doesn't even have a notifications pull down where you can easily enable and disable services. But the live tiles are far better than icons, and I also prefer it to androids icons and widgets, which seem to slow it all down. The apps are also far more reliable than with my android device.  Even with the ipad2, apps regularly crash in ios 7, which I think it is a lack of memory. In some ways the windows 8 RT ecosystem  does feel more closed off than IOS, as IE is the only web browser you can use, unlike with IOS where you can installer Chrome, Opera etc 
It is  better for video watching than the ipad, due to it's wider screen format. With the ipad, you either have to reduce the size or the video gets cropped. I also find it faster than the ipad 2. 
The app selection is also not great. IOS has far more apps. But many of the things you can do in your web browser. eg google maps, gmail, pandora etc. IE is a pretty good web browser, and you can actually view flash content on it, unlike the ipad. So you can actually view tv3s ondemand content on it, and in full wide screen.  
A pity google haven't really built many apps for windows 8, as I would like to see a chrome browser and google maps.
For something that is a fraction of the price of an ipad, it is a pretty good device, especially as it comes with microsoft office, it's memory can be expanded, it has a USB port,you can have a keyboard and trackpad/mouse, and even plug the screen into another monitor/tv.


I think having picked up an iPad air recently I wasn't liking this much. As I said it was an impulse buy and may be if I had spent more time I might have liked it. For the price it's not a bad buy




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  Reply # 943780 1-Dec-2013 18:39 Send private message

Noelleeming Wellington Central is again doing 10% off all Macbooks including the latest Macbook Pro with Retina Display models; got one with 512gb flash drive for $2519.1, which is $279.9 saving. For anyone planning to buy a new Macbook pro this would be a great deal, better than the so-called one-day only special from the official Apple online shop.

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  Reply # 943797 1-Dec-2013 19:04 Send private message

sidders80: I picked up the surface rt for $278 from jb and it was an impulse buy. I have used it for a few minutes and it isn't for me. I am happy with my iPad so gonna sell it now.
 

I can buy it off you for the $278+shipping if you want. I'll drop you a PM.

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  Reply # 944584 3-Dec-2013 10:33 Send private message

iTunes gift cards: does anyone know if any shops have these on special at the moment?

I had planned on buying some iTunes cards with the Apple Store gift card I got when purchasing my iPad - so I could use it to purchase apps - but found that's not possible. So hoping to find some iTunes cards at a good price so I can pick up all the apps I want to over the next few weeks.

Thanks!

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  Reply # 944585 3-Dec-2013 10:40 Send private message

jonathan18: iTunes gift cards: does anyone know if any shops have these on special at the moment?

I had planned on buying some iTunes cards with the Apple Store gift card I got when purchasing my iPad - so I could use it to purchase apps - but found that's not possible. So hoping to find some iTunes cards at a good price so I can pick up all the apps I want to over the next few weeks.

Thanks!


Countdown are currently doing 25% off all iTunes gift cards.




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  Reply # 944628 3-Dec-2013 11:29 Send private message

Yatey: 

Countdown are currently doing 25% off all iTunes gift cards.


Finally, a reason for me to go inside a Countdown!

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  Reply # 944640 3-Dec-2013 11:55 Send private message

Yatey:
jonathan18: iTunes gift cards: does anyone know if any shops have these on special at the moment?

I had planned on buying some iTunes cards with the Apple Store gift card I got when purchasing my iPad - so I could use it to purchase apps - but found that's not possible. So hoping to find some iTunes cards at a good price so I can pick up all the apps I want to over the next few weeks.

Thanks!


Countdown are currently doing 25% off all iTunes gift cards.


Thanks for that! I had checked out Countdown's website but couldn't even find them listed - perhaps they don't offer them on-line? Will pop into a store to grab some.

Might end up spending my $75 AU of store gift cards towards an Apple TV - a product that's much better priced in Aus than here (given the current exchange rate...).

Cheers
Jonathan

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  Reply # 944655 3-Dec-2013 12:17 Send private message

Did anyone get any bargains during Cyber Monday? It felt rather quiet?

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  Reply # 944699 3-Dec-2013 13:13 Send private message

Did apple have and black friday , cyber monday specials like last year? I checked their website over the last 5 days and haven't seen anything off.

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  Reply # 944701 3-Dec-2013 13:15 Send private message

Yeah they were giving you itunes credit, no discount as such.

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  Reply # 944713 3-Dec-2013 13:35 Send private message

lxsw20: Yeah they were giving you itunes credit, no discount as such.


During last Friday's sale Apple was actually giving store credit (ie, Apple gift cards), rather than iTunes cards, which is far more limiting - I didn't realise that until I'd already purchased the iPad; and only found out yesterday one can't purchase iTunes cards with Apple gift cards (a weird restriction, I reckon).

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  Reply # 945535 4-Dec-2013 18:17 Send private message

Got one Seagate 4TB external hard drive last weekend from NL wellington central for $229; think that's a good deal.

I could have bought the same from amazon and get youshop to ship to NZ for about $214 but thought for $15 more I wouldn't have to wait.

Amazon is still having sales on various external hard drives up to 40% off and some of them could be shipped direct to NZ; postage included it could still be cheaper by 20-30%

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  Reply # 945925 5-Dec-2013 09:59 Send private message

Noel Leeming is doing a $250 store credit with any whiteware/tv/computer purchase over $899   http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/




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