From the Forums: Enough storage on Surface tablets, Xbox Surface concept
Welcome to another From the Forums, where we bring you the latest discussions from our community, which is arguably the busiest Windows Phone forum out there. Highlighting a handful of threads that are popular with readers, what's been happening this week that you may have overlooked?
Is 32GB enough for today's computing? Is 1TB even enough? When it comes to the Surface Pro, that's what forum member wpguy has asked the community. Set to arrive in both 64GB and 128GB versions, will the Surface Pro sport enough room for everything consumers will need to store?
Most consumers, especially those who build their own systems opt for 500GB or 1TB hard drives. These are still the traditional spin disk drives, but solid state drives are slowly catching on. The latter remains fairly expensive and solutions generally hit 100GB. As the Surface Pro is a tablet, is 64GB minimum enough?
What are your thoughts on storage and Microsoft's range of Windows tablets? Be sure to head on over to "Surface Pro: Is 19/83GB free space enough?" and add your $0.02.
Xbox Surface concept
Smileyctp has published a concept for the proposed Microsoft 7-inch "Xbox Surface" and how the UI may look for consumers. The above image is one of designs that shows an adapted Charm bar. SmartGlass is also seen to be integrated fairly heavily, which isn't a bad thing. The company is looking to further tie products together, which this would enable.
A lot of the design has been borrowed from Windows Phone, which both complements the mobile platform as well as offering a unique experience for those on the mobile gaming device. The question we put to you is: what do you believe Microsoft will work with when it comes to the Xbox Surface? Windows Phone or Xbox 360? Add your thoughts on the above concept in the "Xbox Surface Concept" thread.
Miscellaneous: The Android Lumia Copycat
Many companies make use of designs that have been successful before, but there are those times when simply taking a smartphone and using some elements is taking just a bit too far. The "CloudFone Thrill" (pictured above) is such a device that looks strikingly familiar, right? While it's an Android smartphone, the similarities are just overbearing.
What do you make of the copycat? Be sure to add your thoughts over on the "Lumia Copy" thread. Thanks to WanderingTraveler for highlighting it.
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By Jez Corden
I'm srsly looking for a solution right now. My Laptop currently has 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD in the Optical drive bay. It's a almost 4 years old Studio XPS 13. I'd like to get an ultrabook, but none of them offer the space I currently need. Yes I'm really using those 1TB, since I have tons of videos and Music on there, and I'm a quality addict -> losts of flac and 1080p mkv. And that's only the stuff I'm carrying around. There's another 4TB on external drives that I usually leave at home.
I'm really looking for a solution that let's me enjoy my library everywhere, preferably lag free.
otoh, i think those guesses are way too far out, i mean you can take a general guess by looking at the current crop of "pro" windows 8, the size is only 10~15GB depending on what's installed, im going to say you would have at least 35~40GB available to use
The storage occupied by a Surface Pro device includes more than an OS. First off, a 128GB SSD has only 119GB usable. Then add the Windows OS, drivers and additional applications, recovery partition (which can be offloaded to increase local storage space), performance related paging file (4GB RAM = 4GB paging file), etc.
If you pick up a MacBook Air with 128GB SSD, you are also not getting 128GB of storage. This isn't anything new.
Personally I think 128 GB is enough, but the idea that a micro SD card solves storage problems is bogus.
I've been trimming down my laptop since the Pro's specs were announced. I've gone from ~420 GB used down to 117 GB today. I'll lose about another 10 GB when I finish moving all of my source control to my hosted servers, and I know I'll be losing about another 50 GB when I setup primary and backup 2TB drives on my router and create a personal cloud. I'll pop in a 64GB SD card, too, for music and videos on-the-go ... probably take the one out of my RT and configure the RT to use the 2TB drives on the network.
Funny how just the Pro's announcement caused me to organize my digital assets. Heck, I'll be getting rid of my WHS server even ... it will be nice to not pay for that thing to run. When I bought my RT and two Nokia Play speakers, I gave away a lot of stereo equipment and freed-up a whole shelf.
Oh well, once Surface Pro launches, they will either need to reduce the price of Surface RT to that $250 level (and give Office away for free) or otherwise incentivize that platform because they missed a critical window. At that price, I'll replace the Kindle Fire my kids now use with a Surface RT. ;-9