Microsoft’s Surface Pro “Sold Out”

Microsoft made its new member of the Surface family, Surface Windows 8 Pro, available for sale starting February 9, 2013. The Surface Pro, as I would like to call it, is being sold via Microsoft’s online store, their few retail stores and Best Buy and Staples retail stores.

Within hours, news started rolling in of the 128GB model going “out of stock”. The 64GB was available in most places, but the higher-end model was showing no stock at most of the retailers.

What does it mean? Unfortunately, besides the simple math of demand being more than the supply, nothing. The supply was not enough to keep up with the demand, which for a robust manufacturing organization means a supply chain disaster. How can a company botch supply on launch day? It is the one day the company gets to be in the press more than any other day, at least from that product’s standpoint, and they are unable to fulfil demand.

However, despite their keyboards and mice, as well as their Xbox and now Surface RT, I don’t consider Microsoft a “robust manufacturing company”. Also, the Surface Pro is not a run-of-the-mill product, or an iteration of an existing product. It has a complex screen and specialized materials. There very well could be issues in larger scale manufacturing of those components. In fact, after promising that the Surface Pro would be released about 90 days after the Surface RT, Microsoft ended up releasing the former about 2 weeks later. That hints at a possible issue (or a set of issues) they may have faced during the manufacturing.

There were also anecdotes from individuals going to or calling retail stores in their area and finding out that the stock at these stores was in many cases in single digits. While those are still anecdotes, it is worthwhile to remember that the stock is ordered by the store, and not by Microsoft. Regardless, the customer experience ended up being bad because they could not buy the product they wanted to.

However, not all is lost as long as Microsoft can ramp up quickly. If they replenish stocks quick enough and take advantage of the momentum they have unexpectedly received, it may end up working in their favour. These enthusiastic customers will show off their shiny new toy to their friends and family and perhaps create a few more customers out of them.

Here is where Microsoft will have to learn what Apple has mastered — pre-production capital expenses to fulfil the demand expected at launch, accurately predicting launch day demand, and most importantly, making sure more markets are served at launch and soon after, than the previous launches.

In some ways, this situation is better than the opposite situation, which is Microsoft and its retail partners stock a ton of units and no one wants to buy them. At least at this point it does seem like there is unmet demand for the product. It is for Microsoft to ramp up and ensure that their next Surface family member has even better launch day balance between supply and demand.

Target And Best Buy Cut Prices On iPhone 4S, iPhone 4

Target And Best Buy Cut Prices On iPhone 4S, iPhone 4

In anticipation of the upcoming new iPhone, Target and Best Buy have slashed the prices of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S on AT&T and Verizon have been cut from $199 to $179 (16GB), but there is no word on whether or not the prices of the Sprint phone have dropped or if the 32GB or 64GB iPhone are included in this deal. However, Sprint is currently offering the iPhone 4S for $149.99 with waived activation fees via their official store. This deal is currently available from Target.

Best Buy has chosen to drop the price of the iPhone 4 on Verizon and AT&T from $99 to $49.99. Once again, there is no word on whether or not the Sprint model is included in this offer.

To me, these deals are great for anyone who doesn’t care about having the latest iOS hardware that’s coming next month. However, iOS-addicts, like me, will not be amused by these price cuts as the phones will be outdated in just over a month. In the comments, let us know if you will be taking advantage of this offer from Target, Sprint or Best Buy.

Source: Apple Insider
Image Source: Yutaka Tsutano

Sony Xperia Ion Goes On Sale In The US For $49.99

Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion along with the powerful Xperia S smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Sony Xperia Ion is the company’s first dual-core smartphone featuring a 4.6 inch HD reality display and a 12 megapixel camera. After waiting for months, Sony has finally released the Xperia Ion in the US. This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The much-awaited Android 4.0 OS will be rolled out in the coming months.

Sony Xperia Ion features a 4.6 inch HD reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 18 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 6 hrs 45 min of talk-time, up to 850 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Folks living in the US can easily get the Sony Xperia Ion from Sony online store, AT&T online store and Best Buy. Sony is selling this handset for $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. On the other hand, AT&T is selling this device for $99.99 with a 2 years contract. You can also get this handset without any contract for $449.99. Customers who buy the Xperia ion through Best Buy will receive a deluxe version of Maroon 5’s new album Overexposed pre-loaded on their phone. To get this handset, head over to this page.

HTC Flyer Price Dropped To $299.99 At Best Buy

Earlier this year, HTC announced its first tablet device – the HTC Flyer at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This device was released later in the Q2 of 2011 with a price tag of $499.99. HTC Flyer is one of the best 7 inch Android powered tablet. But, on the other hand, it is also the costliest 7 inch tablet available in the market.

HTC Flyer

Most of the Android tablets launched in this year, runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet device. But, the HTC Flyer runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, which is not optimized for tablet devices. Due to the low sales of this tablet, Best Buy permanently reduced the price of the HTC Flyer from $499.99 to $299.99.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz single core processor, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS), HTC Sense UI, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 16 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours video playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

HTC has already promised that the HTC Flyer will be upgraded to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, but we’ve seen nothing yet. The HTC Flyer will now be available for just $299.99 at Best Buy starting from October 1.

Nexus S Now Available For Free On Contract At Best Buy

The folks living in the US have a great reason to cheer, since the powerful Nexus S smartphone is currently available for free on contract! You heard it right. Best Buy, a popular online retailer in the US, is currently selling the Google branded Nexus S smartphone for free. The Nexus S is available exclusively for T-Mobile and AT&T customers. On the other hand, Sprint customers can grab the 4G variant of the Nexus S.

The Google Nexus S is one of the best Android Gingerbread powered smartphone. This handset was launched earlier for $199.99, later the price of the device was reduced to just $99.99. And now, you can go ahead and get this smartphone, with out burning a hole in your pocket. However, this offer is valid only for a day. You will need to purchase this handset before 11:59pm CST on August 3.

Nexus S

Google Nexus S comes with a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display, sporting aresolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording, USB 2.0, Android Market and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 4G connectivity, A-GPS, Stereo Speakers, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, 4G Mobile Hotspot capability, up to 6 hrs 40 mins of talk-time , up to 428 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers can get the free Nexus S smartphone, either as a new phone or an upgrade purchase, with two year service agreement at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores. To purchase the Nexus S or Nexus S 4G online, head over to this page at Best Buy.

Sprint Nexus S 4G Now Available For Free On Contract At Best Buy

Earlier this year, Sprint launched the 4G version of the popular Nexus S smartphone. Nexus S 4G is the first handset to feature the Android Gingerbread OS along with the 4G connectivity. This handset is available exclusively to the Sprint customer in the US. Last week, AT&T launched the Nexus S for $99.99. To stay ahead of the competition, Sprint finally reduced the price of this smartphone.

Nexus S

Google Nexus S 4G features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording, USB 2.0, Android Market and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 4G connectivity, A-GPS, Stereo Speakers, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, 4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sprint originally launched the 4G variant of Nexus S for $199.99. Later the price of the phone was reduced to $99.99. Now, Best Buy is selling the powerful Nexus S 4G for free with 2 year service agreement. You can also purchase this handset for $0.01 on contract from Amazon. Sprint Nexus S 4G allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. To get this handset, head over to Best Buy or Amazon.

AT&T Nexus S Now Available At Best Buy For $99.99

Google Nexus S is the first Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone. This handset is already available in 3G and 4G variants exclusively for the T-Mobile and Sprint customers respectively. Last week, AT&T announced the Google Nexus S smartphone, for its customers in the US. This handset is manufactured by Samsung and it comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. AT&T customers will be happy to learn that, the much-awaited Google Nexus S smartphone is finally available for purchase exclusively at Best Buy.

nexus s best buy

AT&T Google Nexus S features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with Auto Focus, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, no MicroSd card slot, 512MB RAM, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, Android Market, up to 713 hrs stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 40 min talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The AT&T Google Nexus S allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset also lets you to voice and video chat with your Google Talk friends, over the Wi-Fi or using the 3G/4G connection. AT&T Nexus S comes is available for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Best Buy.

Motorola Triumph Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

Earlier this month, Motorola announced the Android powered Motorola Triumph smartphone. This handset will be available exclusively to the Virgin Mobile customers in the US. This handset runs on the one year old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4.1 inch WVGA display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and so on. Motorola Triumph is finally up for pre-order in the US.

motorola triumph

Motorola Triumph features a 4.1 inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI port, Android Webkit Browser, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, MicroUSB,
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, 3G Mobile HotSpot, up to 500 mins talk-time, up to 300hrs stand-by time and 1400 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Triumph is currently up for pre-order at Best buy. This handset comes with a price tag of $299.99 without any contract. Motorola Triumph will be shipped from July 19th. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Best Buy.

Google Chromebooks Up For Sale on Amazon and BestBuy

A few months ago, Google made a bold move to enter the Netbook market with a new web-based OS called . In the initial months, Google gave out free netbooks to few users called as Cr-48. I was one of the few lucky users to get my hands-on the Cr-48 netbook and found it pretty usable while travelling and performing tasks such as creating documents, emailing and more.

Chromebooks

Last month, Google announced retail availability of Chromebooks in partnership with Samsung and Acer at the Google I/O 2011 conference. The sales of the Chromebooks were slated to begin by June 15, and today Google has officially announced that the Chromebooks are available for sale on Amazon and BestBuy.

Chromebooks are available from two manufactures currently; Samsung and Acer. Samsung has already released their version. However, Acer is yet to make their Chromebooks available for sale.

Samsung Chromebooks are available on Amazon starting at $429.99 for the Wi-Fi version and $499.99 for the 3G version. They are available in two colors: Black and Titan Silver. Acer Chromebooks might be available later this month, however, there is no fixed date yet.

So go ahead and browse through the available selection of Chromebooks at Amazon.

HTC Flyer Wi-Fi Available At Best Buy For $499.99

HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. HTC Flyer runs on the Android 2.4 Operating System, instead of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS for tablets. Last week, we posted that, the HTC Flyer is available for purchase in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries. Now, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is finally available for purchase in the US via Best Buy. The 3G version is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Sadly, the Wi-Fi HTC Flyer will not come with the stylus. To take advantage of the HTC Scribe technology, you will need to purchase the stylus separately for $79.99. The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. The Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer can be easily purchased from the Best Buy stores for $499.99 without any contract.