Apple chief Tim Cook has called the Microsoft Surface ”a fairly compromised, confusing product.”
The comments (as reported by AllThingsD) came during Apple’s Q4 2012 results conference call, when Cook was asked for his opinion of the new Microsoft Surface tablet. The device will be a direct rival to Apple’s own recently announced iPad 4.
Cook responded that he hadn’t had a chance to use one yet, “but what we’re reading about is that it’s a fairly compromised confusing product,” he said. He added that “I think one of the things you do with a product is make hard trade-offs. The user experience on the iPad is absolutely incredible.”
All of which implies that he feels the Microsoft Surface isn’t a focused device and thus doesn’t boast a particularly good user experience.
“You could design a car that flies and floats, but I don’t think it would do either of those things very well,” Cook continued. “People will look at the iPad and at competitive offerings, and I think they’ll conclude the iPad is the better choice.”
Cook’s comments refer to the Microsoft Surface’s limited version of the Windows 8 OS, as well as its clip-on keyboard peripheral. This has led to criticism in some quarter that it’s neither a completely usable tablet nor a fully functional laptop.
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