Microsoft Convinces A 12 Year Old To Buy A Surface 2 Instead Of iPad Mini (Video)

Microsoft Surface digital marketing team has done this cool job of convincing a 12 year old girl to buy a Surface 2 instead of Apple iPad mini which she preferred. Recently a father tweeted Surface team a presentation that his 12 year old daughter created describing why she should get an iPad mini. He challenged both Surface and Samsung to take turns in a rebuttal, we gladly accepted the challenge. Microsoft in response created a presentation for that girl to convince her to buy Surface 2 and they won the challenge by selling a Surface 2 to her.

Surface 12 year old

Find the pictures from the below link to see what happened next.

Source: Windows Team Blog

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  • troyrig

    I don’t know, looks like she played along so her dad could get a new Surface… Although my 8 year old daughter freaked when I sold my iPad and hot a Surface Pro 2, bit when I showed her the stylus and other features she seemingly forgot what an iPad is.

    • Tony Ceralva

      Then your daughter need a Note 10.1.

      • Michael-Patrick Richter

        Why would you limit yourself with an Android based Note 10.1?

        • Tony Ceralva

          Why would you limit yourself with the crappy Windows Store?

          The Note 10.1 has the best stylus, and a much better app store.

          • Michael-Patrick Richter

            Statements like that don’t make you seem very knowledgeable.

          • Jonathan O.

            But Windows has better apps than Android. Look at Fresh Paint. Look at Bing apps such as Sports or Health & Fitness.
            And Windows on its own is simply faster, more convenient and has better functional.

          • Tony Ceralva

            The Note 10.1 S-Pen detect 1024 different pressure levels. There are some greats apps that support it like Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.

          • Jonathan O.

            Just like Surface pen. They’re both Wacom.
            Photoshop runs and feels perfectly on Surface, I should say.

          • Tony Ceralva

            No, the S-Pen is better, this is a FACT. You can use it even without touch the screen, and Samsung has integrated it on Android in a way than no one can match on Windows, because is closed source.

          • crazycolaist

            you keep forgetting its WINDOWS not some OS created a few years ago, .exe is more widely used than bloody app stores go jog on with your android bs

          • Tony Ceralva

            I wish you luck using Photoshop CC / Cubase / AutoCAD on your 10″ tablet without a mouse.

          • SAM

            PS. you can hook up a mouse!
            that’s the beauty of it.

  • Wily

    This doesnt make any sense, she wanted very portable device and bought two times heavier product? Also surface 2 is very big compared to iPad mini. Wonder how long she going to like to carry this, feel sorry for this girl. I think iPad mini would have been lot better choice for her. I think eventuallu he’s dad take this surface and she still get iPad mini when she relize she did mistake.

    • TheNet Avenger

      If she was truly worried about size, they could have sold her any one of the 8″ Windows 8.1 tablets – they sell them also at the Microsoft Store. Go look up the Dell Venue 8 Pro, or any of the newer 8″ tablets that are the size of an iPad mini. (PS They are full PCs that can also run things like WoW or Photoshop, not just Apps.)

      • Wily

        Real PC softwares with 8″ screen, give me a break? Thats totally useless, everything is way way too small for any good usability.

        • donzebe

          Try it

        • hysonmb

          I have both a Venue 8 Pro and a Surface Pro, they each have their own use cases. The Venue 8 Pro is a very capable PC and you can get work done on it. If it’s too small for your eyes you can always use Miracast or an adapter to connect it to a larger monitor. I’ve done work on both devices and can say I’m getting far more than ever anticipated out of the Venue. It was to be just a consumption device that I could take while shooting a bunch of pictures but has become much more simply because it can.

        • jaylyric

          Probably not for someone like her.. I doubt she’ll be trying to do something that major anyway. However at least she’d have the option if that were the case,not so much on the ishit mini. If she did,then she would at least have gotten a taste,then could get something bigger.

        • FateStayNight

          I have a dell venue 8 pro. Great for lightroom and photoshop on the go. and yes, despite my initial disbelief, it does run photoshop. Usability for smaller screensizes increases proportionally to its portability. My only real regret with this tablet is the lack of onboard gps now that Nokia Here Maps is available for tablets. It would have been a great detachable car dashboard/ GPS.

      • Alan

        Come back to me when those 8″ tablets have a kick stand and a cover with a built in keyboard!!!

        • CPA01

          Is this really an argument or a joke?

          You can get a case with a stand built in for the DV8P for $8 off Amazon. And Bluetooth keyboards are like $25.

          So if you buy the DV8P on sale from Amazon at $205, $238 is your total price for tablet, stand, case and keyboard.

    • Wtechrover

      A Surface 2 is also very portable. It’s not a tablet laptop difference. Real light devices are ereaders only anyway.
      She will love her Surface 2. Well it looks she already does.

    • Alan

      Compared to Surface the iPad is a toy, no productivity software OOTB, no kick stand which means a case is required and no keyboard, essential for productivity, so that’s yet another extra expense. Surface has ALL of that OOTB so why spend the extra for an iPad, iWork, Case and Keyboard.

      • Wily

        And next week iPad actually has better Office than windows surface.

        • Alan

          Which tablet already has Office, that’s right, Surface. Having Office next week is no good if you want a tablet with Office NOW, is it?

          There will be a Modern UI version of Office coming to Surface, probably at BUILD. Not only that but you can bet that you’ll have to pay for Office for iPad, I won’t on my Surface.

          • Wily

            No, its going to be free, if Microsoft going to make it cost something they have already lost, because iWork is free.

          • john

            You need office 360 subscription order use for free.

          • Alan

            Free with an Office 365 subscription isn’t free though, is it?
            On Surface it will be free with an Office 365 subscription being optional.

      • Dan H

        iWorks is included free with all new iPad purchases, so knock one item off of your list.

      • MultiPlatformer

        I have a Surface Pro and the most recent generation iPad with retina display. I like the intel i5 processor in the Surface but the screen is too small for 1080p resolution – i am constantly trying to resize things so I can read them on the screen. The other problem is it is very expensive to accessorize ($140 for office 2013, $130 for the keyboard).

        My iPad has the iWork (numbers, pages, keynote) productivity software out of the box the accessories are less expensive than Surface accessories and there are more 3rd party vendors for accessories and apps than the Microsoft store has.

        Bottomline is I like the iPad better, it is a much more mature product line and platform than the Surface/Surface Pro product line.

    • donzebe

      Young people like to look cool and different among their peers, so weight is not going to be a problem, in as far as she gets what she wants on the surface.

    • jaylyric

      She could have gotten a smaller Dell tab if size was the major concern. Even though it doesn’t have a kick stand.. Screw the iPad and the mini. The Surface blows them out of the water.. I have all 3..

      • Bugbog

        I have the Surface 1 and the DV8P too, and although I use the latter for 90% of my tablet usage nowadays (not least because of the faster processor), that kickstand (and cover) just enables a functionality that cannot be found in most other products!

        • Billy Henshaw

          I agree 100%. It’s one thing to have a familiar interface across different products; it’s another to have the EXACT SAME interface across IDENTICAL products! Talk about BOR-ING

          • Bugbog

            I’m afraid you’ve lost me?! My comment was in reference to physical utility, I seriously doubt it is in anyway related to whatever it is you think you’re commenting on.

          • Billy Henshaw

            I know, i was simply complementing your comment!

        • jaylyric

          Exactly.. I really am seriously getting a Surface 2..

  • MoeHD7

    Lolol! That little girls face looked like she was definitely just doing this for her dad! When the sales guy was talking about Office I’m sure in her head she was thinking “where’s Vine? Candy Crush? Snap Chat? Instagram?

    • Bugbog

      Soo? Her dad’s paying for it, I think a lot of kids that demand tablets would consider her lucky that her dad was willing to entertain the idea of getting her something that would do what she want it to do but still be in the ballpark for doing school work too!

      • MoeHD7

        Yeah and all that’s cool I’m not saying she wasn’t grateful for the gift. I’m just saying on the video her faced looked like she was thinking “okay MS office is cool…but where are all the fun apps?

        • cbrave

          All of those apps are available.

          • MoeHD7

            Available on what? A couple of thoes apps are available on Windows Phone 8…but we talking about the Surface here.

          • CPA01

            Like candy crush? Instagram?

            No, not really. Yes, that’s frilly fluff, but it’s what they use their devices for.

        • Bugbog

          Me thinks you seriously be seeing things!? :D

    • six

      FYI Any smart dad / person would rather get a fully functional PC that can be used for everything (work / play) than get a tablet which is an overpriced underpowered gadget.

      • MoeHD7

        I think you missed the point of my comment…No one is questioning the purchase of the Surface we all know its more functional But the sales person using Office?? as a selling point to a teen! was comical to me lol …I’m a proud owner of a surface RT but I have never seen another Surface of any kind out in the wild and its mostly cause the younger audience cares about “Playing” first “Working” second and all the popular “play” apps aren’t on the windows tablets. I’m sure this will change over time but that’s just the current situation.

  • jaylyric

    Some are saying that she looked like she was doing it for her dad. To me she looked like a young girl that was trying to pay attention to what the guy was saying while having cameras all around. Keep in mind she was probably unfamiliar with the Surface to begin with.

    • Guest

      Her dad works at MSFT

      • bw

        Cite your source, please. (With all due respect) If not, your statement comes off as that of a troll.

        • XBoxerOne

          She already return according to her twitter feed. :(

          • CPA01

            Considering what teenage girls use electronics for, she had little use for a full blown windows tablet/laptop hybrid.

          • Wily

            This wouldnt be surprising at all, but do you have source?

        • jaylyric

          He’s a known “troll” on these comment threads..

  • jabtano

    Why should I buy that apple will have all of MS products before there own. MS Lost this race its reflected in there products going to iPhone tablets before WP or surface. I can buy a high end iPhone from any carrier but not a WP. Exclusive to AT&T only again when iPhone comes out with a 5-6 device this L925 with its crappy 16 GB is history.

    • Guest

      Poor girl bought a boat anchor, she should have went with the surface pro.

    • colphoenix

      Microsoft develops its software for Apple devices to show the users what they are missing. I regard the iPhone as a toy, you could say there are millions of apps but then again, do you need them all? and the screen size, that is a joke. It is sad that the number 1 App in the App Store is Microsoft’s OneNote and not an Apple application

  • Guest

    Wow, pretty sad MSFT has to go to this length just to get a Surface 2 sold.

    Likely reason this will be the last year they will sell the product.

  • Guest

    Sadly, it looks as if no one else is in the store :(

  • first name

    A web browser with Flash, Office (even without macros), Photoshop Express, and Skype are enough for me.
    I don’t read crappy magazines

  • NGM123

    Of course, that wasn’t a set up was it, cough.