MS Surface Pro Reality Distortion Field.

Yes, you read that right. Microsoft has a Reality Distortion Field built up around the botched Surface Pro launch.

All the reviews are really bad, but Microsoft took to Reddit yesterday and here’s the key points:

– The 64GB Surface Pro has useable space of 30GB, not 23GB. Whoopie-fuckin’-do…no seriously. Is that a joke?

A 64GB iPad has around 59GB of useable space, at a less expensive price point, with a better screen and an OS designed for touch.
But here’s the real kicker: To get to those 30GB of storage, you have to delete your recovery partition, meaning when things go wrong (remember, there’s no such thing as iCloud backup for the Surface) you have to do a bare metal installation…but we all know that nothing ever goes wrong in the Windows world, so you’re pretty safe, right?

– Most reviews found battery life of the Surface Pro to be abysmal. 3-4 hours, at most. Here’s Microsoft’s response:

If you compare it to say a MacBook Air, you will quickly see that pound for pound in battery size vs battery life, you will find optimizations that puts Surface best in its class.

No really, it’s a tablet, but we’re supposed to compare it to a laptop.

A laptop that actually has way more staying power than the Surface, and more storage space, and is thinner, and lighter, and looks better, and is made of better materials, and is more eco-friendly, and costs about the same. Ok.

You know how you compare battery life? You run the same stuff over and over again until the machine dies. Period. That’s the only way to get comparable results, not by doing funny math.

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HTC announces Droid DNA with 440ppi display.

To be sure: This is a “handset” with a 5″ screen, and Android 4.1 (not 4.2…why?), so it’s more of a phablet, but still: 1080p is impressive.

I wonder what the trade-off is, besides the hugeness of it? Battery life?

HTC thinks we need less battery life, and thinner phones.

Chris Ziegler for The Verge: HTC: Customers prefer thinner phones to better battery life

At an event today, HTC’s vice president of product strategy Bjorn Kilburn noted that the company had conducted research last year to find out whether customers preferred thin smartphones to those which compromised thickness for better battery life. The answer, interestingly, was that they generally preferred thinness, at which point its plans for 3,000mAh-plus devices were removed from the roadmap.

This sounds an awful lot like the research they did on iPhones not being “hip” anymore.

I’m not saying that consumers do not want thinner phones, but definitely not at the expense of battery life. I think the current iPhone is just about perfect. Maybe shaving one or two millimeters off would be even better, but not if that meant I would have to recharge the battery more often.