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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by tkjazzer, Nov 25, 2012.
Trying to post a poll
I have been using an iPad 2 and an iPad retina. And I am probably going to buy an iPad mini as I love the form factor. I bought the Surface day 1, because it's for me a game changer.
I took a look at Surface. I think in general, Surface and other hybrids/convertibles are not quite there yet. They feel clumsy as a tablet, and if I'm only going to use them as a laptop, well, the Air is the best laptop out there. So I'm giving Win8 devices a pass. Maybe I'll revisit the hybrids when Win9 rolls around.
I'm going to get an RT tablet, one day... eventually. Once I find a tablet form factor I like. If Barnes and Noble would release a WinRT version of the Nook, I'd be all over it.
A nook app was added to usa surface / rt app store. I haven't tried the app yet. I don't have any purchased books through b+n. Why is their e-book store / apps better than kindle?
PS many times new apps need many features added. E.i. kindle app ... but I predict it will improve with time
I mean the hardware itself, although the nook app is nice, I like the 7" form factor and thinness of the Nook. It doesn't hurt that they have the world's lightest fully featured 7" tablet, or some such thing like that.
We just got the Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T (Clovertrail chip) that runs full Windows 8 and has a keyboard dock and Digitizer Pen. The RT version wouldn't cut it since desktop apps need to be run on it.
Its nifty, but they need to refine it on their next version. Samsung plastic everywhere and has frozen up a few times, so it might be getting returned for another if it keeps up.
That said the battery life is insane and performance decent comparably, like better than the iPad at 10+ hours seemingly. The screen is awesome despite being 1366x768.
Finally the 16x9 ratio is not ideal for a tablet. Luckily they have the split keyboard and you also have the keyboard dock.
The dockable keyboard for a tablet idea actually works really nicely. If they can refine that then this may be the form factor of the future.
Voted that I'm waiting for the surface pro, although I'm using the samsung ativ which is a non RT windows tablet, it has the full version of windows on it. Windows RT really really pisses me off, Microsoft blew it even releasing this piece of crap and it's going to hurt them IMO.
Got a Surface the day it launched. Could not be more happier. Will purchase the Surface Pro when it releases as long as the price isn't 1200+
I saw this tablet pc today and played a while with it. I installed a couple of Windows apps and they run great. The bad part is the screen. I'm waiting for the pro version, which has full HD, to decide between that and the nexus 10.
It is a really cool concept. My doubts are about Windows 8 updates. Does the ativ pc receive updates from Microsoft or from Samsung?
And what will happen next year? Will a new Windows 9 be released? If not next year, will the ativ pc be able to upgrade to the next Windows just like a normal laptop?
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