So it is Christmas and so the Coca Cola truck (yes, one out of the ‘Holidays are Coming’ advertisements) made its route to the city where I live. My friend was overjoyed, whilst I was rather ambivalent, but I went along anyway to keep them company. The bus ride was a solid 30 – 35 minutes away, so we settled in for a journey by sitting in the front of the double decker’s top floor (my favorite position since childhood).
Somehow, a person next to me overheard our conversation and, apropos of nothing, decided to take part (at full, ear splitting, volume). It seems that, it was not enough that I had to talk to him, the entire bus had to listen to him as well. He did not talk so much as publicize himself everywhere, principally when making statements like “this bus service is sh*t!” at the top end of his voice.
Our new pal seemed inordinately happy when the topic of Windows 8 came up and proudly (and noisily) introduced that he had constructed his own computer and downloaded Microsoft’s new os for free. He was very pleased about that exact fact.
In no way one to miss an opportunity, I requested the local bus-banshee how he felt about Windows 8. Unsurprisingly, he loved it on his desktop, but had identical doubts everybody else does about Windows on the pc tablet. After that, we got on quite well in reality. The loud man noisily wished us both a Merry Christmas and we wished him good luck along with his impending move (the one he’d been broadcasting about). I resisted the urge to apologise to the bus driver when we arrived at our getaway, (his bus service had not been sh*t in the slightest).
Far be it from me to employ the testimony of this crazy man I met on the bus for a tool for judging the success of a multi million Dollar information technology venture, I have asked a couple of other, less mad, people as well. They all say the same point.
It appears that Windows RT would be the real judge, jury and possible assassin for Microsoft’s latest venture. In meantime, if you want a Microsoft window 8 pc tablet, but are a bit dissuaded with the assorted response, here’s our review of the Microsoft window 8 tablets up to now:
The Microsoft Surface, despite lots of media attention and high expectations, may be a mixed bag. The general consensus seems to be that the hardware is superb and very well developed, but Microsoft window 8 just doesn’t hold up to close examination. Frankly, the most important mistake Microsoft have made here’s to compete with a apple ipad on price. If ever the tablet pc was a lttle bit less expensive, they might have a high-spec, viable substitute to Apple’s world-beater. Instead, they’ve a tablet pc that costs as much as the iPad, but is not nearly as user friendly or universally praised. It’s not bad, nonetheless it’s not quite the flagship product that its parent company was planning.
The Asus Vivo Tab, the next out of the gate, was another mixed bag. Windows RT does it a couple of favours, however it does not come anywhere near the Microsoft surface in hardware terms and, in consequence, does feel a little bit overpriced.
Elsewhere, the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga is kind of pleasant. Although it’s nowhere near fast enough for difficult functions like gaming, the Ideapad is comparatively affordable, has a fantastic screen and also the keyboard can change happily between ‘tablet’ and ‘laptop’ modes with total ease. The Yoga is a great decision for someone who likes laptop computers but still wants to get a pc tablet.
The Samsung Ativ is sweet, but the cost, quite frankly, is a joke (and not an particularly funny one either). Elsewhere, the Acer Iconia 700 might be the most effective all rounder on this list, but it is ridiculously costly (although not in comparison to its upcoming rivals, several of which may actually scrape the dizzying heights of £900+). It also suffers considerably from having no SD card slot.
All told, we are still waiting for the first ‘classic’ Windows 8 pc tablet. Microsoft need to see the materialization of the tablet that brings out the very best in their new software. Essentially, they need the model that produces it all worthwhile.
Now, I can’t help them invent their dream machine, when they have someone who can put a computer together (with Microsoft window 8 thrown in free of charge), It looks like I’d know a man…