So it’s December and the Coca Cola van (yes, one in the ‘Holidays are Coming’ advertisements) made its approach to the city where I live. My pal was delighted, whilst I was fairly ambivalent, but I went anyway to keep them company. The bus ride was a solid 30 – 35 minutes away, so we settled in for a journey by sitting at the front of a double decker’s top story (my favorite seat since childhood).
Somehow, a man next to me overheard our discussion and, apropos of nothing, decided to take part (at full, ear splitting, volume). Rumor has it that, it was not enough that I had to speak to him, the whole bus had to hear him as well. He didn’t talk so much as publicize himself far and wide, principally when making statements like “this bus service is sh*t!” at the top part of his voice.
Our new buddy seemed inordinately joyful when the topic of Microsoft window 8 came up and proudly (and noisily) announced that he had constructed his own PC and downloaded Microsoft’s new operating system for free. He was very happy about that specific fact.
In no way one to miss an opportunity, I asked the tenant 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 tablet. After that, we got on quite well in reality. The loud man loudly wished us both a Merry Christmas and we wished him good luck with his impending move (the one he’d been broadcasting about). I resisted the urge to apologise to the bus driver once we came to our getaway, (his bus service had not been sh*t in the slightest).
Far be it from me to employ the testimony of the mad man I met on the bus as a tool for judging the triumph of a multi million Dollar information technology opportunity, We have asked a couple of other, less mad, people as well. All of them say the identical thing.
It seems that Windows RT will be the real judge, jury and possible assassin for Microsoft’s latest venture. In the meantime, if you need a Microsoft window 8 tablet pc, but are quite put off by the diverse response, here is our rundown of these Windows 8 tablet pc’s thus far:
The Microsoft Surface, despite loads of media attention and great expectations, is a mixed bag. The final consensus seems to be that the hardware is superb and very well put together, but Windows 8 just does not hold up to close examination. Frankly, the most important mistake Microsoft have made here’s to compete with a apple ipad on price. If the tablet pc was a 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 apple ipad, but is not nearly as user friendly or universally praised. It is great, but it’s approximately the flagship product that its parent company was expecting.
The Asus Vivo Tab, the second out from the gate, was another assorted bag. Windows RT does it a number of favours, however it doesn’t come anywhere near the Surface in hardware terms and, in consequence, does feel slightly overpriced.
Elsewhere, the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga is kind of pleasant. Even though it’s nowhere near fast enough for complicated functions like gaming, the Ideapad is relatively inexpensive, has a great display and the keyboard can switch freely between ‘pc tablet’ and ‘laptop’ modes with unmitigated ease. The Yoga is a great decision for somebody who likes laptop computers but still wants to get a tablet pc.
The Samsung Ativ is nice, but the price, quite frankly, is a joke (and never an particularly funny one either). Elsewhere, the Acer Iconia 700 might be the most effective all rounder on this list, but it’s ridiculously expensive (although not in comparison to its upcoming rivals, some of which may very well scrape the dizzying heights of £900+). It also suffers considerably from having no SD card slot.
All told, we’re still waiting for that first ‘classic’ Microsoft window 8 tablet pc. Microsoft need to see the materialization of that pc tablet that brings out the very best in their new software. Essentially, they need the model that makes it all worthwhile.
Now, I can’t help them conceive their dream machine, when they need someone who can put a pc together (with Windows 8 thrown in for free), I think I might know a man…