I've always been on-the-go type of person. And for what I do, I really need something that is mobile and long lasting.
Before any of these touch devices came out, I tried a lot of things offered in the market. Laptops were clunky, ultrabooks were little better, and netbooks were underpowered and overworked.
So, when the ipad came out, I gave it a try and for a while I used that with a bt keyboard. Then the asus transformer came out and I finally found something that was to my liking. I could use it in both tablet and laptop mode, depending on what I'm using it for at that moment. But again, I ran into a lot of the problems associated with a mobile OS suddenly thrusted into a more serious, big boy item.
When MS announced the development of windows 8, I literally drooled for it for a whole year. Again, I needed something for real serious work that is light weight and long battery lasting. Specifically, I needed to be able to read and edit excel files and type out word documents for professional use. I've bought every office app in the google play store and the iOS appstore. Nothing ever came close to MS office.
When win8 came out late last year, I bought one and installed it on my i7 desktop homebuilt machine. Also bought a 24" touch screen monitor just for the heck of it. You know what the first thing I did with my new win8 UI? I installed a 3rd party app to put in a start menu for the desktop. So, I can understand why a lot of people hate the new UI.
After a while, I uninstalled it and tried to use it as it was intended, and holy cow it works great.
My next step was finding the right win8 tablet/laptop hybrid to work during my regular work day hours and my long commute on the train. After buying several win8 devices and selling them on ebay, I've settled on the HP envy x2. IMHO, this is currently the best w8 touch device out there. Nothing compares to its build quality.
See, a lot of people disses the atom processor that came in this device. My question to them has always been do you really want to work on autocad or photoshop for long periods of time on an 11.6" screen? Why do we need an i5 or i7 core inside what we would consider a mobile device? I have not had a single problem with the speed of this atom processor on win8, and trust me I really put this thing to use. It is a workhorse for what I put it through. And the battery lasts literally the whole day with heavy usage.
So, after almost 3 years of using iOS and android for my needs, I've settled on a win8 device that seems to have everything I need. And at $525 price tag that I got it for at the time, it was a steal. I recently just bought another one for $450 for my boyfriend because he's going back to college. He loves it.
Now, remember that I came from iOS and android. There's just no comparison between win8 and the other 2 OS'es. Win8 is ultra responsive. No lag. No freezing issues. I don't understand how people can compare this to the vista fiaso.
Now, there are some gripes that I have, and hopefully we'll see improvements in the near future.
(1) There seems to be a lack of quality apps in the MS store. And devs seem to be very slow at adapting to this platform.
(2) 75/25 split! I know the upcoming win blue will give us the ability to snap in the apps at any size. But come on! This should have been included from the beginning. Most apps can't be used when rendered at 25% of the screen. It's awful! I've been considering installing the leaked version of windows blue and side loading the apps that I use just so I could have a 50/50 split.
Other than that, I'm pretty happy with this new platform.