As Bill recently pointed out, I've just taken the plunge and bought my first-ever tablet.
It's a basic entry-level 7", as I like the portability over the larger tabs, and runs ICS.
IF I could have gotten a 7" Surface 'Mini" with W8RT for a good price, I'd certainly have
considered it as I did like the Surface RT that I got to play with some time ago.
But, IMO, the 10 and 11" tabs are either too big for the horsepower they pack, or too
expensive (looking at you, Surface Pro).
I don't plan on writing databases or spreadsheets, or my video-editing on it, I have machines
that are far more suitable for those tasks. But it will let me do all I can do on my (Android
Gingerbread) smart-phone and more, while still being easily portable and much easier on
these old eyes. It was mainly purchased for basic computing when I'm away from home, as
an e-book reader & for light entertainment.
It won't replace my smart-phone OR my desktop/laptop machines, but will be a valuable
complement to BOTH of them.
Now, if Microsoft did that with Windows Phone, Surface RT and ESPECIALLY Pro, that would had really fragmented the frack out the Windows operating system. You wouldn't be able to work like you would on a Surface Pro because of the Start Screen versus menu. It would be redundant to do that, and would retrospectively be redundant to have kept two UI options in Windows 8 because hypothetically, 5-10 years from now, this will be such a non-issue and people will be looking for Start Screen improvements over Start Screen removal. I don't own a touchscreen, but I do want to own one because of Windows 8. I use a Microsoft Touch Mouse to use Windows 8, maybe that is why I give it praise because I have all the touch gestures there available to me with my mouse. I know for a fact in 10 years, that device will be on the shelf of technological history right along with the DVD, CD, floppy disk, and boobtube monitors.
If you asked people back when with Office 2007 if they got that one right, they would have said no to that one. But if you ask those same people if they think Office 2010 or 2013 was done right, a majority would say yes. No one is wanting to go back to the days of drop down menus anymore. Keep that in mind.
I will tell you right now for a pretty solid fact that Microsoft is continually improving Windows. Even the Blue update is supposed to bring changes to it, like baby tiles that are on Windows Phone. That sounds menial, but will probably make a HUGE difference overall. I'm kind of waiting to see this pans out as well with the Blue wave, this is new territory for everyone.
To me, I still don't get how Windows 8 is a removal of choice. If anything, it's more choice than few. If you do the Desktop, that's your choice and you can use the Start Screen to do that. If you the new apps (a new choice that wasn't in 7 or before) you can easily do that as well. If you want both, no problem there. Want to put an image on the Start Screen, use a third party app. You want to use the mouse, a keyboard, and a touchscreen? Windows 8 is the choice for that. If you want a true example of removal of choice, use mac os x for a while and tell me that's not a removal of choice.
A$129.00, CB, with a USB modem (ISP-tied) thrown in.
As I said, it's fairly basic, certainly no Surface or iPad, but is pretty good value for what it is.
And Surface prices may come down to my level in the future, I haven't written them off.
EDIT: - I actually prefer the term 'slate', rather than tablet.
In my day tablets in your pocket were usually Quaaludes or similar... :-)
I spent 230 US$ on a 32GB Nexus 7. Went for the extra storage because it has no sd card slot. It is handy on the go for navigation, checking the email, phone calls (I have no handy) and a bit of entertainment and news. When I am on the go, I am on vacation and don't want to do any serious work anyhow.
This only comes with 4GB (!), but is expandable to 32GB with a micro-SD card.
I threw a 16GB card into it for the time-being, and that, with a 16GB 'thumbie' has
been more than adequate so far.
It's not as if I'll be installing huge programs or archiving terabytes of files on it.
This is why Apple and Android products are so popular, small form-factors coming out that do the simple things that most people want/need. I'll bet that if those people want to do more serious stuff, they connect to a desktop PC/laptop. These are still incredibly cheap compared to Windows tablets and far more powerful.
Just an interesting side note, just to prove how popular Android and Apple really are. This screen shot shows some links on the forum page, note how the links are for Android and Apple apps stores (makes you wonder):
Those apps are for mobile, smartphones. I don't know if that would be needed for Windows 8 as it is a PC, with a Desktop based browser. IE 10 doesn't have a mobile or desktop version option at all in Windows 8. Most PCs with Windows 8 have a mouse with them, actually about 99% I would assume. So it makes the need for an EightForums app iffy. Also, the same goes for facebook and twitter. I still have yet to understand why at the moment. Until the touch enabled PC is a large market, ok. But until then, it's iffy. Certain apps I believe are ok under certain circumstances. Like, if there was a good facebook app that filters out the advertising on facebook, I'm down for that. Things like that.
I love the way you make stuff up and then sound as if you know what you're talking about. Makes you wonder.