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  1. #1

    What to buy?!


    Hey guys,

    So my friend got a surface (rt), and it made me start wanting to get into the whole win8 tablet craze!
    I am pleased that the VivoTab Smart has a comparable price with the surface rt, but with win8(pro?), and other bonuses.

    My dilemma is that I'd like a tablet that has win8(non rt), for around $500-$600.
    - I love the fact that the vivotab smart comes with win8
    - But I also love the build quality of the surface

    Thoughts, concerns and advice are all welcomed!

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  2. #2


    South Carolina
    Posts : 47
    Windows 8


    I've heard goood things about this tablet it has the most recent intel atom processor. The tablet i wan't is the Samsung Ativ smart pc 500t $599 on amazon.com 11.6 inch windows 8 has a stylus and has gps and same thing as vivotab smart but just a higher price.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    For around 600, it seems the Samsung Ativ is the best. There is the Acer Iconia tablet with Windows 8 that is around 600 dollars as well.

    Very glad to hear the Windows tablet craze is spreading! Also, you might end up installing Windows 8 on your current PC and even buy a Windows Phone 8. That's usually a symptom of the craze.
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  4. #4


    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 127
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    Microsoft® Surface® Pro
    Surface Windows 8 Pro is powerful
    Cost= $899

    Specs:-
    CPU- Intel Core i5 3rd Generation
    RAM- 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    GPU- Intel HD 4000
    Storage- 128GB

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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The Lenovo Yoga is a pretty nifty combo of a tablet and laptop. Starts around 1,000 however.
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    South Carolina
    Posts : 47
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    Microsoft® Surface® Pro
    Surface Windows 8 Pro is powerful
    Cost= $899

    Specs:-
    CPU- Intel Core i5 3rd Generation
    RAM- 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    GPU- Intel HD 4000
    Storage- 128GB
    Tho as you can see poweer can range up from the 700 and up price range. Like the Acer w700 intel icore 5 processor 11.6 inch screen no pen input but hd and dock comes with it along with wireless bluetooth keyboard.
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  7. #7


    It seems there are a lot of choices this first gen and probably many more to come within the year as we see refreshes spurred on by new low powered Intel i5 processors and AMDs power sipping "Hondo". Both promise to up the anti as far as battery life, thinness and brute force are concerned.

    Looking at tablets now there are basically two Windows 8 camps (well 3 if you count RT but nobody does) - the Intel Atom and the Intel i-series.

    Almost every PC manufacturer in the game offers a Windows 8 Atom based tablet. IBM, Dell, Acer, HP, Samsung, Asus - you name it. They come in all sorts of flavors with all sorts of accessories (clamshell, docs, keyboard cases) and many offer digitizer options (pen). The Atom based tablets have a couple of major benefits and a few drawbacks as well so it really depends on what you want out of your tablet.

    +superior size / weight due to low-power, fanless CPU
    +superior battery life (many get near 10hrs)
    +runs full Win8 o/s (not RT) so compatible with legacy apps just like the Surface
    +lower price point (run between $499-$699)
    -not as powerful as i5 processer found in Surface (struggles with more process/graphic intense apps but fine for day to day stuff)
    -eMMC storage (its solid state but more like a big memory card so reading/writing to drive can be slow)
    -screen resolution seems to be limited to 720P (not sure if its cost or limitation of Atom)
    -USB 2.0 and 2GB RAM (which is a limitation of Atom)

    Fewer companies offer i3/i5/i7 based tablets, such as the surface but there are still plenty of flavors and plenty of accessories. These tablets are closer in spec and price to top end ultrabooks so you are really getting a convergence device the blurs the line. A single device that can do it all.

    +power of a high end ultabook
    +power to run cpu intensive apps smoother than Atom but still probably not going to play Crysis3 on it.
    +1080p screen resolutions
    +true sata3 ssd drive for ultrafast read/write speeds
    +4GB of RAM typically
    -larger/heavier form factor due to extra heat from cpu and fans for cooling
    -poor battery life (about half of what you can expect from Atom based tablet)
    -high prices (I think cheapest is Acer W700 w/ i3 CPU @ $799)

    So, there really is no true winner at this point. It comes down to what you value most and will be using the tablet for the most.
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    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Some clarification (in red).

    Quote Originally Posted by esspee View Post
    +superior size / weight due to low-power, fanless CPU - They do use a fan and traditional heat sink
    +superior battery life (many get near 10hrs) - It varies and battery life is usually between 4-5 hours
    +runs full Win8 o/s (not RT) so compatible with legacy apps just like the Surface
    +lower price point (run between $499-$699)
    -not as powerful as i5 processer found in Surface (struggles with more process/graphic intense apps but fine for day to day stuff)
    -eMMC storage (its solid state but more like a big memory card so reading/writing to drive can be slow) - They also use SSD and mSATA
    -screen resolution seems to be limited to 720P (not sure if its cost or limitation of Atom) - They can go higher, but traditionally it's been lower to keep costs down
    -USB 2.0 and 2GB RAM (which is a limitation of Atom) - They have USB 3.0 and can go at least up to 4GB RAM
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Engadget has their Asus VivoTab Smart review up. it's positive and a pretty good deal:

    ASUS VivoTab Smart review: a good, inexpensive Windows 8 tablet

    it's $499 for just the 64GB tablet. the optional bluetooth keyboard and cover is $130. very light. good features. good screen.
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    Well, it looks like a pretty solid choice - especially if you don't care about a digitizer. Hard to beat Asus' price. I noticed Engadget called the Thinkpad Tablet 2 'best in class' near the end. I would be curious to know if they have had the HP Elite or Dell Lat 10 in house for comparison yet.
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