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Windows RT vs Android

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Well, it's not a simple comparison. Pretty much any device can do what another device can do. How well it does it is a different story.

    RT has full MS Office (not crappy ports of Open Office), not something office-like.. it's real office. RT is very gesture oriented, whereas Android.. not so much. RT's "Store" is a cross between Google Play and the iTunes App Store. It's more trustworthy than Play (I wouldn't trust my credit card info to Play) in my opinion, and unlike Android.. device makers don't have to pay extra to get access to the Store. This means all RT tablets have full Windows Store access, which can't be said for all Android tablets.

    You should find someplace that's selling them and try it out.
    Full Office? With Outlook for e-mail?

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  2. #12


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    The Galaxy Tab and Note both have cellular chipsets in them.

    Some wi-fi only devices actually have a cellular chipset in them, but the cellular function is disabled, so the GPS still works. As an example, the iPod Touch and iPad Wi-Fi only have no GPS.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Full Office? With Outlook for e-mail?
    Not all versions of Office come with Outlook. By "full" I mean the apps are the real apps, not a subset like you get on older Windows Mobile devices.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8 RT (This is the name I believe it should be called) :
    -Office Home and Student 2013 preinstalled WITHOUT needing to purchase it
    -About 12,000 different devices support, basically, if the device was built from 2009 and on, it most likely will work right away, iDevices being the exception of course
    -No viruses, malware, STDs of any kind
    -Very good battery life
    -Desktop File Explorer
    -In the case of the Surface RT, touch or type covers along with a built in kickstand with dual 720p cameras
    -Depending on the tablet, you can have 4G capabilities, like from att
    -Xbox Music streaming, as well as neater designed apps!
    -Ability of manage a Windows Phone with Windows RT as well as 8
    -Through the use of BlueStacks, it appears that android apps will be able to work with Windows RT; also some Russian hacker/developer claims that he can get traditional Desktop software emulated on Windows RT, this has yet to be seen
    -Unlike android or ios, Windows RT IS NOT Windows Phone, blown up by a factor of four, cuts out the phone and SMS part, and calls it good

    Android:
    -More apps, but comes with some concern as google is FINALLY starting to address the malware issue with some apps in their store
    -Some phablets have USB support, SOME, not all
    -Don't have a real file explorer
    -When was the last time you plugged in your android smartphone into your android tablet? Oh yeah, never.
    -May need to have an anti-virus/malware software installed to deal with security problems with android, as T-Mobile is ACTUALLY installing anti-malware software on android phones, PHONES!
    -Can use other browsers
    -Pretty much an android smartphone, blown up by a factor of four, cuts out the phone and SMS part, and calls it good
    -From my personal use of android tablets, it ends up feeling bloated when you get an amount of apps installed, unless if it's android 4 but even then.
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  5. #15


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    I use my Tablet as a GPS when I go out of town. That's the reason I bought the Motorola Xoom because it has a GPS. I was looking to pay $150 for a GPS. I put that $150 towards my Xoom. So far Android has worked fine on my Tablet even though it's geared for a phone. At this point I can't justify paying the price Microsoft want's for the Surface with no GPS and verry little usable apps that I would be interested in. I hope Microsoft adds a GPS and brings the price down.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Windows 8 RT (This is the name I believe it should be called) :
    -Office Home and Student 2013 preinstalled WITHOUT needing to purchase it
    -About 12,000 different devices support, basically, if the device was built from 2009 and on, it most likely will work right away, iDevices being the exception of course
    -No viruses, malware, STDs of any kind
    -Very good battery life
    -Desktop File Explorer
    -In the case of the Surface RT, touch or type covers along with a built in kickstand with dual 720p cameras
    -Depending on the tablet, you can have 4G capabilities, like from att
    -Xbox Music streaming, as well as neater designed apps!
    -Ability of manage a Windows Phone with Windows RT as well as 8
    -Through the use of BlueStacks, it appears that android apps will be able to work with Windows RT; also some Russian hacker/developer claims that he can get traditional Desktop software emulated on Windows RT, this has yet to be seen
    -Unlike android or ios, Windows RT IS NOT Windows Phone, blown up by a factor of four, cuts out the phone and SMS part, and calls it good

    Android:
    -More apps, but comes with some concern as google is FINALLY starting to address the malware issue with some apps in their store
    -Some phablets have USB support, SOME, not all
    -Don't have a real file explorer
    -When was the last time you plugged in your android smartphone into your android tablet? Oh yeah, never.
    -May need to have an anti-virus/malware software installed to deal with security problems with android, as T-Mobile is ACTUALLY installing anti-malware software on android phones, PHONES!
    -Can use other browsers
    -Pretty much an android smartphone, blown up by a factor of four, cuts out the phone and SMS part, and calls it good
    -From my personal use of android tablets, it ends up feeling bloated when you get an amount of apps installed, unless if it's android 4 but even then.
    Bluestacks is x86 only. Almost definitely won't work in RT.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    Bluestacks is x86 only. Almost definitely won't work in RT.
    BlueStacks Hits 5M Installs, Rumored To Be Bringing 750K+ Android Apps To Windows RT Devices | TechCrunch
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    Bluestacks is x86 only. Almost definitely won't work in RT.
    BlueStacks Hits 5M Installs, Rumored To Be Bringing 750K+ Android Apps To Windows RT Devices | TechCrunch
    Mostly unbased rumor. Technically impossible to to as a full Win Store app. RT sandbox is much, much too restrictive.
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Full Office? With Outlook for e-mail?
    Not all versions of Office come with Outlook. By "full" I mean the apps are the real apps, not a subset like you get on older Windows Mobile devices.
    OK, fair enough, no Outlook would be one of the things to keep me from buying an RT device. I was pretty sure it came with Office Home and Student. I was just wondering if that changed and you knew something I didn't know.
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    Bluestacks is x86 only. Almost definitely won't work in RT.
    BlueStacks Hits 5M Installs, Rumored To Be Bringing 750K+ Android Apps To Windows RT Devices | TechCrunch
    Snap.
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