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Windows RT vs Android

  1. #21


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    Just thought of another feature of Windows RT over android: user accounts. google is apparently going to be bringing user accounts to android with 4.2 I believe, but Windows RT is already out the gate with it. This feature is only really useful if you have different people that use your tablet, say a little niece or girlfriend or cat or other spouse. Makes sharing a WHOLE LOT easier over android.

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  2. #22


    That has always been a sore spot with me and tablets in general. When my kids use my tablet, they can see my email and a variety of other things. No other tablet has user accounts yet.
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  3. #23


    I have both an Android tablet the Galaxy 10.1 note also an iPad2&4 also a Mac Pro book and five windows computers one with Win8 the rest with Win7. Myself if I am going to use a word processor MS Word or Open Office I feel my windows computers do it best. Now for checking the Net. or playing a game, my tablets are great. I really don't see what RT brings to this dog fight if anything. As for Microsofts new line of Surface tablets, unless Microsoft is willing to really get the prices down and also pump stay in the game money for it. By this time next year or sooner it will be history.
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    That has always been a sore spot with me and tablets in general. When my kids use my tablet, they can see my email and a variety of other things. No other tablet has user accounts yet.
    Also very awkward when you borrow someone's android tablet and want to reply back to a facebook message, and they're logged into their facebook....
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  5. #25


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    OK, I'm a sucker for deals. I love my Asus Infinity, but when I saw I could get a deal on upgrading to Windows 8 by the end of the year, I did it on two computers; I liked the improved speed so much I decided to eventually buy a Windows RT tablet (as opposed to pro, because, for a tablet, battery life is a big concern).
    Well, lo and behold, another by-the-end-of-the-year deal, so I picked up an Asus VivoTab RT this week, with the free keyboard.

    I figured I'd try it out against the Infinity for a month or two, and then decide which one to sell. I've had my Windows RT tablet for less than a week, and I'm already putting my Infinity on eBay this weekend.


    What does Windows RT have that Android doesn't? Speed, stability, integration with my desktop and laptop (moreso than I ever had with google), and in general, great performance. I was excited to get Jelly Bean on my Infinity, until I realized it performs terribly on tablets. It's just as slow as ICS. Web pages don't load any better, so it's not ideal for media consumption. Polaris Office is lacking to put it mildly, so the Android can't be used for productivity without making sacrifices. I love the idea of only toting one device around, but with the Android, I still have to tote my desktop.

    With my VivoTab, I can already do everything I need to. Because of the full web browser (I've never been an IE fan, but IE 10 is pretty darn good), I don't NEED apps for things like facebook or twitter. The websites work fine (and render faster than they did in Firefox or Chrome for Android). Chat works on my tablet without a separate client. Overall, Surface RT does most of what a full computer does.

    I'll admit, I wish there were apps for things like music notation and sound editing, so I'll still need to use the desktop and laptop for that. But that means I lug the laptop to work a couple times a month instead of every day.

    Windows RT is responsive, fast, fun, AND great for productivity.
    Android is semi-responsive, sometimes-fast, often-fun, and a hindrance to productivity.

    I really wanted to love Android, since it is not Microsoft. But MS has finally done something REALLY GOOD in their tablet interface design. It's not full Windows 8, and if you compare it to a laptop you will be disappointed. But compared to Android tablets, after using both systems, it's RT hands down for this guy.
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  6. #26


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    Since there are iOS apps for Music Notation and sound editing, I would bet we'll see ports of those, or clones in the coming months.
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  7. #27


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    Maybe in time RT will be good. All the speed and performance does no good if there is no apps I want. All the apps I use on Android is not in the Microsoft store and if there is one it does not work well or is lame. The price of RT is still to high for what it is.

    Soon as there are decent apps that work and the price for a RT tablet comes down I will get one til then I will stay with Android. This just applies to me and may be different to other people.
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  8. #28


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    I forgot, there is no GPS. That is a deal breaker for me. My tablet must have a GPS. I guess I could get the Samsung Tab 2 7" for use as a GPS.
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  9. #29


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    You do realize that the equivalent priced iPad doesn't have GPS either, right?

    Which apps do you need?
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  10. #30


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    Android is pretty good. for a mobile OS.

    but it's still really rough. even ICS has problems have a smooth UI experience. I see poor animations still even though it should be smooth because it has hardware acceleration. now android fans are holding out for jelly bean to be the best and greatest. like they said every previous version was excellent, then the newer came out and they admitted all the flaws in the previous versions.

    the major flaw of windows rt is the small marketplace. that's something that only time can fix.

    but the big benefit of windows rt is it's a full operating system. it has drivers to drive your hardware devices. it has a full microsoft office with few compromises. it has better pen support, better voice recognition, and a more complete computing experience.

    if you're buying for this very moment, Android is more viable if there's a particular program you need. Because of course, your computing needs drive your purchase. but if your needs are the internet, some games, some email, and some word processing or spreadsheet or school work, windows RT is a great alternative.

    you can take your windows rt tablet to school, do all your notes, write your papers, hook it up to a scanner and a printer. play some games, chat with friends, etc. it's pretty much a complete computing experience. nothing on android or iOS can match OneNote and Microsoft Office.
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