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Windows RT vs Android

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    Windows RT vs Android


    I do not have a Windows RT device so that's the reason for my question Windows RT vs Android. I have had a Android tablet (Motorola Xoom) for about a year now and it's been great.

    What can Windows RT do that Android can't?

    What can Android do that Windows RT can't?


    Does RT tablets have all the same hardware sensors and a GPS as Android?

    For me I would rather have the Pro version but then I lose battery life. If I get the pro version it will be a laptop. 4 hours or so of battery does not cut it.

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    it's the biggest downfall of the surface pro, the shocking battery life.

    if they could make it last the 8-9 hours then it would hands down be the best tablet on the market.
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    What can Windows RT do that Android can't?
    MS office
    Also, printing of MS office documents
    Split screen(but it's shitty)...kind of-android CAN split screen if you go through the trouble
    flash...kind of-android CAN flash if you go through the trouble

    What can Android do that Windows RT can't?
    -->>Good web browsers
    ->has nonzero good tablet apps (also, optimization)
    non-shitty email client
    non-shitty calendar
    non-shitty etc...
    Sideloading
    custom roms
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I think Windows RT is a wait and see game. Being I already have a Android Tablet I'll wait a year or so and see where Windows RT is. Maybe this Windows Blue will amount to something. I have browsed the Windows store and there were no apps there for what I use on my Android so if I was to get a Windows RT now I would have like one or two apps that I would use. Like I said I'll wait and see how Windows RT and the app store matures.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    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.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I looked at my tablet and made a list of all the apps I like and use. I then went to the Windows Store on my Desktop and found 1 app counter part and it didn't even work. I really like Windows but so far Windows keeps coming up short as of now. At least the store seems to be increasing fast. I don't much care about Microsoft Office. I have been using Libreoffice on my desktop. Office is priced way to high for me to justify paying it for my desktop PC.

    For what I use a Tablet for and the price point for Android and Surface I will stay with Android. I don't want Windows RT bad enough to pay over $399 for it. If I have a choice of Android for $399 and Surface for $499 I will go with Android. I think the Surface is over priced. That's based on my usage and preference.

    I seen very little apps on the Windows store that I would use.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I just looked at Microsoft and the Surface does not appear to have a GPS. I want my Tablet to have a GPS.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    GPS tends to be built into cellular chipsets, so it's only typically available on devices that have 3G or 4G. This is the same with the iPhone/iPad and android devices. Surface does not have 3/4G so it doesn't have a GPS, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have location services.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    wow, I thought all Android Tablets had a built in GPS. My Motorola Xoom has a built in GPS. Maybe my next device will be a Windows RT device.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    I just checked the Galaxy Tab and Note Tablet specs at Samsung and it did not mentions a GPS but when I read reviews it said they both had a GPS.
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