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PCs learn new tricks, but can tablet/notebook hybrids resc

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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
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    I actually have/had one lying around.
    That UI design of Windows Mobile was HORRID to use without a stylus. Horrid! That's more like Windows xp tablet PC edition, but condensed down.

    Actually, for a brief period of time, there were legitimate Pocket PCs...
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    I don't think anyone is saying that the UI was great and it was specifically designed for use with a stylus, but it reflected what was available for the day and many fell in love with the devices and what they could do. They were simply overtaken by smartphones and the rest is history.

    Love was shown in the day and I've seen them being used as recently as a few years ago. That does say something about the devices (or the owners).

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  2. #32


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Feel the love:

    Attachment 18310

    I actually have/had one lying around.
    That UI design of Windows Mobile was HORRID to use without a stylus. Horrid! That's more like Windows xp tablet PC edition, but condensed down.

    Actually, for a brief period of time, there were legitimate Pocket PCs...
    Attachment 18351
    Feel the love!
    I don't think anyone is saying that the UI was great and it was specifically designed for use with a stylus, but it reflected what was available for the day and many fell in love with the devices and what they could do. They were simply overtaken by smartphones and the rest is history.

    Love was shown in the day and I've seen them being used as recently as a few years ago. That does say something about the devices (or the owners).
    The last I've seen a hand held device like that, a Windows Mobile device, was about four years ago. Last I know of, I think in the States here, a home improvement store called The Home Depot that uses Windows Mobile 6.5 handhelds that do pretty much everything. I read recently they're actually replacing those old ones with Windows 8 Compact Embedded handhelds as the UI design lends itself out to be real nice as the live tiles can notify the person of new requests and/or orders right away.
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  3. #33


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    Windows 7 on the desktop, Windows 8 Surface Pro mobile


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    What's the difference between a 10 inch screen and three different sized screens? What do you get out of it?
    I've played around with this on the Surface Pro because i was noticing significantly smaller windows at the same resolution. Its a bit technical, so Right-Click the desktop, go to Screen Resolution, then 'Make Text and other items larger or smaller'.

    On a 24" monitor(like i'm typing this on), my PC will use Small so it will pack the most items into the screen as possible, and on a 24" monitor.. it looks good. On the Surface Pro, it uses Large. It does this to make it far more readable. If i switch over to Small on the Surface Pro, I get the exact same screen as my 24" monitor, except packed into 10" of space. This tends to makes it very hard to read for most people.

    So what does the bigger monitor give you? The ability to use Small Items and pack in more stuff on a screen without needing a microscope to use the interface. On Large items, the screen displays roughly the same amount of space as a 1366x768 monitor would as everything is 150% bigger, but its far easier to read and use at 10". I would imagine this is also the case if you use a very high resoluton monitor(say 2560 x 1440). You'd probably use say Medium on that to enhance the readability, just depends on how small it makes the icons and text relative to the screen size you buy. Its why if you go that res... you would probably want to kick the screen size to 27" or 30" rather than keeping it at 24".

    And at the same time, if you use the DisplayPort to output to a monitor that has 2560x1440, it will be displayed at that resolution, and you would kick the item size back down to small to maximize that screen space.
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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    Try running a full screen 1st person shooter game on any 10" while driving a vehicle over rough terrain and you will want a larger screen without question! For having multiple windows open all at the same time I have a matching pair of 19" Acer lcds in use since that is the largest screen size I have room for on the particular "computer desk" I use here. The desk has a cabinet section to slide the mid tower case into as well as printer, video equipment, and even a WiFi capable router on top.

    After hours of staring even at a 14" display I would like suffer from eye strain trying to bounce back and forth between windowed modes of things while a dual display allows me to view multiple screens at the same time. I can monitor some live equipment or a video capture while reading this thread on the other. Back when programming CNC equipment before going onto the electronics field I could have used the newer model's almost PC screen for entering the programming commands the newer machine offered when seeing one shop buy their first!

    So it will make a large difference at times depending on how the display is used. Texting on a cell or smart phone even a tablet is where you expect to be using a smaller display to begin with. While sitting at your desk or using one of the newer tvs for web browsing you definitely like the larger view those can offer while sitting back and relaxing. Personally when someone wants to keep a chat going I want to jump from tecting on a 1"diagonal cell phone screen onto WLM, Skype, or at least a social network's chat feature over trying to type on those tiny keys constantly.

    Coming to grips with newer technology isn't an accurate assessment in the long run. Small screens are still going to be good for the fast and furious but not lengthy use where you sit in front of it for a good 8-10hrs.! The smaller screens simply server for the original purposes they were intended for which still won't be replacing the need for the larger screened desktop platform. Having come along from those old days running a 13" crt to the newer larger lcds where now stores only carry 20" or larger you follow technology suit when on the desktop.

    When carrying a portable you do the best you can with what you have at that moment while knowing that is temporary for most when away from home. When buying a smart book as a gift it certainly wasn't the screen size that became the problem but the OS limitations being the embedded form of Windows where the person was "unable to" log into secure sites for things like online banking, making payments online. etc. Does that mean the user has a problem being too old school? Or was it that the small portable with small lcd screen wasn't capable to begin with?
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