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Windows 8.1 is as good on small tablets as big ones

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    Windows 8.1 is as good on small tablets as big ones


    Acer last month released the 8-inch Iconia W3 tablet, which happened to be the first "small tablet" to run Windows 8. Unfortunately, it's a pretty terrible tablet. It's heavy and cumbersome, looks and feels like it was designed for a child, and has a display that will bring tears -- sad tears -- to your eyes.

    That would be worth discussing at length except that Acer apparently agrees, and is working on a revamped version of the tablet for release later this year. That makes a review of the hardware itself irrelevant.

    Windows 8 is built around vector-based text and graphics -- which can shrink and enlarge on the fly without affecting their quality -- and responsive design, which basically allows the software to instantly reconfigure its layout based on a device's screen size, orientation and resolution. Everything fits without being too small, too large, or out of place.
    This means that Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) and its development partners didn't have to do much to make Windows 8 functional on small tablets. With the Windows 8.1 release, though, it's apparent they put a fair amount of thought into tying up some loose ends.
    One of Microsoft's explicit goals for Windows 8.1 on mobile devices is to keep users in its new "Modern" interface as much as possible. The desktop mode is designed for a keyboard and mouse; trying to use it with my finger almost provoked a nervous breakdown.
    Windows 8.1 is as good on small tablets as big ones - Jul. 18, 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Acer last month released the 8-inch Iconia W3 tablet, which happened to be the first "small tablet" to run Windows 8. Unfortunately, it's a pretty terrible tablet. It's heavy and cumbersome, looks and feels like it was designed for a child, and has a display that will bring tears -- sad tears -- to your eyes.

    That would be worth discussing at length except that Acer apparently agrees, and is working on a revamped version of the tablet for release later this year. That makes a review of the hardware itself irrelevant.

    Windows 8 is built around vector-based text and graphics -- which can shrink and enlarge on the fly without affecting their quality -- and responsive design, which basically allows the software to instantly reconfigure its layout based on a device's screen size, orientation and resolution. Everything fits without being too small, too large, or out of place.
    This means that Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) and its development partners didn't have to do much to make Windows 8 functional on small tablets. With the Windows 8.1 release, though, it's apparent they put a fair amount of thought into tying up some loose ends.
    One of Microsoft's explicit goals for Windows 8.1 on mobile devices is to keep users in its new "Modern" interface as much as possible. The desktop mode is designed for a keyboard and mouse; trying to use it with my finger almost provoked a nervous breakdown.
    Windows 8.1 is as good on small tablets as big ones - Jul. 18, 2013
    Hi there
    perhaps there should be an addendum in brackets : (or as BAD) !!!.

    Anyway my fingers are FAR too large to be able to use a small tablet for anything else than watching pure video -- I certainly can't use the on screen keyboard -- I think the current phraseology is "Seriously Digitally Challenged" !! but the Biological meaning not the scientific (Binary / mathematical) meaning.

    When you've got hands as big as Steam Shovels you can't even THINK of using small tablets -- although the advantage is that in "dubious places" you get left well alone. !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Acer | Iconia W3
    $ 379.99 for that junk! No thanx, I'd rather get the Acer Chromebook for $199! with 11.6’’ screen - yep 'cos size does matter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Acer | Iconia W3
    $ 379.99 for that junk! No thanx, I'd rather get the Acer Chromebook for $199! with 11.6’’ screen - yep 'cos size does matter!
    At least it uses win32 but the price is see is $ 429.99 !!!
    What? Is this one of those changing prices again...
    In the end, price matters as well.
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    Yup was alluding to value for money...didn't M$ recently provide OEM's with a huge discount as well? Yes it is a the old tried and tested Win32 but it depends how much actual "computing" one does with your tablet as it were - still at that price - No way!
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    I'm not surprised this tab was terrible. Acer isn't generally a name synonymous with high end equipment.

    Apparently they're redesigning this tab with a new display which could make it a bit better, but to be great they would need to shove a Silvermont chip in it too.
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    Will be interesting to see what Intel does with Bay Trail.
    Just got a convertible tablet/laptop with a cloverview CPU, it actually runs well for a tablet. Very smooth and responsive.
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