Win 8 Tablet

VivoTab from Asus

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by theAVMAN | Discussion: Mobile Tech

I avoided the whole iPad surge patiently waiting on a fully functional Windows tablet. So for Christmas my wonderful wife decided I had waited long enough! The Surface was finally released and getting good reviews so right before ordering I (me being me ) decided I should do some investigating . I had been wanting an Asus tablet because I have an awesome Asus laptop that will smoke most desktop PC's that has giving me a ton of trouble free service.(second Asus laptop) The last few months I have been extremely busy not even much time to SKIN (errrrrr) . So I have been behind on all the latest releases and low and behold the new Asus Tab had been released . So I started the comparison process....

  1.  Price the same
  2.  Processor the same
  3.  Feature Asus had a slight edge ...built in gps sensor and a couple other Asus specifics
  4.  Keyboard this was the biggest difference thin flexible from Microsoft or rigid dock from Asus .. I like the dock if I am home stable is good on road no need!
  5.  However you have to mail in rebate to get the the keyboard free if purchased separate it is an additional $150

I am posting this from the tablet and all in all this is an amazing product faster than the iPads I have used (quadcore processor) beautiful graphics lightweight gorgeous product with full Windows, windows live ,sky drive integration. I have only spent a couple hours on it so far and haven't even run out 1battery charge yet but I will post more of my impressions as time permits.

Now if I could only SKIN Windows 8 I'd be ecstatic!!!

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RedneckDude
Reply #1 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 2:06 PM

I avoided the whole iPad surge patiently waiting on a fully functional Windows tablet

Still waiting too, huh....lol...JK, Harley. Looks awesome!

starkers
Reply #2 Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:54 AM

I avoided the whole iPad surge

Same here... never fancied one anyway.  I do, however, have an Android tablet that I hope soon to replace with a Windows 8 tablet, whether it be a MS Surface or another brand, I'm not sure yet.  In any event, it will be a Win 8 tablet that I can sync with my Win 8 PC and phone.

theAVMAN
Reply #3 Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:50 PM

starkers
I avoided the whole iPad surge

Same here... never fancied one anyway.  I do, however, have an Android tablet that I hope soon to replace with a Windows 8 tablet, whether it be a MS Surface or another brand, I'm not sure yet.  In any event, it will be a Win 8 tablet that I can sync with my Win 8 PC and phone.

I hope to do the same , I have a Windows phone but it is 7.5, which due to Windows live account which is where all your contacts backup to is syncing with the tablet perfectly but there are some options not available till I move to win8 on the phone. Still on win 7 on my PC and will probably not go to Win8 until Stardock says Object Desktop is working on win8 so I can have windowblinds .

😊

MadDeez
Reply #4 Thursday, December 27, 2012 1:01 PM

my brother and i are going to the ms store and frys in indy saturday. i might purchase and surface tablet at teh ms store. if not, maybe another win 8 tablet at frys. well, actually, we will stop at frys first to see what they have in tablets and greg wants a new case then we'll go to the ms store. if i don't care for the surface (unlikely to happen) we will return to frys.

TomRichter
Reply #5 Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:36 PM

Thanks Harley. This is more than a TIP to me and will take this into consideration when buying a new Tablet.

starkers
Reply #6 Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:15 PM

theAVMAN

Quoting starkers, reply 2I avoided the whole iPad surge

Same here... never fancied one anyway.  I do, however, have an Android tablet that I hope soon to replace with a Windows 8 tablet, whether it be a MS Surface or another brand, I'm not sure yet.  In any event, it will be a Win 8 tablet that I can sync with my Win 8 PC and phone.

I hope to do the same , I have a Windows phone but it is 7.5, which due to Windows live account which is where all your contacts backup to is syncing with the tablet perfectly but there are some options not available till I move to win8 on the phone. Still on win 7 on my PC and will probably not go to Win8 until Stardock says Object Desktop is working on win8 so I can have windowblinds .

😊

I was a bit too impatient to wait for WindowBlinds when my copy of Win 8 finished downloading.  I had been using the Customer Preview and just wanted to install the full release to make the transition from Win 7 complete.  I still have 7 on a PC upstairs but it never gets used anymore, that's how good I feel Win 8 is for my day to day PC needs.  As for WB, it's not essential to my daily computing and I'll manage without until it's Win 8 ready.

Oh yeah. Harley, when you're in the market for a new phone, take a look at the Nokia Lumia 820 or 920. Both are great Win 8 phones and would serve you well.  I have the Lumia 820 and totally love it.  Not that I've ad a lot of mobile phones, but it is definitely the best I've had thus far.  Check out this thread Island Dog started for more info, it has links to Nokia for more detailed specs, etc

Wizard1956
Reply #7 Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:20 PM

starkers
As for WB, it's not essential to my daily computing

vStyler
Reply #8 Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:28 PM

Win 8 Tablet

 

Where do I enter????

starkers
Reply #9 Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:29 PM

Wizard1956

Quoting starkers, reply 6As for WB, it's not essential to my daily computing

Well it isn't!  I can still do everything I want and need to do without it. 

Would I rather have WB installed?  Sure would, but it isn't quite ready for my OS of choice so I'll have to wait.

It could be worse... I could be stuck with a feching Mac.

Or Linux.

Jafo
Reply #10 Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:14 PM

starkers
Or Linux.

But Kona swears by Linux.....when he's using Windows....

...or is swears at Windows when he's using Linux.....

...something like that....

MadDeez
Reply #11 Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:23 PM

paul, you're losing it

Wizard1956
Reply #12 Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:31 PM

MadDeez
paul, you're losing it

Or....it is possible that he has simply misplaced it somewhere.

starkers
Reply #13 Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:38 PM

MadDeez
paul, you're losing it

Hmmm, perhaps that should be past tense... as in his post above suggests it has already occurred.

He can be somewhat excused, however, it is, after all, the Silly Season.

Me, I don't need excuses.  I never had a firm grasp or otherwise on the 'plot'

TechNoWeb
Reply #14 Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:22 PM

A windows 8 tab is in my near future. I have a ASUS TF Android TAB but I just never liked it to much. About the only thing I use it for any more is reading kindle books before going to sleep. I will hand it down to my son who is an android fan.

Leo the Lion
Reply #15 Friday, December 28, 2012 3:04 AM

Nice purchase, Harley..........I swear by ASUS gear..........Most of the computer stuff that I've bought over the years is ASUS........Quality gear........I just handed down a five year old ASUS laptop to my youngest boy - who is also 5 years old - and after adding some more ram and a clean install it's going like a train..........but alas - for this time only - I have just deserted ASUS and become a Toshiba Qosmio 'whore'..........Could not resist the Qosmio style, i7 quad core, 18.4 inch screen.........reconditioned and I purchased it for $500..........was $1900 new 9 months ago.........a real bargain!

2of3
Reply #16 Friday, December 28, 2012 5:40 AM

Leo the Lion
just handed down a five year old ASUS laptop to my youngest boy - who is also 5 years old - and after adding some more ram and a clean install it's going like a train

I still have my first laptop........ASUS. Bought it in '06! Still runs (a bit noisy fan, but otherwise....)

MadDeez
Reply #17 Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:19 PM

well, my brother and i went to indy today. he bought himself a new corsair case. i don't know why. i told him he can have my corsair case. anyway, i looked at the asus tablet and the surface. i'm torn between the two so i didn't get either......yet. i need to do some research on the asus. i always use asus or gigabyte boards in rigs i buy or sell so i know the quality of their products. the appearance of the surface is pretty cool, i admit. i'll decide which one to get within the next couple of weeks. when i do, i'll buy online if possible. i don't enjoy driving like i did in my younger years. that ms store is 2 1/2 hours away.

starkers
Reply #18 Saturday, December 29, 2012 5:15 PM

MadDeez
i looked at the asus tablet and the surface. i'm torn between the two so i didn't get either......yet.

Thankfully, I have a while to wait before I can afford to buy either, so I don't have to make a decision as yet.  For now I just know that I want a Win 8 tablet to marry up/sync with my Win 8 PC and W8 phone.  Hopefully I'll have a bit more insight before I head out to make my purchase... cos I hate going out to get a specific item and arriving home empty handed.

Right now I'm thinking Surface, but who knows, another brand might strike the right chord with me further down the track.

As for my closest MS store.... Sydney, 12 1/2 hours away... and I don't do driving anymore anyhow.

starkers
Reply #19 Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:33 PM

Well, MadDeez, I've just watched this Surface demo from MS and my mind is somewhat closer to being made up...

Yup, the Surface looks like it might be the go for me.... wheeeeee!!!!!

theAVMAN
Reply #20 Sunday, December 30, 2012 6:27 PM

Thank you all for the comments and input. I watched the video and it was quite impressive, I had a very hard time deciding between the two. I think there were 3main features that made me go with Asus .

1).Size and weight the Asus was thinner and lighter do partly to the aluminum case.

2).The built in gps sensor that operates with/out any internet or cellular connection. I am always going from jobsite to jobsite and while my phone's gps is great (actually better than the Garmin or TomTom  I have used in the past) they all have 1 thing in common a small screen which can be hard to quickly focus on. But this work great!

3).NFC technology allows you to share files between devices just by putting them close together which I hear the next windows phone will have

 

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