I am more inclined to see how I get on with an Atom device especially if they are priced right. I have a powerful desktop for gaming/video at home and decent workstation at work. This would be for everything else. Check out the specs on the Asus VivoTab some reports of pricing at Edited:$799 which blows the i-pad out of the water as it includes the keyboard/extra battery.
Meet VivoTab? Series ? Three new Windows 8 Tablets designed for both work & play
These will be great in schools 19 hours of battery life. Access to files/printers/flash/apps/old programs/usb. I would still keep my IWB Workstations why get rid of something that works?
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I use a three usb dongle for my 3G so it is not a game changer for me. It's not an iPad it's got USB that modern thing that you can plug things into.
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I really like the look of the Asus Vivotab 'transformer' style Windows 8 tablets. Seems like a much better design then the surface and the additional battery life when using the dock would be really handy. Having said that there's nothing on the horizon that's really tempting me to part with my cash so I've decided to buy a 128Gb SSD drive for my existing laptop (Dell M101z) which it looks like I'm going to be hanging onto for a bit longer!
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VivoTab, but the RAM (2GB), screen resolution (1366x768), storage (64GB eMMC) and absence of any USB 3.0 ports are disappointing. The Surface Pro has 4GB RAM, USB 3.0, 1920x1080 LCD and a proper SSD!
I suppose it comes down to whether you need performance or long battery life.
In fact despite singing it's praises for the last month I'm starting to go off Intel's clover trail atom. The 2Gb memory limit is a serious problem and it only seems to officially support the 32-bit version of Windows8 which is a worry for future hardware and software support.
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The memory controller remains a dual-channel LPDDR2-800 design. Most tablets will see two 1GB devices populating the channels. Package on package (PoP) stacks will be used for DRAM and SoC integration, similar to what you see in a smartphone. (Source)
The use of eMMC is also a little worrying as performance tends to be quite bad.Connected standby is only currently supported by 32-bit Windows 8, so although Clovertrail supports x86-64 the platform will launch as 32-bit only. There's no support for alternate OSes at this point.
The platform supports true connected standby, meaning Intel's new S0ix sleep states (similar to what was announced in Haswell). I realized I haven't yet detailed what these mean yet but in short on DC power you can expect polling roughly every 30 seconds for new data (incoming emails, tweets, etc...) delivering an experience somewhat similar to a smartphone. Off-SoC device drivers need to support Windows 8 run time power management (RTPM) to support these new low power sleep states. Intel claims that in its lowest platform sleep state (S0i3) the SoC's power consumption is below 2mW.
The SoC doesn't support SATA, just eMMC like most other smartphone/tablet SoCs. This is a bit of a disappointment as most eMMC controllers are pretty bad, but Intel tells us they've been working to improve things with the controllers that are out there.
There's no USB 3.0 support, Clovertrail just supports two USB 2.0 ports (OTG + xHCI, although OTG isn't supported by Windows 8). OEMs can obviously integrate hubs in any docking stations they may build. (Source)
It all depends what you are shopping for. I am looking for a device that is similarly spec'd to an ipad but has domain connectivity. So battery life, portablity and useability are important. My school are never going to go for devices at the Ultrabook end of the market.
Much as I would like one I could never justify it for cost reasons.
Same reason why Apple devices cannot be justified for cost reasons but also because they don't fit it to your average schools infrastructure.
We will be looking at mid-end devices that have windows pro but don't cost the earth.
Assuming your using solid state memory instead of hard disks which I think all these devices do, 2gb of RAM is plenty. Upgrading to 4gb RAM with give virtually no noticeable increase in performance.
Well, not so much stupidly as artificially limited. Yay Intel.
So, in a way, some of what Intel has done is to protect the product.
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