Thanks for your input - I have not heard of a slate. I assume it is more bulky than a tablet (ever tried swollowing a slate?) but will run "proper" windows.
* No Domain or group policy support
* No backwards compatibility for any existing window software
* No Flash Support
They might come good in a few years time when software support picks up, Flash dies off and if MS implement Domain/GP support but right now I'm left wondering why they bothered?
^ 2.06 lbs = 0.934400282 kg
The platform may come good in a few years precisely because things will move away from the legacy model of this thing needs to walk and talk like a fat pc and be managed as such approach. What microsoft needs to do is anticipate that and in the meantime provide some incentives for early adopters who've baulked at the iPad because of perceived PITA from a device management point of view..
I guess MS probably want to hedge their bets by producing a device to rival IOS and Android tablets as full Windows 8 slates don't really seem to be there yet in terms of battery, weight and price.
Maybe "disaster" is too strong a word but it's the lack of group policy and legacy software support is certianly disappointing. Given time these things could improve though.....
Windows Tablets as a for factor have existed since long before the iPad was even thought of, if anything the iPad etc is a remake of the name, its like Apple claiming that phones can't be called phones anymore because they built one.
As to the slate ones I think their real test will be how well the hardware shakes out with the new Intel chips which use much less energy, that tech in the latest i series and the next Atom line should yeild much longer runtimes and probably smaller form factors.
when people talk about scaled down intel architectures for slate type devices, they are as much drinking from a form of marketing kool aid as the apple fans. don't know how wise it is to be a slave to a product roadmap and expectations that intel, hardware manufactures and microsoft can/will pull it all together in 201? when people are out there with money burning a hole in their pockets to spend now and later on in the year.
I think windows tablets will be a complete and utter failure.
The only feature that could save it is the corporate market but the way things are going everyone will be using the cloud and we wont be logging on locally for much longer anyway.
There... I said it :)
AnandTech - Lava Xolo X900 Review - The First Intel Medfield Phone
Oh and on that note, check out the Atom powered Android phone the review is about, makes some interesting reading.Quote:
[The Atom Z2460 in the X900 is a competent dual-core Cortex A9 competitor with competitive battery life and power draw, and no doubt Z2580 (its dual core, SGX544MP2 high end counterpart clearly targeted at Windows 8 platforms) will be equally as competitive against quad core A9s. If Intel's goal with both Medfield and the X900 was to establish a foothold in the smartphone SoC space and demonstrate that it can indeed deliver x86 in a smaller form factor and lower power profile than ever before then it truly is mission accomplished.
Although RT doesnt have domain it will have a enterprise manager I believe although if x86 power consumption is lowered why bother with that build tbh.
I dislike the whole interface, no start button. Microsoft dilibrately do this... 1 good OS.... 1 bad OS... 1 good OS.... 1 bag OS... Its becoming a trend :/
There certainly will be options in terms of a variety of manufacturers providing x86 in the two styles/sizes, but coupled with more options for the consumer with identical looking devices on the ARM side, however running RT. And so you have the fragmentation of the windows OS. It could well get quite confusing for the consumer, but it may also make decisions on purchasing decisions a little tricky. While no single style needs to win out, you want to know what you want from an ultraportable device before making a decision, if people are expecting one device to do it all...keyboard, touch, x86 apps, long battery/standby. they might end up with making a few more compromises than they were anticpating., I think people have experience of making those compromises when they made previous netbook purchases. And those purchases were incredibly popular but only because they got the price right to begin with, but i do wonder whether these devices will be priced competitively enough in the beginning phase. A problem that's hobbled the x86 tab attempts in the past amongst other shortcomings.