Win 8 Tablet

VivoTab from Asus

By on December 26, 2012 1:46:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

theAVMAN

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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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December 26, 2012 2:06:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

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

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December 27, 2012 6:54:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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.

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December 27, 2012 12:50:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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 .

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December 27, 2012 1:01:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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.

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December 27, 2012 2:36:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

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December 27, 2012 6:15:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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 .

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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

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December 27, 2012 6:20:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

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December 27, 2012 6:28:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Win 8 Tablet

 

Where do I enter????

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December 27, 2012 6:29:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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.

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December 27, 2012 7:14:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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....

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December 27, 2012 7:23:31 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

paul, you're losing it

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December 27, 2012 7:31:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting MadDeez,
paul, you're losing it

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

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December 27, 2012 7:38:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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'

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December 27, 2012 10:22:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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.

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December 28, 2012 3:04:00 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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!

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December 28, 2012 5:40:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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....)

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December 29, 2012 4:19:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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.

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December 29, 2012 5:15:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 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.

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December 29, 2012 9:33:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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!!!!!

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December 30, 2012 6:27:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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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December 30, 2012 6:30:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Windows RT Tablet Showdown: Asus Vivo Tab vs. Microsoft Surface

 

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411428,00.asp

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December 31, 2012 8:59:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hey Harley, I took a look at the link you provided and neither tablet is a clear winner.  To me they are much of a muchness and either would fulfill my portable computing needs, though at present I'm probably leaning towards the Surface slightly more.  I mean, both tablets are admirable and capable devices, but something about Surface just grabs me that bit more.  However, it will be a while before I can make a purchase, and who knows, things could change between now and then.

As for the Asus being thinner and lighter than Surface, I noticed in the PCmag article that it is actually thicker and heavier when combined with the keyboard cover.  However, it isn't such a big difference that it would influence my decision.  For me, thinner and lighter isn't necessarily better as I have big clumsy hands and don't mind something a bit meatier to get my hands around.  It was like when I was choosing my mobile phone and deciding between a thinner/lighter iPhone or the thicker/heavier Nokia Lumia 820.  The Nokia felt better in my hand, like I had something to get a firm hold of... and less likly to drop. [BTW, I had no intention of buying an iPhone, just picked one up for a comparison, that's all]

I don't think GPS would be an issue for me as I no longer drive because of disability and use public transport or a taxi [when required], so what's on offer in the Surface would be more than adequate.  Besides, my W8 phone has excellent GPS thanks to Nokia, so I'm not likely to ever get lost, am I.

Quoting theAVMAN,
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

Actually, that is a feature of the W8 phone I really like.  The missus and I both have one, and we are forever exchanging things between phones to save double downloading, etc. Yeah, you just place them back to back [don't have to be touching] and voila, press the share button on one phone and the other one gets it.  It's amazing stuff... and how I love new toys.

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December 31, 2012 9:34:36 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

The Asus is a very nice tablet. I had a Transformer until I dropped and broke it.

I have a Surface and really like it a lot. I don't think you can wrong with either one. I really like the Touch Cover, very easy to type on and adds almost no weight or thickness. The Asus keyboard dock however does have an additional battery to power the tablet longer than it's internal battery.

Advantages either way. Both are great machines.

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December 31, 2012 1:51:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have to agree on all accounts I think either are excellent machines and no matter the choice anyone should be very pleased after a hands on experience!

Sometimes it is so funny to see the technology today being ahead of what sic-fi could even dream up a few years back(well maybe a few times 10).I used to think a StarTrek communicator would be the coolest thing ever, then I had 1 almost 10yrs ago now flip phone with push to talk! Then remember the tablets they carried around in StarTrek the next generation now I'm typing on 1 lol. Now if we only had one of those cool gadgets to instantly heal cuts a bruises.😉 

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December 31, 2012 4:53:36 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting theAVMAN,
I have to agree on all accounts I think either are excellent machines and no matter the choice anyone should be very pleased after a hands on experience!

Sometimes it is so funny to see the technology today being ahead of what sic-fi could even dream up a few years back(well maybe a few times 10).I used to think a StarTrek communicator would be the coolest thing ever, then I had 1 almost 10yrs ago now flip phone with push to talk! Then remember the tablets they carried around in StarTrek the next generation now I'm typing on 1 lol. Now if we only had one of those cool gadgets to instantly heal cuts a bruises.😉 

Yep, I am always amused at how real life often catches up with science fiction.

As for the Win 8 tablets (or Win 8 in general), just the other day I was using my Surface while sitting at the counter in a diner and had a couple of people ask about it. Before I knew it I had several people crowded around me as I showed them the OS and how it worked. 

Several people commented that Win 8 was nothing like what they read in online reviews. Some even commented they had no idea it has a desktop "just like my old Windows".  More than one commented that they were going to upgrade to Win 8 now that they had seen it, and a couple said they were going to go buy a Surface LOL.

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