It's not quite the device I want. It's missing a digitizer pen, and I'm not super happy with the keyboard (though if it had the digitizer pen I'd put up with the keyboard). But the specs and price are inline with what I'm looking for. Holy cow is that a gaming device (not what I'm looking for, but still)!
I think this is scratching the surface of what is going to make Windows 8 tablets a real force against iPad and Androids; versatility.
While you can do all those things tablets are usually used for, you can also use it as a general PC or gaming device!
While Windows RT limits itself somewhat to what the tablets can do, the Windows 8 (Pro) tablets should really be taking off!
Just watching the XBOX CES review and by coincidence this tablet is currently on screen. Oh dear, the guy from revision three says it isn't running Windows Mobile (I think he meant RT).
There is a pretty good demo - if anyone is interested check out the CES App on XBOX (and no doubt via revision 3 web site as well?)
Looks like a great portable gaming option as well as a standard tablet and a laptop! Sweet!
Pro model looks like it offers the best value?
Just had to stop the video (it is tea time) and there didn't appear to be an obvious way to just pause?
The video then starts again from the beginning so not good. Up till then the experience (using smart glass on my phone) was actually pretty good.
I'd love it if a company would put out a dock that would let any tablet use something like their gamepad controller. Kinda like this one for phones but more like Razer's implementation.
As much as I think the Surface Pro (and similar) will be a hit I'm starting to wonder if phablets, docks, and streaming will cause tablets to be left on the coffee table again (at least for those that aren't using the tablet as a laptop replacement.) This video shows the extensible of the Galaxy Note II. At around 19:50 and beyond he covers turning it into a computer terminal.
I think HTC is on the right track with a 7 inch WinRT tablet that can be used as a phone too. I'd love to go between work and home with my computer in my pocket. Dock it to monitor/mouse/keyboard and get crackin! If I needed more power I'd remote into a virtual machine with more horsepower.
Another approach would be to take the RDP published applications approach. This works right now with W8RT from what I understand but I'd love it if they extended it to Android and IOS.
Everyone seems to be looking for the right device, and the right device just doesn't seem to be out there. Don't get me wrong, there's a few really nice devices and I bet they are perfect for some people, but all-in-all the current offerings underwhelm. I just posted a blog entry about my own search and what I've found. http://digitaltapestry.net/blog/looking-for-a-windows-8-device
I think the three top devices right now are this one if you're a gamer, the Transformer Book if you're not interested in pen input and the Surface if you need the pen input. None are really what I want.
@DeathByVisualStudio: I have a 4.5" 920 and it's a bit large (for me) as a phone. On the other hand, the screen is too small for browsing the web or watching a video, for that I need 10" or more, due to my old eyes
So, while the "convergence device" idea has some merits, I subscribe more to the star-trekkian concept of almost disposable, single purpose, low cost devices, each tuned to their specific usage scenarios.
@PaoloM: I'd rather not go back to the days of carrying both a pager and cell phone. Nor do I want to downgrade my experience with a disposable camera. IMO, things like flexible/foldable displays and Google glasses will fix a lot of the screen size issues. Powering any of these devices is going to be the issue in the long run.
@wkempf: I think the device is not out there because nobody knows exactly what they want!
The Ubuntu Phone has an interesting concept in being a phone/computer that plugs into various cradles to make it into a tablet, computer, TV or whatever but it is still using a phone form factor (it should even be able to make calls! imagine that!?!). It's just another take on trying to be everything people want.
I'm not so picky, if its free!
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